Ellen Salpeter, Former ICA Miami Director, Heads to Famed Affordable Artist Housing Group in New York

After stepping down last year as director of the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, Ellen Salpeter will take on a position outside the museum world—and will relocate to a new city in the process.

Westbeth Artists’ Housing, a New York–based nonprofit that provides affordable housing and studio spaces to artists, has named Salpeter as its first president and CEO. She will take up her new role on November 1, and focus on institutional growth and forging connections with other artist residency and housing programs across country.

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You’ve probably watched the annual spectacle on the local TV new stations or maybe have even participated in it yourself, dressing up in costume and walking the mile-long route in Lower Manhattan. New York City’s Village Halloween Parade is just one of those city-specific events that you can only experience here, much like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square. As the parade approaches its 46th year this month, we took a deep dive look into its longstanding history.

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Making Space for Artists in New York City, Chelsea Community News

BY PATRICIA JONES (Executive Director of Westbeth) | New Yorkers have long taken pride in our city’s cultural wealth. From Lincoln Center to the Met Museum to the Downtown dance scene and Off-Off Broadway theaters, New Yorkers care about the arts.

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IMPRESSIONS: The Ninth Annual WestFest Top Floor at Westbeth Artists Housing

Right in time for spring cleaning, the Westbeth Artists Housing flung open its doors for the annual WestFest, inviting dance into every nook, hallway, and courtyard. Now in its ninth season, WestFest celebrates the diverse choreographic voices of the city and provides an opportunity for the public to see over 30 artists in both conventional and site-specific spaces.

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SPACES: Bob Gruen: How the Westbeth was won, The Villager

Bob Gruen still recalls the moment vividly — and, no, it didn’t involve an event from his storied career as a rock-’n’-roll photographer.

“When I got the call that there was an apartment for me in Westbeth,” he said, “it was the most exciting moment of my life.”

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The best dance shows in NYC this month – Westfest Dance Festival, Time Out NY

This annual festival takes over the Westbeth Artists Residence building with two tiers of performance. The first, WestFest Top Floor, offers two programs of works by artists including Carol Nolte, Claire Porter, Benjamin Freedman, Li Chiao-Ping Dance, Jamal Jackson Dance Company, the Bang Group and LMnO3. The second, All Over Westbeth, is a free guided tour of the arts complex (starting every 15 minutes from 2pm to 4pm on the weekend) that is studded with site-specific performances throughout the space.

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Inside New York’s last remaining artists’ housing, Artsy

When entering Westbeth Artists Housing, a sprawling, converted industrial complex located on the quiet and manicured Bethune Street in New York’s West Village, you’ll have to abandon all preconceived notions of what it means to “make it” as an artist. In the lobby, young students of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance and the New School for Drama, both housed in the building, zip between shuffling senior citizens sporting brightly dyed hair and artfully disheveled, hipsterish clothes. These bohemian elders are the original residents of Westbeth, a keen, active group of people who have spent a lifetime challenging convention.

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It’s in the bag at Westbeth flea market finale, The Villager

It’s been three wild days (Nov. 11-13) of bargains and amazing finds at the annual Westbeth Flea Market. Think: Coach leather bags and Lands’ End and Ralph Lauren Polo coats and jackets all for $5.

But, alas, all good things must come to an end.

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