COMMUNITIES: NO LONGER EMPTY ON THE URBAN SCALE
No Longer Empty's model bridges art with the inherent resources of communities. While we are temporary residents in the neighborhood, our urban initiatives expand our impact from the exhibition site to the wider cultural landscape. We draw attention to a neighborhood’s history, identity, and cultural production to a citywide audience through interventions of varying scale:
No Longer Empty researches and designs neighborhood maps to draw attention to New York City's diverse trove of neighborhoods. Available at our exhibition sites, these useful guides encourage visitors to linger and explore the neighborhood's array of cultural producers and small businesses.
Urban Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tours
Designed for public participation and enjoyment, these scavenger hunts lead to a personal and active discovery of the neighborhood.
In holistic efforts to revitalize struggling corridors, we work with Business Improvement Districts and local merchants to realize creative strategies and/or art installations that contribute to the vitality and success of community businesses.
No Longer Empty sets forth a replicable and scalable model for creative interim use. Connecting property owners with local organizations and cultural producers, our exhibitions create momentum for further productive use of underutilized spaces.
The New School Collaboratory
The launch of a two-year partnership with The New School in 2013 seeks to create a community of practice among faculty, students, and community-based organizations. With No Longer Empty's involvement, our goal is to develop new models for community-based partnerships for sustained neighborhood engagement throughout the city.
In Fall 2013, students from The New School shared our space in the Lower East Side to create a Fictional Agency, a participatory project inviting local residents and the public to envision future possibilities for the neighborhood. Stay tuned for The Collaboratory interventions this spring.
This program is made possible by a two-year grant from the Rockefeller Foundation and is part of The New School's Social Innovation Initiative, a university-wide effort to foster interdisciplinary learning, research, and practice that will contribute to real-world problem solving.
To learn more about ongoing initiatives, projects, creative partnerships, or to simply get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM THE ARCHIVES: URBAN INITIATIVES AT A GLANCE
How Much Do I Owe You? / Long Island City, Queens
LIC: A Map of Art, Food & Industry
Urban scavenger hunt in collaboration with openhousenewyork and Vertical Urban Factory
We Bike exterior photo installation
Continued cultural activity at the Clock Tower building by LIC Arts Open, Uni Project, and Holographic Center for the Arts
This Side of Paradise / The Bronx
Bronx Made & Famous: A Cultural Map featuring the Bronx Art Alliance and 17 cultural actors of the borough
Boogie Down Rides: Bike the Bronx
Andrew Freedman Home hosts a Bed & Breakfast, supporting burgeoning tourism to the borough, and a front lawn skatepark
Art in Empty Spaces / Lower Manhattan
In collaboration with Manhattan Community Board 3 and local organizations, the program orchestrated six concurrent interventions in storefront windows and interior spaces, reflecting the scalability of No Longer Empty's model. more