• What kind of people would live in this community?
    • All kinds of people!  Different generations and kinds of households: single adults, couples, families with children, retired people. The one common thread among the residents would be an interest in creative learning, growing and sharing.
  • Would each living unit have its own kitchen and bathroom?
    • Yes! Each living unit will be a private living space for each household, and will include a private kitchen and bathroom(s). Ideally, living units will be different sizes (square feet and number of bedrooms) as options for different sizes of households.
  • How much will this cost? Do you rent or buy?
    • The goal is to make this community affordable for a large range of income levels. In order to maximize each owner’s “bang for the buck”, ownership will be via a  housing cooperative., which means that the property is jointly operated by its members. They own membership certificates in the corporation, giving them the right to occupy a dwelling unit and participate in the operations of the corporation. Housing cooperatives have lower down payments, much lower closing costs, economies of scale, and longer mortgage terms, which make co-ops more affordable than other forms of housing ownership. Monthly expenses are based on actual expenses (such as real estate taxes, utilities and necessary repairs and maintenance), so monthly charges remain reasonable. There is no developer or landlord making a profit, and there are economies of scale and shared resources, which also enable the expenses to be less than if renting or purchasing a comparable apartment or condo.
  • What do you mean by “age in place”?
    • A goal of “aging in place” is to be able to continue to live where you want for as long as you want, to maintain your meaningful relationships, living situation and opportunities for connection. A good plan for aging in place includes living units that are built with accessibility in mind (i.e. for wheelchairs, hearing loss or loss of sight),  and has an option to share caregivers if needed.
  • Do I have to be a professional artist to live in this community?
    • Absolutely not! One of my core beliefs is that access to the arts and creativity enriches everyone, and that people just need to be interested in exploring, learning and experience the arts. Among the shared/common spaces on-site will be art, dance, music studios where classes and studio space will be available.
  • What kinds of shared resources will there be?
    • In addition to the art, dance and music studios, there will be common kitchen and dining/meeting spaces. An important part of the community is to have shared meals and social events on a regular basis. Other examples of shared resources are: one or two guests rooms for occasional guests of residents, specialty kitchen equipment (like food processors or bread machines) that people might like to use occasionally, and possibly even shared bikes or vehicles. I also envision sharing of skills, time and resources – easing the load of responsibilities for working folks and families, but giving retired folk opportunities to share their skills and increase their sense of purpose. For example, there may be retired residents who can lead some activities for kids after school.
  • Where will this community be?
    • To me, the most important features of a location are:
      • Easy accessibility to natural beauty
      • Easy accessibility to culture, medical, public transportation
      • Low to moderate cost of living
    • I’m currently looking at properties around Madison, WI, which has all three of those features. If you have ideas about a different location, I’d love to hear them!