2018

Lower East Side Community organizing, Photography   Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you? I have many artivists that have continued to influence and inspire me. One of them is Arianna Cuesta, who is an Afro-Caribbean photographer from Puerto Rico. Her work focuses on amplifying and showcasing the beauty and ... MORE
Longwood/ Hunts Point Digital Art, Installation, Multidisciplinary, Painting   Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you? Carrie Mae Weems is a huge inspiration to me. Though she is a photographer, I love how she combines imagery and words to practice visual storytelling! One of my favorite series of hers ... MORE
Bedford-Stuyvesant Community organizing   Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why? Tompkins Ave from Halsey to Gates in Bedstuy. In my mind it’s “Black Wellness Row.” There are so many black-owned businesses, such vibrant energy, and opportunities to learn new self-care practices. My weekend ritual is to walk over ... MORE
Ridgewood Multidisciplinary Performer   Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why? I really love the open-air food court‚ right when you get off the Myrtle-Wyckoff station on the L line. Because it’s protected from cars, people can just hang around the entire square: eating tacos from food trucks, reading ... MORE
Bedford-Stuyvesant Digital Art, Film/Video, Literary Art, Performance, Music   Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why? The Biggie mural on Quincy and Bedford. I live two blocks away and walk by the mural on a regular basis. It reminds me of my uncle who now lives in Pakistan. He ... MORE
Crown Heights Community organizing, Multidisciplinary, Performance   Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you? Most recently I’ve been revisiting Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ Manifesto of Maintenance Art, 1969 where she highlights how artists focus on presenting the most polished representation of their work for the public sphere but do not ... MORE
Williamsbridge, Bronx Photography   Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you? Rhynna Santos is a Bronx Photographer who is a member of the Bronx Photo League and curator of Everyday Bronx. She has guided me in discovering my own talents and ability to be of service in my community. ... MORE
Harlem Drawing, Installation, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Visual Arts   Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you? Pepon Osorio. I have always appreciated his work because it speaks of identity, culture, masculinity and community. His use of objects, collage and photographs creates a narrative within a narrative.   Please tell us about ... MORE
Sunset Park Community organizing, Installation, Multidisciplinary, Performance Theater   Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you? I’m inspired by Jaimie Warren and Matt Roche’s Whoop Dee Doo series. I had the wonderful opportunity to work on their community-based variety shows in New York. It was a collaborative experience where ... MORE
Hamden , CT Community organizing, Multidisciplinary   Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why? The Duck Pond is a place in my neighborhood that is special to me. It is a huge park with two benches and has a beautiful pond on which to meditate. It is a place ... MORE
Washington Heights Dance, Drawing, Literary Art, Multidisciplinary, Performance, Visual Arts   Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you? Rosanna Raymond is an artist, fashion activist, poet, activator, scholar, and just goals. I met her last year when she had a fellowship at the Met. I’ve never met such a ... MORE
East Harlem Community organizing, Drawing, Installation, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts   Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you? Currently, I’m still obsessed with Kehinde Wiley and the portrait series he showed at the Brooklyn Museum. I love the way his paintings are monumental, celebrate black identity and reclaim traditional ... MORE
Ridgewood, Queens Film, Visual Arts   Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you? Joshua Oppenheimer (director of The Act of Killing) is somebody I really look up to. On top of the film being an amazing masterpiece for what it is and the impact that it has created. I ... MORE
Sugar Hill Film   Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you? At the moment I am most inspired by Blvck Archives, an online archive of visual narratives from the black diaspora. The project is both a collaborative archiving platform with crowd-sourced black family photos that create a sort of ... MORE
Crown Heights Community organizing, Drawing, Literary Art, Multidisciplinary, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts   Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you? Steven Casanova is a photographer and food activist that I connected with to volunteer in Puerto Rico. He uses his knowledge of food history to educate people on how they ... MORE

2017

Goussy is a faculty member for the Middle School Jazz Academy and WeBop programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is also mother to two young boys, ages 3yrs and 6yrs: her “greatest creative compositions”. MORE
Abby is a Sonic Conceptual Performing Artist-Composer who believes in the power of music to inspire empathy and to change hearts and minds. MORE
Alejandra is a born and bred New Yorker working as a community organizer within the New York City housing rights movement. MORE
Alethea is a Bronx-based dancer and choreographer. MORE
Makeba Rainey is a Harlem native inspired by her community and fellow emerging visual and music artists. MORE
Ingrid Romero is an artist, organizer and proud new yorker inspired by legacies of resistance, love and creativity. MORE
Nikomeh is a Queer, Mad, Womxn of Color, an Ensemble Theatre Artist, Creative Producer (Nikomeh LLC) and Actorvist. MORE
Kearra is a Trinidadian photographer/visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. MORE
Emilio works collaboratively to develop tools and facilitate experiences that explore forms of sharing and exchanging knowledge. MORE
Elizabeth is multi-dimensional visual artist working with paint, photography, poetry, and sculpture. She uses arts as a tool for activism. MORE
Candace is Head of Community at a podcasting startup by day and a poet by night and subway ride. MORE
Stephanie is a queer Afro-Indigena Latina feminista poet, archivist, and reproductive justice activist+scholar. MORE
Nayo is a multidisciplinary artist currently completing her masters degree in Africana Studies at New York University. MORE

2016

Claudia is a media-maker and anthropologist who uses photography, video and sound to explore the borders and possibilities between arts, community work and social disciplines. MORE
Adalky is a New York City born and raised artist. MORE
Shamilia is community arts practitioner using theatre, herbalism, music and the written word to co-create liberatory spaces in her community. MORE
Sal is an artist and community organizer living and working in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. MORE
Lyra is co-director of the public arts/humanities organization The Museum On Site, and teaches History and American Studies at Rutgers University. MORE
Autumn is a Harlem-based community organizer, documentarian, and cultural producer whose work meets at the intersection of race, gender, class, and activism and seeks to tell the stories of those most marginalized. MORE
Cynthia is an oral historian and media artist whose interested in making public history freely accessible to the community. MORE
Terence is an art writer and critic and is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Oral Histories Fellow at BOMB Magazine. MORE
Sue Jeong is an interdisciplinary artist. MORE
Lindsay is a media artist and critical educator, engaged in creating multimedia projects exploring identity, presence, and history – most recently working on a web-based project: Evoking the Mulatto. MORE
Iván is a self-taught visual artist based in New York. His drawings, paper constructions, photographs, videos and installations are multi-layered surveys that deconstruct the relationship between form and content. MORE
Dalaeja is a curator, arts administrator, community organizer, first generation Caribbean-American and Brooklyn native. MORE
Vanessa is a Colombian cultural worker and creative facilitator who believes in the power of art as a social transformational practice and a form of critical thinking. MORE
Rahviance is a true and thoughtful creator and artivist. MORE
Walter is a creator, collaborator and dreamer who seeks to create moments of critical thinking through his artwork and designs. MORE

 

2015

Ola Ronke Akinmowo is a visual and performance artist, community activist, and mom. MORE
Hossannah is a writer currently based in Bed-Stuy who was raised near the 105 and 710 freeways in L.A. MORE
Stanley Cadet is a photographer based in Baldwin, NY. MORE
Maura Cuffie is a cultural programmer and arts administrator and one of the founders of the Free Breakfast Program. MORE
Dhanashree Gadiyar is an installation artist and educator whose work focuses on storytelling MORE
Ashley Grier is a singer and multi-disciplinary artist. MORE
Dominique is a visual artist and community organizer born and raised in Ecuador. MORE
Sarah Lidgus is a social practice designer and educator based in the East Village. MORE
Jason Maas is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and founder of the Artist Volunteer Center. MORE
Kristy McCarthy is a self-taught visual artist, hair braider, and community organizer currently based in East Harlem. MORE
Nicole is a visual artist working as a social worker who connects this work to her artistic endeavors. MORE
David Xu Borgonjon is a curatorial fellow at Wave Hill, who believes every idea should have an institution. MORE
Akadu Utah is a healer, liberation educator, organizer, and performance ritual artist. MORE

 

2014

A playwright and performer whose narrative focuses on healing from sexual violence and the development of individual and collective memory. MORE
OluSeyi Adebanjo is a Queer gender-non-conforming Nigerian and MFA filmmaker working at the intersection of art, media, imagination, ritual & politics. MORE
A multi-disciplinary artist based in Hells Kitchen whose work has been exhibited at institutions including P.S. 1/MOMA, Rush Arts Gallery, and Longwood Art Gallery. She is a member of the tART feminist art collective. MORE
A self-taught, interdisciplinary artist based in Jackson Heights. Born in Lima, Peru, Ro’s work grapples with themes of memory, intimacy, and identity. MORE
A dance comedian, social entrepreneur, and the CEO of Denae Dance Theatre & DNA Comedy, Denae creates insightful absurdity with race, gender, & the daily hustle. MORE
A Crown Heights-based photographer, Leon is co-director of the Newark Black Artist Oral History Project, the Managing Producer for a Radio program on WBAI called Afrobeat Radio, and the Web-Reporter for a Japanese NGO called Peace Boat. MORE
A sound designer, clarinetist, and teaching artist who has fostered a strong connection with the Lower East Side. Rich studied clarinet with Alan R. Kay at the Hartt School of Music, where he was a music education major, and holds a B.M. in music technology from NYU. MORE
An artist, administrator, educator, and community organizer, interested in weaving together performance, oral history, scholarship, and activism to co-create experiences that allow people to access their strength and creativity. MORE
A self-taught visual and performance artist, full-spectrum doula, writer and founder of Colored Girls Hustle from Crown Heights. Her current projects and affiliations include: Echoing Ida, Body Ecology, The Doula Project, and the Colored Girls Hustle Hard Mixtape. MORE
A media artist based in Jersey City, Nadia has worked in the media arts and social change sector since 2009 as a Paper Tiger TV collective member and a lead organizer at the Facing Race National Conference. MORE
A media and visual artist based in Lehigh Valley, PA. Sasha graduated from Bard College in 2010 with a BA in Photography. MORE
A ceramic artist based in Harlem, Sarah has participated in group exhibitions in Brooklyn, Connecticut and Japan, and most recently was accepted into the AIM Program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. MORE
A visual artist based in Elmhurst who explores beliefs and behavior through drawing, installation and human interaction, often inviting the public to co-create these investigations. Social practice and physical making are both important in her work. MORE
An Egyptian American visual artist based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Katherine’s work has been shown in various exhibition venues, such as the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, and galleries in Brooklyn, Boston, New Jersey, and Buenos Aires. MORE
A Flatbush, Brooklyn based dancer, choreographer, and performing artivist, Nehemoyia believes dancing is the transformational healing of our personal and collective traumas, and aspires to offer this gift through community art. MORE

 

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