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Mission & History

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Flux Factory’s Mission
is to support and promote emerging artists through residencies, exhibitions, and collaborative opportunities; build sustainable artist networks; and help retain creative forces in New York City.

Programs
Flux provides affordable space to 40 local and international emerging Artists-in-Residence annually through bi-annual open calls. This artist’s hive is an incubator for experimentation with collaborative processes showcased in Flux’s 1400 sq ft gallery, which hosts over 75 annual multidisciplinary events – all Flux events are free and artists are compensated for their work. Flux commissions new works from the general public through quarterly open calls in thematic group exhibitions.

History
In 1993, 7 artists rented a former spice factory on at 210 Kent on the Brooklyn waterfront. The 1800 sq ft space with 14-foot ceilings cost $1000/month, had no dividing walls, and the only source of running water was a slop sink. This place of humble beginnings gradually developed into a prolific arts destination because it fulfilled the needs of emerging artists as an alternative to the commercial gallery scene.

By 1998, membership had doubled and the living room, with a new stage, evolved into a destination for art events and performances of all kinds, with supper parties and performances occurring each Thursday, a tradition which continues with our monthly “Flux Thursdays” salon and potluck.  Flux Factory was the name on the 501(c)(3) nonprofit letter from the IRS in 1999, and so that’s what we’re called today.

In 2002 Flux was priced out and moved to 43rd St in Queens. That year Flux formalized the Flux Major Group Exhibition program which persists today. In 2009 Flux was displaced by the MTA through eminent domain and came to its current location at 39-31 29th st in Dutch Kills LIC. This move was an impetus to professionalize the Residency and organization generally. 40-50 annual Residents are now selected based on artistic merit as well as a collaborative spirit true to Flux’s collective origins. In 2016 Flux co-founded the Windmill Community Garden, a Greenthumb park through which Flux demonstrates a rigorous commitment to integrated, enduring local community.

 

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