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chashama, stylized with a lowercase 'c', is a non-profit arts organization based in New York City.chashama nurtures artists by transforming unused property into affordable work and presentation space.
Since being founded in 1995, chashama has transformed 70 locations throughout the city and launched the careers of over 12,000 artists by giving them access to subsidized space, which supported approximately 10,000 public presentations for over 500,000 viewers.
chashama provides free and subsidized space for artists to live, work, and present. To do this we partner with developers and property owners, offering an easy way to transform their vacant buildings into centers of creativity. chashama allows space donors to active their space, increase local foot traffic, and bringing support to area businesses.
chashama runs a variety of programs to serve the emerging artist community in NYC. They include:
- Using temporarily vacant storefront windows for free, public installations and performances
- Providing subsidized or free rehearsal and performance space
- Providing subsidized artist's studios
- Presenting a variety of visual artist exhibitions throughout the year
Meanings of chashama
The meaning of "chashama" depends on whom you ask. chashama (pronounced: sha-SHA-ma) is Persian for "to have vision". Although, some say it is an Arabic word that means "shame" others say it means "from the eye" (Persian: Chashm'a) or "spring outlet" (Persian: Chesh'ma). There are many more theories of spelling, pronunciation, and meaning.
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