NURTUREart: Their name is their mission

NURTUREart: Their name is their mission

Rhoni Blankenhorn for COMPANY

(September 7, 2011) Learning about art in Manila has been thrilling, but it has also made me realize how lucky we are in New York.  Though lively and engaging, the Philippine art scene is bite sized compared to NYC, which boasts an astounding concentration of cutting edge artists from Chelsea to the lower east side to Staten Island.

The Brooklyn community is another beast entirely.  Not only is this borough home to many of the more innovative artists in the city, but there is a heavy focus on community.   A recent article by Howard Hurst for the super cool art blog Hyperallergic highlights an exhibition featuring artists Jonathan Ehrenberg and Meredith James at NURTUREart.  This non-profit is dedicated to nurturing new contemporary art by providing exhibition opportunities and resources for emerging artists and curators.  With four core programs including exhibitions, “Muse Fuse,” educational outreach, and special events, NURTUREart succeeds as a gathering place for creative minds.  At COMPANY we place a huge emphasis on community building through our Collector Series, so naturally this organization made me double take. 

Unfortunately for me all the way across the globe, NURTUREart’s summer initiative We Are is soon coming to a close.  For this project, the nonprofit lent its gallery space to a number of Brooklyn-based artists, curators and galleries for a series of short exhibitions – 10 shows in 10 weeks on a budget comparative to just one exhibition.  Freed from the pressure of longer 4-5 week shows, We Are has provided artists involved the opportunity to experiment, discuss and reflect in an environment that is more workshop than traditional exhibition.

NURTUREart was founded in 1998 by George Robinson, and is looking forward to moving from their current location on Grand Street to 56 Bogart Street in Bushwick, a neighborhood with an undeniably booming art scene.  The building they are moving into also hosts the nonprofit Momenta Art, and the galleries Interstate Projects and Salon Gallery are both close by, which means that this is sure to be a new Brooklyn hot spot.

Melodie Provenzano, a featured artist in both COMPANY’s Originals and Limited Editions, will be contributing to NURTUREart’s upcoming benefit at Chelsea Museum on October 11.  Tickets can be found here.

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