ABOUT THE PROJECT
This project was initiated by Museum Hue, The Laundromat Project, and Hester Street. They collectively conceptualized and designed it in response to the needs they experienced and observed in the arts sector; and then sought joint funding. The partners recognize the vast diversity of arts entities that focus on vast artistic mediums (visual arts, theater, literary arts, dance, art, music, film, and more). The result of this project is a digital map that begins to capture the arts entities and provides resources to support further conversation with philanthropy and other funders. We will continue to gather resources to include additional POC arts entities in the future.
HueArts NYC is also a call to action. The community-informed brown paper featured on this site, offers findings from our research and clear recommendations for more indepth studies and funding to ensure the long-term stability and sustainability of arts entities founded and led by Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and all People of Color.
WHY THIS PROJECT
New York City is arguably the arts capital of the world, but many of those who helped make the creative fabric of the city’s arts landscape have not reaped the benefits of the many contributions they have made to the arts scene. Missing from the standard purview is the creative dynamism alive throughout the nooks and crannies of POC neighborhoods across the five boroughs — far away from Museum Mile, Lincoln Center, and the like.
HueArts NYC showcases arts entities created by and grounded in the experience and aesthetics of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and all People of Color. They are indelible to the rich and poignant cultures found across the five boroughs. Through a culturally responsive pedagogy, which places people and community care at the center, they make meaningful connections between their constituencies’ experiences and their offerings (exhibitions, programs, and social services). They are thought-leaders of community-centered over collection-centered approaches. Support for their work is crucial!
We will name Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and all People of Color whenever possible. We understand there is much diversity within each of these groups, and no one group is a monolith. We also understand that each group’s historical and current experience with racial inequality is different. We will also use the term People of Color (POC) as a unifier and to call attention to the collective solidarity efforts made to push against racial systemic injustices felt within each of our communities.
Read our stories, findings and recommendations
The founding of HueArts NYC is a collaboration between Museum Hue, The Laundromat Project, and Hester Street, three organizations that are led by and center the perspectives and experiences of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and all People of Color. From 2022 forward, HueArts NYC is a program of Museum Hue.