HOLES IN THE WALL COLLECTIVE
bridges PEOPLE-IDEAS-MATERIALS together,
holding space for creative research, reflection & action
across disciplines and identities
Holes in the Wall Collective operates as a container– one in which any person, problem, theme or direction can pass through. Inviting creatives across disciplines (art, music, film, writing, performance, education, policy, technology, science, health) and identities (race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, cultural context) to bring their independent contexts, intelligence and specialties into individual incubation and collective cross-over.
We believe that we cannot fully reimagine challenges 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 our programming and impact and to build the Holes in the Wall Collective Center for Creative Research, Reflection & Action.
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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.
As a curatorial organization, we design our programming to be THEMATIC, based on the current global temperature– a most pressing area that needs our collective attention and creative re-imagining.
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 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.
We believe not only in putting out the fires that make up our greatest social challenges (housing, poverty, health disparities...), but also and as importantly, creating the conditions so the fire doesn’t have to start in the first place. We are all good at reacting to crisis. It’s in our nature, built into our blood. But envisioning new models and better design is not always possible when the fire is already raging. Holes in the Wall Collective will be a place where people can leave their context to get distance from the crisis and be nurtured and challenged in their creative process.
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.
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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.
ART AS ESSENTIAL
Art communicates on multiple levels and is invaluable to complicate our conceptions and broaden perceptions. We see tremendous value in integrating the necessity of artistic practice with the necessity for creative work across fields– encouraging a shared identity of being a creative.
We work to expand the notion of creativity past traditional frameworks, acknowledging creative practice as an integral component to all fields and disciplines. Our programming actively looks at re-valuing the time it takes for creativity and to value its impact beyond capital and human-centered timeframes.
INTERSECTION OF CREATIVE FIELDS
We bring together creatives across disciplines to challenge conceptions, find unlikely partnerships and to reestablish a whole-system approach to creative problem solving.
We value each intelligence as having its own unique perspective. We work to bring together individuals across generations, social-economic classes, gender identities and marginalized and non-marginalized groups within the context of the US and the globe.
THE INDIVIDUAL & THE WHOLE
We value individual autonomy and collective synergy, and believe a healthy system is one in which both exist simultaneously.
INTEGRATION & SPECIALIZATION
We value integrative practice and holistic thinking as much as the work done and insight gained in specialization models. We recognize that each, and perhaps more importantly the interplay between the two, creates the ground for creative reimagining.
EMERGENT & ESTABLISHED
We seek to bridge together emergent and established thinkers and practitioners to find the wisdom, perspective and courage needed to create new realities.
We believe in the integration, interaction and valuing of multi-generational perspectives, especially between Youth and Elders, and that in doing so we can save energy (creative capacity) by not having to re-invent the wheel.
CONTEXT, PROCESS & OUTCOMES
Our programming actively values and gives due time to understanding context and taking time for process, as much as focusing on outcomes.
BALANCE of BASIC NEEDS
We work towards models where the basic needs- environment (water, soil, sun, air), food, clothing, shelter are met, increasing access to creative practice. Once the basic needs are met, human energy (or creative capacity) can be freed up and directed into new areas of living.
We believe that possibility and impact are intrinsically linked to the design. We look to build and support the re-imagining of spaces, structures and systems that support more equitable realities for people and the planet.
We look to find and honor the whole value of people, ideas and materials, especially those that have traditionally been left out or forgotten and to include whole value measures from the start of our designs.
EQUITY & INTEGRITY
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.