Abdo and the Buzzuto Group, the developers of the Monroe Street Market (the development abutting Catholic U), are rapidly completing the Artswalk, which will contain 13,000 square feet of art space in the way of 27 artist studios. The vision for this area is a thriving arts community, with an outdoor stage for live performances, seasonal outdoor market, and a destination for art collectors to interact with the artisans in their studios. To help bring this vision to life, the developers are teaming up with Cultural DC, who will act as a liaison between artists and the developers and will assist in evaluating artist applications for studio space. They are looking for a wide variety of artists, including jewelers, photographers, painters, ceramics artists, sculptors, film artists, design and fashion artists. The application process will start with the Request For Proposals (RFP), to be released on November 26th. The application deadline is February 1st, 2013 and it is anticipated that artists will take occupancy in the summer of 2013. The studio spaces will range from 300 – 625 square feet, and will line the ground floor of the Artswalk, as depicted in the rendering above. The studios will feature garage style front doors facing the pedestrian walkway, high (17 – 25 ft.) ceilings, concrete floors, and some will have back porches facing the Met Branch Trail. The goal is to establish an anchor for the arts at below market rental prices. The rent for the studios is expected to start at $365 a month (not including utilities). For information on applying for studio space contact Rose Hagood, at (202) 315 – 1337 or email rose (at) culturaldc (dot) org.