Artists Vs. Gentrification—A Dialogue

Friday, October 30, 6 pm

maag_banner_art-xwebIt’s the age-old story of artists being the vanguard in a community, building out where rubble exists, and then being displaced. What are some of the reasons behind these closures? How can artists safeguard themselves to avoid being caught in the middle of a space being closed? Who are potential partners for figuring out where to go next? What spaces are available in the city? Dialogue with invited guests from Center for Emerging and Visual Artists (CFEVA), artists from 915 Spring Garden, the Mt. Airy Art Garage, MaKen Studios and others. It’s an evening of informal conversation — a necessary discussion within a community of artists and the city as a whole. 

Speakers:

Bailey Chick, Crane Arts

Dora Ficher, Artist Formerly at 915 Spring Garden

Cait Kenny, Outreach and Project Manager at MaKen Studios

MaKen Studios provides rentable space and resources to interdisciplinary artists, businesses, and manufacturers. The MaKen Studios brand consists of two industrial buildings that sit a block away from each other–MaKen North and MaKen South–that can accommodate a multitude of businesses and special events.

In June 2014, the MaKen North building received a stop-work order due to permitting issues for an event that was to be held at the building, Force Field. This is how the event started. And this is how it ended.  As a result, the event was forced to relocate and our management team had to work with the businesses within the North building to relocate as well. In addition, we’ve faced negative and positive experiences working with L&I to get the project off-the-ground. Now, we’re almost out of the clear and are getting ready to bring artists and businesses back in to the buildings, after a year and a half of renovations.

Marnie Lersch, CFEVA

Marnie Lersch has worked as an arts administrator and curator for over 7 years and is currently the Program Associate at the Center for Emerging Visual Artist (CFEVA). She is responsible for facilitating exhibitions, arts programming and the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Marnie is a recent transplant to Philadelphia from the Finger Lakes region of New York where she co-founded FFL Artist Collaborative which provides exhibition opportunities for emerging artists in the Finger Lakes. Additionally, Marnie has worked in an administrative capacity assisting with the curation, installation and community programming at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (Rochester, NY), The Memorial Art Gallery (Rochester, NY) and the Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY). She was the 2013- 2014 Gallery Assistant at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University.

Marnie is currently working towards a Master’s of Science in Arts Administration at Drexel University, focusing on the interdependency of artists, arts organizations and tourism in rural communities economically dependent on seasonal tourism. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in painting and printmaking.

Arleen Olshan, Mt. Airy Art Garage