With the rising cost of living in the Bay Area, arts organizations across the region have been forced to leave their premises in search of more cost-effective space. KQED has been closely following the impact of escalating rents and forced evictions on the local creative community and the effects of the displacement of artistic activity on the area as a whole.
Over the past couple of years, we have produced dozens of stories for the web and for broadcast, looking at both the flight of arts organizations from their homes, and how forward-thinking institutions and individuals are exploring creative ways of helping artists to continue to work in the Bay Area.
We have gathered our coverage from early 2014 until now into a user-friendly interactive map (see above) as a way to help our audience better understand the important issues at hand.
The red dots on map show locations we’ve written stories about focusing on the disappearing arts. These include artists being pushed out of gallery spaces such as the closing of Studio 17 in which approximately 70 artists who rented studios in the Redlick building could not secure new leases.