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Puertográfico Events

Building Community: better connecting artist run spaces

Event Type: Inkubators

The Do It Yourself nature is inherent to printmaking mentality: we work with what we have and make it better. Not unlike how printmakers problem solve in the studio, we also forge new spaces and tactics for working. Yet many resources for studios or prints shops revolve around academia. Where do artists go when they are looking to start working independently? What resources are available to the individual? With the goal of discussing what happens when artists create their own spaces, this Inkubator session will investigate how to go it alone, without the support of a larger institution. The form of these spaces will range from the community print shop, to print collectives, to for profit models. This session will investigate how we strike out, make something new, and how we keep it going. The variety of modes presented will provide for a more full investigation of different paths artists can take upon departing from traditional educational institutions and doing things ourselves. The goal of this Inkubator session is to spur the creation of a greater community of artists running their own spaces, so we can be our own support system. Ultimately the discussion will lead to a central resource in the form of a website or other online platform so that all attendees can contribute and benefit from the conversation generated.

Organizers
Ani Volkan - akvolkan@comcast.net