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Neil deMause

Housing Costs Too Much: A Responsive Series of Awkward Dinner Conversations

by Chris Green on May 23, 2016
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“How can you say that affordable housing should go towards artist studios rather than homeless domestic violence victims?”

The question, asked on Monday evening by the Village Voice’s Neil deMause during dinner at a luxurious Chelsea apartment, sent some hands reaching for wine glasses. It was a moment in William Powhida and Jennifer Dalton’s MONTH2MONTH, the public art project running in private residences around the city throughout May, that made the stakes of such a project’s engagement housing uncomfortably clear. The guests at the dinner, a varied mix of artists, patrons and the curious, were faced with a paradox of the liberal sensibility whereby supporting the arts might be tantamount to taking housing away from the truly needy. At least until Powhida announced that he, an artist, didn’t think artists should be given studio space over anyone.The problem is one of affordability. The discussion moved on, drinks were refilled.

In the age of poor doors and museum-sanctioned real estate summits, MONTH2MONTH, produced by MoreArt, asks what role the art community, which is so often viewed as an agent of gentrification, can play in the debate around NYC housing.

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The Definitive Stay in New York Reading List

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on June 26, 2015
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If you’re heading out to “Stay in New York,” Art F City’s affordable workspace conference, there’s no better time than now to catch up on the issues: artists kicked out of studios, community-building legislation, and whether artists can afford real-estate in New York. Not going? We’ve compiled a lengthy guide on the state of affordable workspace in New York City, with articles from Art F City and other online publications, professional and academic studies, and books to get you started on knowing the current state of affordable studio space in New York City. Some of these resources you may be familiar with. Others have been made publicly available here for the first time.

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