Monday, November 29, 2021

The city bails out artist conglomerate from being gentrified out again.

Queens Post 

The group also announced that it has purchased space in a new development that is part of the Hunters Point South mega development. It has bought space on the ground floor of the South Tower at Gotham Point, a two-tower development that is going up at 57-28 2nd St. The non-profit will be calling the space “Flux IV.”

The terms of the two deals were not disclosed.

Representatives of the Flux Factory said the purchases will help sustain the organization’s core programs, exhibitions and collaborative opportunities with other artists. The acquisitions were funded by the City, via allocations provided by Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, the Queens Borough President’s Office and the Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

Nat Roe, the executive director of Flux Factory, said the purchases represent major milestones for the non-profit since it has looked to buy its own premises for years.

Flux Factory was founded in Williamsburg in 1994 and moved to Sunnyside in 2002 due to rising costs. In 2009 the organization then moved to its 29th Street location.

“We’ve constantly faced the threat of displacement, compromising our ability to support and promote artists most effectively,” Roe said.

The Dutch Kills building is 9,000 square feet and its acquisition will ensure the non-profit continues to host its “artist-in resident” program. This program provides artists with the ability to live on site while they develop their creative work.

The space consists of 16 private studios and 8 common workspaces for art production. It also includes a 1,400 square foot gallery where residents develop art exhibitions across a wide range of disciplines such as painting, poetry, literary, spoken word and sound art. The building also includes living space.

Meanwhile, the Flux IV location will be 3,000 square feet in size and is scheduled to open next summer. It will serve as a satellite space for the organization.


Anonymous said...

Flux off !!!what a bunch of wasters

NPC_Translator said...

Hilariously, "the flux" is an obsolete term used to describe dysentery or as most know it, diarrhea. How appropriate that a group of modern "artists" are calling their new home Flux IV. Since everything that the art world produces these days is pretty much "flux," if you know what I mean.

Anonymous said...

The City used our tax payer money for this B.S. !
I wonder what the salaries are for the Director and board.

Anonymous said...

Most of these 501C's have a taint of dishonesty !
Hard to believe people actually give money without ckecking the 990's.

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