FIRST ARTIST’S OPEN FORUM with Pablo Malaurie and Andru Bemis.

This Thursday we’ll be hosting not only two great musicians but also what we hope is attempt to forge some channels for struggling artists, musicians or writers in New York City and beyond.

It’s not easy these days being an artist in New York City.

Money is tight. Restrictions are tighter. Social and media communications are becoming vastly more advanced and input is sometimes overwhelming compared to basic human experience and communication.

The separation and animosity that one sometimes confronts with the “art world” and otherwise can be daunting.

Many artists are also not given the luxury of  structures to use as a launch pad and on numerous occasion even artists who do have those structures are lost or frustrated when stepping into the professional arena of New York City. Some artists are taken advantage of. Some artists are treated in a manner that would otherwise be considered unacceptable and the idea of “fame and fortune” through artwork seems an increasingly unrealistic goal in our current economy.

Now having said that, there are NUMEROUS people and organizations in New York that seek to aid young and old artists, and the ability of artists to take action and organize is an inspiring thing. Likewise there are incredibly successful artists and organizations that produce art in a sustainable and healthy way that aids our economy, our environment and other artists.

In future forums we seek to invite these people to communicate directly with artists, musicians and writers in a neutral setting.

We will discuss many topics, not limited to civility and behavior in arts interactions.
Artists rights and organizational rights. Safeguards and protections for artists in business interactions. The role of galleries and their place in modern and digital society. Copyright and free use issues. The “cult” and mythology of the art, music and writing world and much much more.

At our first forum a form will be handed out to voice your concerns on. You can choose to be contacted directly if we find a solution to your problem or remain anonymous. If you would like to fill out a form before the forum and bring it the day of you can download the form HERE or below.

This is a place for dialogue and discussion and the only thing you can do wrong here is remain silent in the face of issues you are concerned about. ALL FORUMS ARE COMPLETELY FREE. We’ll ask for a donation at the door but its a request, not a demand. Profits go towards sustaining future forums and towards printing and event costs for The 22 Magazine.

(Please also note that although we seek artists, writers and musicians we feel reflect the spirit of open dialogue, our performers are in no way responsible for the content or opinions of Open Forum unless specifically stated otherwise.)

Are you an artist, musician, writer or organization who would like to participate in a future Artist’s Open Forum or perform at one? If so please contact us directly at the22magazine {at} gmail.com

Read more about the performers at this Forum.



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