time & space
To hi-five humanity
Because the world is out of balance
We hold space for
Because you can't change things in a silo
To check, challenge and celebrate one another
For the future
For the fire. For the future.
We believe supporting creative work with as many representations of people & ideas as possible is the most necessary thing we can do right now with an uncertain future.
We don't just do one thing. On purpose.
6 years in the city. 3 years on the land. 150+ Creative Residents. 40+ Events.
10 states & 5 countries. 7,000+ people.
We give people time & space to do their work, converge a diversity of perspectives & ideas across fields, and give the public another vantage to engage complicated subjects.
We're a connector
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We began 6 years ago in a small room covered in paper. We plastered the walls in former projects & visions for the future. What do we need to thrive? Who is already doing the work? What are the basic needs beyond food clothing & shelter? Where does creativity fit in? Where does it all overlap? Holes in the Wall Collective was born.
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In 2014 we jumped right in and found our creative legs in Brooklyn, partnering with Industry City Distillery (before it was Industry City). We produced everything from pop-up benefits to art shows to blowout brass concerts, doing it all from the martini shaking to taking the trash out. We'll never forget those sunsets, sipping on molasses lemonade and hearing those horns shaking the glass in the only 6th floor distillery ever.
In 2016, we started a Creative Residency on the Art in the Fields property in rural PA. There, in our beloved four bedroom Mary Poppins cabin on those 25 acres, we found our ground and our purpose– to hold space for other people's work, and to do it joyously, deliciously, with skillful confrontation and collective feedback. With symphonies of bullfrogs, fireworks of fireflies and our most beloved residents– our chickies, three seasons later, it was clear where we needed to go next.
A big thank you to Zac, Dave, Ronak, Julio and Scratchy & Jan and Dionisio– we wouldn't be where we are today without you.
And now it's time to build a dedicated space for creative thought & action.
So, we took the leap and got official.
We incorporated as a non-profit, built an amazing board and received our 501c(3) tax exempt status at the end of 2019 despite government shut-downs and bureaucratic guffaws out of a Terry Gilliam movie.
What’s next? Simply put, our own space. A property in the Catskills that will permanently support our programming and mission and will be a physical incubator for the energy and ideas we want to cultivate. Somewhere that is close enough to NYC where we'll remain active and plugged into the din of humanity’s creative engine but somewhere that has its own rhythm ecosystem and resiliency for the future.
And we’re just getting started.
As artists, we are used to DOING
A LOT WITH A LITTLE.
We are used to being uncomfortable, trying something new, forming new connections, building unlikely partnerships. But to solve what’s ahead and acknowledge how we got here, we are going to need more than artists to take the creative leap.
This is bigger than us.
It's about you too.
Because almost every great calamity or crisis could have been avoided through balance, diversity and creativity. And giving opportunities and representation for new thought and unexpected engagement is essential in achieving that balance.
Being a collective means we are continuously made by who takes part, who participates and who engages. Even if you aren't the one doing the work, you can still celebrate it, support it & be part of this.