Artist Safespaces started as an idea while working alongside the local government to provide safespaces in every park for artists to do art without getting tickets or getting arrested.
It turned into a model to designate public and private safespaces for artists to do live art for free. Our founder, Salina Mendoza, is the 2019 OC Laureate and has had the privilege to work alongside various orgs + gov’ts. She became a go-to person to find artists and employ artists for gigs.
After leaving her job in tech to work in the art community space, she found out quickly her savings wouldn't last to continue. She went back to the tech industry and continued to work on this idea in a new form. With a few conversations with Orange County (OC) community leaders, it was clear there would be some interest in bringing spaces like this to our communities and would be a form of placemaking.
Artist Safespaces had our first event on March 28th at Sevilla (Grand Opening) in Triangle Square in Costa Mesa, CA. We coordinated live art at their grand opening.
Covid-19 took over and we pivoted to helping performance artists setup and record live performances via Twitch, Facebook Live, and Instagram. Our founder helped various OC Art Community leaders quickly pivot and adapt to new technical requirements by hosting meetings and instructional workshops to use live video capture software at scale.
In October 2020, Artist Safespaces received a fiscal sponsorship from ArtsOC.org
, an independent nonprofit organization who is the officially-designated local arts agency of the County of Orange and its official state-local arts agency partner.