News from Art Connects New York and the NY Art World
Art Connects Celebrates its 10 Years
Monday, June 5, 2017, 6–8:30 pm at 4 W. 43rd St.
Join us in celebrating the 10th year anniversary of Art Connect. Funds from this years Annual Spring Benefit will support Art Connects’ outreach programs and the continuation of our exhibition program in the coming year.
3rd Annual Spring Benefit!
June 14, 2016, 6-8:30 pm at Christie’s
Join us in celebrating Art Connects New York’s 3rd Annual Spring Benefit with a preview of our upcoming art exhibition for the Foundation Center: the esteemed information hub for philanthropy benefiting the social sector.
Essay: ‘True Colors’ Embraces Homeless LGBT Youth This Holiday
December 11, 2015
Art Connects artist, Andre St. Clair, knows that struggle all too well. Read her NBC.com Op-Ed here recounting her coming of age as a disowned, LGBT youth, and how it informed her commission for the True Colors project. This is art making a difference!
Artist Tim Okamura at the White House
November 25, 2015 Art Connects’ Artist Selected for White House Exhibit Earlier this year, Art Connects New York installed 11 limited edition prints donated by artist Tim Okamura at our partner agency, the CAMBA Adult Literacy Center. Last month, Okamura was one of 10 artists invited to the White House for a private reception to celebrate ACT/ART’s #IAMTHEMANY poster project. Artist Shepard Fairey and rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy were among those who selected Okamura’s work for the exhibition. His painting, “The Promise” (one of the prints now in the permanent installation at CAMBA), was adapted as a poster. The posters were displayed in the East Wing of the White House during October as part of National Youth Justice Awareness Month! Congratulations, Tim!
David W. Bloom Elected New Chairman of
Art Connects New York
November 25, 2015
Passionate arts + nonprofit advocate to lead organization’s next chapter
David W. Bloom, founder and owner of David Bloom & Co., has been elected our new Chairman of the Board of Directors. David Bloom & Co. works with clients in critical areas of human resources with a focus on talent management. Over the years, David has worked closely with a number of not-for-profit and public sector clients including Planned Parenthood NYC, the New York Police Department and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. In response to his new role, Bloom stated, “I am thrilled and excited to have been named Chairman of an organization that works at the dynamic intersection of contemporary visual art, social and economic justice, and New York City. As a result, we connect creativity with compassion.” In addition to Art Connects New York, David’s passions include Gettysburg, fountain pens, squash and his persevering love of the Boston Red Sox.
Meet The Fortune Society Curator Mary Pinto
November 25, 2015
Empowering the formerly incarcerated through contemporary art
We are excited to welcome artist and curator, Mary Pinto, back to Art Connects New York this fall! Not only has Pinto donated her own artwork to our placements at Barrier Free Living and Markus Gardens, she also curated the permanent installation, “Dreams and Realities of Daily Life” for Services Now for Adult Persons (SNAP) in Queens in 2011. As a long-time, dedicated staff member of the Legal Aid Society and an active member of the Long Island City artist community, Pinto is the perfect match for our upcoming installation at The Fortune Society: the pioneering organization dedicated to helping formerly incarcerated New Yorkers reenter mainstream society. We are working closely with The Fortune Society staff and their community to curate the exhibition opening April 2016.
NYC Council Grant from Corey Johnson
November 25, 2015
Thank you for supporting us, NYC!
We are very proud to have the support of our Council Member, Corey Johnson, towards next year’s installation at Senior Planet Exploration Center – a progressive technology learning center for older New Yorkers! Johnson awarded Art Connects $5,000 to help realize the project which will be our first interactive, new media exhibition. It’s also the first time that Art Connects has received discretionary funds from the New York City Council. The permanent exhibition at Senior Planet is slated to open in October 2016.
Support our New Education Program by
October 23, 2015
We’ve launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo to support our latest art education program for the kids of the Issacs Center.
“Big Concepts for Little Printmakers” is a hands-on workshop where disadvantaged kids can exercise their creative instincts by exploring the art of printmaking.
Art education is a vital component of a child’s intellectual growth and development, and, with your help, we can bring this workshop back to the Isaacs’ kids this December!
Visit Indiegogo.com and make a donation to “Big Concepts for Little Printmakers.” Our deadline is November 5th, so please act now!
A donation of any size counts. You can also make a difference by helping us spread the word!
True Colors on Brooklyn Independent Media
June 16, 2015
Executive Director Stuart Anthony and curator Souleo speak with Brooklyn Independent Media about our latest art exhibition for the True Colors Residence: New York City’s first and only permanent, supportive housing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth with a history of homelessness. Watch here
From Huffington Post:
On the “A” w/ Souleo: Art Exhibition and Non-profit Organization Look at LGBT Issues Beyond Marriage Equality
By Peter “Souleo” Wright, June 4, 2015
“In the artwork titled, “The Promise” by André St. Clair and Tavet Gillson, a lone traveling subject walks the streets of a rainbow cityscape, under the watchful eyes of a personal deity, seeking a path to self-love and shelter. The image represents the story of many of the nation’s homeless LGBT youth. Read Article
From Chelsea Now:
What You Missed and Where You’ll Go
By Scott Stiffler, June 3, 2015
“Art Connects New York is kicking off Gay Pride Month with an event that offers the chance to preview their first-ever exhibition of all-commissioned art, before the mixed media pieces are installed at Harlem’s True Colors Residence. Read Article
2nd Annual Spring Benefit!
June 9, 2015, 6-8pm
Kick off Gay Pride Month with Art Connects New York and celebrate our latest art exhibition for the True Colors Residence: New York City’s first and only permanent, supportive housing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth with a history of homelessness.
New Installation at Camba Adult Literacy Center
April 21, 2015, 5-8pm
Tim Okamura, a painter of Canadian Japanese heritage and a longtime Brooklyn resident, skillfully portrays the rich, multicultural communities of his urban surroundings. His compelling portraits will beautify the Literacy Center, reflect CAMBA’s diverse constituency, and instill confidence in a student body that is embracing a new language and culture.
Fay Chandler 1923-2015
Art Connects New York is very sad to announce that artist and art patron extraordinaire, Fay Chandler, passed away on the evening of March 3, 2015.
New Installation at Markus Gardens
Tuesday, February 17, 5-8pm
In a Sheltering Place is a new permanent exhibition organized by Art Connects New York for Markus Gardens, an apartment building with supportive services for adults living with mental illness opened by ACMH, Inc. in 2014.
Coming in 2015
December 19, 2014
We’re kicking off the New Year with our next placement at Markus Gardens in Jamaica, Queens! See where else you can find us in 2015.
December 19, 2014
We launched our first education program at the Isaacs Center in partnership with the International Print Center of New York!
Support Art Connects on AmazonSmile!
November 10, 2014
We’re happy to announce that Art Connects is now an AmazonSmile partner! Next time you log in to Amazon, sign up for their charitable giving program, AmazonSmile. By designating Art Connects as your charity, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Art Connects whenever you shop.
Sign up here: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0768793 and thanks in advance!
From New York Nonprofit Press:
Anthony New ED at Art Connects New York
May 28, 2014
Stuart Anthony has been appointed as Executive Director of Art Connects New York. The organization is dedicated to placing curated permanent exhibitions of contemporary art in the city’s social service agencies, free of charge. Anthony is a seasoned arts professional with extensive experience in arts programming, management, and development. Read Article
From Our Town:
A New Place for Painting
By Gabrielle Alfiero, May 21, 2014
Some of New York City’s most famed cultural institutions call the Upper East Side home, with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the National Academy peppering Museum Mile along Fifth Avenue. The Frick Collection, the Whitney Museum and a slew of prestigious art galleries populate the uptown blocks as well. Read Article
Support Our Artists, Buy a Print in May!
See new additions to our Spring Benefit Art Preview! Available for purchase between now and May 31.
Animalis Opening Reception with the Artists
Thursday, May 15, 2014 5-8pm
18 contemporary artists bring nature indoors with an exhibition of museum-quality prints for the Isaacs Center youth community. Curated by Kristen Flaherty.
Art Connects Spring Benefit Breakfast
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10am-1pm
You’re Invited! A hands-on, family-friendly preview of our next art installation, Animalis, a permanent exhibition curated by Kirsten Flaherty.
Congratulations to Our Founder Jamie Johnson!
April 9, 2014
Art Connects New York congratulates our illustrious founder, Jamie Johnson, on Humanoid Boogy, a forty year retrospective of her late husband, artist William S. Dutterer (1943-2007) at the ICA Baltimore.
From DNAinfo New York:
Nonprofit Brings Contemporary Art to UES Public Housing
By Lindsay Armstrong, March 25, 2014
“The opportunity to bring life and color and vibrancy to this place is very important to us,” Morris said. “The quality of the art we’re receiving is something we could never do on our own.”
Gregory Morris, Executive Director, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center.
From the NY Times:
Rising Rents Leave New York Artists Out in the Cold
By Cara Buckley,
Art Connects New York Board Member Jose Arenas speaks about the difficulty in finding stable, affordable studio space in NYC. Read Article
Art Connects Brings Beckett to the Brooklyn Stage
Presenting the debut of OVER by Patrick Scheid
From the NY Times:
Industry City, the SoHo of Sunset Park
From Forest Hills Patch:
Queens Community House to Debut Site-Specific Art Display
From Brownstoner Queens:
Site-Specific Artwork Graces Three Queens Community Houses
From the NY Times:
Behind Lens, Vets Find Respite From Troubled Pasts
By Meredith Hoffman, November 3
The 50 or so people chatting and clinking wine glasses in the gallery in SoHo on Wednesday night did not distract Milton Douglas from fixating on his framed masterpiece, an explosion of orange light spraying up from the horizon: Coney Island at sunset. Read Article