JasonMaas

Meet Jason Maas

May 5, 2015

Meet our 2015 Fellows!

 

Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?

Todd Lester, freeDimensional. His work inspires me to find new ways to help artists, utilize the arts to address and solve conflicts, and find innovative ways to, in their words, “support culture in the service of free expression, justice and equality.”

 

Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?

Visiting my grandma from Trinidad at Shayna’s Roti. This is hands down the best roti in New York, made by Joyce (Shayna is her granddaughter). It is a weekly tradition that I go in there, spending some time catching up every time I go. She always sees that I am well fed but also always gives me a hard time (in the most joking way) for not seeing her enough. It’s this reason I call her my grandma from Trinidad! I value this relationship I have with Joyce and understand and worry about how this type of interaction is completely vanishing from New York.

 

What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?

Open City by Teju Cole.

 

If you have an idea of a blog post or topic you’d like to contribute to our blog, please share below!

I would like to write a post about what it is like to be both an artist and an arts administrator. Where the line is between the two and where it blurs together—how it is helpful, productive and vital to make this distinction in order to connect with new audiences, make new work and remain inspired in both the studio and the office.

 

Jason Maas is an artist, educator, and founder of the Artist Volunteer Center. He lives in Brooklyn with his dog, Pushkin.