NYC DIY Spaces post Ghost Ship: Dept of Cultural Affairs Meeting
DIY Stands Stronger Together
Way to go everyone! What an awesome showing at the NYC DIY Spaces post Ghost Ship: Dept of Cultural Affairs Meeting on Jan 27! Our turnout really showed the strength and the importance of mobilizing around what we care about.
Read our Recommendation Letter to the Dept. of Cultural Affairs Commissioner
New York Artist Coalition General Meeting
Join us in protecting spaces. Be there to create a coalition! Unified we have a powerful voice that is heard by the city. We can change the reality in New York as we stand with undocumented people and those working for affordable space, the artists in us all.
Where: Magick City, 37 Box St, Brooklyn, New York
When: Monday Feb 6, 7pm
Details and RSVP Last Friday we organized and packed the house at the NYC Department of Cultural affairs meeting RE: DIY Spaces after Ghost Ship. We made a strong show of support, they said there hadn't been so many people at one of these meetings.
Many DIY and Alternative Art Spaces unified in one room for an unprecedented discussion. We realized we already have most of the tools we're looking for in the community, if we unify as a network of mutual support.
This meeting fulfills that promise. We will also develop our coalitions final recommendations together for NYC's Cultural Plan.
NYC DIY Spaces post Ghost Ship: Dept of Cultural Affairs Meeting Overview
Jan 27, 2016
We had a very productive meeting in which the Commissioner of the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs took questions and comments from the DIY and informal arts space community. We were asked to contribute final recommendations.
Recommendations from Meeting Attendees
*Pathway to legalization for venues and live/work spaces
*Disband M.A.R.C.H. (Multi-Agency Response to Community Hotspots) program
*Make liquor license and assembly permit process easier
*Assembly permits require expensive architectural drawings - need access to inexpensive architects
*Hire people to help artists figure out bureaucracy
*Repeal Cabaret Law
*More funding for youth programs (don’t want to have to sell alcohol to be viable)
*Utilize and communicate about the Loft Law deadline
*Need for more affordable community space
*Gather data about spaces that doesn’t currently exist
*More bilingual outreach for help with bureaucracy
*Facilitate partnerships with underused spaces for artists and musicians
*Certification process for those within the network for fire safety
Apply for Loft Law Coverage
Deadline June 26, 2017
The Loft Law is a NY State law designed to protect tenants in NYC who are illegally living in commercial or factory buildings.
Meow Wolf’s DIY Fund
$100,000 annual fund to support DIY music and art spaces, with additional consulting resources available for legal, building code, and organizational structure improvements.
Brooklyn Arts Council Fiscal Sponsorship
Deadline for DCLA funding Feb 13
Are you an individual artist looking for a way to accept tax-deductible donations for your project? Are you part of a new nonprofit cultural organization waiting for your 501c3 to come through but want to get started fundraising? BAC Fiscal Sponsorship may be able to help.
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