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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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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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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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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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