to organize, recognize, & celebrate(!)
marginalized & low income creatives via
pop-up & virtual programming throughout
New York’s mid-Hudson Valley region
Statistics show that many populations of people are underrepresented and underpaid by design in 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, low-income, and working-class 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 historically and systemically 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 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 works or wares and creating income sources when we can to help sustain local artists living in an increasing gentrified region, 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 here to help facilitate skill shares so that all people are empowered to build what we need. We are not ere to uphold oppressive, racist, classist, exclusionary, and inaccessible ways of being. 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!