AFC, Skowhegan, and A.S.A.P. Team Up to Present Panel on Afforable Studio Space

by The AFC Staff on March 11, 2014 Events


Art F City has put together a panel in collaboration with Skowhegan and the Artist Studio Affordability Project (A.S.A.P.) on the subject of studio affordability in NYC. We’ve got a fantastic list of people coming out to to talk about these issues including Hunter Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning Tom Angotti, artists or organizers Jenny Dubnau and Shawn Gallagher, Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna and Art F City’s own Paddy Johnson as moderator. If finding affordable studio space in New York has been an issue for you or anyone you know, you need to attend this panel. The press release below.

THURSDAY MARCH 27, 2014 // 7:00 PM
Following an ongoing public dialogue about the affordable space crisis within the creative community in New York as well as among our own community of artists, Skowhegan invites you to join us for a town hall discussion on March 27th. Panelists will navigate the realities of the cost of living creatively, the role of commercial real estate, and the activism entailed therein. Increased visibility for the issue has spawned a series of talks from various organizations, however a dedicated center has yet to be established. Our hope for this conversation is to identify current problems, desired solutions, and paths from the former to the latter. Four people with diverse interests and expertise in art, studio space, urban planning, and gentrification will launch a town-hall discussion led by Paddy Johnson.

Tom Angotti, a professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College. He has completed numerous studies about New York City community based plans and land trusts, as well as advised the documentary My Brooklyn about the gentrification of Atlantic Yards.

Jenny Dubnau, an artist who lives and works in Queens. Together with Tamara Zahaykevich, she formed Artists Studio Affordability Project (A.S.A.P.), an organization that raises awareness about rapidly raising rent prices.

Shawn Gallagher, an artist with a background in real estate who is an active member of Placeholder (formerly known as Stay in Bushwick), a collective seeking to establish stable and affordable work space for artists through non-profit building owning models. He has been featured on Big Red Shiny and spoken at Eyebeam for Arts & Labor Alternative Economies Group.

Diana Reyna is the current Deputy Brooklyn Borough President and former city council representative for the 34th district including Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood. She has been active in enforcing stricter zoning laws to maintain manufacturing/industrial economies and other legislation toward the goal of sustainable and affordable communities.

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Paddy Johnson is the founding editor of Art F. City and an op-ed columnist for Artnet. In addition to providing the first coverage of the Industry City controversy, she has spoken about related topics at venues including Yale, Parsons, South by Southwest and the Whitney. She is a founding member of Placeholder, a collective seeking to establish stable and affordable work space for artists through non-profit building owning models.

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