NURTUREart 2011-12

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Just Like Turning 15 (Again) This 2011-12 exhibition season started on Grand Street, in our old gallery space, just two subway stops away from our current home. At this point it feels like a long, long time ago. After our move to this new gallery and office at 56 Bogart Street, NURTUREart was caught in (and contributed to) a vortex of events, collaborations, new projects, and ideas—a wave of change and exchange that has solidified Bushwick’s position on the international arts, culture, and style maps. This catalog documents the activity of the NURTUREart gallery between September 2011 and September 2012. During this period, we hosted a total of ten gallery exhibitions, over a dozen talks and lectures, several off-site exhibitions and screenings, and an increasing number of education workshops. Four gallery exhibitions, Videorover (our biannual video art program), and offsite exhibitions were selected from public open calls to artists and curators; two exhibitions featured artists or curators recommended by the Director; and one show was curated by the precocious public school students taking part in our Project Curate education program. Finally, our summer was reserved for an ambitious in-house project comprised of a three-part exhibition, curated bookshelf, and free educational programming, crowned by the publication of a book, …Is This Free?, that includes texts from prominent curators, artists, writers, and cultural operators. At 15 years of age, NURTUREart has never strayed from its mission to create opportunities for emerging artists, curators, and public school students. Our gallery, educational, and public programs help over a hundred emerging and under-represented art professionals every year, giving them a chance to learn, connect, and make their voices heard in a professional and supportive context. Tools like our online Registry for Artists and Curators and our Calendar of Opportunities are stronger and more popular than ever and our social media presence and relevance is increasing at a skyrocketing rate. Through all this growth, our constituency’s expectations are constantly set to new, higher standards, keeping us aware of how important it is to refine and expand our programs and publications. We plan to always maintain the level of quality, accessibility, and transparency that have become our trademarks. Thanks to you, NURTUREart has received unprecedented recognition, positive feedback, and attention in its 15th year. Our wish for increased public visibility was dramatically facilitated by moving to this easily accessible, creativity–rich location where we are now among our peers, in constant intellectual exchange and collaboration. It feels great. It’s just like turning 15 again: an age at which the past matters only relatively because the excitement of present-tense discoveries and the uplifting incognita of the future are so overwhelmingly exciting. Marco Antonini


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