WORKING ARTISTS VENTURA
A SUSTAINABLE PLACE FOR CREATIVES
WAV AND SHORE APARTMENTS
The WAV – Working Artists Ventura – is a community for artists and creative businesses, located in the Downtown Cultural District of the City of Ventura, northwest of Los Angeles. WAV provides affordable and market-rate live-work space for artists from more than 20 countries: painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, poets, actors, and filmmakers, among others. The project also includes supportive housing with social services for people moving out of homelessness and theater/gallery space programmed by WAV artists. Art-friendly small businesses such as cafés, coffee houses, jazz clubs, and wine bars are planned for the community. WAV has the character of a small village, with varied building sizes and configurations. Entrances and balconies enliven adjacent streets, and courtyards and open spaces, which are collaboratively managed by the artists, also open to the street. The buildings were constructed using green building technology.
ART WALK in Ventura CA
JSCo was invited by PLACE to join the WAV Apartments LP as a partner and property management agent and contributed over $3,000,000 to enable the project to come to fruition. PLACE had a vision to develop this community for artists and leads the artist’s qualification program. City of Ventura was and continues a significant supporter of the project. WAV houses 69 low income residents with high priority for artists.