Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

NLE Lab: Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018




No Longer Empty activates public engagement with contemporary art through curated, community-responsive exhibitions and education programs in unique spaces.


We harness the power of art to explore the history of buildings and community narratives. No Longer Empty collaborates and co-programs with local organizations, residents, civic leaders and businesses to ensure relevance, to promote cultural vibrancy at the neighborhood level, and to craft legacy programs. Every experience is welcoming and informative, free of the constraints of traditional venues. We inspire lifelong interest in the arts through access, involvement and inclusion. 


To spark fresh perspectives on creating, presenting and experiencing art.



Our Methodology

No Longer Empty works with internationally recognized curators to feature established artists alongside emerging artists. The synthesis of community interviews and site research drives the curatorial theme and revives the history of buildings. The curatorial premise and the physical realities of the site provide artists with an alternative to today's art world status quo, allowing them to expand their practice through site commissioned work.

No Longer Empty presents art in environments that are free and accessible to all. Our collaborative programming strengthens community links and bolsters a vibrant cultural landscape. Harnessing the opportunity of interim use, we act as a catalyst and a model for building resilience and opportunity for all members of the community.

At the heart of the experience is community engagement. Our presence in each neighborhood focuses on encouraging local participation and attracting new visitors to the neighborhood. We nourish and build relationships with the people that come to our exhibitions, the community around our activities, and the artist community we form around us.  

In addition to our group exhibitions, NLE Solo is a series of presentations of a single artist's project or body of work. Expanding on No Longer Empty’s model of curating site-responsive exhibitions in underutilized spaces, NLE Solo provides the framework for an in-depth site-responsive interaction between the artist, a site, locality and interconnected histories. Past projects that have contributed to the formalization of NLE Solo include Skylar Fein: Remember the Upstairs Lounge in the Meatpacking District (2011); Jan Tichy: Politics of Light on the Lower East Side (2013) and Teresa Diehl: Breathing Waters at the Seaport (2015).

No Longer Empty is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.