Artists and creatives get the chance to express their opinions in a survey aimed to make a difference

A survey to assist in an effort to ensure affordable creative working and living spaces for artists in Laguna Beach has just been launched by the City, which is leading the feasibility study phase of this initiative and has engaged Artspace, a national nonprofit, as a consulting partner.

The idea is to develop policies and programs that offer artists the opportunity of long-term affordable creative space, said Sian Poeschl, Laguna’s cultural arts manager.

“It is vitally important to get the greatest amount of participation in this survey in order for Artspace to be able to provide our community with broad based ideas and programs for affordable artist space. Artists’ input is part of forming that recommendation and looking towards our arts future,” Poeschl added.

One path could be new workspace and another, new initiatives that help artists remain in existing spaces that do not currently comply with local regulation and/or may require capital improvements. Housing-only, live/work, work/live and studio or creative work-only spaces in Laguna Beach, combine to form the focus of this study. 

artists and sign

Photo by Michael Ervin

Laguna Beach needs plenty of affordable spaces for artists to create

Survey responses will influence the types of policies, spaces and programs that will be considered and prioritized in an effort to address the affordable space needs of Laguna Beach’s creative sector.

The City notes, “We are interested in the individual space needs of all self-identified artists and creatives, and those sharing and preserving their cultural traditions, who have a sincere commitment to their art, creative and cultural work in any and all of its forms. If you consider your work to be a form of art or creative expression, then we probably will, too.

“Individuals need not make any income from their art or creative work or pursue their practice full time. We consider individuals to have a commitment to their art, cultural or creative work if they have or are developing a body of work, have studied or are actively training in their art/cultural/creative work, have a desire to grow as an artist or work professionally in their field and/or are actively engaged in the creation and expression of their art.”

How the survey evolved

At the request of City of Laguna Beach’s leadership, Artspace held a series of community meetings in August 2017 to elicit feedback and gauge interest in new creative space. Resulting recommendations to test further included a series of options ranging from new, small scale artist housing projects to a non-residential art center, to addressing zoning and density regulations that negatively impact the feasibility of long-term affordable creative spaces in Laguna Beach. 

This survey is the next critical phase of this work.

Contributing toward the next set of recommendations

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. It is best viewed on a computer, laptop or other device with a large screen. 

If you are an artist or a creative, just click on this link to participate:

The deadline to complete the survey is September 14.

Please note, the City advises that this survey is for research purposes only. Your responses will be maintained as anonymous and if you choose to provide your contact information for future updates or to be entered into the drawing for a $200 gift certificate, it will not be shared with other organizations.

Please forward this survey link to your friends and colleagues and share it in your social networks. A large response will provide the most useful information! 

If you have difficulty taking the survey, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..