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Are Artists Abandoning NYC?

by Arun Venugopal

“Is the nation’s art capital experiencing a mass exodus of artists? This question goes to the heart of the city’s identity, and certainly it’s not hard to find artists who have left or are leaving because it’s simply become too expensive.

‘I never rest in New York,’ said photographer Brian Palmer, days before moving from Brooklyn to Richmond, Virginia. ‘I always feel like I have to be doing something work-related.’

Whether or not artists are leaving the city more now than in the past is hard to quantify, however. For every painter who leaves, there’s a young, budding dancer who arrives. The Center for an Urban Future has been studying the issue for more than a decade now.

‘We’ve seen, actually, an increase in visual artists in New York City over the last decade,’ said the Center’s Adam Forman. ‘So without question, people are still coming here,’ often to attend art school, but are then weighed down with college debt and less likely to find well-paying jobs than their predecessors.”

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Jeremiah Walton is wary of bios, but there's the current sign they're flying: “Jeremiah Walton is founder of Nostrovia! Press & traveling bookstore Books & Shovels. They’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival, Oakland Beast Crawl, San Francisco Lit Crawl, Death Rattle, the Kansas City Poetry Throwdown, Cleveland’s Guide to Kulchur: Snoetry, among other lit fests, street corners, & living rooms across the country. They loath-themselves, & are struggling to find a healthy extension of the poem that incorporates publishing. Consistently confused, & trying to make space for compassion for the parts of myself I hate.” That feels like tattooing "love me" across my neck, but hopefully you get to know me thru my poems, not the accolades that are nothing more than memories to let go of.

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