Flora Lofts is creating ‘infraculture’ in the Dallas Arts District by providing affordable housing to working artists and their families. It completes the original Sasaki Plan vision for the Arts District, to include “a place where the serious artist can work and/or live within the Arts District.” Flora Lofts will provide 43 apartment homes for income-qualified artists, plus nine market-rate residences for artists. It also adds shops, restaurants, public parking and other amenities, expanding services to area residents, visitors and employees and encouraging more tourists to visit the Arts District and spend more time when they do. Without Flora Lofts, living in the Arts District is not affordable for most artists. With it, a mix of qualified arts in this location can help fuel creative growth of the Dallas arts community.
More than 50 arts and community leaders and institution, shown below, have written letters of support for Flora Lofts to provide affordable live-work space for working artists in the Dallas Arts District.
– Arts Management and Entrepreneurship, Southern Methodist University, Zannie Voss, Professor and Chair
– College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas, Robert Milnes, Dean
– Meadows School for the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Michael Corris, PhD, Professor and Chair
– School of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas, Frederick Turner, Founders Professor
– Second Thought, Karol Omlor
– School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Arlington, Donald Gatzke, AIA, Dean
– Trinity Trust, Gail Thomas, Ph.D., former President and Executive Director
– Daniel H. Branch, former Texas State Representative
– Royce West, Texas State Senator