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 think revaluing creative thought & action is essential to rebalancing our planet. Recognizing the work of the educator, the economist, the lawyer, the mother as just as creative as any.
We provide space for people to incubate their work, bring diverse and divergent ideas and perspectives across fields into convergence, and engage the public through events, exhibitions and social campaigns.
We're a connector
We don't just do one thing. On purpose.
6 years in the city. 3 years on the land. 140+ Creative Residents. 40+ Events.
10 states & 5 countries. 4,000+ people.
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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 work? What are the resources we already have? What are the basic needs beyond food clothing and shelter? Where does it all overlap? Where does creativity fit in? Holes in the Wall Collective was born.
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We jumped right in and found our creative legs partnering with Industry City Distillery (before there were even sidewalks on the street). We produced everything from pop-up benefits to art shows to blowout brass concerts, doing it all from martini shaking to taking the trash out. We'll never forget looking out at Lady Liberty on the only 6th floor distillery ever, dancing where the spirits finally matched the spirit.
In the middle of all that 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, 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.
That's why we're building a dedicated space for creative research, reflection & 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 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 to remain plugged in to 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.