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ArtCondo: Building. Community.

A new model for artist ownership of live/work buildings that include community art spaces.

ArtCondo: Building. Community.

A new model for artist ownership of live/work buildings that include community art spaces.

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About

ArtCondo is a community-focused real estate project that helps artists, creative workers, creative businesses, and non-profits buy buildings together.

By mixing real-estate expertise with the combined purchasing power of artists and other creatives, ArtCondo creates new spaces throughout a city where artistry can thrive.

We all intuitively understand the positive impact that art and artists can have on communities. Capturing the DNA of a city, bringing resources to neighborhoods and reducing crime – art touches and improves people’s daily lives.

That’s why ArtCondo wants to help artists take permanent root in communities.

New York City is a cultural and creative hub that attracts artists and creative workers from around the world. Without that creative community, New York City would lose a vital part of its identity.

Real estate forces threaten the livelihoods of creative industries in major cities. Yet creative industries - 4.2% of GDP - are growing faster than the economy as a whole and need spaces to thrive. When staggering rental prices force artists and creatives out of their communities, the communities also suffer.

This is a problem that is threatening the city's creative growth - the staggering rental prices that are forcing many artists out of their communities. Some residents have reported rent increases of as much as 65% in in-demand boroughs like Brooklyn, landlords are not agreeing to long-term leases that would prevent rent increases. Many artists and creative workers are paying two monthly rents, one for their workshop/studio and another for their living space, which makes them uniquely vulnerable to the rising costs. 

Tackling the housing problem with artists and creatives in mind

ArtCondo is creating opportunities for artists to creatively purchase properties they would usually not have access to. The organization finds qualified buyers within the arts community and connects them to one another so they can work together and leverage their collective buying power. It fosters collaboration between buyers, neighborhood residents, and investors with the aim of building new and sustainable creative communities throughout NYC.

Our current project – a physical building in the South Bronx – is our pilot project, but our larger goal is to create a model that others can replicate. It’s an artist-driven financial and organizational model that (1) helps artists and (2) supports the community where they live.

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ArtCondo’s Team is composed of a group of artists guided by experienced New York real estate professionals. The artists have been actively influencing the aesthetic and practical issues needed to make the building suitable for working artists and addressing the unique needs artists and creative communities have – architecturally, culturally, and socially. The ArtCondo team wants to guide future group buyers through the entire process of buying commercial properties and to ensure there are vibrant new cultural spaces for local communities.

Breaking Ground

In January 2017, ArtCondo helped a group of eight artists close on the purchase of a 6,400 sq ft lot in the South Bronx. Plans are set to transform this vacant lot into a 7-story 21,000 square foot building that will offer live-work spaces, workshops/studios, timeshares for visiting artists, and a non-profit Community Art Space. Units are designed specifically for creative uses with high ceilings, gallery track lighting, and utilitarian kitchens/bathrooms. Sustainable features include solar panels, green roof, electric car chargers and high efficiency HVAC. Architectural plans have been approved by NYC Department of Buildings. ArtCondo plans to break ground in March 2020.

ArtCondo Community Art Space

In line with our mission, we are including a Community Art Space in our building, which will give voice to our surrounding community and emerging artists. The space will be a venue where local community artists and artisans can exhibit, perform, learn and connect. It’s really the heart of the whole project.

The Community Art Space will occupy 900 square feet on the 1st floor, with direct street access. We envision it as a hub of arts activity for people of all ages, and a destination in our neighborhood. We will partner with South Bronx non-profit arts organizations to manage the space and develop programming to meet the needs of the local community.

The Community Art Space will create and inspire:

● Exhibitions

● Performances, including concerts, readings and poetry slams

● Art classes

● Non-profit activities

ArtCondo Team

Founder and CEO, Michele Gambetta is a NYC-based artist who has been working in commercial and residential real estate for the past 15 years. She has a Certificate in Real Estate Finance and Investment from NYU and currently works at Bond New York Real Estate. Between 2003 and 2009, she founded and ran RIDER Projects, a mobile art gallery focused on creating positive social change on a community level.  Michele earned a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from The School of Visual Arts.

 Stefan Malter is Managing Director of ORB Management, a private equity and real estate development company based in NYC. He has managed the development of numerous multimillion dollar residential projects in New York, Las Vegas, San Antonio, and Miami. Stefan serves in an advisory capacity to a number of media, technology and hospitality startups. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and graduate degrees from Columbia Business School (MBA) and Brooklyn Law School (juris doctor). He also sits on various for-profit and non-profit boards.

 Matthew Fletcher is a Brooklyn visual artist who provides web development services for ArtCondo. He collaborated with Michele Gambetta on the RIDER project. Matthew studied painting at Biola University and Claremont Graduate School.

Amy Cheng is a visual artist with a dual career in painting and public art. She is a Professor in the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Amy believes that artists contribute to society by being solid citizens who vote, recycle, keep abreast of world news, and do what they can to promote social justice and environmental protection. She believes that art is a calling, and only those who can’t live without it persist in making it. Some of the best people she knows are involved in the arts — all branches of the arts.

Tracy Calvan is a non-profit professional with over 35 years of experience in New York City and the region. She raises funds, engages public audiences and builds partnerships to create organizations with maximum impact. Organizations served include: The Municipal Art Society, Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute, The Markle Foundation, To Be Heard Foundation, Hudson River Museum, RiverArts, LitWorld, and Waterkeeper Alliance, among others.

Gordon Fearey is an abstract painter currently working in watercolor. He has exhibited widely in the New York area, including The Drawing Center, Blue Mountain Gallery, and The Painting Center in NYC, and David & Schweitzer Contemporary and Green Door Gallery in Brooklyn, as well as Novado Gallery (NJ), Ely Center of Contemporary Art (New Haven), and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He lives and works in the Lower Hudson Valley.

If I Contribute to this Kickstarter Campaign what will my money fund?

Kickstarter funds will enable the launch of our Community Art Space, an entity within the larger ArtCondo building. Funds will be held in escrow solely for the use of the Community Art Space, and will be applied to construction, management and ongoing expenses. The Community Art Space will be managed by local non-profit organizations. With your funding, the Community Art Space will be able to offer a wide variety of classes and exhibition/performance opportunities to the community.
 

Project Timeline

-  Land Purchased - December 2016

-  Architecture Plans Approved by DOB - September 2019

-  Community Art Space fundraising campaign - November-December 2019

-  Groundbreaking - March 2020

-  Construction of Building and Community Art Space - April 2020-Fall 2021

-  Community Art Space Launch / Opening Gala and celebration - Fall 2021

 The Ask 

Imagine being a kid in your neighborhood walking down the block to a painting class a couple of times a week. Or a high school student playing cello with friends after school, right near home. Or a local theatre group staging performances of original work. In ArtCondo’s Community Art Space!

That’s our dream. But it takes bricks and mortar. And sheetrock, plumbing, lights. Heating. Tables. Chairs. Sound system. That’s what your donation will pay for.

Please support this important and audacious project today. Your contribution will help fund our Community Art Space in the South Bronx. Join us in helping kids, families and young aspiring artists in all mediums pursue their dreams.

THANK YOU!!!

Your gift, however small, will help bring this community art space to the South Bronx. Please give today!

 Selected press 

New York Foundation for the Arts

Sustainable Space: Partner Spotlight on ArtCondo

https://current.nyfa.org/post/160096700023/sustainable-space-partner-spotlight-on-artcondo

“How can artists of all disciplines and creative workers meet the challenge of rising rents? ArtCondo’s answer: ownership.”

Hyperallergic

ArtCondo Helps NYC Artists Buy Buildings Together

https://hyperallergic.com/311150/artcondo-helps-nyc-artists-buy-buildings-together/

“ArtCondo is a new real estate initiative run by and for artists that helps creative individuals purchase raw commercial workspaces and live/work lofts in a new way. ArtCondo gathers creative people together to form buying groups to leverage their collective buying power and cultural capital to purchase space collectively. Each building becomes a haven protecting artists and producers from future displacement, and connecting them to surrounding communities.”

Bushwick Daily

ArtCondo: A Sea Change for Artist Studio Space?

https://bushwickdaily.com/bushwick/categories/opinion/2462-artcondo-a-sea-change-for-artist-studio-space

“It seems clear that most artists working in New York City are in a bind. If you rent a work-only studio (even a fairly priced one) most artists face inevitable yearly increases. Market forces, taxes, and all the other costs associated with NY real estate can add up to annual rent hikes of at least 5%. ArtCondo might represent a possible long-term solution for artists that can afford to buy into an ownership strategy …”

Bronx Times

ArtCondo apartments offers a creative touch

https://www.bxtimes.com/stories/2017/9/09-artistscoop-2017-03-03-bx.html

“Rising rents frequently force artists out of communities, but a new co-op is looking to buck that trend with an alternative: ownership. Artists’ cooperative, ArtCondo, purchased a 6,400 square foot vacant lot in Melrose in January with plans of developing an artist’s residence and workspace. They are looking for fellow collaborators.”

ArtfixDaily

New York Artists Purchase Land in South Bronx for Live/Work Spaces

https://artdaily.cc/news/93620/New-York-City-artists-purchase-land-in-South-Bronx-for-work-live-spaces#.XcHt9DNKh9M

Risks and challenges

We came together with an idea. With a lot of hard work, number crunching, brainstorming, networking and constant daily struggle, we created a one-of-a-kind community. Now we are all here. On Kickstarter. Looking for support.

ArtCondo will take 15-18 months to build, and we hope you will join our journey. We know this is an audacious project, but we have a strong team of real estate experts and a tight-knit group of artists who know how to work together and bring their skills, brains, aesthetics, and persistence to the table. We KNOW we can do this.

Please join our journey and review our Rewards. Become part of our project and vision, and help us create a new model for artist spaces nationwide.

Thank you!

Michele Gambetta
Stefan Malter
Matthew Fletcher
Amy Cheng
Tracy Calvan
Gordon Fearey

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    ➥An All Inclusive, All Expense Paid, Round Trip Flight from anywhere in the U.S.A, 5 Star Hotel, 2 Day Stay. Fri - Sun. Have Dinner with artists, Take a Cruise in Hummer through Bronx with 3 local graffiti artists to see their works, an ArtCondo Tour, Make Art with the Pros + Much More!

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