ASAP STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
I stand to keep New York City the city of ideas and a nexus of culture.
I stand to keep art and artists in New York City.
I stand to preserve the city's neighborhoods as a place for all New Yorkers.
I support ASAP and invite others to do so.
New York City has always been a center of art and ideas, as well as a commercial engine.
Visual artists are essential contributors to this production. Our city’s cultural energy derives from its art makers and from its diverse population of people from all over the world, of every stripe, at every economic level. This vibrancy is now being threatened by rising rents and gentrification: artists, musicians, job-producing industries, and mom-and-pop stores alike are priced out of their workspaces. The community of artists in NYC is in crisis, and our future is linked to preserving the diverse fabric of neighborhoods throughout the boroughs.
As gentrification spreads, we are priced out of neighborhood after neighborhood. Most working artists cannot afford this city's exponentially increasing studio rents: many of us are adjuncts, freelancers, part-time, or otherwise unprotected workers. We all know of fellow artists who have recently lost their spaces. The Artist Studio Affordability Project (ASAP) is an effort to bring this issue to the attention of the public and local politicians. We focus on raising awareness about the crisis of affordable studio space, and on advocating legislation that will protect and expand affordable artist studios. To that end, we engage in outreach to the art community, elected officials, community organizations, news media, and policy experts in order to shape and define our approach. We are interested in hearing your ideas!