The Taipei Artist Village is located in an idle space that the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs repurposed in October 2001 for cultural pursuits. The village provides a welcome spot for interaction and exchange between the general public and artists in various fields. There are also studio spaces that are available for artists. Over 30 international artists have worked at the village adding to the cosmopolitan tone of the local arts scene. On certain days the studios are open for visitors to see the resident artists at work. The village also arranges art classes taught by artists and also arranges art exchange activities and facilities for exhibitions by professional and part-time artists.