FAQ’s

  1. 1. What is the Tannery Arts Center?

    The Tannery Arts Center offers Santa Cruz County the opportunity to leverage its considerable artists cultural resources for the benefit of all residents. Located just north of downtown Santa Cruz along the scenic San Lorenzo River, the project converts the historic Salz Tannery into a vibrant 8.3 acre arts campus. It provides a sustainable and affordable home for artists and arts organizations to live, create, display and perform their work. The first phase, provides low affordable Live/Work housing units for low-income individuals and families. The second phase completed in 2012, was the renovation of the existing historic buildings on site to provide 28 working studios. The third phase will be a performing arts center to seat 200 people with state of the art equipment to host music, dance, and theatre.

    2. What is Artspace Projects, Inc.?

    Artspace is a non-profit corporation whose mission is “to create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations”. Our development activities have included construction/renovation of over 700 units of live/work space for low/moderate income artists. Artspace now owns 21 buildings in eleven states; 17 live/work projects; three working studio buildings and one performing arts center.

    3. Who can apply to live at the Tannery?

    The Artspace Tannery Lofts and Artspace are committed to attracting creative individuals and families from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds. We encourage all people to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, and status with regard to public assistance, or physical disability. We are especially interested in individuals who are committed to building community and will give some of their time and energy toward this goal.