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chashama, Inc.
February 10, 2010

New York City has become prohibitively expensive for artists to live, work and create. Chashama came up with a brilliant plan to take temporarily vacant properties and turn them into galleries, performance spaces and studios. As a local artist I have benefited by receiving free storefront space donated by chashama for an art installation. Also, I appreciate chashama’s investment in my community – I’m thrilled to see previously empty buildings filled with exciting, provocative works of art and performance. And as a member of the audience I have attended chashama’s film festivals, performances and shows. Chashama is bringing back the vibrant, creative, diverse New York that has been slipping away. I was given a storefront space in Times Square over the December holidays. It was an opportunity for me to show my work to thousands of viewers. I made art in the space – as well as exhibiting my work – so that the visitors walking by the Times Square window could come in and meet a local working artist. The chashama staff was an absolute pleasure to work with The technical director, Darryl Hell, painted and spackled the space so that it was gallery-ready when I arrived. Darryl was there with extra lighting and advice, if I needed it. The chashama staff also did the publicity for the show and took wonderful photographs, documenting the show. Chashama also has a great listserve with great opportunities for artists.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open up many more studio, rehearsal and performance spaces for NY artists. The artists in NY are desperate for work space, and more and more artists are moving away. There are so many empty storefronts in the East Village ...

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I could have received a small stipend to cover the costs of setting up the show.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Client Served & I had an art show in a chashama space in Times Square.