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. Project Diversity was conceived by Rush Philanthropic cofounder/executive VP Danny Simmons, an accomplished artist and Brooklyn gallery owner, and creator of the award-winning Def Poetry Jam. 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 will open March 17 at the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn Heights. Fifteen additional shows will 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.
Project Diversity is a project of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.
For information, please visit www.rushphilanthropic.org. Thank you.
Private inquiries only, please contact Project Diversity Manager Brian D. Tate at brianDtate@aol.com.