Applications for the 2019 NLE Curatorial are now closed!

The NLE Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab) is a socially conscious platform for experimentation in curating, and a professional development program for emerging curators interested in direct experience curating a site-responsive and community-centered exhibition and programs.

The 2019 NLE Lab is partnering with Kings County Hospital Center in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, on the over-arching theme of “wellness.”

Program dates: March 5 – June 29, 2019, with the exhibition culminating in June.

To learn more about NLE Curatorial Lab or to inquire about collaborating or partnering with NLE Lab in East Flatbush, please email


The 2019 NLE Lab is partnering with NYC Health + Hospital Kings County in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, to support curators, community artists and members in creating experiences that explore the critical role that art plays in the wellness of a community. The 2019 NLE Lab is part of a three-year relationship with NYC Health + Hospital Kings County, a partnership that seeks to emphasize the role of creativity within the provision of health services through ongoing programs and youth education, artist residency programs, and exhibitions on and in the vicinity of Kings County Hospital’s 40-acre campus.

Expanding on No Longer Empty’s mission to curate site-responsive and community-centered exhibitions and programs in unique spaces, the No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab) is a socially conscious professional development program for emerging curators and cultural workers interested in direct experience curating in an expanded field. With a focus on research, project-based learning and collaboration, NLE Lab is centered on responding to a specific context in a distinctly urban setting. The program includes a curriculum of critical readings, guest speakers, site/historical research, and studio/exhibition visits, culminating in a collectively curated exhibition with related programming. NLE Lab incorporates community engagement as a fundamental component in the formation of curatorial themes.

Founded in 2013, NLE Lab has presented exhibitions and programming at York College Fine Arts Gallery, Queens Library and Jamaica Colosseum Mall in Jamaica, Queens; in a former ballroom in the South Bronx; a beauty salon in Chinatown; and an abandoned storefront in Greenwich Village. Past instructors include Rachel Gugelberger, NLE Curator & Director NLE Lab; Petrushka Bazin Larsen, Independent Curator and Executive Director, The Reading Room; Sara Reisman, Executive & Artistic Director, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and Manon Slome, Co-Founder and Chief Curator of No Longer Empty.

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The 2019 NLE Curatorial Lab is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, with in-kind support from Materials for the ArtsPaper Monument and NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County.

About Kings County Hospital

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County is a 639-bed, teaching hospital serving Central Brooklyn, East New York-New Lots, and Flatbush. The hospital was the first Level I Trauma Center for Adults in the nation, and the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Brooklyn. It is a NYSDOH-Designated AIDS Center and Stroke Center, and has also been designated as a Center of Excellence for diabetes and for Parkinson’s disease. In 2016, more than 113,000 people were seen in the emergency room and 678,900 people were seen in outpatient clinics. NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County’s Behavioral Health Services Program has 235 inpatient beds; there were 2,481 adult admissions and 662 adolescent and child admissions in 2016. More than 7,400 people visited the Psychiatric Emergency Room in the past year, and 158,000 people receive care in the Behavioral Health outpatient program. The hospital has played a major role in providing health care to vulnerable populations in Brooklyn since 1831, and is part of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health care system in the nation.