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Aug 20

This Tuesday is going to be big, and it’s not even GO weekend yet! Lucia Rollow, Morgan Shockley, and myself will be hosting an artist and voter meet up in Bushwick, and we’ll be joined by some of the neighborhood coordinators from other areas. Come out to mingle with other artists and voters!

Tuesday’s meet up will take place at The Paper Box at 17 Meadow Street from 7pm-10pm. We are partnering with The Paper Box to bring live music to kick off and wrap up our event! We will be featuring local acts Rarefaction and Craphazzard. We will have a Q&A from about 7:30-8:30pm, during which we can answer your questions about studio preparation and voting for artists. 

Aug 08

Organizing for both Bushwick Open Studios and GO, I’ve found inspiration in the way Bushwick pioneers in the arts have found ways to create monumental projects most literally out of their apartments. Though a great vision combined with a need to make ends meet is often behind this kind of set up, I feel like in Bushwick it has become a trend and a phenomenon. Norte Maar and Centotto are two Bushwick based projects which facilitate collaborative work between artists, with much of the visual projects based in the living rooms of the directors. These spaces have become dynamic beacons for the local arts community as the neighborhood has grown, with many new commercial galleries moving in.

Norte Maar, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was founded in 2004 by curator Jason Andrew and choreographer Julia K. Gleich to promote interdisciplinary collaboration between artists, performers, and writers.  It has since served as a platform for scores of projects ranging from visual art exhibition to collaborative contemporary ballet. The visual art exhibits have been run primarily out of Jason Andrew’s living room at 83 Wyckoff Avenue. A recent visual show, which ran during Bushwick Open Studios, featured the DYI promotional materials (collages and more) made by PassKontrol front man Oliver Ralli. A contemporary ballet called The Brodmann Areas, produced by Andrew himself, was a summer project recently presented at the Center for Performance Art Research. But most of the excitement around Norte Maar’s projects centers on the question, how will Jason Andrew’s apartment be rearranged or invaded by surprising new artwork for the next show? From a room for experimental film projection to a meeting spot for local Arts in Bushwick organizers, this space lives and breathes collaboration and mixed use.

I discovered Centotto when I was living upstairs from it at 250 Moore St., and began running into the curator behind the project, Paul D’Agostino, on my walks between home and the Morgan L stop. For years, D’Agostino has been the mastermind behind a series of exhibitions which are inspired by a text, and often produce one as an aspect of the resulting art work. Collaborative group visual art shows based on a title, a poem, or an idea are the norm in this loft space, which has been a highlight on the Beat Nite alternative art spaces tour that Jason Andrew has been organizing several times a year. I love the way that Paul has brought together his passion (and talent) for writing and art together in these simposios, as he calls them, stimulating an intellectual conversation among artists and viewers that runs deeper than the visual impression of Centotto’s exhibitions.

As Bushwick has transitioned and become the neighborhood with quite possibly the highest density of studios in Brooklyn, non-profit and alternative spaces like these have helped it maintain its off-the-beaten-path flavor. Most importantly, these kinds of projects help facilitate the interdisciplinary collaboration that makes Bushwick a unique haven for the arts, even as the pressures of gentrification are changing its landscape. With newer creative spaces are popping up left and right, I hope some local creatives will use these models as an inspiration for what can be done here — literally, right out of your living room.

Jun 23

Artist Info Session Monday 6/25 in Bushwick


Neighborhood coordinators will be running an artist information session in Bushwick at Little Skips this Monday night.  Stop in to see Lucia and Morgan with your inquiries or just your enthusiasm for the project during this time! They will help  troubleshoot your profile on-site, clarify terms and conditions of the project, and pass along promotional materials if you would like to support the project publicly.

Little Skips 

941 Willoughby Avenue

Monday 6/25 from 7-8P

Jun 15

As registrations for Bushwick artists are rolling in, I wanted to share some of my favorite memories of just walking around during Bushwick Open Studios a few weeks ago. Our neighborhood festival celebrated its 6th year of connecting artists and local residents through a dynamic exchange. Organized entirely by volunteers, BOS represented several thousand artists of all striped this year. Walking down the street from my studio, I caught a glimpse of a crowd of spectators on a site-specific performance art tour which took over the block. Down by the JMZ, I witnessed pure eye candy in the fantastic projection festival at a huge converted church, now inhabited by a group of artists. Underneath my apartment building, I was caught completely off guard by the one day wonder that was 5 Points festival, which engaged local businesses and walls to facilitate a brand new set of murals by artists from around the world, as well as an outdoor music festival. Between the dozens of individual studios I had the chance to visit, it was truly fascinating to see these kinds of events spring up naturally in light of the festival. Like so many Brooklyn neighborhoods, Bushwick is crawling with creatives hidden in unexpected nooks, so don’t miss your chance to check out this area on your tour of GO in North Brooklyn.

Jun 12

Meet Lucia Rollow, who rounds out our team of Neighborhood Coordinators in Bushwick.  Like Julia, Lucia is one of the co-lead organizers of Bushwick Open Studios and you may also know her as the Director of the Bushwick Community Darkroom.  Lucia impressed us in her interview with her passion for Bushwick and its arts community. She has a deep thoughts on community and arts accessibility and works diligently within in the neighborhood on projects rooted in these ideals. In her own words…

I’ve lived in Bushwick for almost 3 years now!

You’ll find me hanging out at Cafe Ghia, Pine Box Rock Shop, Brooklyn Fireproof or any of the other amazing spots within 3 blocks of my house!

I’ll never move from Bushwick because it’s the best :) Everything I want for work or play is within a 10 minute walk of my front door. There’s so much amazing food and art everywhere and everyone in the neighborhood is doing such amazing things!

Jun 11

Meet Morgan Shockley, GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Bushwick.  Morgan is a recent NYU grad and while she’s a relative new-comer to her neighborhood, we were totally impressed that she totally knows the territory.  During Bushwick Open Studios, I’ll never forget - Morgan was part of the team on the ground trying to paper Bushwick and we were all texting each other as we got each area covered.  We are psyched to have her on board!  In her own words…

I’ve lived in Bushwick for just 6 months.

You’ll find me hanging out at Anchored Inn or Miles or Little Skips.

I’ll never move from Bushwick because it presents the perfect blend of arts, food and vibrancy that I seek in a neighborhood.

Jun 08

The Bushwick coordination team and I just dropped by one of our most lively local studio buildings, Brooklyn Fireproof, to spread the word to owner Thomas Burr Dodd and get some *GO* posters up! BFP has been around since 1999 and boasts three floors of artist studios and film production space. The building was a sight to see during Bushwick Open Studios last week, during which three floors of artists, designers, and galleries opened their doors to a constant stream of visitors from Bushwick and beyond. I’m sure this building, one of the neighborhood’s many converted factories, will be a destination spot during *GO*!

www.brooklynfireproof.com

Jun 07
Meet Julia Sinelnikova, GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Bushwick.  It’s hard to explain the awesome that is Julia, but if you went to Bushwick Open Studios this year you may have some idea.  She’s the co-lead organizer for Arts in Bushwick and blew us away in her interview, which happened the morning after that massive 500+ studio event.  She came in prepared and ready to go with tons of good ideas right on the heels of that weekend and, needless to say, we were impressed.  Julia is also an artist who works in painting and photomontage. In her own words…
I’ve lived in Bushwick for 4 years.
You’ll find me hanging out at Wyckoff Starr cafe, House of Yes, 1717 Troutman studios, rooftops
I’ll never move from Bushwick because you’d never find such a diverse, collaborative environment in such a radical landscape.

Meet Julia Sinelnikova, GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Bushwick.  It’s hard to explain the awesome that is Julia, but if you went to Bushwick Open Studios this year you may have some idea.  She’s the co-lead organizer for Arts in Bushwick and blew us away in her interview, which happened the morning after that massive 500+ studio event.  She came in prepared and ready to go with tons of good ideas right on the heels of that weekend and, needless to say, we were impressed.  Julia is also an artist who works in painting and photomontage. In her own words…

I’ve lived in Bushwick for 4 years.

You’ll find me hanging out at Wyckoff Starr cafe, House of Yes, 1717 Troutman studios, rooftops

I’ll never move from Bushwick because you’d never find such a diverse, collaborative environment in such a radical landscape.

Jun 02

We were on the ground today getting word out in Bushwick and taking in the open studios.

May 31
Make sure you don’t miss the Bushwick Open Studios this weekend. As one of the inspirations for GO, this event is one of the greatest summer arts events in the borough and, now in its 6th year, it keeps growing as the community’s art scene does.  Last year, about 300 artists opened their studios to the public; and while I couldn’t have imagined that they could top what they did last year, this year’s event will be even bigger with over 500 artists participating. BOS just keeps getting better. They also have an exciting events planned throughout the weekend. For more, check out L Magazine’s insider tips.

Make sure you don’t miss the Bushwick Open Studios this weekend. As one of the inspirations for GO, this event is one of the greatest summer arts events in the borough and, now in its 6th year, it keeps growing as the community’s art scene does.  Last year, about 300 artists opened their studios to the public; and while I couldn’t have imagined that they could top what they did last year, this year’s event will be even bigger with over 500 artists participating. BOS just keeps getting better. They also have an exciting events planned throughout the weekend. For more, check out L Magazine’s insider tips.