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Archives: 2015
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
12/15/2015 Blouinartinfo.com
18 Artists to Watch: Part II (features Sun Mi You)
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11/7/2015 Morningsider
chashama Bids Farewell For Now
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11/2/2015 NBCNews.com
For Photographer Kevin Truong, Telling Stories of Gay Life is Global
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10/14/2015 Soliflores Notes
Aroma-Gym Pop Up
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9/30/2015 Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator
Chashama’s Open Studios another success at Brooklyn Army Terminal
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9/29/2015 Artnews
Trans-Everything: Njideka Akunyili Crosby Mounts Two Shows in Los Angeles
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9/24/2015 Palm Beach Post
New art installed along Ocean Avenue
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9/21/2015 Terremoto
Saul Robbins in conversation with Cameron Shaw
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9/15/2015 The Boston Globe
Metaphysical maps, metaphorical obstacles, abstract vistas
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8/16/2015 The Village Voice
Ever Blanco Valverde: The Innocents
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7/26/2015 NYTimes
NYTimes July 26, 2015, Sunday Routine: Natalie C. Wood (download mobile version)
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7/26/2015 NYTimes
NYTimes July 26, 2015, Sunday Routine: Natalie C. Wood (download print version)
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6/9/2015 The Real Deal
What you missed at chashama’s 20th anniversary gala
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3/25/2015 Real Estate Weekly
REBNY showing its art with chashama partnership
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3/1/2015 Metro International
Artists invoke Dante de Blasio to keep police, race conversation alive
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1/20/2015 Silence is Accurate
Interview with chashama Studio Artist Seunghwui Koo
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1/10/2015 Painting Is Dead
PAINTING IS DEAD: Endless Care @ Small Editions
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1/8/2015 New York Times
A Kaleidoscope of Meaning on a Single Surface: Devin Powers’s Paintings at Lesley Heller Workspace
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