“Here to Stay: Chinatown Art Brigade” (2016) - 18 minutes
“Here to Stay: Chinatown Art Brigade” (2016)
Description: This video documents the formation of Chinatown Art Brigade, a new dynamic cultural collective and partnership with CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities’ Chinatown Tenants Union to launch the “Here to Stay” project which uses outdoor projections and cultural production to advance organizing efforts against gentrification.
Produced by Chinatown Art Brigade/ Edited by Betty Yu
Chinatown Art Brigade Statement on #J20
Chinatown Art Brigade delivers a statement on role of artists and cultural workers in resisting the Trump regime, during #J20 Action (on the of the Inauguration of Donald Trump) on January 20th, 2017 at the Whitney Museum organized by Occupy Museums. The statement was read by members Betty Yu, Liz Moy and Tomie Arai.
"Chinatown Is Not for Sale" Town Hall Meeting - October 22nd 2016
On October 22nd, Artists Space, Chinatown Art Brigade and Decolonize This Place held a town hall discussion that brought together over 215 local residents, activists, gallery owners and artists together for a candid dialogue about the growing impact of art galleries in Chinatown.
Thanks to Artists Space for filming and editing the video.
With gentrification accelerating citywide, over 100 galleries have opened in Chinatown. Approximately 60% of these have arrived in the last three years. Rents have risen to an all time high and low-income Chinatown tenants and small business owners are being pushed out. Hyper-development—in the form of luxury condos, hotels and galleries—is putting the lives and livelihoods of long-term residents at risk.
Gentrification is often the result of many overlapping social and economic factors. Yet, as evidenced in SoHo, Chelsea and, more recently, Bushwick, art galleries tend to be among the first businesses to gentrify working class or industrial districts. How, accordingly, might we speak to the complicity of art and artists within this process? Can artists be an ally in the struggle against gentrification and displacement? What, if any, are the points of unity between artists, galleries and the local community?
This discussion, the second in a series of public conversations presented by Chinatown Art Brigade following "Chinatown: New York's Newest Gallery Scene?" at Wing on Wo & Co. in July, will explore the role that artists can play in preserving, protecting and fighting for our neighborhoods. Central to the discussion will be a working document promoting ways in which artists, galleries and other cultural institutions can show their solidarity with longtime Chinatown residents.
This event was a part of Decolonize This Place, a three-month project by MTL+ that sees Artists Space Books & Talks converted into a movement space that is action-oriented around indigenous struggle, black liberation, Free Palestine, global wage workers and de-gentrification.
"Chinatown: New York's Newest Gallery Scene?" Panel - July 19th, 2016
On July 19th, Chinatown Art Brigade co-hosted, "Chinatown: New York's Newest Gallery Scene?" a panel wth with Wing On Wo & Co. WOW Project, featuring Herb Tam of Museum of Chinese in America and Michelle Maria Esteva of Chinatown Soup and moderated by Tomie Arai, & Betty Yu. artists & co-founders of the Chinatown Art Brigade? #ChinatownNot4Sale
Video shot and edited by ManSee Kong.