The Santa Fe Art Colony Tenants Association is a collective of SFAC artist resident members, united to support the preservation of its site and the permanence of SFAC as an affordable artist live-work property in Downtown Los Angeles.
The SFAC Tenants Association is fighting to save the historic Santa Fe Art Colony — a vital live/work artists’ community in downtown Los Angeles. Longtime rent restrictions are about to expire, and a new owner, Florida developer Fifteen Group, has announced plans to double the rents on November 1, 2019, effectively displacing residents.
The Santa Fe Art Colony — established in 1986 with City funding — is the city’s only rent-restricted artist-in-residence complex. Its historic brick buildings, once a furniture factory, are the studios and homes of 72 artists who are gender-balanced, intergenerational and ethnically diverse. SFAC’s annual “Open Studios” art walks have attracted tens of thousands of visitors, providing sustained outreach to the public. For 30 years, residents have played a critical role in shaping the city’s cultural landscape and contributing to the renaissance of downtown, now a primary driver of the city’s economy.
Join SFAC now to keep SFAC affordable for working artists and continue this unique community’s role as a cultural resource!
Photos © Wild Don Lewis.