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3 Black Cats Cafe

Saturday, June 10 2017
1:00 am - 5:00 pm



No Longer Empty invites visual artists with connections to Brownsville and East New York to share their work with arts experts for professional feedback in 20-minute, one-on-one sessions. Teen artists, we want to see your work, too!


This opportunity is FREE. Advance registration is recommended.


Date and Time: Saturday, June 10th 2017, 1 pm – 5 pm

Location: Three Black Cats Cafe
                  3 Belmont Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11212


Artist Guidelines:

  • Artists should have a connection to Brownsville or East New York. This includes those who have lived, worked, or spent significant time in the neighborhoods, have family ties or have done project work in the area.  

  • Work may be shown in any format you choose. If presenting digitally, you are encouraged to bring your own device(s). A few laptops and iPads will be on hand if needed. Wi-Fi is available.  

  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your first session for check-in. Late arrivals will not be guaranteed a review.  

  • Please come prepared with specific questions or topics for feedback.

To Register: Review the bios below. This link will take you to our Eventbright page where you can register with the professional of your choice. Once you are on the Eventbright page, click the “register” button on the right side and scroll down to select the name of the professional you would like to meet with along with the time slot you prefer. Please note: You may select up to three reviewers. Walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis, and are not guaranteed a time-slot.





Catherine A. Green, Founder/Executive Director, ARTs East New York

Established in 2009, AENY serves a growing, diverse community of residents and is the only community based organization in East New York providing access to the arts as a tool for Social and Economic change. Funded by National Endowment for the Arts and developed with community participation, AENY's ReNew Lots Market and Artist Incubator initiative has been internationally recognized for its approach to development by transforming vacant lots into public spaces using shipping containers to provide local artists free studio space, and neighborhood entrepreneurs low-cost storefront opportunities. Catherine sits on the board of BMS Brownsville Family Health Center; Co-chairs East Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Alliance (EBACA); is a steering committee member of Coalition for the Advancement of ENY and Cypress Hills; and a member of the NYC Cultural Plan Advisory Committee. She is the mother of 3 budding artists committed to providing access to arts and equity to children and residents within East New York.   

Sara Guerrero, Director of Education & Public Engagement, No Longer Empty

Sara is a curator and researcher of art and critical pedagogy who designs projects at the intersection of the fields of education, sociology, ethnography, art history, and community organizing. She is completing a doctorate in art theory at the Research Center for Transnational Art, Identity & Nation (TrAIN) at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Guerrero piloted Art & Literacy, a multidisciplinary and multilingual public art education program with immigrant communities that’s now in its tenth year, with New New Yorkers at the Queens Museum in collaboration with the Queens Public Library. Sara founded a permanent seminar for Latin American Art Theory at University of the Arts London (which continues) and has curated exhibitions on Poblano communities in New York and practice-based doctoral work by artists from around the world.


Rachel Gugelberger, Curator & Director NLE Lab, No Longer Empty

Rachel is co-founder of 1@111, a series of process-oriented conversations that focus on a single work, text, curatorial premise or proposition. Independent curatorial projects have focused on information science, data and art: Once upon a Time, There Was the End at Center for Book Arts (NY); Data Deluge at Ballroom Marfa (TX); and Library Science at Artspace (CT). She has served as co-director of Sara Meltzer Gallery and curator at Exit Art, where she organized the final exhibition Every Exit Is an Entrance: 30 Years of Exit Art. Publications include monographs, exhibition catalog essays, and contributions to Unfinished Memories: 30 Years of Exit Art (Steidl, 2016) and Art Galleries International: Post-War to Post-Millennium (Dumont Literatur/Kunst Verlag, 2009). Rachel received an MA in Curatorial Studies in Contemporary Art and Culture from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.


Felicity Hogan, Director of NYFA Learning, New York Foundation for the Arts

Born in the United Kingdom, Felicity was originally trained as an artist. Since residing in the United States she expanded her skills to arts administration and curating with over 20 years experience in commercial, alternative and non-profit spaces. Felicity is Director of NYFA Learning at New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) where she provides and oversees professional development programs for artists and arts administrators in all disciplines. Felicity is committed to fostering community and supporting the arts through numerous activities at institutions in New York and nationwide, including her presence on advisory boards at EFA Project Space and Culture Push, in addition to regular participation in selection panels such as New York State Council on the Arts, presenting lectures and workshops, panels and visiting guest critic. She participated in Coro NY's Immigrant Civic Leadership Program and previously participated in the NAMAC’s Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations across the United States.


Albert Nkulu Kakudji, Chief Operating Officer, Made in Brownsville

Albert is dedicated to empowering underprivileged inner city youth and under-funded emerging artists who are in need of essential resources to become successful. In 2016, he launched Kakudji Fine Arts as a vehicle to marry his many years in financial services with his patronage of the arts. With strong ties in Paris, Belgium, South Africa and New York, Albert’s goal is to enhance the cultural competency of business professionals while providing emerging fine artists with global exposure to emerging, private and institutional art collectors. He has sat on committees for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Children's Storefront, African Leadership Academy and the Starlight Foundation, and has worked for Merrill Lynch, Lazard, American Express and Legg Mason. Raised in Brooklyn, Albert is of Congolese descent and is the youngest of five siblings. He currently lives in New York City with his daughter and enjoys winter sports, African dance and passive securities trading.


Carol Stakenas, Executive Director, No Longer Empty 

Carol has 20 years of experience dedicated to art and curatorial practices in the public sphere, which includes serving as the Executive Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and Deputy Director/Curator of Creative Time in New York. Most recently, she was curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs and was a faculty member in the graduate program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 


Akili Tommasino, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art

An advocate of emerging artists and scholar of the twentieth-century avant-garde, Akili has organized and collaborated on numerous exhibition projects at institutions including the Centre Pompidou - musée national d'art moderne, Paris, and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. He is completing a PhD in History of Art and Architecture through Harvard University, where he earned his MA and BA. Akili's dissertation examines the machine aesthetic of French artist Fernand Léger (1881-1955). A Brooklyn native and current resident, he is chairman and co-founder of an arts initiative which, under the aegis of New York City-based gifted education program Prep for Prep, creates opportunities for young people from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. Akili is the curator of 2017 MoMA exhibition Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps.


We look forward to meeting everyone!
If you have any questions email us at: info@nolongerempty.org

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