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Public meeting will be held July 19 at First UCC Church

The Redevelopment Authority of Easton has announced plans to work with Artspace USA, a leading non-profit developer of arts-based real estate projects, to complete a feasibility study of developing an arts-based economic development project in Easton.

A meeting for members of the public to learn more about Artspace USA, arts-centered development concepts, and to provide suggestions, is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 19 at First UCC Church of Easton.

As part of the study, Artspace will work with the Authority to analyze the existing arts-based economy in Easton, examine the market for arts space in the city, review available programs and initiatives that support the arts and economic development, and tour available properties in the city that could be developed for arts-based uses.

“We are extremely fortunate here in Easton to have a strong and thriving arts community,” says Easton Mayor Philip Mitman. “By partnering with Artspace USA, we have the opportunity to leverage their tremendous experience to help identify ways that we can continue to develop resources to support Easton’s arts economy.”

As well the public meeting July 19, representatives of Artspace will hold a series of meetings with local and regional arts groups, professional artists, city and regional planners and economic development officials, and elected officials, to discuss various arts-based development concepts July 19 and 20.

Artspace USA specializes in assisting communities to develop sustainable, pedestrian-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing urban areas using the arts as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. They have developed over a dozen projects in cities such as Chicago, Ill., Minneapolis, Minn., Seattle, Wash., and Bridgeport, Conn. For more information on Artspace USA, go to

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