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Our Impact

Our Land Trust model enables us to permanently preserve critically needed community spaces while providing services and fostering community interaction and learning.

We measure our social and environmental impact based upon a comprehensive evaluation framework. We assess interconnected factors across multiple levels, analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data.

By employing key performance indicators (KPIs) and robust metrics, we gauge the ripple effects of initiatives on diverse stakeholders and ecosystems. This approach emphasizes not only immediate outcomes but also long-term sustainability, fostering a holistic understanding of the broader impact landscape.

Things we measure include our social, economic, and cultural impact on people, communities, and green building. KPIs we track include the number of affordable studios created; number of tenants;  percent of affordable workspace, student programs and open studio learning days; clean energy outputs and environmental cleanup; and more. Here are just a few examples of our impact measures. You can see more in our annual report.

Social

To ensure we serve a diverse set of people who need affordable creative space, we measure the percentage of race, gender, ethnicity, age, veterans, immigrants, and others.

We work to support the growth and development of the arts community, we measure the percentage of tenants that have realized a positive change to their activity, benefit from being part of a community, and are satisfied with the space we provide.

To best manage our impact on local communities, we measure the level of engagement between artists renting our spaces and the local community through events, workshops, classes, or exhibitions.

To understand our economic impact, we measure if the benefit of having steady affordable workspaces results in additional revenues for artists. We measure the average percent of revenue increase after renting one of our workspaces, average annual revenues, and other indicators.

Environmental

While preserving and developing spaces, we are rehabilitating historic buildings, often abandoned, and revitalizing communities and cities.  Throughout this work, we look at ways to reduce our carbon footprint by measuring our energy efficiency. We have started measuring several impact areas and plan to further develop these measures in synch with our investments:

  • We measure energy consumption per square foot compared to non-Green buildings.
  • We track the percentage of energy supplied from solar panels installed at our buildings.
  • The need for EV chargers and the amount we install per building is also tracked.
Economic

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Community

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Recent Results

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63%

First time having safe & secure rental space for artistic business

20%

Lost previous rental space for artistic business due to redevelopment

64%

Business skills or business management confidence have increased since renting

68%

Creative practice is healthier economically since renting at Western Avenue

88%

Since renting through Creative Campus, those that experienced a positive change in art activities and feel they’ve benefited from being a part of the community

Western Ave Studios has created a community for me. I have a disability going back to my early 20’s. Creating art is my life and having a studio a dream. Western Ave gives me both. A sense of purpose and a place that has accepted my physical and speech challenges unconditionally.
– Artist tenant at Western Ave Studios & Lofts
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