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studioELL is a brooklyn-based, hybrid learning space that offers courses and residencies — both in-person and online — devoted to studio art practice. part critique and part studio visit, studioELL intentionally fuses elements of higher education and continuing education to reconsider the possibilities within learning and support found in community education.
courses are open to artists at any level of their career, regardless of degree or level of education, with the understanding that we all have much to offer each other. studioELL is most interested in re-imagining what fine art experiences in higher education look like.
most of studioELL’s courses are offered online in asynchronous environments to allow for busy schedules and other commitments. synchronous components may also accompany courses at the discretion of each professor. Professors contribute to and amplify our network, providing a myriad of perspectives on studio practice and community engagement.
studioELL LLC is an artist-run social enterprise. courses are fee based. alumnx discounts are offered and a scholarship program helps fund artists who may not be able to afford full course fees. Private donations and sales from our FLATFILE program are the primary contributors to our scholarship program fund. in April 2021, studioELL became fiscally sponsored through fractured atlas in the hopes of expanding our grant research and funding opportunities and becoming more financially sustainable. since our inception in august 2015, studioELL has hosted 125 enrolled artists, partnered with 10 professors and provided over 6000$ in scholarship funding. our efforts to partner with other organizations have connected studioELL with over 150 additional artists. we continue to look for partnering community organizations and groups to provide further points of access and agency.
intermission museum of art (ima) was founded in 2020 by rose van mierlo and john ros, in response to the cultural, social, environmental, economic and political fissures that make themselves evermore present during times of crisis and put stress on accepted systems of operation. ima provides a space for critical thinkers to respond to these moments of friction by investigating them as meaningful sites of production, instigating dialogues which will culminate in a public archive.
ima’s name references the question of open space: the flipping movement of a hand searching through archives, gaps in the pavement, performance interludes, tv-commercials, coffee breaks and silent pauses; all moments of unpoliced disruption that are typically un-institutional. at its core, ima therefore proposes the museum as a site of uncertainty; a building without walls; a non-hierarchical collection of interdisciplinary narratives and voices; both a guest and a host; and an exercise in cross-pollination. it resists the architectural premise of power that underwrites the white cube, democratizing the exhibition in terms of access. instead, its architectural premise is that of lateral networks; its vision decentralized and participatory.
the dump. the trash can. the bin. this will be a space where artists tash kahn and john ros will share studio conversations within the realms of the visual and conceptual in order to better understand the moment we occupy. this space is meant to be a private conversation, though others may chime in from time to time when necessary. this space will be archived chronologically and will be meant to act as a place to plop stuff, allow it to percolate, digest and work through our ongoing collaborations – citizen* and signal**.
our goals are for this space to serve our practice, with no real sense of audience or tangible result (though the very existence of this space already disproves that). we want this space to lead us — to move us — and to allow us to enter new spaces in our personal and collaborative art practices. contradictions welcome.
*citizen explores ideas of community, ethics, and why people do what they do
**signal is a conversation in photographs, each one responding to the last
founded in january 2017 as an artist-run initiative, stand4 gallery and community art center’s pursuit is to be alive and working towards a better world through the arts as an active medium of engagement. stand4 serves as a generator of meaning, action, agency, collaboration, and social justice. it is shapeless, non-conforming, and responsive to the times. stand4 is meant to exist as a catalyst: a way to envision a more socially and environmentally just future.
housed in a former medical office in the heart of bay ridge, stand4 brings the visual arts and programming to the center of the community, opening up opportunities for social, political and cultural connections and creating a discourse that bridges culture and tradition and includes new voices towards a more sustainable future inspired by local interests.
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