The Stay in New York Program Guide

by The AFC Staff on June 24, 2015 · 2 comments Events


Stay in New York
The Affordable Workspace Conference
Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows, Corona Park
June 27, 11:30 PM to 5:30 PM

An affordable workspace conference for visual artists organized by Art F City and launched in partnership with the Queens Museum. The conference aims to give creative New Yorkers the tools to help create better neighborhoods, find and keep their rents low, and even purchase real estate and studio space. Alongside the conference, our resource center participants will be on hand to talk you through the ins and outs of affordable workspace. See the panelist bios here and the list of resource center participants here.

Schedule & Speakers

*All events take place in the Queens Museum atrium unless otherwise noted.

ArtBuilt Mobile Studio, Open Hours 11:30-2:15

Check out the ArtBuilt Mobile Studio, located next to the Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. These small, affordable mobile workspaces are designed to help artists, social-service providers and micro-businesses work in new ways and in new places. Artists Patrick Rowe and Matthew Jensen will be in residence in the mobile studio throughout the summer as part of the Studio in the Park residency program, a partnership between ArtBuilt, Queens Museum and NYC Parks.  ArtBuilt founders Guy Buckles and Esther Robinson will give tours of the studio space and discuss details of the residency and the innovative mobile studio that houses it.

Coffee, seating, and resource center 12:00 p.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Welcome 12:10 p.m.

Community, gentrification, and displacement 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

How is gentrification affecting artists today and how can these communities use their assets to push beyond the barriers of wealth and influence? What sectors or partners can we find allies with—whether public or private—and what are the benefits and drawbacks of these arrangements?

  • Nat Roe, moderator
  • Chloë Bass
  • Shawn McLearen
  • Ambre Kelly
  • Stephanie Diamond
  • Wayne Hodge

Lunch and resource center check-in 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

*My Brooklyn runs on a continuous loop in the museum’s theater.

Securing affordable workspace, lobbying, and activism 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

In what ways can artists preserve and protect spaces and rights we already have within our communities? How can we align our need for workspace with small business, light manufacturing, and other industries struggling to stay in New York? The panelists will explore this issue and discuss existing resources and activist efforts currently underway. They will also outline proposals for further progress.

  • William Powhida, moderator
  • Jenny Dubnau
  • Eve Sussman
  • Tamara Greenfield
  • Adeola Enigbokan

Break 3:15 pm–3:30 pm

Ownership 3:30 pm–4:30 pm

How can ownership empower artists, and in a city of sky-high real estate prices, how can artists enter the market? This panel assembles artists and administrators who have practical experience securing and or administering property in the public and private spheres, and asks them how that work can empower artists today.

  • Deborah Brown, moderator
  • Risa Shoup
  • Steven Englander
  • Gabriel Florenz
  • Esther Robinson

Keynote: Tom Angotti Q&A with Paddy Johnson 4:30 pm–5:00 pm

Urban-planning expert and author Tom Angotti discusses the subjects of community, activism, and ownership with Paddy Johnson and puts forward suggestions on how to move forward.

Thank you and wrap up 5:00 pm–5:30 pm

Panelist & Keynote Biographies

Thomas Angotti Chloe Bass Deborah Brown
Tom Angotti Chloë Bass Deborah Brown
Keynote, professor, author Artist Artist, community board member
Stephanie Diamond Jenny Dubnau Steve Englander
Stephanie Diamond Jenny Dubnau Steven Englander
Artist, Listings Project Artist, A.S.A.P. Director of ABC No Rio
Gabriel Florenz Paddy Johnson Tamara Greenfield
Artist, Pioneer Works Editorial Director, Art F City Spaceworks
Wayne Hodge Ambre Kelly Shawn Mclearen
Wayne Hodge Ambre Kelly Shawn McLearen
Artist The They Co, Spring Break Real estate developer, consultant
William Powhida Nat Roe Risa Shoup
Artist, Placeholder Flux Factory, Silent Barn REIC
Esther Robinson  
Eve Sussman Esther Robinson Adeola Enigbokan
Artist, Loft Law ArtHome  Artist and writer

Resource Center Participants

Navigating the New York real estate world isn’t easy. The organizations in our resource center can help.

Art F City
Artist Studio Affordability Project (ASAP)
Listings Project
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
Real Estate Investment Cooperative (REIC)
Triangle Arts Association
Two Trees
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

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