When Jade Stone’s mother, Gene Stone, a world-renowned artist and diagnosed schizophrenic commits suicide, she leaves her daughter the keys to a warehouse in her will. Unbeknown to Jade, the keys belong to what was once a provocative underground artist collective founded and run by Gene for decades. Jade, a precocious dancer and visual artist dismissed her passions and distanced herself from her mother in her college years to pursue a stable career in business and attempt to avoid the genetic mental condition that consumed Gene. At the funeral, Jade begins to learn about the side of her mother she never knew. Eccentric characters come out of the woodwork including Gene’s three best friends from the original collective: Ashby Wollic, a crazy sculptor and faded flower child, Samara Cortez, a sultry metal worker and Lilia Chung, a free-spirited installation artist. The three evoke Jade’s curiosity in the warehouse that Gene shut down a few years prior, claiming she gave into the pressure of a developer and sold it. Those who know it describe the warehouse it as a sacred, entrancing creative space like no other where there is no time, no judgment, no rules and no limits. It is known as “Utopia”.
Jade is now faced with a choice: does she revive the collective, uncovering the secrets of Utopia and the mother she never knew or continue with her life as a businesswoman that she worked so hard to attain? Eventually, deciding to give the collective a shot, Jade attracts a crew of nine dramatically different artists who are all trying to find or re-find themselves after respective major life events. Together they battle the hierarchy and changing climate of the art world in NYC while attempting to make the warehouse a sustainable space, which proves to be much more difficult this time around than when the collective was first established in the 1970’s. Things get messy, dramatic, ugly, beautiful and complicated along the way as the gang works together to push the boundaries of installation and multi-media art while trying to keep their sanity under the spell of the warehouse.
THE CREATORS is a character-driven series that follows the lives, challenges and artistic journeys of a multi-generational and multi-disciplinary group of artists as they struggle to revive The Utopia Art Collective and redefine its function in society.