Founded in 1999, Artists Alliance Inc. (AAI) is an artist and curator-centered 501c3 non-profit organization committed to supporting emerging and underrepresented contemporary artists. Through innovative programming, experimentation and collaboration, AAI serves as a resource and forum to engage the community of the Lower East Side. Through our four principle programs–Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, LES Studio Program, Art (Inter)Actions, LES Artist Registry – they create opportunities for discourse, support economic development with cultural activities, and facilitate connections between contemporary art and the broader cultural community.
The LES Studio Program is a three or six month residency program open to under-represented, emerging and mid-career professional working artists. Founded in 2003, the LES Studio Program underscores AAI’s belief that the arts and individual artists are essential elements of the culture, history and future of the Lower East Side community. Artists of all disciplines – painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation, new media – are considered for fully-funded studio space to produce new work and make use of resources needed to support their creative practice. The residency offers 24-hour studio access, the opportunity to present work to curators and critics through AAI-organized studio visits, a curated exhibition at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space and exposure to a broadened general audience during bi-annual Open Studios. Working within the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, a large multi-purpose studio building, residency participants will also have the opportunity to engage with other building artists, some new to the neighborhood and others having worked in the LES for several decades.
Since 2011, Artists Alliance Inc (AAI) has partnered with Residency Unlimited (RU) as part of Art (Inter)Actions program, which focuses on fostering collaborations with peer institutions and the community. RU supplements AAI’s considerable support with studio visits, networking opportunities and additional resources for AAI artists during their residency.
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