These Artists’ Hunt for Studio Space Ended at the World Trade Center
written by Laura Zornosa, New York Times, March 26, 2022
On the 28th floor of 4 World Trade Center, Tourmaline, a multidisciplinary artist, works from a corner studio that features two walls of windows and a view of the 9/11 Memorial. Next door, another artist, Tariku Shiferaw, has his own space to paint and create installation art.
Both artists benefit from a nonprofit program, Silver Art Projects, that provides artists with free, yearlong studio space in the chrome office tower, as well as a $1,200 stipend and mentorship.
The nonprofit is part of a vast ecosystem of organizations and programs across New York that provide artists with places where they can work, a signature need for artists in a real estate market that has long pushed them to live in cavernous, defunct industrial spaces where the rent is cheap and there is room for both art and furniture.
Tariku Shiferaw, On The Low (Burna Boy), 2022