The process of art-washing is deep and layered in socio-economic issues. A classic profit-driven regeneration maneuver, art-washing highlights the work and presence of artists and creative workers to add a cursory sheen to a neighborhood transformation. Sometimes this process is organic - developers earmark areas where they’ve noticed an influx of creative industries. Often, however, art-washing is by design providing superficial distractions, artistic cache, and presenting regeneration from neglect to creativity.
It is important to acknowledge the responsibility of arts organizations in this process. What strategies can small arts organizations employ to resist displacement and housing stress? How can artists prevent themselves from falling into an art-washing situation?