If You Build It

Opening June in Sugar Hill, Harlem! No Longer Empty has been working closely with community partners, artists, and schools to collaboratively stage a site-specific exhibition in this rich, tight-knit neighborhood.

  • Manon Slome

    Manon Slome

    President and Chief Curator

    Manon Slome (PhD) is the Chief Curator of No Longer Empty. From 2002 to June 2008 she was the Chief Curator of the Chelsea Art Museum in New York. During that time, she curated and oversaw a program of some forty exhibitions, symposia and museum publications as well as monographs and scholarly essays. Ms. Slome became highly involved with the Israeli art scene during her research for the exhibition, Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on, (2005) and has followed and researched the Israeli scene for the last three years. Prior to the CAM, Ms. Slome worked as a curator at the Guggenheim Museum for seven years and was a holder of a Helena Rubinstein curatorial fellowship at the Whitney Independent Study program. She has written widely on contemporary art and has recently completed The Aesthetics of Terror published by Charta Press. manon@nolongerempty.org

  • Naomi Hersson-Ringskog

    Naomi Hersson-Ringskog

    Executive Director

    As Founding Executive Director, Naomi has spearheaded community and real estate outreach strategies for No Longer Empty since its inception. Keen to study the effects of art as a tool for re-activating corridors, creative placemaking, and community engagement, Naomi has launched three key programs: Art in Empty Spaces, Neighborhood Map Initiative and Re:Store Design. As a Swedish-American, Naomi is a graduate of Columbia University's Masters Program in Urban Planning with a focus on urban green sustainability. She was awarded the William Kinne Fellowship Award. Previously she worked in real estate for SK Development on two luxury hotels in New York City and Info.Design, an information architecture firm in Washington DC. She currently serves on the Coro New York Neighborhood Leadership alumni board and as a Public Advocate to the Board of Trustees for Museum of the City of New York. Previous affiliations include National Charrette Institute and Columbia University's Alumni Association. naomi@nolongerempty.org

  • Jodie Dinapoli-Algarra

    Jodie Dinapoli-Algarra

    Director of Education

    Jodie leads No Longer Empty´s youth programs and the organizations´s audience development initiatives. She is the founder of the after school leadership Y. Dot Youth Docent Program for students ages 14 to 17 years old. Since 2010 she has spearheaded cultural programs in collaboration with museums and community-based organizations within No Longer Empty´s exhibitions in different neighborhoods in NYC. Jodie is originally from Spain, where she earned her Master´s Degree in Art History from the Universidad de Valencia focusing on Latin American Art. She also holds a certificate in After School Leadership from Baruch´s School of Public Affairs and the Partnership for After School Education (PASE). Jodie is a recipient of the Kress Fellowship Award for Museum Educators and is currently enrolled in Bank Street College of Education´s MS. Ed Degree on Leadership in Museum Education. jodie@nolongerempty.org

  • Patra Jongjitirat

    Patra Jongjitirat

    Development & Design Associate

    Patra Jongjitirat is a designer, writer, choreographer, and urbanist whose work lies at intersection of myriad fields across art, design, and performance. At No Longer Empty she focuses on the radiating impact of its arts model in support of vibrant, connected communities for the long-term. She holds a degree in Architectural Studies from Brown University and after moving to New York in 2009, worked for Project for Public Spaces and Future Green Studio / Landscape Design + Urban Ecology. See Patra's own design studio asthecrowwalks.com, specializing in maps and urban exploration. patra@nolongerempty.org

  • Rita Leduc

    Rita Leduc

    Project Manager

    Rita Leduc combines her fine art, theatrical design, and shop/studio management backgrounds in her position as Project Manager for No Longer Empty. When not installing for NLE, Rita creates installations of her own that both rely on and question presence and process as distraction from future and product. In addition to her solo practice, she is building a collaborative series of performative installation works and has recently spearheaded Ground Work, an interactive, cross-disciplinary creative retreat. Born and raised in the farmlands of New Jersey, Rita received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. rita@nolongerempty.org

  • Ayana Hosten

    Ayana Hosten

    Education Fellow

    As a New York native, Ayana has a deep interest in ensuring that all the city's residents can participate in art and cultural opportunities. Her relationship with No Longer Empty began as an intern during the exhibition This Side of Paradise in 2012. She currently focuses on educational programming and creating unique art experiences through No Longer Bored school tours, workshops, and family day events. Ayana received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at Claremont McKenna College and has worked as a Teaching Artist, Art Teacher and Educator for early childhood to high school students. She looks forward to pursuing a Masters in Museum Education. ayana@nolongerempty.org

  • Souleo

    Souleo

    Creative Director

    Peter "Souleo" creates and produces entertaining and informative events, media and artistic projects. In partnership with the New York Public Library, he produces LGBT, financial literacy and creative programming. As an independent curator, his notable exhibitions include "eMerge: Danny Simmons and Artists on the Cusp," "eMerge 2.0: Melvin Van Peebles and Artists on the Cusp," the first-ever AARP exhibition "Lasting Legacy: The Journey of You," and Harlem’s multi-gallery collaborative exhibition "Motown to Def Jam." In addition he's been featured as a pop culture expert on CNN’s The Nancy Grace Show, MTV’s FNMTV Premieres and TV One's Life After. Souleo holds a degree in English from Brown University and currently writes the syndicated arts/culture column “On the ‘A’ w/ Souleo.” The column runs weekly across seven online media properties including HuffingtonPost.com, EBONY.com, SoulTrain.com, New York Amsterdam News, Rolling Out, HarlemWorldMag.com and SouleoUniverse.com. souleo@nolongerempty.org (Photo credit: NayMarie.com)

  • Sarah Corona

    Sarah Corona

    NLE Curatorial Lab

    Sarah Corona attended the University in Bologna (Italy) where she obtained her BA in Fine Arts and a MFA in Communication and Management of Art. After several years as Art Manager and Gallery Director at Italian galleries, she moved to New York where she manages projects in the arts and continues with her own curatorial research. She is Founder/CEO of BAG, bringing art to a diverse public, and a reporter and writer for international art magazines. Her work is driven by a desire to sustain artistic production and offer new concepts of interaction between artists and the public with the attempt to improve artistic understanding on an intellectual and social level. Sarah joined No Longer Empty as the NLE Curatorial Lab Program Coordinator in Fall 2013.

Dedicated Ambassadors

  • Julie Bell, Education Assistant
  • Asher Remy-Toledo, Co-founder
  • Julian Navarro, Curator
  • Mira Friedlaender, Project Manager
  • Rachel Zegar, Graphic Design
  • Keith Schweitzer, Mural Curator
  • Christina Milan, Curatorial Assistant
  • Tara de la Garza, Curator
  • Lucy Lydon, Communications Manager
  • Kathy Zeiger, Photography
  • Breda Kennedy, Development Advisor
  • Ella Levitt, Curator
  • Linda White, Creative Educator
  • Aaron Leopold
  • Barbara Feldman, Special Project Coordinator
  • Charlotte Caldwell, Flying Talented Project Manager