Best Community Art Center - 2006
CELLspace - CLOSED
A sprawling 10,000 square feet of pristine warehouse, CELLspace is the kind of place that makes you marvel at art's democratic possibilities. The "CELL" part stands for the unduly techy-sounding Collectively Explorative Learning Labs, but the space is an arts and education mecca that reaches people through a variety of mediums: arts and crafts, drawing, painting, theater, performance, dance, and some seriously creative activism. Low rental fees, novel seminars, and dirt-cheap events that cater to the city's many tastes and persuasions are just part of the appeal. Marionette-making workshops, bhangra dance nights, gypsy dinner circuses, free tango classes, and hip hop education summits think of it as an alchemist's atelier, where raw ideas are transmuted into an eclectic, experimental stew of amusement. It's a change-making place for the masses, and despite (or perhaps because of) its "fuck the system" message, CELLspace is always up to cool shit.