NOCD-NY is a citywide alliance of cultural networks, community leaders, and artists that have joined together to revitalize New York City from the neighborhood up. NOCD-NY came together in 2010 in response to the vision, sustained needs, and creative resilience of our diverse communities. We facilitate peer learning, increase the visibility of community-based work, and advocate for it.

Our work is grounded in a shared set of values including equity, diversity, inclusion and recognition of the integral role of arts and culture in communities. Our artistic vision and asset-based approach recognizes the powerful culture that already exists in communities and the importance of working across communities to make citywide change.

We have developed longstanding relationships with a citywide alliance of artists, neighborhood leaders, community organizations, cultural workers and residents rooted in neighborhood networks. Organizations include Arts & Democracy, ARTs East New York, Bronx Council on the Arts, Friends of the High Line, Fourth Arts Block, Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC), Groundswell, Hook Arts Media, The Laundromat Project, El Museo del Barrio, THE POINT CDC, El Puente, Queens Museum, Staten Island Arts, University Settlement, and Urban Bush Women, among others.


Caron Atlas, Director

Tom Oesau, Program Manager

Emily Ahn Levy, Program Manager

Claudie Mabry, Consultant

Board of Directors

Caron Atlas
Director, NOCD-NY and Arts & Democracy

Gonzalo Casals
Executive Director, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Ana Chireno
Director of Government and Community Affairs, El Museo del Barrio

Sarita Daftary-Steel
Community Organizer, JustLeadershipUSA

Ryan Gilliam
Executive Director, Fourth Arts Block and Downtown Art

Tamara Greenfield
Director, Building Healthy Communities, NYC Office of the Mayor

Hatuey Ramos-Fermín
Director of Programs and Community Engagement, The Laundromat Project

Prerana Reddy
Director of Programs, A Blade of Grass

Risa Shoup
Executive Director, Spaceworks

NOCD-NY is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. We are also supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, including support in partnership with the New York City Council.


We are also thankful for support from the New York City Cultural Agenda Fund in The New York Community Trust, The New York Community Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New York City Councilmember Brad Lander, Spaceworks, and individual supporters.