Gentrification and the Ripoff of Artists continues to go hand in Hand in New york City.
Friends, I had a very disagreeable exhange with the arts coordinatoor at the 100 gates projects in Harlem, an individual by the name of Ayana Hosten, which went sidways when i voiced my opinion that Artists shouldnt have to pay for materials out of their fee. especially when that fee is pretty non existent. $300 for a 4 by 10 foot gate, $600 for a 10 by 10 footer.
A can of spraypaint costs between 6 to 7 dollars and needing at least 10 to 20 cans to produce a gate, that leaves very little left for transportation and just basic living. also a sketch or maquette is part of the deal.
this was a pretty bad deal back in the 80's and Today it is pretty much insulting. this organization receives grant money and is partnered with business concerns so at the very least they could get materials donated or have a budget for materials, I mean that how its done for profit or Non for Profit alike.
Now i don't like knocking anyone's hustle but what pissed me off is how this "Arts Coordinator" didn't like my tone when i merely voiced my opinion that Artists fee and materials are two separate things and that i would have to pass because I felt like i was being taken advantage off,
I should be clear that they do mention that artists would have to get their own paint on their website but what they don't mention is how infinitesimal the compensation is and that your supplies will be paid out of this, so businesses are choosing what they want on their gates for free and Artists have to donate time and talent for a pittance and provide their own paint.. this is not Artist advocacy this is the city of Newyork and a not for profit buracracy using Artists to do their dirty work at slave wages, beautifying neighborhoods and readying them for gentrification and cutting work opportunities for working Artists. Artists have it hard enough trying to make a living....but thats just my opinion.
I couldn't include the email exchange here but it's posted on my facebook..
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Recently and unfortunatly they hired Chico the TOY to retouch it and instead of reaching out to me, he went and fucked it all up as usual. As they say the Fish dies through its mouth.
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