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Sprouting Communities: Sat, Sept 27

On Saturday, September 27, join Citizens Committee for New York City, Naturally-Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY), and Friends of the High Line for Sprouting Communities, a full day of peer-to-peer workshops, clinics and a book fair supporting neighborhood and community improvement. Check out the day’s contributors and activities here.

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11am today! Webinar for Americans for the Arts’ Placemaking and Cultural Districts Week

Today, September 11 – 3pm ET. The webinar will focus on our report series,  Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space: A Profile Series, a collection of seven profiles that highlight creative uses of space including adaptive refuse, construction zones and vacant lots, public outdoor space, publically owned facilities, religious spaces, and shared space. Guest speakers […]

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Report Release Party: Engaged While Spacing Out!

Click on the images to see our Spacing Out event, held Monday, August 11, to celebrate the release of seven reports from our profile series, Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space. It was a great opportunity to catch up with friends and talk about cultural uses in adapted buildings, construction sites or transitional zones, public […]

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SPACING OUT Party & Report Release, Aug 11

Join us on Monday, August 11th, 6-8PM for our SPACING OUT Party & Report Release at South Oxford Space Great Room (138 South Oxford Street, 2nd Floor) to celebrate the successful completion and release of seven reports from NOCD-NY’s profile series, Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space. We will share key recommendations and have some of the authors […]

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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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El Puente’s Unveiling of “NurtureNature” Mural

Join El Puente as they unveil their latest community mural, “NurtureNature”, created by Los Muralistas de El Puente in collaboration with students, parents, and teachers from PS84 Jose de Diego Elementary School. Youth and teaching artists from El Puente’s leadership centers and the El Puente Academy for Peace & Justice also participated in the design and creation process. […]

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Thank you for SPACING OUT with us!

– – On August 15, over 70 allies convened at South Oxford Space for SPACING OUT: A Forum on the Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space. View the agenda here. NOCD-NY identified seven case study topics, presenting local examples to spark small group discussions. Below, you’ll find one-sheets on each topic, example presentations and unedited notes from small group discussions. […]

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Artist: Royce Bannon

Tune in to ‘Spacing Out’

We are gearing up for “Spacing Out: A Forum on Innovative Uses of Cultural Space“, happening this Wednesday at South Oxford Space, and looking forward to the presentations that will be given on various case studies currently being conducted. Topics to be covered include: public spaces programmed by non-profit organizations; adaptive re-use of buildings; shared […]

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SPACING OUT! Learn more about our Forum on Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space

SPACING OUT: A Forum on Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space Wednesday, August 15th, 9:30am-12pm, South Oxford Space, 138 S. Oxford Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn Follow the forum’s live tweets at NOCD-NY: The Naturally Occurring Cultural District Working Group, Arts & Democracy Project and Urban Bush Women presented SPACING OUT, an interactive forum on the […]

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South Oxford Space

Re-imagining the use of urban spaces

Mark your calendars: NOCD-NY, Arts & Democracy Project and Urban Bush Women are co-hosting an interactive forum on how arts and community groups are re-imagining the use of a range of urban spaces on Wednesday, August 15. “SPACING OUT: A Forum on Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space” invites artists, arts administrators, cultural and community […]

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