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Dear Friend, 

At Artists Alliance, 2015 can be summed up in one word:  MOMENTUM.   Thanks to our committed supporters, artists, curators and community members, we quickened the pace, engaged a larger audience, expanded key programs and explored new partnerships.  With your support, we can continue to offer vital resources to artists, curators and our community in 2016.

During 2015:

10 exhibitions of contemporary art wowed audiences at AAI’s Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space    (located in the historic Essex Street Market). 

7 young, up-and-coming curators shared their individual visions.   

28 emerging and mid-career artists brought their work out of the studio and into our gallery space, widening the audience for contemporary art. 

15 artists-in-residence were given the priceless gift of time and space to create new work through our LES Studio Program

9 public art commissions by AAI artists including artist-run talks and tours, and exhibits throughout the Essex Street Market.

2 AAI resident artists achieved special honors.  Liene Bosquê, a former resident, had work chosen for the prestigious MoMA PS1 Greater New York exhibit.  2015 resident Tuguldur Yondonjamt’s video work was included in the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History.

Extensive coverage of AAI exhibits in key media outletsincluding New York Times, Paris Review, Hyperallergic, Arte Fuse, and Sinovision TV – created a higher profile for AAI.  

In 2015, the word spread:  AAI is one of the city’s leading organizations supporting young artists and curators. We remain dedicated to fostering meaningful and accessible arts experiences in the Lower East Side, a longstanding center of creative experimentation in New York City.  We continue to live our mission of nurturing, supporting and exhibiting the work of emerging artists and curators.  And we continue to invite the community to participate in all stages of the process.  


And there’s so much to look forward to in 2016! In addition to new exhibitions featuring the work of Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Cynthia Zaven, Ricardo Zúñiga, Mary Ting, Edra Soto and Denise Treizman and over a dozen residencies, we are also very excited to share our most recent commission with artist and choreographer Gabrielle Mertz, PS160, to be presented in the spring. 

One of the best things about being a small and nimble organization is that supporters like you can have a huge impact on the work and lives of the artists and curators who make this city great. We are proud to be able to respond quickly to the growing needs and exciting developments in the art world, but we need your help to continue our work.

We ask for your support to continue offering free studio space and paid exhibition opportunities to artists and curators.

$2,500       sponsor a three-month artist residency in the LES Studio Program
$1,500       sponsor an exhibition at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space
$500          underwrite a commission project
$250          sponsor an artist talk
$100          provide one artist-in-residence with vital materials

Please click here to make a tax deductible donation at any of these giving levels, or another gift amount of your choice.  Any gift, large or small, provides critical support for AAI’s ongoing mission to encourage and sustain new voices within contemporary art and throughout our community.  


Thank you in advance for your help.  And best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.  


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Jodi Waynberg
Executive Director

P.S. We rely on your support—at any level—to keep our programs going. Simply click here to make your tax deductible year-end gift by December 31.

Artists Alliance Inc. is a 501c3 not for profit organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City within the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center. The organization is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. AAI’s programs are made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the following for their generous support: Marie and John Zimmermann Fund, New York City Economic Development Corporation, The Clemente and our individual supporters. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers, without whom our programs would not be possible.