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chashama, Inc.
February 13, 2010

I've been an artist in Chashama's studio residency program for three years. In that time, they have provided me with an affordable studio space that is close to home, they've given me solo shows and participation in group shows, they've provided me access to gallery spaces, and coordinated open studios to increase my visibility as an artist. They are always accessible, very hands-on, and always working on new ways to promote the creation of new artworks by their constantly growing roster of resident artists. They've fostered an art community in a developing area, and continue to work with pre-existing local art groups on various projects. I am eternally grateful to Chashama for giving me the space to create my art, for giving me the opportunity to share my process with an incredible community of artists with residencies in the same building, and for encouraging me to share my artistic contributions with the world at large. Specifics: my studio is about 150 square feet with two large south facing windows. It's ten blocks from my house. I spend between 3 and 6 hours there every day. Chashama has a rolling admissions policy: they contacted me when a studio opened up in my exact vicinity, which was about 8 months after I first applied.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways: low rent studio space, shows, gallery space, interaction with art programs and the art community at large.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to create more connections between resident artists and the gallery network.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

having access to a studio in a building filled with artists.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all levels, administrative, creative, etc. The person that started the program is around all the time.

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

bring back a New York as the art capital of the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had taken more advantage of the exhibition possibilities that exist.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding enough spaces for all of the people who want them.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm glad they exist, they've made a big impact on my progress as an artist.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I create art in a studio space provided by Chashama.