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Chashama

"Through our partnership with NYCEDC, we have been able to provide an infrastructure of support reaching far beyond our previous network of artists, and into a much broader pool of creative individuals and organizations." Anita Durst, Artistic Director, chashama

Business Need

Transforming vacant storefronts and office spaces into artistic hubs, Chashama is an arts not-for-profit that connects New York City artists with affordable workspaces. Operating since 1995, Chashama had been utilizing 20,000 square feet of space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park. It was looking to expand its studio space to accommodate more local visual, performance, and film artists. They also wanted to deepen their presence in the neighborhood and organize ways for artists to interact with and contribute to the cultural fabric of the community.

Solution

NYCEDC facilitated an expansion of Chashama's studio capacity at the Brooklyn Army Terminal to include an additional 40,000 square feet of space, allowing chashama to create about 75 new studios at highly subsidized rates. In a win-win situation, graduates of NYCEDC's Artist as Entrepreneur program are eligible to apply for Chashama’s low-cost studio space where they can display their work and jumpstart their businesses. The organization has also been able to increase its community presence, inviting local high school students to present their work at a gallery exhibition in this inspired space.

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