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The Pop-Up Research Station CAFE THINK TANK 2023

Pop-Up Research Station -  Roots and Remedies Conference in Detroit, Michigan. 2013

Pop-Up Research Station invites your participation.

Phantom Gallery Chicago and Phantom Galleries LA have created a network of support for artists, curators, and arts organizers engaged in temporary public art installations, storefronts, and projects that engage community response. We envision the project as a portal for shared knowledge, a resource of best practices, ongoing professional development, and a place for moral support to enhance our collective impact. 
On August 7th, 2013, we launched a Podcast produced by GYST Radio on Blog talk.  GYST Podcast Pop-Up Research Station will develop gradually: hosting creative conversations that explore  “Temporary Public Art Installations,” " Storefront Art Movements,” “Creative Place-making,” and projects that are the impetus for “Cultural Urban Planning.”

Liza Simone of Phantom Galleries LA in Los Angeles is currently the host, but there will be guest hosts in cities nationally and internationally.  The Pop-Up Research Station will be a place to glean information. We see the Pop-Up Research Station as the portal to documenting our legacy, giving emerging curators and artists new to the world of creative place-making a “Tool Kit” that has already been 20 years in the making, researched, developed, and implemented by artists who have carved out niches and built new communities from empty storefront to monthly art walks. 

 Roots and Remedies Conference in Detroit, Michigan.

BlogTalkRadio covered snapshots of artist stories, hosted honest discussions on our problems, offered a support system, and solicited advice on how to avoid the potholes moving forward.  The interviews on BlogTalkRadio are conversational and geared toward the artist’s mindset but will be helpful for those interested in our projects as a research tool.

The Pop-Up Research Station began hosting a national conversation formatted as an online "THINK TANK CAFE"  in 2021. The recorded ZOOM podcasts will be a more candid conversation with guest artists, and artists professionals, with facts and figures.  Honest discussions on the problems we face as curators in temporary public spaces, the use of our intellectual property, and how it is used to cultivate urban renewal.
 Kiela Smith Upton, and Laura Weathered of Artists Design the Future/ NNWAC.
We are interested in your story. Please join in on the conversation.  Your feedback is vital. What are your needs in moving forward?  Perhaps you are developing ways to foster collaboration between organizations that we can explore together.   Can we create networks of organizations to jointly pursue funding?  Would an arts organizer's time bank be an excellent idea to follow?
Pop-Up Research Station Café

Join us every Tuesday at 11 am PST, 1pm CST, and 2pm EST

Casual networking & conversations exploring temporary public art, the storefront art movement, creative placemaking, cultural urban planning, and ways to create financial stability for working artists.  Zoom: Meeting ID: 813 6636 7712.  Passcode: popup

Café Menu:  Our weekly menu of topics is co-created by those who attend that week. To see what is happening next week and/ or to add your own topic visit our café menu.

Visit our Youtube Channel for some of our recorded meetings. As long as everyone agrees, we record some of our sessions.

The Pop Up, Research Station CAFE, is organized by: Alpha Bruton of Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, Liza Simone of Phantom Galleries LA & Space in the Gap, Kiela Smith Upton, and Laura Weathered of Artists Design the Future/ NNWAC.
 We will thrive when we find new ways of pooling our resources rather than duplicating them.  Together we can bolster our ability to achieve our goals as we mentor and support each other. 

If you would like to be interviewed, be on our mailing list, or offer suggestions, email
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Alpha M. Bruton
"Art is Business"
Artist | Art Consultant | Curator | Researcher
Thank you for your time and interest.