Art Handling: 3D Packing
Tuesday, May 24th, 6-8pm
Admission: $25 / $5 for members

This hands-on workshop designed for artists and arts administrators will provide the opportunity to learn how to professionally pack artworks for safe shipping and storage. Focusing on small-scale 3D objects and sculptures, we’ll explore packing materials, tools, and hardware, as well as best practices for handling artwork to ensure its longevity.  Led by artist, Alex Branch.

Class size limited to 20 participants.

Art Handling: 2D Packing
Saturday, April 16th, 2-5pm
Admission: $35 / $7 for members

This hands-on workshop designed for artists and arts administrators will provide the opportunity to learn how to professionally pack artworks for safe shipping and storage. We’ll explore materials, tools, and hardware, as well as best practices for handling artwork to ensure its longevity. Focusing primarily on 2D artwork (frames, canvas, prints), we'll show you how to wrap artwork and create slip cases, portfolios, and collars/shadow boxes. Led by artist, Alex Branch.

Class size limited to 20 participants.

Stakeholders Personal Finance Series:  Artists Edition 

Stakeholders PFS:  Artists Edition is an experiential financial education and professional development series.  The series is created around the concept of artists as entrepreneurs.  From that perspective, the curriculum, workshops and individual presentations are crafted to equip artists with practical knowledge and skills advancing their level of personal financial literacy and establishing a proper business foundation for their studio practice.

Stakeholders Personal Finance Series: Artists Edition - Workshop #1
Tuesday Feb 23rd, 6:30-8pm
Admission: FREE
In this active participation workshop, we’ll develop a framework you can immediately use to organize your personal finances. Our goal is to consider “best practices” in personal financial management while outlining an approach for creating a uniquely tailored plan in support of your studio practice. 

Stakeholders Personal Finance Series: Artist Edition - Workshop #2

Two-Part Workshop
Session 1: Tuesday, March 15th, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Session 2: Saturday, March 19th, 12pm - 4pm

Both sessions (Tuesday and Saturday): $70 / Members $50*
Session 1 only (Tuesday): $25 / Members $15*
Session 2 only (Saturday): $50 / Members $35*

Session 1 – “A Running Start”   Tuesday, March 15th, 6:30-8:30pm
This participatory workshop provides a meaningful introduction to the financial planning process. We’ll review a framework for organizing your personal finances while moving deeper into discussions of cash flow management, credit management and income taxation.

Session 2 – “Pulling it All Together: Your household, your art practice and your business”   Saturday, March 19th, Noon – 4:00pm
This four-hour session begins by separating personal finances from those of your art practice. We’ll discuss how and why to approach your creative enterprise as a business along with the corporate and tax implications of doing so. Key aspects of retirement planning and use of trusts will be highlighted.

Grant Writing for Artists – Advanced workshop

Saturday, February 6, 2016. 2-4pm
Admission: $15 / free for members

You’ve done your research and now you need to know how to make your grant application irresistible to funders. With the tough competition for funding you also need to know how to make the application process further your career, no matter the outcome of one proposal.

In this advanced workshop, based on Gigi Rosenberg’s book, The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing(Watson-Guptill, 2010), you’ll learn how to take a good grant application and make it great. Gigi teaches you how to

·       Employ the seven editing techniques for the final edit

·       Write with clarity, specificity and appropriate urgency

·       Decode application questions

·       Let the process focus your career goals

·       Create a budget that makes your application even more competitive

For a chance at receiving group critique, moderated by Gigi, bring 10 copies of one, double-spaced page of either your project proposal or artist statement.

PLAY&GROUP 1: A picnic with composer Ithai Benjamin and his robotic puppets

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - POSTPONED until Saturday, January 30. 11am – 12.30pm        
Admission $5 per family / free for members

Artists with children are invited to an indoor January picnic at the CUE Art Foundation, with music performed by New York composer, artist, and dad, Ithai Benjamin.

Following the performance will be a brief interview and discussion with Benjamin and artist Rebeca Raney on the continuation of their studio practice while parenting, including participation in extended residencies with families.

Art Handling 101
Saturday, December 19th, 2015. 3-5pm
Cost: Free with RSVP

This hands-on workshop designed for artists and arts administrators, will provide the opportunity to learn how to professionally pack artworks for safe shipping to collectors and galleries, and how to install artworks for an exhibition. We’ll explore materials, tools, and hardware, as well as best practices for handling artwork to ensure its longevity. Led by artist, Alex Branch.

This workshop is the first in a series of events dedicated to legacy planning—educating artists how to handle, protect and preserve their artworks and estates. Stay tuned for workshops on preservation strategies, archives, and estate planning.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015. 6:30pm
Cost: FREE

Authors Angie Wojak (Director of Career Development at the School of Visual Arts) and Stacy Miller, Ed. D. (faculty at Parsons School of Design) will lead a panel on social media tactics for artists to launch the new edition of their career guide Starting Your Career as an Artist: A Guide to Launching a Creative Life (Allworth Press and School of Visual Arts Press, 2015). Social media is an essential part of self-promotion and networking for any artist. We will examine best practices and give examples of how to use social media from experts in the field. Featured panelists include artist Faith Holland, cultural critic and co-founder of THE MEDIUM, Larry Ossei-Mensah, artist and Assistant Director of SVA Career Development, Anna Ogier-Bloomer, and digital media strategist Ashley Banks. Books will be available for purchase and the authors will be signing copies after the panel.

Co-sponsored by the School of Visual Arts Career Development and CUE Art Foundation.

Open Field: Artist Networking Cocktail Hour
Wednesday, October 21st, 2015. 6-8pm
$7 / free for members. 

Join us for an evening of networking and socializing among artists, curators, critics, writers, and arts administrators. Attendees should bring business cards and their best elevator pitch to make a strong and lasting first impression. We’ll be inviting special guests, encouraging valuable connections for participants, so come ask questions, join forces with other artists, and enjoy drinks and refreshments on us! 

Our special guests for the evening are: Gabriel de Guzman, Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill; Rebecca Jampol, curator and founder/co-director of The Gateway Project Gallery and Public Art Program; and Maia Murphy, independent curator and writer.

Social Medium: Art-Making with Social Media
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015. 6:30 - 8pm
Cost: FREE
How do artists use their social media accounts as art mediums and platforms through which to produce work? What alternative purposes, if any, might online galleries and “Instagram residencies” serve artists, particularly emerging artists? 

To consider these topics, CUE conversed with Yulan Grant and Camilo Godoy, two multidisciplinary artists utilizing social media to create work that responds to contemporary discourse.


With grant season looming, CUE hosts Funderdome, a series of events designed for artists in the midst of applying for project funding. Grant writing panel, The Art of the Pitch aims to give artists an insider’s perspective of the grant review process with expert advice from professionals who work with foundations and arts councils. Our guests will share tips on how to craft a compelling proposal, and we’ll cover the top “do’s and don’ts” of applying for funding. 

During One-on-One Grant Consultations, we will invite participants to sit down with a consultant who will provide individualized and tailored feedback on a completed grant application. 

The Art of the Pitch
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015.  6:30 - 8:30pm
Admission: $10  / Free for members.

One-on-One Grant Consultations
Saturday, August 15th, 2015.  11am - 5pm
Cost: $25 / Free for members

Open Field: Artist Networking Cocktail Hour
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015. 6-8pm
$7 / free for members. 

Join us for an evening of networking and socializing among artists, curators, critics, writers, and arts administrators. Attendees should bring business cards and their best elevator pitch to make a strong and lasting first impression. We’ll be inviting special guests, encouraging valuable connections for participants, so come ask questions, join forces with other artists, and enjoy drinks and refreshments on us! Featuring tacos from Tacombi and margarita specials.

Our special guests for the evening are: Jay Wegman, Director of Abrons Art Center; Rachel Steinberg, artist and curator, Gallery Director of Soho20; Yevgeniya Baras, artist, curator, co-founder of Regina Rex gallery; Krista Saunders Scenna, curator, co-founder and director of Ground Floor Gallery; and more!

If It's Not Work, It Must be PLAY: Discussions on the state or work in the arts

Are creative laborers compensated fairly? What are the broader implications of undervaluing labor in the arts? CUE Art Foundation hosts a series of experts—including labor economists, urban planners, activists, and financial consultants—to analyze and respond to the current conditions of work in the arts. 

This series is presented by CUE, and produced by our inaugural Public Programming fellow, Cevan Castle. 

I. Economists on Under-compensation of Labor in the Arts
December 5, 2014, 6:30 - 9pm

Cost: Free, though tickets are required. 
Feminist Labor Economists  Deborah M. Figart, Ellen Mutari, and Catherine Mulder discuss the undervaluation of work in the arts and humanities, what you should know about changing the labor market, and its implications for artists and society.

II. W.A.G.E.: How Creative Labor Should Be Compensated
December 11, 2014, 6:30 - 9pm

Cost: Free, though tickets are required. 
New York based activists, Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), will explain their research and advocacy regarding artists and earnings, minimum payment standards for creative labor, and certification for institutions that fairly compensate labor.

III. The Artists Financial Support Group Speaks Openly about Money and Debt
January 30, 2015, 6.30 - 8pm
Cost: Free, though tickets are required. 
New York based advocacy and support group hosts, The Artists Financial Support Group, will share their mission to strengthen the financial circumstances of the creative community, through financial self-advocacy, change in the cost of artist education, and innovative ways to manage student loan debt and to budget on an erratic income.

IV. Artists and Gentrification: Community Development Experts On Improving Neighborhood Stability
March 6, 2015, 6.30 - 8pm
Cost: Free, though tickets are required. 
Do our communities also bear the negative effects of under-compensated creative labor? Artists famously move residences and work space in response to the availability of low-cost space, often subsidized by development schemes. Tom Angotti of Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development, Rosanne Haggerty of Community Solutions, and Paul Parkhill of Spaceworks discuss strategies towards long term creative space and community stability.

V. The Artist Studio Affordability Project: Can artists afford to stay in NYC?
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015. 6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: Free, though tickets are required. 
New York has long been a center for art and cultural activity of international and historic significance.  As NYC residents and independent businesses are pushed out of neighborhoods by rising rents, the art community is quickly losing access to work space and the infrastructure needed for production and the transfer of ideas.  Can New York City remain a hub for artists and creative businesses? Are there measures that can be taken to protect neighborhoods from displacement? The Artist Studio Affordability Project will discuss their activism and ways that artists can strengthen their claim to space in New York.

VI. Is it work or is it play? Christian Madsbjerg on the business problem of being an artist
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015. 6.30 - 8.30pm

Cost: Free, though tickets are required. 
CUE Art Foundation welcomes author, business analyst and ReD Associates partner Christian Madsbjerg for the final event in the 2014-15 series, If it's not work it must be play: discussions on the state of work in the arts.  Famous for their strategy work with companies such as LEGO, Intel, Samsung, and Adidas, ReD Associates approaches business challenges with a methodology that employs tools and theories from the human sciences - anthropology, sociology, philosophy and psychology.  In a dialogue focusing on the challenges of creative practice, Madsbjerg will discuss his methodology and share his perspectives on the problems of business in the arts.  From the deepened perspective of human behavior and a view of implicit cultural attitudes, we will attempt to define long term strategies for the arts community, and answer the question: is it work, or is it play?

CUE & Art21 Book Club
November 13, 2014, 7-8:30pm

The ART21/CUE Book Club returns on November 13, with video and performance artist Kalup Linzy guiding our conversation.

Given the freedom to assign any text, Linzy selected Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualization about “the power of your imagination to create what you want in your life.” First published in 1978, in an edition of two thousand, Gawain has since sold over ten million copies worldwide. “All you need to bring to this book,” says New Age Journal, “are an open mind and heart, plus the desire to greatly enrich [your] life.”

I Am an Artist: On Ownership & Other Enterprising Acts with Lisa Congdon
September 18, 2014
Cost: $10

In her talk I Am an Artist: On Ownership & Other Enterprising Acts Lisa Congdon will discuss her journey into the art and illustration worlds, the importance of owning her unconventional experience, and, drawing from her latest book, Art Inc, the lessons she's learned about how to make a living making art. Join her for an entertaining & informative talk followed by Q&A and a book signing.

Lisa Congdon first started making art as a hobby in 2001, and five years later began showing and selling her work. Today, Lisa makes a full-time living as an illustrator and fine artist. Known for her colorful and intricate paintings, drawings, pattern designs and hand lettering, Lisa works for clients around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, Martha Stewart Living, General Mills and Simon & Schuster, among many others. Her projects range from book, magazine, product and stationery illustration to wallpaper and fabric design. She has exhibited her work around the country, including shows at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Bedford Gallery. She is the author of several books, including Art IncWhatever You Are, Be a Good One20 Ways to Draw a Tulip and A Collection a Day. She keeps a popular daily blog about her life, work, and inspirations called Today is Going to be Awesome. She lives in Oakland, California.


Plan in the New Year with Jackie Battenfield
January 22, 2014

January is a great month to strategize about what you want to accomplish this year. In this workshop, we'll review strategic planning fundamentals to help you assess your needs, identify goals, and put together an action plan to achieve them. We will also cover ways you can identify resources and get support to help you meet your goals.

Jackie Battenfield is an artist who is known nationally for her luminous paintings and  prints of natural forces. For over last twenty years, she has made a living from her art and is a popular motivational speaker on the challenges of sustaining a successful career in the  visual arts. Battenfield teaches professional practices in the graduate program at Columbia University and for the Creative Capital Foundation. Battenfield is the author of The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, Da Capo Press, 2009, now in it’s eighth printing.

Taxes for Artists with Richard Shebairo, CPA
March 4, 2014

Learn the essentials of tax filing for artists and freelancers of all disciplines. Whether you’re selling work, freelancing, receiving grants, or all of the above, each tax situation is unique. Richard Shebairo, Certified Public Accountant, will cover record keeping, income and expense tracking, Schedule Cs, deductions, credits, and more. Mr. Shebairo specializes in taxation, accounting, and business planning with expertise in the visual arts. A lengthy Q&A will follow the presentation. 

Thursday, April 17, 7 - 8:30pm
CUE & Art21 Book Club

The Art21 Book Club, a new initiative of the Art21 Magazine in collaboration with CUE, invites avid readers to participate in semi-intimate conversations about fiction and nonfiction books relevant to themes of the Art21 Magazine or ideas tackled by our contributing writers. The Art21 Book Club is an offline space for dialogue that encourages laughter, discussion, and debate over beer, snacks, and a good book.

The first gathering of the Art21 Book Club will take place at CUE Art Foundation (137 West 25th Street, NYC) on Thursday, April 17, 7–8:30pm. We will discuss Lewis Hyde’s classic text The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World. First published in 1979, it has been called “a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities.” The Gift was chosen for its resonance with the April/May issue of the Art21 Magazine, with its focus on value.

Brooklyn-based artist Heather Hart, whose participatory installations are models for exchange and generosity, will lead the discussion. Hart’s work has been featured in a variety of publications and art spaces worldwide, including the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the Brooklyn Museum. In addition to the book club discussion, Hart will facilitate a post-discussion book swap as part of her Trading Post series. Participants are encouraged to bring books to trade.

June 4, 2014, 6:30pm
Pablo Helguera, William Powhida, Michael Manidberg, Amy Whitaker, and Caroline Woolard in conversation about their self-published volume, The Social Life of Artistic PropertyModerated by Esther Robinson, Founder, ArtHome.

What happens when twelve artists gather to discuss the relationship between art and property? In twenty meetings over two and a half years, the core group of Pablo Helguera, Michael Mandiberg, William Powhida, Amy Whitaker and Caroline Woolard birthed this provocative volume. The group produced three pieces of writing about experiments in group living and three proposals for the future of artistic property, including initiatives that reimagine studio space, living space, and artwork. The group is grateful for contributions to this conversation by many others, especially Lise Soskolne and Peter Walsh, whose contributions are published elsewhere. Bound together, here is a record of the group's research and an invitation to consider the forgotten histories and plausible futures of the social life of artistic property.
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Thursday, June 26, 7pm
CUE & Art21 Book Club #2

The CUE & Art21 Book Club invites avid readers to participate in semi-intimate conversations about fiction and nonfiction books relevant to themes of the Art21 Magazine or ideas tackled by their contributing writers. The book for this session is Lucy Lippard's Undermining: A Wild Ride in Words and Images through Land Use Politics in the Changing West. Brooklyn-based artist Naoki Reis will guide the discussion of Lippard's book. Reis's labor-intensive studio practice has produced series such as Vertical Gardens, in which she "re-imagines traditional landscape painting as vertical views of staged nature found in urban botanical conservatories" and Geodesics, "a tribute to the spirit of investigation into the frontiers of science and engineering, in particular the innovations of Buckminster Fuller, a futurist and early advocate of sustainability." Reis's work has been shown at the Horticultural Society of New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Wave Hill, and Mixed Greens, where her installation Planted (2014) is currently on view. This summer, Reis's work will be included in the group exhibition Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York, NY.

Reis asks June book clubbers to consider what it means to live in cities in the twenty-first century, and our changing relationship to the surrounding horizontal landscape. "As suburban sprawl is replaced with vertical climbing, what will the future of America look like, and what part would we like to play in it as artists and citizens?" 

FALL 2013

Every Artist Insured: Navigating Health Care Reform
December 16, 2013

This seminar will help artists understand the Affordable Care Act and will provide clear, step-by-step guidance on what options are available and how to get the most affordable coverage. Find out if you’re eligible for free insurance or subsidies. This is an excellent opportunity for unbiased counseling. Workshop will be presented by Renata Marinaro, Director of Health Services, Eastern Region, The Actors Fund. This session was recorded and can be viewed in full here.

Marketing Consultations
Saturday, October 5, 2013

As a follow-up to the Creative Marketing workshop, artists will have a few days to examine their own practice and present up to three ideas for selling work to the consultants. Each artist will have a 20-minute time slot to help develop a rough plan in order to identify the marketing strategy to best sell their work.

Creative Marketing
Wednesday October 2, 2013
This workshop is for artists who are looking to open and expand their market to sell their work in creative ways. By using The Marshall Strawberry Project as a case study, we will examine unique and powerful ways that an artist can harness to sell work outside of the traditional gallery model. This workshop is intended for participants to be inspired to think of new ways to market their work, and to analyze their art practice to potentially fit new modes of production into their studio time.

DELVE Networking
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Kind Aesthetic, in partnership with CUE, invites all artists, creatives, and arts professionals for a productive and inspiring night at DELVE Networking. Presentations will be followed by complimentary drinks and networking where you can meet new people and talk about the things you do best. We are interested in creating community, sharing information to help you succeed, and learning about everyone's unique paths in the art world.

SPRING 2013 

After Sandy: Emergency Workshop Series
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), and CUE Art Foundation are pleased to announce a series of three workshops focused on emergency recovery and preparedness for artists of all disciplines. These arts organizations have come together to provide critical support and resources for artists who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy as well as artists looking to prepare for situations that may occur in the future. All events are free and open to the public.

PART I: Rebounding from Sandy: Recovery Workshop for Artists 
DATE: Thursday, January 10, 2013: 6:00 - 8:00pm
 LOCATION: New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay Street, 7th Floor, Ste. 740

Where are you in your recovery from Superstorm Sandy? What is working and what is not? Share your experience with other artists, learn about recovery resources that are available to artists, and get some tips for navigating the recovery process. Cornelia Carey and Craig Nutt of CERF+, a national artists' service organization that specializes in emergency recovery and preparedness for artists, will facilitate this gathering. Representatives of other organizations that are active in the Sandy recovery effort will also attend to answer questions and help you locate the resources you need.

PART II: Emergency Conservation & Restoration Workshop for Artists
DATE: Thursday, February 7, 2013: 6:00 - 8:00pm
 LOCATION: CUE Art Foundation, 137 W. 25th Street, Ground Fl.

This workshop will provide artists of all disciplines with information and resources on emergency conservation and restoration after Hurricane Sandy. Panelists include Cindy Albertson, Conservator, MoMA; Elizabeth Nunan, Associate Conservator, Museum of Natural History; Steering Committee member, Alliance for Response New York, and Erika Mosier, Conservator, Paper Conservation, MoMA.

PART III: Legal and Insurance Advice: Preparing for the Future
DATE: Tuesday, March 26, 2013: 6:00 - 8:00pm
 LOCATION: The Actors Fund Art Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn

BAC presents a panel of legal and insurance professionals, including representatives of Fractured Atlas and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, brought together to explain how artists can best prepare for a potential future disaster like Superstorm Sandy. Panelists will answer audience questions about impacts still being experienced from Sandy, and will discuss topics such as different types of insurance to consider, and details in leases and contracts to look out for.

As these workshops will provide useful information about planning and resources, artists are welcome to attend even if they were not dramatically impacted by the storm.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Speaker: Gigi Rosenberg

Learn to craft a compelling grant proposal, launch a successful crowdfunding campaign and/or throw a fundraising houseparty. Participants discover how to choose the combination of fundraising techniques that fit your project and your temperament.

In this hands-on workshop, based on Gigi Rosenberg's book, The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing, Gigi demonstrates how to research funding, decode application questions, and let the grant writing process focus career goals and your personal mission. Learn what it takes to use crowdfunding to make your grant applications more competitive and the 10 tips for increasing your chances of winning both residencies and grants to support your creative projects. Gigi demonstrates how to play the matchmaking game with potential funders, enlist colleagues and friends to help write a successful proposal, and emulate the attitudes of successful grant recipients.

Saturday, May 4, 2013
CUE & artflock at IDEAS CITY StreetFest

IDEAS CITY encourages intensive examination of surplus resources that may be under-recognized or underutilized: Untapped Captial. The topic of Untapped Capital provides a touchstone for alternative thinking about new methodologies, new solutions, and new goals.

CUE, in collaboration with the artflock consortium, is taking its professional development programming out of the gallery and into the streets. Join us for day-long programming inspired by Untapped Capital.

11am – 2pm: LAUNDROMAT PROJECT free, hands-on silkscreening workshop
 3 – 6pm: DIEU DONNÉ hands-on papermaking workshop
 Ongoing: Live-Feed Exhibition (all day)

CUE invites StreetFest visitors and artists nationwide to participate in a live-feed, pop-up exhibition by tagging images of their work with #artflock on Instagram. The exhibition slideshow will be projected both in the booth at Ideas City and at CUE’s gallery on 25th Street during the New Yorker Passport to the Arts.