ASAP

ARTIST STUDIO AFFORDABILITY PROJECT

ASAP IS AN ACTIVIST ORGANIZATION COMPOSED OF ARTISTS, ART WORKERS, EDUCATORS AND OTHER ARTS PROFESSIONALS DEVOTED TO PRESERVING AFFORDABLE WORKSPACES IN NEW YORK CITY 

Installation view of “Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1” at Industry City, Brooklyn NY. October 20 – December 15, 2013. Photos: Paul Porter and Alexander Porter. Courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency/artplusmagazine)

Installation view of “Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1” at Industry City, Brooklyn NY. October 20 – December 15, 2013. Photos: Paul Porter and Alexander Porter. Courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency/artplusmagazine)

 

The Artist Studio Affordability Project (ASAP) formed in 2013 by a group of artists forced out of their studios due to rising rents in Sunset Park's Industry City. The warehouse complex, which mainly housed small manufacturers and artist studios, raised rents dramatically and informed many of its artist tenants that they would need to vacate in order to make way for higher-paying clients. For many, the well-publicized case was an urgent wake-up call: artists must work with their neighbors and government representatives if they are to remain in New York City.

Related texts:

Who Owns a Vacant Lot? Lise Soskolne

Lost in the Gallery-Industrial Complex, Holland Cotter

Will Work for Inspiration, David Byrne

Get involved!

ArtistStudioAP@gmail.com