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Flux Factory is a non-profit art organization that supports and promotes emerging artists through exhibitions, commissions, residencies, and collaborative opportunities. Flux Factory is guided by its passion to nurture the creative process, and knows that this process does not happen in a vacuum but rather through a network of peers and through resource-sharing. Flux Factory functions as an incubation and laboratory space for the creation of artworks that are in dialogue with the physical, social, and cultural spheres of New York City (though collaborations may start in New York and stretch far beyond).
The central guiding concept of Flux Factory is that innovative new works are created out of a rigorous commitment to collaborative processes. It is thus a forum that encourages participants to work with new collaborators, with unfamiliar media, and within a stimulating and unique social environment. As an artist-run organization, Flux Factory is a distinguished cultural component of its Queens neighborhood and the greater New York art world. Flux Factory produces four major and dozens of smaller exhibitions per year, runs a residency program, and presents monthly events that serve the artistic communities and general public of New York City.
Flux Factory began in 1994, in an old spice factory in Williamsburg, New York City. It was founded as an informal artist collective to create an alternative platform to the commercial gallery scene. About four years later, with a new stage built and twice as many members, the Flux Factory living room evolved into a site for art events and performances of all kinds. Flux became an official 501 (c)(3) nonprofit in 1999 and moved to 43rd Street in Long Island City, Queens in 2002.
Our new building located at 39-31 29th Street in Long Island City, is an 8000 square foot, 3-story converted greeting card factory two blocks north of Queens Plaza. At this site, Flux Factory now operates a professional multi-use facility where artists make new work and present exciting projects to a diverse audience.
Flux is unique in both greater New York City and around the world because of our ability to help artists who struggle to make their artwork in increasingly difficult economic circumstances. On an annual basis we provide studios for upwards of 30 artists, exhibition opportunities for over 150 artists, and we bring their work to an ever-expanding audience of viewers. In addition, each year we host over 50 events including open studios, monthly salons, workshops, show-and-tell sessions, lectures, film-screenings, and receptions.
As a laboratory for cross-disciplinary experimentation, we remain dynamic, responsive, and true to the ability of artists organizing for themselves. The development and expansion of our programs and the services we provide are the result of the constant balance between the needs of the participating individuals, the collective as a whole, and our surrounding community.
As a federally registered nonprofit organization our 990s are available upon request.
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