to organize, recognize, & celebrate(!)
marginalized creatives via pop-up & virtual programming
throughout New York’s mid-Hudson Valley
Statistics show that many populations of people are underrepresented and underpaid by design in fine arts spaces such as galleries, museums, performance venues, and more throughout the world. Founded in 2018, Celebrate845 aims to provide platform and opportunity for marginalized creatives to share their work with larger goals of exploring systemic barriers within the arts, connecting artists here to local resources, and building strong, sustainable, and healthy communities for all. We create space for people to come together, share experiences via the arts, and learn from one another while centering those who have been left out and finding ways to sustain them long-term. Over time, we have expanded our mission to be more intersectional, as we are mightier when we are together. We also empower artists to recognize the importance of being involved in their communities and use our platform to address regional issues such as gentrification, opportunity inequity, and many more.
We prioritize things like compensating participating artists and collaborators for their efforts, making our events safe and accessible to be part of and attend, not taking commission on sold work, working with venues that are like-minded, sourcing supplies and food locally, and using our platform to amplify important work led by those most impacted across the 845. We are dedicated to exploring the intersections between art and activism. We are committed to holding space, sharing resources, and helping to make and keep the Hudson Valley creative community excellent.
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organize - recognize - celebrate!