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“Let’s end the stigma of pursuing an art career.”
 
Downtown 500 is a Philadelphia & Chicago-based art culture company dedicated to helping build and sustain the careers of young artists. Our goal is to forge a sustainable economy for working artists through events, media, and collaborative projects. We believe we can help mold a world where pursuing a career in art is less of a risk. Our current endeavors include hosting events, publishing our magazine, releasing collaborative merch with artists, and more to be soon unveiled. For more information and further inquiries, please contact us here.
Ryan Conway and Adam Yarsinsky.

THE MINDS BEHIND THE COMPANY

Adam Yarsinsky started Downtown 500 in late 2017 after discovering a community of young visual artists on Twitter. He wanted to create a company that could help give more exposure to these talented individuals. As Adam was brainstorming ideas for the company, he watched a documentary on the late Jean-Michel Basquiat. He learned that the artists of 1980’s-era SoHo, a large group of artists of all mediums who would hang out together, were sometimes referred to as the “Downtown 500.” The name seemed fitting.
 
In March 2019, Adam interviewed band Courier Club and met guitarist Ryan Conway. After spending some time together, they quickly realized Adam’s vision for Downtown 500 was in line with a project Ryan had been working on. In May 2019, the two officially joined forces to begin crafting Downtown 500 into what it is today.