Artists are a huge draw to any town. It would be wonderful if a large building could be divided into multiple working artist studios. Having open studio events would be a big draw for visitors. Plus this is a great way to provide studio space for artists.
In Duluth, Minn., they took a former school, remodeled the inside to apartments for artists, with a couple big sky-lit studios, and an exhibit space. It was a fantastic concept. I'd love to see that happen with the old West Side school. Here's a link to Washington Studios .
Monica Krause Sawyn
Minneapolis has had huge success with this open studio concept with the old Northrup King seed building. As an artist myself I would be very interested in participating in a concept of this sort in Sturgeon Bay.