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"Project Diversity: SPArC Art! "
2005-04-30 until 2005-05-29
Tabla Rasa Gallery
Brooklyn, NY, 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. 

Cynthia Edorh
The Mistress or The Bride
30 x 30 "

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