BIPOC STAHC is a member of the American Tiny House Association and is supported by the EcoThrive Tiny Art House Community Build, the City of Seattle, CORD, and Sustainable Seattle.
Our home is at the intersection of equitable community development, sustainable green climate building solutions, and racial equity/justice
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT OUR BUSINESS MODEL?
Co-leadership, circular leadership, and non-hierarchical, ethical leadership models allow BIPOC STAHC to work and train our consultants in building and creating, not only our program, but their own consulting business. This is a non-traditional way of hiring, designed to empower BIPOC artists as small business owners, not as employee-employer systems that keep folks trapped in a colonialist model of wealth depletion. It also allows us to hire those most impacted by the prison industrial complex, houseless individuals, those without a college degree, and single parents.
Everyone is of value, and everyone:
has potential to learn
can excel if provided access, opportunities and exposure to comprehensive training, professional development, networking
has the ability to collectively lead as colleagues not hierarchical management structures.
VISION & VALUES
Provide BIPOC artists the ability to invest in long-term financial growth,
Provide communities access to professional artists of color,
Create business opportunities for these BIPOC artists in communities for which these tiny art houses are co-located.
Reshaping the way government, foundations, and communities view a healthy living environment by providing an economic framework that allows the most vulnerable to build a sustainable business and home.
Grid-tied (to be able to sell energy back to the city)
Water catchment systems and greywater solutions to preserving water resources
Community living where artists and community members collectively create a new way of coexisting
Replicable design model particularly in BIPOC-inaccessible and high-displacement neighborhoods.
THE FUTURE WE SEE
Bringing Artists Together
STAHC envisions establishing a new precedent for a viable, creative, build-to-own, environmentally sustainable, healthy, equity-building, middle to low-income BIPOC-led infrastructure alternative to Seattle’s unacceptable neoliberal neighborhood development and housing model. This project will be replicable throughout Seattle, particularly in BIPOC-inaccessible and high-displacement neighborhoods.
Advance economic mobility
Artists have long shaped the identity of Seattle, and yet, it is harder and harder for people to be able to afford to live and work in their own hometown. Even highly successful artists achieve just middle-income for Seattle, but with housing costs out of reach, cannot build equity. They are able to pay a consistent mortgage if there is a financial model which allows for it. This design seeks to be that option
Prevent residential, commercial, and cultural displacement
This project aligns with the need for affordable home ownership for artists of color and amplifies/activates their voices/power and commitment to community by being co-located in residential communities. This project model seeks to introduce the Tiny House Community model with an equity-first mandate to Southeast Seattle, to confront Seattle’s rampant gentrification and displacement of BIPOC communities. By embedding the project with artists, the Community is established by a group with natural pathways for cultural competency, communications and outreach.
Build on local cultural assets
With low-materials costs, the project may leverage local cultural knowledge, especially from Immigrant communities. Rainier Valley has one of the densest East African populations in the region, who also offer expertise in architecture, landscape, permaculture, and farming practices. The artists act as designers/owners and design their own houses in tandem with each other.
Promote transportation mobility and connectivity
Walkability, connectivity. Artists can have live-work spaces which can be toured by patrons and/or turned into night markets (kind of like the small Trailer Park Mall in Georgetown), art walks, or community art classes.
Develop healthy and safe neighborhoods
Permaculture design ensures artists are able to grow their own, culturally responsive organic food, and share food with neighbors. Water catchment systems, solar power grid tied design assures the land is also being considered at the heart of the design.
Enable equitable access to all neighborhoods
The model is based on a Land Trust, held in perpetuity, at $50,000/house. This model is scalable and replicable and could be used on other sites with vacant land. This model is NOT designed a ‘downsize’ for the privileged who have already bought a house. The design is inherently at its core an equitable, clean, safe solution for those most affected by gentrification, to build a substantial amount of equity for future generations of BIPOC and can be launched anywhere in Seattle, which means no redlining.
pic - MURAL ARTIST - RYA WU
ALL MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE:
Space Usage at BIPOC STAHC Art Residency Center Space - Holly House 4627 South Holly Street, Seattle, 98118
Workshops and training discounted
Access to printer, wi-fi, shared workspace, mtg space, projector/screen for presentations, fridge, microwave, creative art space
Bathroom Facilities Onsite
Outdoor & Indoor Space
Living Room Space
OPEN HOUSE EVENT
pic - BAM 2022 RESIDENT ARTIST CAROLYN HITT
-Blue Cone Studios