New York State Artist Workspace Consortium

The Artist Workspace Mentorship Project

A program to foster the development of artist workspaces across the nation

In 2008, the Consortium concluded The Artist Workspace Mentorship Project.

Artist workspaces actively engage artists in the creation of new work by providing hands-on technical assistance in the studio and equipment. Artists value this work and have noted that, "With fewer grants to individual artists available, workspaces are the only places for artists to go and have the space to work. This support becomes part of an overall strategy to support artists' careers. Workspaces are today's alternative spaces."

Because the Consortium wants to increase the number of workspace opportunities and deepen the quality of the residency experience for visual artists, it launched this initiative to mentor a new generation of emergent workspace programs.

Award recipients traveled to New York City for a two-day meeting around the value and vision of the artist workspace facilitated by LarsonAllen.  Awardees also visited Consortium artist workspace sites to benefit from one-on-one dialogue with workspace staff.  Finally, awardees completed a draft of their own artist workspace residency program plan informed by the lessons of their site visits.

In addition to $10,000 in in-kind services, each awardee received financial support of up to $3,500 (up to $3,000 for travel reimbursement  to New York State Artist Workspace Consortium member sites and $500 upon delivery of their artist workspace program plan).

Program participants included:

Digital Stone Project
Flux Factory

Gallery Aferro
The Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts
Goldwell Open Air Museum
The Laundromat Project
Obsidian Arts
Queens Museum of Art
Rural Projects
Wave Hill
701 Center for Contemporary Art

The New York State Artist Workspace Consortium’s Mentorship Project has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.