Remember when malls were the coolest place on the planet to hang out? You may have been wearing braces at the time, but at one point they used to be the hot spot. Today property owners are having a hard time keeping their retail space full. In fact, in St. Louis where I live, three malls have been shut down in recent years. Well, almost three.
If you are an artist and you need your own workspace, let me suggest a gem I just discovered. ArtSpace at Crestwood Court (which used to be Crestwood Mall) has been offering artists work and gallery space for two years now. Some of the rents on these spaces are as low as $100 a month. (Not including utilities.)
I have yet to make it over to ArtSpace but I plan on going sometime soon.
Here is a list of other artist’s spaces in St. Louis if you are interested.
And if you’re not an artist, maybe you can just have a cheap place to stay. You could live openly with other people watching you go about “your work,” and you could just call it a performance piece because everyone’s an artist, but not everyone knows they are.