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Full series! Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space

Check out the full set of reports from NOCD-NY’s Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space profile series.  Initial drafts provided conversation points for and were advanced by a Spacing Out ...

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What is an NOCD?

- Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts (NOCDs) are geographically and structurally diverse hubs of creativity, organized through community action and cultivated by a diverse range of stakeholders, participants and audiences over ...

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Vision and Values

In our utopia, cultural and economic diversity–a primary feature of NOCDs–is recognized as an underlying strength of New York City. Cultural expression is acknowledged as integral to individual, family and ...

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Valuing the Intersection Between Arts, Culture, and Community: An Exchange of Research and Practice

On September 12, 2013 NOCD-NY convened “Valuing the intersection between arts, culture, ...
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Policy Brief: A Vision of Arts and Culture as Essential and Integral to a More Just and Equitable City

At the end of the month, we presented a letter and policy ...
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Culture at the Table

If you aren’t at the table… - Talking Transition Tent Tuesday, November ...

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What would it look like if NYC Invested $50 million in support of its communities?

New York City’s recent capital investment of $50 million dollars in the Culture Shed mega project begs the question – how would a $50 million dollar capital investment in the culture and wellbeing of New York City’s diverse neighborhoods look? This investment in our city’s neighborhood cultural hubs and small arts organizations would provide space […]

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St. George, Staten Island: An Urban Omnibus Profile

In the third article of their series, Urban Omnibus visits St. George, Staten Island, where Summer Brennan traces the contours of the community and its particular opportunities and challenges, including local identity, density, and connection to a citywide cultural network. Photo: Lumen 2013, courtesy of Glen DiCrocco and Staten Island Arts.

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From the Neighborhood Up: A Citywide Forum on Culture and Community

Thanks to the participants and partners of From the Neighborhood Up: A Citywide Forum on Culture and Community for making it such as success. The priorities we generated on May 30 are shaping and refining NOCD-NY’s policy recommendations, which we will share more broadly, including at The Future of Education, Arts and Culture in New York City: A […]

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Fort Greene: An Urban Omnibus Profile

In the coming months, Urban Omnibus will visit St. George on Staten Island, and the Bronx’s Hunts Point. Here, in the second article of the series, Mercedes Kraus explores the cultural history of Fort Greene, Brooklyn http://urbanomnibus.net/2013/04/naturally-occurring-cultural-districts-fort-greene-brooklyn/ Photo: Cumbe Grand Opening Dance Class | Photo by Josh Gilbert, courtesy of Cumbe Dance

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Corona Plaza: An Urban Omnibus Profile

“Urban Omnibus has partnered with the NOCD Working Group to look more deeply into just a few of New York’s NOCDs. Over the next several months, we will publish four original articles that illuminate the specific constellations of social forces, strategies, organizations, and individuals that make Corona, Fort Greene, St. George, and Hunts Point emblematic, […]

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Video Profile: El Barrio

• • • Check out this El Barrio Today Arts Cluster walking tour–organized by El Museo del Barrio, NOCD-NY and Municipal Art Society–which occurred over the summer.  From your desktop, you can witness some of the assets that express East Harlem’s cultural identity. Now get out and explore them for yourself! •

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Cultural Organizing: A Weekend in New Orleans

Arts & Democracy Project, Junebug Productions & Urban Bush Women present Cultural Organizing: a weekend learning exchange and workshop February 22-24 This workshop provides a space where artists, activists and organizers can learn effective ways to deepen their work and increase impact by activating the tools of creativity and imagination. Friday, February 22, 6-9pm McKenna […]

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East 4th Street’s Construction Zones and Scaffolding

FABnyc exemplified the use of Construction Zones, Scaffolding & Vacant Lots as a canvas for arts practice on East 4th Street for SPACING OUT: A Forum on the Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space.  Click through a slide show of their presentation below.

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Weekend Events on Arts in Recovery and Resilience

Charting the Road to Resilience: From the Ground Up This weekend, NOCD-NY will be contributing to Charting the Road to Resilience: From the Ground Up, a two-day Municipal Art Society convening to exchange lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and to cultivate ideas for how to become a more livable and resilient New York. Site Visits, […]

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El Puente’s 26th Annual Three Kings Day Show!

“Pa’lante Place” is an original stage presentation based on the traditional Three Kings story….with a fantastical twist! With an original story, dynamic choreography and incredible puppetry and set design, this show will be fun for the whole family. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 Free, 2 shows. 1pm (doors open 12p) or 5pm (doors open 4p) Grand […]

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