ChaShaMa, a leading arts non-profit, and the New York City Department of Transportation will celebrate the opening of a year-long art space at 1 Fordham Plaza on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
The ribbon cutting event will take place on Fordham Plaza next to the glass building. Attendees include Bronx Borough Commissioner Nivardo Lopez, New York City Department of Transportation, Chashama’s Space to Connect Artists, ChaShaMa Founder Anita Durst, Chashama staff, Space to Connect Program Partners, and local academic institutions.
The recently built commercial space has been transformed into both work and presentation spaces for 5 Uptown artists: Dianne Hebbert, Sharon Lee De La Cruz, Gina Funetes Walker, Iván Gaete, and Xiomara Malpica-Martinez (Harlem, Washington Heights, and Bronx).
“The art created through Chashama’s collaboration with the DOT is inspiring and nurturing for the community,” said Anita Durst, ChaShaMa Founder and Art Director.
The work and presentation space, donated to ChaShaMa generously through the New York City Department of Transportation, features expansive window frontage on the highly-trafficked streets of Fordham Plaza, giving valuable space to the artists to present and engage with the community.
ChaShaMa supports artists by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate into spaces for artists to create, present, and connect.
In the last year, the organization awarded $8.6 million worth of real estate to artists and gave 150 artists free space to present.
The artists in the 1 Fordham Plaza space are part of ChaShaMa’s Space to Connect program, which partners with local artists to provide free community public art workshops.
For more information about ChaShaMa, please visit ChaShaMa.org.
1 Fordham Plaza
Bronx, NY 10458