HOLES IN THE WALL COLLECTIVE
is a center for Creative Research, Reflection & Action-
across disciplines and identities to reimagine the complex solutions of our time.
We believe that we cannot fully reimagine solutions without diverse intelligence, representation and access and without providing the space to do so. We strive to build, provide and nurture that space.
We understand change does not exist in a vacuum but often we need to leave the pull of our own context in order to experience and model something new. We invite emergent and established thinkers/makers/doers to leave their daily worlds, bring their diverse knowledge and come together in residence. To challenge the expected and expect the challenge.
After four years holding multidisciplinary events in Brooklyn and three years running a Creative Residency Program in rural Pennsylvania, Holes in the Wall Collective is making the leap towards our own property in the Catskills, NY to expand and focus our programming and impact.
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HOLES IN THE WALL COLLECTIVE works to hold SPACE most conducive to Creative Research, Reflection & Action. Space that can hold creative work across disciplines. Space for individual incubation and collective cross-over.
We design our programming to be THEMATIC, based on the current global temperature - a most pressing area that needs our collective attention.
We bring together a wide collection of PEOPLE across intelligence, disciplines & identities to work on their work and share in collective space. We Invite creative cross-over to happen organically in collective spaces, and hold weekly round-tables for people to share their work and offer feedback, critique and perspective.
We are inspired by a Three Sister Approach-* balancing ENVIRONMENT, PEOPLE & IDEAS to provide the best conditions for innovation & creativity. We believe that in order to create lasting, whole picture, and sustainable solutions we must have represented the perspective, context, needs and knowledge of each. We believe that we can create systems where everyone is a benefactor and everyone is doing the work for the whole. We look to learn from those that came before us and to do our best to not reiterate old patterns that do not serve the whole.
As Buckminster Fuller states so clearly - You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. We believe that by bringing together diverse intelligence across disciplines, generations and identities we can build these models.
*The indigenous agricultural philosophy of companion planting corn, beans and squash together to best nurture the soil, the plants and the people eating them.
OUR CORE VALUES
WE BELIEVE IN BRIDGING TOGETHER PEOPLE, IDEAS & MATERIALS. MAKING SPACE FOR OLD WISDOM AND NEW MODELS. PROMOTING UNCANNY PARTNERSHIPS AND UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT.
INTERSECTION OF CREATIVE FIELDS
We believe that we cannot fully solve problems without diverse intelligence, representation and access and without providing the space to do so.
EMERGENT & ESTABLISHED
We seek to bridge together those inside the box looking out, with those outside the box looking in. We believe that the intelligence, wisdom, and perspective needed to create new realities exists in the relationship between the two.
We believe that each generation holds a unique wisdom, knowledge and experience crucial to achieve whole-system solutions. We believe in the integration and interaction of multi-generations.
THE INDIVIDUAL & THE WHOLE
We believe in individual autonomy and collective synergy. Holding space for the individual and the group to thrive.
CONTEXT & PROCESS, AS MUCH AS OUTCOME
In a world that is dominated by limited contexts and where process is often too expensive, outcomes can become invariably limited. We believe it is crucial to create containers for each step (understanding context, process, outcome) to be integrated in the creative process.
We believe that possibility and impact are intrinsically linked to the design of our products, mentalities and spaces.
We look to build and support the re-imagining of spaces, structures and systems that support more equitable realities.
We look to expose whole value- representing impact, resources & capital. We believe that we must re-encode our systems of value to include aspects that have traditionally not been integrated, or have been forgotten.
Oppression is never isolated and no problem can be solved independently from one another. We believe lasting change cannot occur without representation, access and sustainability for ourselves, those around us and our environment.
BALANCE of BASIC NEEDS
Working towards models where the basic needs- food (including water), clothing, shelter, and the environment are met.
To choose actions that step towards oneself, those around you and the world equally.