In November of 2010, The Delray Beach CRA decided to utilize the storefront space located at the lower level of Old School Square Parking Garage to host cultural and arts activities in the space. Alyona Ushe, the Executive Director of Creative City Collaborative, as a CRA employee was tasked to work with the Creative City Collaborative to organize activities in the space that has been named “Arts Garage.” These activities include performances, film, concerts, workshops, and multi-disciplinary classes. In addition, programming at the Arts Garage is being used as a testing ground for activities envisioned in the CRA’s Warehouse project, while building awareness in the community of the City’s Cultural efforts.
Since then, the Arts Garage has evolved into a multi-disciplinary cultural hub for visual artists, musicians, performers, film presenters and arts educators. The mission of the Arts Garage is to collaborate with emerging artists and cultural innovators to facilitate an exchange of art and ideas and to present cutting-edge, interdisciplinary performances and exhibitions. Jazz Jubilee at the Arts Garage is intended to reveal the venue as the incoming home of jazz in South Florida.