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The first new building in downtown Minot in 30 years.

That's how the executive director of the Minot Council of the Arts describes Artspace - the four-story home to apartments and retail space in the heart of downtown.

Jim Olson reports on how the new center for artists is coming along.

For Joseph Marion, Artspace is a foot in the door for something he loves.

(Joseph Marion, Artspace Tenant) "Artspace for me has been a new way to promote the Native American culture and Native American artwork."

This retail space is devoted to artwork by members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

(Joseph Marion, Artspace Tenant) "From my way of thinking, we may be the first and only Native American business that has been in the downtown area. We have been welcomed wonderfully by the people of the downtown business area and the people of Minot generally."

Not only does Marion operate this art gallery, he lives in one of the 34 apartments located inside this brand new downtown landmark.

(Terri Aldrich, Minot Area Council of the Arts) "It is so fun!"

Terri Aldrich is having fun moving in to another one of the three commercial spaces in the building. The new home for the Minot Area Council of the Arts is here.

(Terri Aldrich, Minot Area Council of the Arts) "It makes it much easier for us selling tickets where we have a great space to be able to display things and to just make it much more accessible for people to be able to come in and take a look at things."

Aldrich has reason to be excited about Artspace. It was her call to the Minnesota non-profit ten years ago that got the ball rolling. Artspace developed the plan and finally broke ground in September of 2012.

(Terri Aldrich, Minot Area Council of the Arts) "The very first time we walked into the building, and of course it was nothing more than twigs and steel it was so wonderfully overwhelming to see what had started as just a dream and an idea become real."

That reality is 34 apartments now occupied by local artists with rents kept low thanks to Artspace-Minnesota. This is one of the public spaces - but it's a lot like the apartments with plenty of room for living and working on art.

(Terri Aldrich, Minot Area Council of the Arts) "They are the artists' live-work space so they have space to work and create and all of the spaces have beautiful natural light which of course visual artists love."

Aldrich says it's exciting to be a part of the downtown area that's filled with entrepreneurs and their businesses - and now populated by dozens of art entrepreneurs with a new place to display and sell their work. Jim Olson, KX News.

Artspace opened its doors in September. There's a waiting list for the apartments - but if you want information about living and working there, contact First Minot Management.

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