Interview with Sloane Larsen, Space Manager

Feb 8, 2024

Learn about the invigorating powers of sharing space in this interview with our Space Manager, Sloane Larsen. Sloane’s job is to foster a sense of community, connection, and collaboration among Intersection’s members in her management of the Space Program. She is also is a multidisciplinary artist whose creative work fuels her desire to ensure that art is something to be valued and supported.

Please describe your role at Intersection, as well as your personal art practice.
Working as Intersection’s Space Manager is the most fun title I’ve had! My role is to foster a sense of community among Intersection’s members, particularly within our space at 1446 Market Street. I oversee the coworking and rental programs, facilities management, and partnered with Intersection’s Director of Professional Development to launch a cohort based Artist in Residency program in 2023, which offered a variety of resources to support artists in strengthening their arts practice and business.

I’m a multidisciplinary artist; my practice often integrates painting, sculpture, and photography. My art is a way for me to engage with myself in a spiritual sense. I experiment with organic colors, textures, forms, and intricate abstractions as a way to bring dimension to the liminal and transitional aspects of life.

What inspires you about the Intersection space
I see Intersection’s space as a place of possibility where people can share and build their passions with and alongside each other.

What are some of your favorite recent art happenings that have taken place at Intersection?    
We’ve had some really fun and enriching events these past few months! Intersection hosted SF Open Studios, which featured the work of 6 artists. Detour Dance held a drag makeup workshop where participants learned the essentials of play and transformations. The Fakir Musafar Foundation held their intensive piercing workshop, which provides instruction for sophisticated and spiritual body piercing and honors the lifelong work and teachings of Master Piercer and Shaman Fakir Musafar. The Living Room held a book release for Jessie Scrimager’s Not My DaughterWorld Arts West held their first Archiving Cohort Convening with a presentation by Tom Clareson of Performance Arts Readiness, followed by a discussion about the status and priorities for archiving in the cultural artist dance community.

What are three words that you would use to describe working at Intersection? 
Energy, connection, flow. My favorite days at Intersection are when each room emanates a kind of energetic hum; days when Intersection’s Accelerator cohort sit together on the sofas envisioning the future of their arts practice and business, while a coworking member sits nearby drafting an application for a residency program. Meanwhile, artists gather for an immersive workshop in one of our rental rooms. THAT’s creative energy.

What interesting collaborations or inspiring conversations have you noticed among people in the Intersection space
Recently, a coworking member came by to pick up their mail, and I introduced them to a fiscally sponsored member working in the space during Drop-in Tuesday. This quickly led to a conversation spanning the origin of their names, the projects they’re working on, and those in the arts community doing similar work. It fills my heart to see people coming together because of their mutual involvement with Intersection. In this way, the spaces we share are a pathway to connection.

What are some benefits of sharing space and community as an artist or arts worker? 
While sharing space has many benefits, what makes Intersection unique is wrapped up in its name. Intersection for the Arts has 29 coworking members and 170 fiscally sponsored members working in various artistic disciplines. When their unique perspectives meet, magic happens.

One of our Artists in Residence expressed this beautifully: “I mainly loved getting to know these wonderful people outside of my world/discipline – what a fantastic and inspiring group of artists.”

How does it feel to sit down to work at Intersection? 
I feel grounded when working at Intersection. I attribute this to both the people and place. On a sunny day, beams of natural light shine through the skylights, the vast open space makes it easy to move about, a hot cup of tea is always at the ready, and the people are, well… simply the best.

What is your vision for the Bay Area art scene, and how do coworking/rentals at Intersection contribute to this? 
I think that collaboration and partnership are vital to sustaining a thriving arts ecosystem. In the words of Adrienne Maree Brown, we must “curate soil that is fertile for relationship building.” I see Intersection’s space offerings as a seedbed, a space for artistic and cultural germination.

We hope you enjoyed this interview with Sloane! Meet the entire Intersection for the Arts’ staff here

 

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