From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Call For Art!

This item comes from the folks over at St. Nick’s. Laura McLelland writes:

My name is Laura McLelland and I am working with St. Nicks Alliance to open a new community arts space over by Cooper Park in Williamsburg.  St. Nicks has bees working with the low and moderate income residents of North Brooklyn for the last 35 years, and we are starting to reach out to the new creatives with services for artists.  Our goal for the community arts piece is to create a space that brings together the artist community of North Brooklyn with the wider community to engage in creative advocacy, to make a better North Brooklyn for everyone.

First, I would love to invite you to come out to the space at 2 Kingsland Ave at Maspeth Ave and have a tour.  The building is the old outpatient building for the Greenpoint Hospital, and we are retaining a lot of the character of the old space, so it is pretty funky.

Second, we are planning to open the space with a big exhibition highlighting the depth and breadth of creativity in NorthBrooklyn on June 18th.  The show is open to any artists currently living in our service area of Williamsburg/Greenpoint/Bushwick.  I have attached the call for artists and wonder if you would be able to distribute it to any artists you are in touch with.  I want to get this out far and wide as quickly as possible, to get the broadest range of artists represented.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if you would be interested in seeing the space.

As you can imagine I am very interested in checking out this space— and I am currently in the process of making arrangements with Laura to see it! In the meantime here’s the their press release which give the full rundown as to how you can submit your work!


St. Nicks Alliance, a community organization serving Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick, is seeking submissions for NorthBrooklyn, the inaugural show for its new community arts center.

NorthBrooklyn will celebrate the incredible diversity and richness of the creative community of North Brooklyn.  The exhibition will open at 2 Kingsland Ave in East Williamsburg on June 18th and will be on display until August 15th, 2010.  The new community arts space is housed in the old outpatient clinic of the Greenpoint Hospital (now named the Greenpoint Renaissance Center), with approximately 3,000 sq. ft. of open space for exhibition.

All artists/mediums are welcome, as long as you reside in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, or Bushwick at the time of application.  Artists who are selected will be asked to verify their residency at that time.

A panel of local arts and community leaders will select a group of around 30 artists.  The new arts space, located in the old outpatient clinic building on the Greenpoint Hospital campus, will be dedicated to using the arts and creative problem solving to find innovative solutions to local problems, using the arts as a vehicle for advocacy and community engagement.  The North Brooklyn exhibition will kick off a summer full of activities and events dedicated to investigating issues of the North Brooklyn community through the arts.

Interested artists should submit the following no later than Sunday, May 23, 2010:

  • Up to 5 images (jpg, 72 dpi) of previous work
  • Include image list with title, date, size, and medium of work
  • Or up to 5 minutes of video (provide link to website with video, no files)
  • An image or description of the work you would like to exhibit/perform  (if not included with work sample above)
  • Include image list with title, date, size, and medium of work
  • Resume and Artist Statement
  • Title file LASTNAME_FIRSTNAMEResume.doc or .rtf
  • Short paragraph describing how North Brooklyn has impacted/influenced your life as an artist.

Submissions should be sent to arts (at) stnicksalliance (dot) org with the subject line Art Show Submission.  Please make sure to include your address and a contact phone number in your email.  Artists will be notified of selection by Friday, May 28th and will need to be available to drop off artwork between June 4-11th, 2010.

Questions can be directed to Laura McLelland @ lmclelland (at) stnicksalliance (dot) org.

To be continued!

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: I will be checking out St. Nick’s new and very much still in process art space this Wednesday. I can hardly wait!

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