Chashama's Mission

Chashama helps create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate. These spaces are used for artists, small businesses, and for free community-centric art classes. Learn more about Chashama's programming on our website.

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Performance and Rehearsal Space: Port Authority Bus Terminal

This former Mrs. Fields store, is 880 square feet, located within the Port Authority Bus Terminal in the South Wing.

  • Chashama is seeking performance groups and/or individuals to be in residence in for a 3-month term beginning in Spring 2023.
  • Performances should occur a minimum of 3 times per week and each performance should be at least 2 hours in duration. Best during rush-hour. 
  • A $1,000 stipend will be granted at the end of the term.  
  • There are two roll-down gates and a greenroom for storage and prep. 
  • Space details including images, square footage and capacity, and a floorplan can be found here.


What You Should Know Before Applying:

  • Chashama cannot provide AV tech. The accepted group will need to build out the space.
  • Content must be appropriate for all ages.
  • Shows must be free and open to the public (donations are acceptable). Rehearsals may be private.
  • Participants are responsible for leaving the space as they found it or in better condition.
  • This venue requires a refundable $200-$275 deposit for the use of the space.
  • This form is for performance-based proposals. If your proposal includes a strong visual component (such as an installation or art exhibition that can be viewed by the public even when performances or rehearsals are not occurring), please use our Visual Arts form instead.

 
Materials You Will Need For Applying:

  • Performance Logistics (300 words or less).  Please detail the logistics of your proposal. What elements will make up the presentation? What props or set pieces, if any, will be used?
  • Vision of Show (200 words or less). Please briefly explain what your performance is about.
  • 5 images of recent work (.jpg, .png, .tiff)  that relate to the proposal. For video work, include 5 stills and a link to externally-hosted videos.


Thank you!
 

Applications for Space to Connect - Chashama TAI @ the Jamaica T-Building are accepted on a twice-a-year basis.

Thank you for your interest in Chashama's Space to Connect - Chashama TAI @ the Jamaica T-Building

Space to Connect's chashama TAI [Teaching Artist Incubator] provides teaching artists with space to develop their artistic craft in addition to the opportunity to conduct community workshops to strengthen their classroom/program management skills. By providing host populations with workshops, our teaching artists work with various ethnicities, age groups, and creative levels. The program enables teaching artists to grow as they discover and respond to the artistic interests and needs of the host population. The overall goal is to be a regional teaching artist incubator focused on broadening cultural and artistic development while delivering high-quality workshops to the community.

The T-Building in Jamaica, Queens is a high-quality affordable housing complex that was built out of an old hospital on the Queens Hospital campus. The building will have approximately 1,000 tenants, which will translate into being a small town where we have been brought in to provide art workshops, exhibitions, and art services. The building, built in 1938, transformed from a cutting-edge hospital, will have a second life as an amazing and vibrant new community. Through the Yeh Gallery @ St John's and Queens College, our nearby regional educational partners, we will broaden the access to art for the building's population.


About the Studio Workspaces:

• The facility is located at 82-41 Parsons Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens, NY 11432

• 7 ground floor workspaces have been newly renovated

• Studio sizes vary, but are approximately 18' x 12'.

• Each space includes a large window that can be opened for fresh air.

• Closest MTA stops:
(1) Q25 & Q34 Parsons Blvd/82 Dr. Bus stop and Parsons Blvd/Village Rd Bus stop

(2) Q46, QM1, QM5, QM6, QM7, QM8, QM31, QM35, QM36 Union Tpke/Parsons Blvd Bus stop

(3) E & F Parsons Blvd. Subway stop


About the Community Programming:

• The workshops will be held on-site in the various community spaces of the T-Building.

• We will also have gallery exhibitions at the Yeh Gallery @ St. John's University and Queens College, which are our regional educational partners.

• The building's population may speak a number of different languages. People who can speak multiple languages are a plus.


Required Materials:

  • Resume or CV
  • 5-8 Images or video of recent work
  • 3 professional references - name, contact information, and how you know each other
  • Description of your artistic practice - include materials, methods, typical size of work, etc.
  • Description of your past experience with creative community involvement (ex. teaching  experience, community work, public art with community participation, hosting workshops, hosting community events, etc.) Please include dates and locations if possible.
  • Documentation of photos/videos you might have of your previous creative community involvement.
  • Description of your approach to artistic community work.
  • Proposal for community programming.  A complete proposal will include (1) a clear description of your workshop/class/program ideas, (2) age ranges best suited for your program, and (3) a brief materials list.


Important things to note:

• Jamaica region-based artists who are committed to practicing their art while also seeking teaching artist opportunities, and inspiring the local community are encouraged to apply.

• The program will provide workshops on visual arts, various crafts, how to "green-up" your life [a workshop on bringing more plants into an environment for beautification and food], and movement wellness. The range of workshops will be based on the combined skills of the staff of teaching artists.

• Long-term Jamaica region-based artists receive priority in this program.

• Teaching artists will be required to provide at least one (1) 2-hour workshop per month.

• Each teaching artist residency contract is for 2 years and has the possibility of being renewed.

• Workshops should be designed for residents to drop into as they are available.

• There is a very limited program budget, however access to Materials for the Arts is available.

• There is a $150 Security Deposit due at the time of signing for a studio workspace. Deposits are refunded in full if the workspace is returned in the same condition as it was received.

• Applications are accepted on a twice a year basis. We are building a network of teaching artists to work with our regional workshop programming.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to Darryl@chashama.org if you have any issues or questions regarding this form.  We are happy to support you throughout the application process.

Applications for Space to Connect: Washington Heights are accepted on a rolling basis.


Thank you for your interest in Chashama's Space to Connect - Washington Heights program. 

Chashama in collaboration with Shamah Properties is offering Work Space to artists for free in exchange for creating and delivering dynamic educational and/or cultural programming for the residents of 535-539 West 162nd Street.  

Washington Heights based artists who are committed to practicing their art while also engaging, teaching and inspiring the local community are encouraged to apply.  Long term Washington Heights based artists receive priority in this program. 



floorplan 


About the Workspaces: 

• 4 ground floor workspaces have been newly renovated  

• Each space includes windows and access to a bathroom 

• The workspaces are located at 539 West 162nd Street  

• The Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, NY Presbyterian Hospital, Colombia University Medical Centers, Word Up Bookstore and PS 4 are all nearby  

• Closest train stops - 163rd St (C) or 157th/168th St (1) 


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space 


space 



About the Community Programming: 

• Each artist will offer 1 workshop per month, 12 per year 

• The workshops will be held in the lobby of 539 West 162nd Street

• Many residents speak Spanish as their primary language, so most workshops will be held either in Spanish or bilingually - English/Spanish. 

Required Materials: 

  • Resume or CV
  • 5-8 Images or video of recent work 
  • 3 professional references - name, contact information, and how you know each other 
  • Description of your artistic practice - include materials, methods, typical size of work, etc.  
  • Description of your past experience with creative community involvement (ex. teaching  experience, community work, public art with community participation, hosting workshops, hosting community events, etc.) Please include dates and locations if possible. 
  • Documentation of photos/videos you might have of your previous creative community involvement. 
  • Description of your approach to artistic community work. 
  • Proposal for community programming.  A complete proposal will include (1) a clear description of your workshop/class/program ideas, (2) age ranges best suited for your program and (3) a brief materials list. 

Important things to note

• Proposed workshops must be able to work within the small lobby space available. There is room for a maximum of 3 folding tables but on average artists use just 1 or 2. 

• Visual arts workshops are best suited to this space and program.  There is very little space for dance, performance, theater, etc.

• Workshops should be designed for residents to drop into as they are available.   

• There is a very limited program budget, however access to Materials for the Arts is available.

• There is a $150 Security Deposit due at the time of signing for a workspace. Deposits are refunded in full, if the workspace is returned in the same condition as it was received. 

• Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We reach out to applicants only when there is a vacancy in the program. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to spacetoconnect@chashama.org if you have any issues or questions regarding this form.  We are happy to support you throughout the application process. 



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