In January, the membership committee conducted member focus groups. We were surprised to hear confusion, especially from more recent members, about what is the ArtsXchange vs the Warehouse Arts District Association. We want to clear this up, so here are some frequently asked questions to serve as a primer.
What is the Warehouse Arts District Association?
The Warehouse Arts District Association is a non-profit 501c3, with a mission to build and sustain a vibrant arts community in St. Petersburg that supports the success of all artists and the community at large through a broad spectrum of tools, including community revitalization, marketing, advocacy and educational programming within the St. Petersburg Warehouse Arts District.
What is the ArtsXchange?
The ArtsXchange is a compound housing several warehouses within the Warehouse Arts District. It includes the home office of the Warehouse Arts District Association; the Studios at the ArtsXchange, The Burka Member Lounge, MGA Studios, Soft Water Studios, The Shops, Dazzio’s Art Studios (soon to have a new tenant!), a private studio known as the Poetry Bar and another space that until recently housed a lawnmower building but is seeking new tenants.
Do WADA Members reside in the Warehouse Arts District boundaries?
Yes, but not exclusively. The Warehouse Arts District borders are from 16th St. to 31st St and from 1st Ave South to 10th Ave South, but you do not have to be an artist working within the district in order to join WADA as a member. We advocate for arts in the District by inviting artists regardless of location to be a member.