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Archives: 2012
Art Frankly
3/4/2021
Art Frankly Interview with Anita Durst – Founder of Chashama
Anita Durst, founder of Chashama, has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to secure over one million square feet of space in New York City for artists. She believes programs like Chashama are the vital building blocks to ensuring cultural capital in New York City. More
Art Frankly
3/4/2021
Art Frankly Interview with Hayley Ferber – Deputy Director of Chashama
Hayley Ferber is an independent curator, educator and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Her professional mission is to initiate and support creative opportunities in the arts. She accomplishes this in her daily role as Deputy Director of Chashama, a non-profit organization that transforms unused real estate into artist studios and exhibition spaces. More
Metropolitan Magazine
3/4/2021
Creating Art from Chaos
In 2020, ChaShaMa (meaning in Farsi, “to have vision”) recognized its 25th year in existence, though focus was not on their annual, over-thetop fundraising gala, and instead on how the nonprofit could not only prevail but excel amidst major city-wide shutdowns and new pandemic protocols. “ChaShaMa is a great catalyst for recovery in the wake of the pandemic”, Durst says, seeing the opportunity to utilize the newly vacant properties left in the wake of the shutdowns. “We can be a bridge between the property owner, the artist, the small businesses, and the non-profits. We can help reignite the economy of New York and bring it back to life.” More
AM New York
11/30/2020
New York City arts organization helps arts and businesses set up shop in vacant storefronts
“Right now, when you look at the city, you see all of these people leaving and the shuttered spaces, but there’s still a huge passion and many people who are here want to help it,” said Durst. “There is so much potential for helping, and Enliven NYC will help artists and businesses in their spaces until they get rented out. We’re still awake and alive, and New York is moving forward through this pandemic.” More
Bangkok Post
11/30/2020
As pandemic closes New York stores, artists move in
With landlords struggling to fill vacated lots, Chashama is upping its efforts amid the pandemic and plans to add 100 spaces within the next year to the 150 studios it already operates. "Sometimes they say tragedy brings an opportunity. So this is an opportunity," says the artist known as Sir Shadow, performing his signature one-stroke drawings in a former furniture store in Manhattan. More
West Side Spirit
7/27/2020
Chashama at 25: a talk with founder Anita Durst about creating platforms for artists
Art as the lifeblood of NYC’s culture: a talk with founder Anita Durst about creating platforms for artists in empty commercial spaces. As an organization, Chashama is simply a platform for artists, performers, and innovators to display their creative output through performances in rented property spaces. But as an institution, Chashama represents the “New York dream,” the artist’s passion to take their ideas and their work to the big city stage and have the opportunity to showcase, communicate, and inspire. More
The Village Sun
7/8/2020
Darrell Thorne takes ‘window dressing’ to new heights
Chashama and the National Endowments for the Arts have partnered to present a unique exhibition, “Under Glass and in Color,” featuring the work of Darrell Thorne, the Out100 designer and performance artist known for his work with Madonna, Jennifer Hudson, Blondie and more. More
The Fordham Ram
4/3/2020
Chashama Art Space Welcomes 25th Year
“(Chashama) awards $9 million worth of real estate to artists, subsidizes 200 artist workspaces, provides over 200 free art classes and gives 170 artists free space to present,” read the website. Chashama partners with owners of unused space and then turns that real estate into “activated” space, as Durst calls it. More
12/1/2012 Stone Voices
The Shift: A New Beginning
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11/24/2012 Culturebot
AUNTS “Populous” at Chashama
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11/7/2012 amNY
Cheap$kate: FREE events in the city this weekend
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10/13/2012
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10/9/2012 Arts Observer
'The Seven Percent': Portraits of India's Elite
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9/10/2012 Hyperallergic
GO Sunset Park: An Emerging Art Community
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9/5/2012 Home Reporter and Sunset News
BUZZ: Artists’ open house
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9/5/2012 NY Daily News
Brooklyn Army Terminal Mixes Affordable Artists' Studios with Manufacturers
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8/22/2012 Greenpointer
Under the Mattress: Greenpoint Artist Billy Frey Collects and Collages
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7/5/2012 The Queens Courier
Instead of Paint, LIC Artist Uses Chocolate
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7/2/2012 Broadway World
Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery Runs Through July
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6/24/2012 The New York Times
Evening Hours - June's Stars
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6/20/2012 TimeOutNY
Art Takes Times Square by Chashama and Artists Wanted
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6/19/2012 The Commercial Observer
Anita's Way (print)
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6/19/2012 The Commercial Observer
Anita's Way: Douglas Durst's Eldest Daughter Merges Art with Real Estate (web)
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6/19/2012 Capital New York
Times Square billboards answer a high-brow calling: Art
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6/17/2012 The New York Times
Web Sites Illuminate Unknown Artists
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6/15/2012 Broadway World
Vacant Lot Theatre Co. Debuts A CHILD'S DRAWING OF A MONSTER
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6/15/2012 Globe News Wire
Chashama to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell
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6/15/2012 The Irish Times
Teacher to have art work displayed at Times Square
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6/15/2012 Cultural Capitol
Romeo and Juliet at Chashama
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6/14/2012 Queens Chronicle
LIRR Airtrans hub gets new lighting; project also includes retail space
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6/12/2012 GoSeeDo
Architecture Runway
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6/11/2012 NYC.com
Art for Life: Children and Dreams Charity Exhibit
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6/10/2012 Melodika
Palms For Life Fund Presents: Art for Life: Children and Dreams featuring works by Andy Warhol
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6/7/2012 GMA Network
'Midwest Filipino' exhibit on view in New York until June 10
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