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A statement from the Flux Factory Collective

November 21 - December 4

A statement from the Flux Factory Collective

Last week the media pointed its lens towards our neighborhood as Amazon announced that they are moving HQ2 to Long Island City. As it turns out, the planned location of HQ2 is the very site where Flux will host our 12th Annual Art Auction, the LICA Gallery. Long Island City Artists (LICA) is a 34 year old membership nonprofit governed by local artists and we are honored to host our event at their beautiful space. We stand in solidarity with LIC-A as they face the tide of a changing neighborhood.

As renters of 25 years with a mission to protect affordability and freedom for emerging artists, Flux Factory members are worried that this move, and the real estate speculation that comes with it, will not only displace longstanding members of our community but further jeopardize the ability of NYC artists to be at the vanguard of arts, culture and ideas. New York City houses a diverse and international community of artists, and Flux Factory continues to uphold our commitment to support artists at all levels of economic access.

At our Annual Art Auction, we will honor the Real Estate Investment Cooperative, a nonprofit working to secure permanently affordable space for civic, cultural, and cooperative use in NYC. We will also honor Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, a civil servant who is part of a team of elected officials committing unprecedented levels of support to NYC artists in 2019, showing that they recognize the value of artists and the Arts to our city’s collective wellbeing.

The tax cuts offered to Amazon outrage many Flux Factory members, since those funds are needed to support LIC’s most vulnerable, and should in part be earmarked for government-administered support of the arts. Although this media frenzy will soon fade, we know that it will continue to affect our community. Many Flux artists will take action to help make the best of this situation, so keep an eye on Flux as a resource in the near future and get in touch if you would like to get involved.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you on December 4, an evening that has renewed importance in terms of Flux’s mission to provide affordable space to artists from NYC and beyond, and to support our friends at LIC-A.

Signed,
Flux Factory Artists and staff

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November 21
End:
December 4
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