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"Project Diversity: SPArC Art! "
2005-04-30 until 2005-05-29
USA United States of America
Tabla Rasa Gallery is pleased to welcome the artists of Project Diversity
to their new space in SPARC (Sunset Park ARtists' Community). In this,
their inaugural exhibition,
diversity is reflected not only in the age, ethnicity and neighborhood of
origin of the artists, but also in the diverse originality of the artwork
itself. All of the Brooklyn-based artists in this show were selected from
600 submissions in this highly competitive boro wide contest. Project
Diversity was conceived by Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
cofounder/executive VP Danny Simmons, also an accomplished artist and
Brooklyn gallery owner, and creator of the award-winning Def Poetry Jam.
Director of Tabla Rasa Gallery, Audrey Anastasi says, "We are thrilled
to be among the 16 host galleries of this project. It truly reflects
Brooklyn's rich cultural mix. The artwork is teeming with exuberance. We
want everyone to know they are welcome to come see the art and feel the
creative spirit of Brooklyn."
Project Diversity is a multi-venue exhibition of 200 Brooklyn artists
to be held at 16 galleries in 10 Brooklyn neighborhoods in Spring 2005.
The exhibition is meant to help unite audiences and artists across lines
of race, gender, age and place. To feature cutting-edge works across all
visual media as well as educational forums and family activities, the
event will also celebrate Brooklyn's tremendous diversity, cultural vision
and cutting-edge style. The exhibition was developed with a coalition of
the borough's key cultural leaders.
Project Diversity's large and diverse curatorial committee of Brooklyn
gallery owners and arts professionals selected work by 200 Brooklyn
artists from nearly 600 entries, then created 16 thematically distinct
exhibitions to be mounted at as many galleries. The work includes digital
art, drawings, film/video, installations, multimedia, paintings,
photography, sculpture and more.
The first exhibition opened March 17 at the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn
Heights. Fifteen additional shows open throughout mid-and late April at
galleries in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, East
Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Red Hook, Sunset Park, and
Williamsburg. To stimulate foot traffic between neighborhoods, Project
Diversity will provide free public shuttle bus weekend service to all
participating galleries on April 30-May 1, May 7-8, and May14-15.
Project Diversity's participating galleries include the BAM Natman Room,
Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Room, Clinton Hill Simply Arts, Danny
Simmons' Corridor Gallery, Gallery Eleven Ten, Kentler International
Drawing Space, the George Washington Carver Gallery at the Magnolia Tree
Earth Center, MoCADA, Momenta Art, Pratt Institute, the RonGio Gallery,
Red Clay Arts at the Skylight Gallery, the Rotunda Gallery, Sputnik, Tabla
Rasa Gallery, and Tastes Like Chicken Art Space.
Additional Project Diversity collaborators include the Brooklyn Arts
Council, the Brooklyn Museum, the Heart of Brooklyn, and the Office of
Brooklyn Borough President MartyMarkowitz.
Project Diversity's sponsors include Bloomberg LP, Target Stores,
Washington Mutual, Con Ed, Deutsche Bank, and Danny Simmons.
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