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March Flux Thursday: Organizing Against Artwashing in Queens

March 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC-5

A sunny wall that looks like the side of a warehouse. Painted on the wall is an image of a woman with blue hair, glasses and a multicolored face. Next to the painting is a sign that says "Now that you've been here, why don't you live here?" March Flux Thursday
Organizing Against Artwashing in Queens
March 14th
dinner at 7pm

Conversation at 8pm
Justice for All Coalition
Queens Neighborhoods United
Priscilla Stadler
Denae Howard presenting on her exhibition, “You’re Welcome”
Artists Studio Affordability Project

This event will take place in the Flux Factory Kitchen, which is NOT wheelchair accessible. If you use a wheelchair and would like to come, please let us know. We may be able to move it to the gallery, which is accessible. Please email:

Flux Thursday is a monthly potluck and artists salon for people to present their work and gather together for food and socializing. The event is free, but please do bring food or drink to share!

Organizing Against Artwashing in Queens

Artwashing is a term used to describe a process in which artists and arts organizations are strategically used in real estate development to disguise and mask gentrification. In artwashing, opportunities for showcasing artwork, free or subsidized studio space or ‘pop-up’ galleries and shops are offered to artists as part of real estate expansion projects, while simultaneously long-time residents – the overwhelming majority of which are marginalized, working class and people of color – are displaced from their homes due to rising rents and associated landlord harassment.

Amazon may not be moving to Long Island City (or are they?), but with or without a corporate behemoth moving into our midst, the question still remains for artists and arts communities in the neighborhood: How can artists work against the grain of Artwashing and ally themselves alongside neighborhood organizations fighting against displacement?

This Flux Thursday, we want to turn our attention towards this issue. We will have short presentations from Queens-based organizations working to fight displacement, as well as individuals, followed by a group discussion to encourage learning and understanding around this.  If you are engaged in a practice to fight against artwashing and gentrification and would like to present, or would like to recommend someone who is, please email:


March 14, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC-5
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