Vacancy available on Empire St!

AS220 is accepting applications for a live/work studio available on July 16, 2022, on the communal Floor 3 of our Empire Street complex in downtown Providence. The unit is 314 square feet and rents for $460 per month along with a security deposit of $460 and a $10 per month kitty contribution for cleaning supplies and various other communal expenses.

This is a government-designated affordable housing unit; your gross annual income cannot exceed $30,300 to qualify. If you apply and are accepted, the unit must be used as your primary residence. 

Applications are due by 10am on Friday, May 27th. Interviews will be conducted during the week of June 6th. Download an Application Form and the Income Declaration Form by clicking here:

Completed applications can be emailed to Alex Ruiz, AS220’s Live/Work Manager, at, or dropped off at:

95 Mathewson Street #204
Providence, RI 02903

Frequently Asked Questions about this vacancy:

What is included in this unit?

The unit includes a 314 square foot live/work studio. There is no personal bathroom or kitchen facilities; the 11-person floor shares a kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and a laundry room. There is no parking included, it is a non-smoking building, and no pets are allowed. Rent on Floor 3 includes all utilities – heat, electric, AC and hot water.

What is living on the communal floor like?

Residents on the communal floor must be committed to a cooperative living structure, since the floor is shared between 11 people. AS220’s Empire Street complex is a busy building that includes performance spaces, galleries, a bar and restaurant, a youth program, and a dance studio. If you need a lot of peace and quiet, this may not be for you. If you are looking for a lively living environment and are inspired by other artistic activity, this could be a very good fit.

What benefits and expectations come with being a resident artist at AS220?

Benefits to residents at AS220 include discounted access to workshops and art-making tools in the AS220 Industries, free entrance to most AS220 events, and the opportunity to exhibit work in AS220’s Resident Gallery at 131 Washington St. 

Expectations of AS220 residents include paying rent on time each month, 5 hours per month in community service to AS220*, respectful use of common facilities, completing assigned/shared chores for the common spaces on the floor, and attendance at monthly floor meetings.

*Note: the community service requirement has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who can apply?

You must be at least 21 years of age to live on the communal floor. We encourage artists of all backgrounds and artistic mediums to apply. At AS220 we believe all people are born creative, that everyone is an artist, and that there is magic and power in bringing people from different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, identities and perspectives together. We embrace an expansive view of art and resist narrowly defined, westernized and commercialized definitions of art and its value in society. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, ability, age, or veteran status. To read more about AS220’s community values, please visit

What is the application process?

To apply, submit the Application Form and the Income Declaration Form, and attach an artistic bio, artistic resume, and samples of your artwork.

A panel of AS220 residents will select 6 applicants to visit us for an interview. The interview panel will be made up of Floor 3 residents and at least one AS220 staff member. The panel will score all applicants on the same scale in three areas: 

  1. their housing needs and artistic needs, and how well those needs align with the spaces and resources AS220 has to offer
  2. their level of interest in joining a community of artists
  3. their commitment to their artistic practice (we do not judge applicants based on our subjective impressions of their art; rather we look at the role that artistic practice plays in the applicant’s life). 

The applicant with the highest score after the interviews will be offered the space. 

Affordable Housing regulations require that AS220 verify a new tenant’s income before they move in; AS220 staff will be in touch with you after you submit your application to begin the process of verifying your income. 

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Ruiz at or by calling 401-831-9327 x110.