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Bloomberg Proposes Organization to Create Artist Studio Space, in State of the City Address

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Mayor Bloomberg gives his State of the City address. (Mario Tama/Getty)

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg mentioned culture initiatives only briefly in his State of the City address, at the Morris High School in the Bronx today, though he did note a few projects with which his administration will be involved over the next year, chief among them a new nonprofit called Space Works, which, he said, “will create long-term affordable rehearsal and studio space for artists citywide, including on Governors Island.”

Also appearing in the speech were mentions of the Bronx River Art Center, where a new media center and gallery are being created as part of an ongoing renovation, and the Queens Museum of Art’s current expansion program, which will double its size.

Mayor Bloomberg emphasized that his is an administration that keeps its promises. “We said we’d open the new section of the High Line, break ground on the new Whitney Museum and complete the expansion of the Museum of the Moving Image,” he said, “and because of the leadership of Commissioners Amanda Burden, Kate Levin and Katherine Oliver, we did.”

We’ll be back in Jan. 2013 to see how this Space Works program–which sounds a little bit like an aeronautical company, right?–panned out.

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Comments

  1. Bfisher says:

    Do the plans include Staten Island? Folks here need affordable space also.

  2. Bfisher says:

    Do the plans include Staten Island? Folks here need affordable space also.

  3. The “Space Works” initiative, recycling vacant city-owned properties to provide affordable studio space for artists, sounds very much like what Anita Durst has been doing for the past sixteen years with Chashama, an arts organization which leases temporarily vacant properties to artists at below-market rents. The property owners get a tax break and the benefit of not having an unsightly boarded-up property. The artists get affordable space. Chashama handles the insurance and contracts.