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OUT OF PLACE: Site + Community Responsive Creation www.nolongerempty.org


No Longer Empty MISSION Activate public engagement through curated, community-responsive exhibitions in underutilized spaces to revive historical and community narratives and catalyze creative action for the future.


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BEFORE: One of the abandoned bedrooms on the upper floors of the Andrew Freedman Home.


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BEFORE: One of the abandoned bedrooms on the upper floors of the Andrew Freedman Home.


AFTER: Daze, Further (2012) in “This Side of Paradise.”


Installation of Lisa Kahane’s South Bronx Portrait Studio (2012) in “This Side of Paradise.”


Installation shot of the Princess Ballroom, “This Side of Paradise” (2012).


“This Side of Paradise”, Andrew Freedman Home, the Bronx, 2012


Melanie Crean in collaboration with Burak Nehbit, Theatre of the Oppressed, and BronxWorks, Once Upon a Time in the Bronx (2012) in “This Side of Paradise.�


Site


8,000 visitors in the course With

of two months, No Longer Empty revived and reintroduced a

historical landmark into the city’s landscape.

The 13 collaborating organizations formed the

Bronx Arts Alliance, and the Andrew Freedman Home now hosts an active

Art Studio and Media Center. Visitors shared their pride through heartfelt testimonials and harnessed cultural participation to subsequently bolster the existing

Bronx’s cultural landscape.


Ground floor installation shot of “How Much Do I Owe You?” (2013).


Alex White, Blood Bank


IF YOU BUILD IT In partnership with Broadway Housing Communities’ newest affordable building designed by David Adjaye. Sugar Hill, Harlem, 2014


Nari Ward’s Sugar Hill Smiles for “If you Build It”, 2014


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Activated a historic building that has been closed for 40 years. Programmed the site with +30 cultural events. Highlighted the role of the arts in the community with 27 contemporary artists. Invited 40 organizations & schools to strengthen local cultural participation and networks. Attracted 7,000 visitors, both local and city-wide, to the South Bronx.


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Jameco Exchange, NLE’s site-responsive exhibition, activated 89-62B 165th Street in Jamaica, Queens.


The vacant retail space on Jamaica Avenue before being transformed into a socially engaged exhibition space.


Ibrahim Ahmed (Ard El Lewa #34, 2016), Carolina Caycedo (Assata Shakur, 2002) Odathrowback (Shooting Star, 2016), Juana Valdes (Untitled, 2016), Margaret Rose Vendryes (The African Diva Project Live!!! 2016)


Jameco Exchange served 4,687 visitors, including 1,429 youth.


PROCESS % % Site%Selec(on% % • Assess%suitability% % of%the%site% % % • Assess%exis1ng% % cultural%assets% % and%community% % needs% % %

Research%

Program% Development%

• %Analyze%historical% and%current% context%of%site%and% neighborhood%

• Iden1fy%curatorial% theme%

• Start%to%engage% community% partners%

• Conduct%studio% visits,%solicit% proposals%and%select% % ar1sts%%

• Listen%and%iden1fy% local%resources%and% exis1ng%ini1a1ves%

• Develop%educa1on% programs%and% collabora1ons%with% ar1sts%and%local% partner% organiza1ons% • Develop% communica1ons% campaign% • Improve%and% prepare%site%

Program% Implementa(on% • Launch%siteB specific%visual%art% exhibi1on% % • Launch% % educa1onal% programs:%Youth% Docent%Program% (Y.Dot),%Teens% Curate%Teens,%No% Longer%Bored% Family%Days,%and% school%tours.% • Launch%cultural% programming%in% partnership%with% local%organiza1ons% • Launch%No%Longer% Empty%map%to%the% neighborhood%

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ARTISTS ALONE CAN’T CHANGE THE WORLD. NEITHER CAN ANYONE ELSE, ALONE. BUT WE CAN CHOOSE TO BE A PART OF A WORLD THAT IS CHANGING. LUCY R. LIPPARD in "Trojan Horses: Activist Art and Power” (1984)


EMPTY IS AN OPPORTUNITY carol@nolongerempty.org Photo credit : Flick’R/Cameraton Cleric

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