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Thanks to everyone that donated and participated. We've reached our goal of $6,100! Still time left to Buy a Brick!
Thanks to everyone that donated and participated. We've reached our goal of $6,100! Still time left to Buy a Brick!
109 backers pledged $7,657 to help bring this project to life.

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By donating to LP's "Buy a Brick" campaign you stood up for the rich artistic culture of LIC. Now we can take a deep breath, pay the rent, and implement a strategic plan for the new space. THANKS TO YOU.

Local Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. You can still make a tax-deductible gift which will further enhance the next year of programming at LP. #BuyABrick

Who We Are

Local Project is a non-profit organization committed to building an educational forum for emerging artists of exceptional vision, and creating synergy between the exhibition of their work and the public. We believe diversity is essential to growth. Founded in 2003 by a group of artists and friends, LP is committed to offering year-round exhibitions, arts mentoring, classes, co-working space, art residencies and bilingual programming, while building bridges with other institutions; LP is creative harbor for all, where artist and community can collaborate towards a richer and fuller development of both.

LP is in danger of losing its new space. We seek support through Kickstarter for implementation of a sustainable strategic plan to ensure it thrives for another 12 years.

“As Long Island City goes through its changes and becomes less an artist area, it’s all the more important to have organizations like Local Project in existence and functioning well as a gathering place, an exhibit place, a place for the education of artists.“
Jeffrey Leder, Director of Jeffrey Leder Gallery. 

LP has been in a transition since moving from the 5Pointz building and we need to raise at least $6,100 by July 15th, to meet the 50% rent hike.

Interns applying for a job at Local Project
Interns applying for a job at Local Project

 Your Local Art Space

The next year of LP programming includes:

  • Mentorship for new curators and artists in creating exhibitions. More than 2000 people will contribute their voice to the LP experience.
  • Continued partnerships and student internships with the Information Technology High School in Long Island City and MoMA to ensure all ages have access to the arts.
  • Events: Monthly exhibitions; Music series; Video screenings; Dinner talks; Spoken word and poetry nights and Performance series. 
  • A co-working space that not only offers locals a place to work, but also serves as an "artistic incubator" of sorts for people to expand their network and make connections with other members of the citywide creative community. 
  • Creative affordable workshops in areas of technology, professional development and the arts, DJ, web development, LED and photography. 
Community Conversation on Immigration & Arts with New York Council for the Humanities, Nov 7, 2013
Community Conversation on Immigration & Arts with New York Council for the Humanities, Nov 7, 2013
LIC Gentrification Forum with IHP (International Honors Program); Architect, Orestes Gonzalez; and curator of 5Pointz, Meres One, Jan 24, 2014
LIC Gentrification Forum with IHP (International Honors Program); Architect, Orestes Gonzalez; and curator of 5Pointz, Meres One, Jan 24, 2014

The Vision

LP is an innovative model for community development through art, connecting people across national and social boundaries. 

Buy a Brick, Create a Culture 

“I chose to give back to LP because it has provided me with so much and asked for so little in return (this is possibly to its own detriment). LP is one of the few truly benevolent art institutions with which I am familiar in the city. When you witness something with potential you try to do as much as possible to ensure that it will flourish. Unfortunately, there are but a small number of people who do most of the work with very limited resources; so I volunteer to help.” 

Gifts include:

  • A personalized brick on our supporter's wall with your name on it and a limited edition "I Bought a Brick" vintage tee.
  • A copy of the Crossroads CD recorded live at LP's 2014 Poetry & Music Festival. Your name will be listed on the CD as as an LP supporter.
  • One month of co-working space at our creative office.
  • You can have or curate your own show in the new Local Project Space. Your show will last 2 weeks and will include an awesome opening.
  • One-of-a kind handmade lamp by local artist Cristian Daniel Torres and original artwork by Annalisa Iadicicco.
One of a kind handmade lamp by local artist Cristian Daniel Torres
One of a kind handmade lamp by local artist Cristian Daniel Torres
Your name on a brick
Your name on a brick
Annalisa Iadicicco, mixed media, photography on found metal panel.
Annalisa Iadicicco, mixed media, photography on found metal panel.

The Truth About LP 

  • Spanning 3 spaces and 12 years in Long Island City plus Terminal 1 Gallery in Santiago Chile in 2012, Local Project has hosted over 200 exhibitions featuring more than 1,100 emerging artists from all over the world and 350 bilingual educational sessions on subjects like performance, video, and portfolio-building.
  • Offshoot programs created by board members in collaboration with LP include: Music under the 7, Fluid New-Media lab and eL Paper magazine, The Fancy Fox.
  • LP's story was featured in Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces 1960 to 2010 (MIT Press, 2012). 
  • LP plays a vital role to celebrating the individual artist as the bridge between hundreds of local artists and several LIC community spaces including: The Falchi building and The LIC Flea, and Material for the Arts. 
LP creative affordable workshops
LP creative affordable workshops
Bird Courage @ Crossroads Poetry & Music Festival April 2014
Bird Courage @ Crossroads Poetry & Music Festival April 2014
LP creative affordable workshops
LP creative affordable workshops

Make your gift today!
 

Local Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Join us!  

Risks and challenges

Local Project is in danger of losing its new space. The “Buy a Brick” campaign is the first step of a three-step plan. LP seeks support for implementation of a sustainable strategic plan to ensure it thrives for another 12 years.

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    A personalized brick on our LP's "supporter's wall" with your name on it. Plus you will receive an original 5x7 photo by a local Queens artist.

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    You will be thrown your very own ART party at LP! Be a VIP guest at the Crossroads CD Release event: Receive a copy of the Crossroads CD recorded live at LP's 2014 Poetry & Music Festival; plus a personalized brick on our wall with your name on it.

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