Creative Transformations: Arts, Culture and Public Housing Communities

NOCD-NY’s Arts, Culture and Public Housing Communities program is focused on what arts and culture are particularly good at accomplishing: engaging creativity and imagination, healing trauma, breaking down isolation and ...

Peer Learning Exchange: Cultural Hubs​ and Community Anchors

by Charlie Vazquez, 11/26/18 Arts Innovation Consultant Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY (NOCD-NY) organized a Peer Learning Exchange: Cultural Hubs​ and Community Anchors–hosted by THE POINT CDC in Hunts ...

Peer Learning Exchange: Planning and Rezoning

On Monday, January 29, the NOCD-NY network came together for a bi-monthly peer learning exchange focused on the role of arts and culture in planning and rezoning processes. You can ...

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Peer Learning Exchange: Immigration

Addison Vawters Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) On November 8th, 2017, the NOCD-NY ...

Report! Creative Transformation: Arts, Culture and Public Housing Communities

To explore the role of arts and culture in transforming public housing ...

Report series! Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space

Introducing NOCD-NY’s full profile series, Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space.  This ...

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Cultural Organizing for Community Change 2018

REGISTER HERE to join us for Cultural Organizing for Community Change on Sunday, November 18, 9:30am-6:00pm at Littlefield (635 Sackett Street, Brooklyn) and other Gowanus neighborhood sites. Book now! This workshop has sold out for the past four years! Join fellow organizers, artists, media makers, and policy makers to learn effective ways to deepen your […]

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We’re grateful up, down and all around.

We have a lot to be thankful for in 2017. We learned a lot as a community engagement partner for CreateNYC, launched a Creative Transformations: Arts, Culture and Public Housing program, co-piloted a new Blueprint for Culturally Healthy Communities, invited our network to participate in more regular, theme-based convenings, and co-hosted our annual Cultural Organizing […]

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Cultural Organizing for Community Change 2017

On Saturday Nov 19th, community leaders, artists and cultural workers convened at Groundswell for Cultural Organizing for Community Change 2017, an annual event co-sponsored by Arts & Democracy and NOCD-NY. Participants discussed the framework behind cultural organizing, they connected it to the values behind their work, and they mapped how those values related to their […]

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Creative Placemaking From the Community Up

On Friday, October 15, participants joined a Creative Placemaking From the Community Up webinar for a lively discussion about how locally-based arts and culture in cities and rural areas can assist to: create economic and health equity advance racial justice and civic participation further access to public space and truly affordable housing be part of an anti […]

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Arts, Culture and Healthy Communities in the South Bronx

Launched at the #WhatCreatesHealth? conference last summer, NOCD-NY continues to collaborate with NYC Health’s Center for Health Equity to connect artist residencies in South Bronx communities. Students from Hunts Point Alliance for Children opened and closed this school year with performances by BombaYo (pictured), youth at BronxWorks Betances Community Center are working with Educational Video […]

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ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity) Platform

ACRE is an inter-generational, multi-racial group of artists and cultural workers committed to organizing for racial equity in the influential realms of art and culture. Several ACRE members are affiliates of NOCD-NY and they have shared their platform with us here. They are focused on five primary areas: racial equity in arts education, funding, coverage […]

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Fall Conference with Staten Island Arts, Sat, Oct 22

The Fall Conference presented by Staten Island Arts offers local artists a professional development opportunity that will help them to excel in the industry, be informed about current practices and trends in the cultural sector, and network with peers. This bi-annual professional development event is specifically designed to help artists, artist educators and organizations grow […]

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Cultural Organizing for Community Change, Nov 12

NOCD-NY invites you to CULTURAL ORGANIZING FOR COMMUNITY CHANGE on Saturday, November 12, 9:30am-6:00pm at Groundswell, Brooklyn, NY. REGISTER HERE! Join fellow organizers, artists, media makers, and policy makers to learn effective ways to deepen your work and engage your creativity in organizing for community change. The day includes a cultural organizing framework, hands-on skill building […]

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Oct 14-16, Understanding & Undoing Racism + Community Organizing Training

October 14-16. Co-sponsored in part by NOCD-NY, The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond is offering an Understanding & Undoing Racism + Community Organizing Training for Educators and Artists–the ecosystem of people working with young people. Reserve your spot now! View details about the sliding fee scale below. How do we create anti-racist networks? How […]

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Summer Events!

Kelly Street Initiative Through August In partnership with Workforce Housing Group, Kelly Street Garden, and Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, The Laundromat Project is transforming a 2 bedroom apartment on Kelly Street in Longwood, South Bronx into a thriving creative community hub, with artist studios, arts programming, and community partnerships that engage the larger Kelly Street […]

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