The Creative Footprint wants to help curb the effects of gentrification in New York City. The group’s new initiative is called NightCamp NYC — a two-day intensive workshop series which brings together promoters, venue owners, stakeholders, government representatives and global nightlife experts.
“Following the successful repeal of the city’s institutionally racist Cabaret Law and the announcement of a new Office of Nightlife, New York City is entering an exciting period of activism after dark,” The Creative Footprint said in an statement. “The Creative Footprint brings 15+ years of experience from two of the world’s foremost nightlife experts to the city’s vibrant movement, and will arm the scene with necessary data to better protect itself.”
The group is seeking investors via Kickstarter in order to procure data, host the conference, and present the data to attendees.
“It’s very rare that creative scenes have enough data to support their arguments when it comes to gentrification,” says the group’s founder Lutz Leichsenring, a Berlin based venue owner and spokesperson for the 220-member Club Commission since 2009. “The Creative Footprint is a way for us to work with communities to gather their data and hold governments and developers accountable for how they affect their scenes.”
The Creative Footprint hopes to raise $35,000 over the next month and a half.