Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

NLE Lab: Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018

This summer No Longer Empty (NLE) invited youth ages 14-18 and elders ages 60 and older living in East Flatbush (and surrounding neighborhoods) to be part of a community art and data lab to be held at Kings County Hospital during the month of July in 2017. In this intensive four week program, 21 participants collaborated in a community think tank style environment to determine how the arts can be used to provide neighborhood resources. The program took place inside a No Longer Empty art exhibition called ART ZONE CG-91, located on the Kings County Hospital campus. Participants learned about visual data collection from a social designer and collaborated with artists and local residents of all ages in order to record and share community stories, dreams and desires. Upon successful conclusion of the program, each participant received a stipend and a certificate in No Longer Empty's unique program on art and data collection. 



Since 2009, No Longer Empty’s educational programs have inspired New York City’s youth and families to share their voices through collective storytelling and re-imagining public space through art. Site specific youth art exhibitions, mobile education hubs, teen hang outs, youth mentorship – are all NLE modes for offering a behind-the-scenes entryway into local history and culture. We bring urban art education right to the doorstep of local audiences, inhabiting unusual spaces from abandoned government buildings to vacant retail centers; removing geographic, language, and cultural barriers to ensure communal participation in our process of creative adaptive re-use of public space. Young participants at No Longer Empty learn to use art as a tool to develop their own projects, strengthen community networks, and envision a future crafted by their own design. Our signature education and public engagement programs – youth curatorial education, family art-making and community advisory councils - accompany our exhibitions to engage audiences young and old, offering leadership roles for arts connectors of all ages.


No Longer Bored is a program designed for children and families to discover and explore NLE art exhibition though activities centered on inquiry, reflection, creativity and participation.  We want children and families to explore the exhibition and develop an appreciation for art together. 


No Longer Bored for Schools and After School Programs is a program for groups aged K-12 designed and lead by NLE educational staff.  Each exhibition is site specific; the art in the exhibition directly connects to the space and the surrounding neighborhood. 


Y.Dot is an educational and professional experience with contemporary art for high school students. The program trains teens to design, lead their own tours of the exhibition to their families, friends and visitors. Known as "Docents", teens also work as part of the organization, attend workshops, and visit other exhibitions and artist studios. This paid 16-week program fosters life and professional skills. 


Y.Lab is a two month curatorial training program for youth to produce their own exhibition of student art, in the style of No Longer Empty’s site-responsive practice. Through this youth leadership program, young people learn the art of curating and creative place-making while designing their own public program and exhibition. This program includes specially tailored classes and workshops on curating for young adults, children, and teens, and the program previously known as Teens Curate Teens (TCT). 


Our program aligns with the NYC Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts five strands of Art Learning.  Early childhood, elementary, middle and high school benchmarks are taken into consideration during the development of our programs and tours. 

No Longer Empty´s Education Programs are possible through the generous support of The Pinkerton Foundation, Exploring The Arts Foundation, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, American Chai Trust, and individual contributions. Thank You!