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From Outside In & Inside Out

A multimedia journal by Masoom Moitra. My first immersion into Cultural Organizing for Community Change, and annual workshop held in Gowanus and co-sponsored by NOCD-NY and Arts & Democracy, brought with it a spectrum of unexpected experiences.

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Bronx Speaks: Dreamers

NOCD-NY was invited by the Bronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA) to perform the evaluation for Bronx Speaks: Dreamers. This program took place last summer at community anchors across the South Bronx.

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WALKING THE TALK: Putting Racial and Cultural Equity Values into Practice

On Thurs, March 28th, 2018, the field joined Arts & Democracy and NOCD-NY for a webinar on different approaches to grounding equity commitments through training, program design, and day-to-day practices. Review a recording of the conversation and share it!

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Above and Beyond Borders

On March 14, 2019, No Longer Empty, Arts & Democracy, and NOCD-NY hosted a webinar with artists and cultural organizers from Chicago, IL, Douglas, AZ and New York, NY who are actively working to envision a life of dignity for immigrants, detainees and prisoners, and individuals who have been violated and rendered invisible. You can […]

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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 stigma, bringing together diverse people, and connecting public housing communities with their neighbors. Our program began with learnings and recommendations gathered from research and a […]

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Peer Learning Exchange: Cultural Hubs​ and Community Anchors

by Charlie Vazquez, 11/26/18 Arts Innovation Consultant charlievazquez.com Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY (NOCD-NY) organized a Peer Learning Exchange: Cultural Hubs​ and Community Anchors–hosted by THE POINT CDC in Hunts Point, Bronx–on Friday, October 26, 2018. This moderated round table discussion and information exchange featured some of the most innovative and pioneering thought leaders in […]

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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 find a video of the full exchange here. Arts and culture are well suited to bring new voices to the table and as a medium […]

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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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Peer Learning Exchange: Immigration

Addison Vawters Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) On November 8th, 2017, the NOCD-NY network and partners kick started a series of thematic peer learning exchanges. The focus of the evening was the role of artists and cultural organizations in helping to address the challenging conditions that immigrant communities face in today’s hostile political climate. The evening’s […]

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