Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

NLE Lab: Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018


On View: We been here by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance

Wednesday, June 25 2014

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) has invited a group of five uptown artists to occupy the NoMAA Atelier, a summer studio workspace/residency. The artists have organized themselves as a collective known as, Traction that focuses on addressing and imagining alternatives to issues of class, race and identity. 

Their project proposal focuses on collecting viewpoints, opinions, narratives and insights on how community members are perceiving, understanding and identifying with or disassociating from ideas of the "ghetto"  "ratchet"  "hood," etc. 

Artists will create a multi-media topography of perceptions and insights. This will be an attempt to deconstruct words, ways of thinking, phrases and attitudes in order to allow for a re-evaluation and reconstruction of how members of low-income communities perceive themselves and others within similar socio-economic stratums. They will challenge the antagonisms that stem from those perceived as poor. 

Media will include video, game design, installation, painting, photography and sculpture, which will culminate into an integrated exhibition. 



Adalky Capellan

Marcie Revens

Mariel Santana

Arleen Santana

Reynaldo Vargas


Presented by Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA)


When: By appointment only. For all inquiries: jecastro@nomaanyc.org  


About Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) is a non-profit arts service organization launched in 2007 with the support of the Hispanic Federation and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. NoMAA’s mission is to cultivate, support and promote the works of artists and arts organizations in Northern Manhattan.

NoMAA advocates for support to artists and art groups who live and work in northern Manhattan and contribute to the vitality and progress of the whole community.

Since its inception, NoMAA has implemented programs designed to strengthen the professional capacity of individual artists and community arts organizations in Washington Heights and Inwood. Among NoMAA programs and services are the NoMAA Creative and Capacity Building Grant Program, the Technical Assistance Program, the Uptown Arts Stroll, the NoMAA Gallery and the Artists Salon.

NoMAA has successfully partnered with local businesses and institutions to promote collaboration with artists and arts organizations in an effort to revitalize the cultural life and effect change in our communities uptown.

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