Ideas

Yes, we have huge visions.
We also have grit, stamina and friends.

CURRENT

Responding to Covid-19, 360 Residencies, Creative Insurrections, the CSA and the whatNOWwhat Library

FUTURE

Bringing together thinkers across disciplines and identities to get creative about the future.

PAST

Building up our production chops, multi-medium & multi-faceted events, horizontal curation and an artist residency not just for artists...

It's time we invest in people, ideas & systems courageous enough to change.

A space to get creative and reimagine. A space to intersect, challenge and check each other.

To support the people, ideas and systems making holes in what is to see what could be.

It's time we invest in people, ideas & systems courageous enough to change.

The stakes have never been so high

We need a space to gather, challenge, expand and create. We need a space to get it together.

TWO YEARS AGO we started our search for a property . . .

Since then we have searched high and low, traversed the Catskills, visited over 15 properties and realized we found what we were looking for right at the start. We wrote the owners a letter and they are excited to have Holes in the Wall Collective call this their home.  

A space to support the people, ideas & systems that are here with the courage to change.

It's time we invest in people, ideas & systems that are courageous enough to change. 

LITERALLY. SOCIALLY. POLITICALLY.
And for that, we need as much creativity as possible.

And it's going to take everything and everyone.

Even if you aren't the one doing the work, you can still celebrate it, support it & be part of this.

Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed (so says Wikipedia). It's a leap, it's making a hole in what is to see what can be.

Supporting this possibility is why we do what we do.

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.

For creatives of all kinds. for artists, for makers, for thinkers and tinkerers, for educators, for activists, for economists, for scientists, for health practitioners, for builders, for system designers, for musicians, for theorists, for painters, for theologians, for historians, for poets, for pedagogues, for politicians, for soothsayers, for the fool and the mime, for party planners and event producers, for actors, for puppets, for coders, for developers, for strategists, for researchers, for fabricators, for garment makers, for engineers, for physicists, for cultural practitioners, for computational strategists, for mathematicians, for dreamers, for geologists, for astrologists, for astronomers, for playwrights, for film-makers, for writers, for animators, for inventors, for designers, for farmers, for pathologists, for nutritionists, for social workers, for soil builders, for lawyers, for builders, for architects, for landscapers, for curriculum builders, for factory workers, for interventionists, for conversationalists, for abolitionists, for powerhouses, for water protectors, for domestic workers, for union builders, for questioners, for journalists, for bloggers, for online starlets & twitter fiends, for meditators, for permaculturalists, for arborists, for animal whisperers, for husbandrists, for chefs, for plumbers, for electricians, for roofers, for energy consultants, for juvenile delinquent officers, for policy makers, for shelter volunteers & soup kitchen managers, for housing activists, for public advocates, for judges, for bankers, for advertisers, for campaign managers, for accountants, for janitors, for detectives, for seers, for bodhisattvas, for movement organizers, for mothers, for fathers, for the nonbinary, for our ancestors, for the future generations, for all of us. For creatives of all kinds. for artists, for makers, for thinkers and tinkerers, for educators, for activists, for economists, for scientists, for health practitioners, for builders, for system designers, for musicians, for theorists, for painters, for theologians, for historians, for poets, for pedagogues, for politicians, for soothsayers, for the fool and the mime, for party planners and event producers, for actors, for puppets, for coders, for developers, for strategists, for researchers, for fabricators, for garment makers, for engineers, for physicists, for cultural practitioners, for computational strategists, for mathematicians, for dreamers, for geologists, for astrologists, for astronomers, for playwrights, for film-makers, for writers, for animators, for inventors, for designers, for farmers, for pathologists, for nutritionists, for social workers, for soil builders, for lawyers, for builders, for architects, for landscapers, for curriculum builders, for factory workers, for interventionists, for conversationalists, for abolitionists, for powerhouses, for water protectors, for domestic workers, for union builders, for questioners, for journalists, for bloggers, for online starlets & twitter fiends, for meditators, for permaculturalists, for arborists, for animal whisperers, for husbandrists, for chefs, for plumbers, for electricians, for roofers, for energy consultants, for juvenile delinquent officers, for policy makers, for shelter volunteers & soup kitchen managers, for housing activists, for public advocates, for judges, for bankers, for advertisers, for campaign managers, for accountants, for janitors, for detectives, for seers, for bodhisattvas, for movement organizers, for mothers, for fathers, for the nonbinary, for our ancestors, for the future generations, for all of us. For creatives.

PICK A HOLE
Holes in the Wall Collective gives time & space across fields and identities to incubate and intersect.
Because the world is out of balance.

Fresh Kills Park Staten Island •360 Residency Program.

People already doing the work.

Intersect

Challenge

Nurture

-field

-perspective

Returning to the work, more balanced.

Multi

-identity

-generation

Check

Balance

HWC

NOT FOR SALE

Holiday Party

A celebration challenging all of us to bring what we are proud to give.

A non-transactional hubaloo to end the year

Why a creative residency

and not a creative commune

Because when there is a leak in the boat, all you can do is bail out the water and get to shore. . . but then you have to get the boat out of water to fix the leak or build a better boat.  AND then... you have to get back in the water. 

core

values

who's 

it for

what

we do

That's why we support creativity as one of the best ways to remediate, restore & rebalance the future. 

We give TIME & SPACE to people who are engaging creatively within their fields to INCUBATE & INTERSECT. 

We do this through our residency PROGRAMS, social messaging CAMPAIGNS, and multi-disciplinary EVENTS.

Holes in the Wall Collective

has directly served over

4,000 PEOPLE, partnering with

over 50 ORGANIZATIONS

and collaborating artists

along the way.

CREATIVE RESIDENCIES. EVENTS. PUBLIC CAMPAIGNS.  

The interactions and solitude at Holes in the Wall residency came at a pivotal moment in my curatorial career and had shaped not only the project I was working on but every project since.

Nicole Soukoup

assistant curator of contemporary art, MIA

6 years in the city.  3 years on the land.  140+ Creative Residents.  30+ Events.  10 states & 5 countries.  4,000+ people.

We don't just do one thing. On purpose.

FIND OUT MORE

core

values

6 years in the city.  3 years on the land.  140+ Creative Residents.  30+ Events.  10 states & 5 countries.  4,000+ people.

The interactions and solitude at Holes in the Wall residency came at a pivotal moment in my curatorial career and had shaped not only the project I was working on but every project since.

Nicole Soukoup

assistant curator of contemporary art, MIA

My residency at the Holes in the Wall farm challenged me to think about politics as a bodily action and something we feel in our movements, hear with our ears or even eat...

Ben Duvall, 2016 resident • Exercises in Democratic Undemocracies

THE FUTURE IS MADE

BY

YOU.

For the world we want to live in.

 

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. We are going to need educators and scientists and advocates and mothers and lawyers and students...
 

Are you afraid of the future

We are.

?

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete”.

-Buckminster Fuller

disciplines

art, music, film, writing, performance, education, policy, technology, science, social activism, health, economy . . .

& identities

race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion,

cultural context, specialization . . .

Our work spans across

And it's going to take everything and everyone.

Even if you aren't the one doing the work, you can still celebrate it, support it & be part of this.

SATURDAYS

COMMUNITY

EVENTS

             future

SURVIVAL

KIT    

CREATIVE
 
 
INSURRECTIONS

 EAT HERE 

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We are a ...

CONNECTOR

CONTAINER

CATALYST

EVERYONE and EVERYTHING

is part of the environment. 

You are not separate from the world you live in.

It's your environment. Which includes air, water, and the ground beneath you. Which is why although we are not a traditional environmental

organization we are still an environmental organization.

 

Meaning we are interested in people and the places they are in, ideas and the ecosystems they thrive in. New innovations and old wisdom.

Holes in the Wall Collective supports creative practice in all fields and expands our definition of a creative to those working in science, policy, economics, mathematics, education, health, research, activism, pedagogy, technology, people who don't fall into any of those categories... and more. We invite people across disciplines, identities & generations to engage with their practice and share collective space.

We believe that the environment isn't separate from us

and never has been. And if we are going to deal

with climate change, we have to change the climate.

In all ways, simultaneously.

Bringing artists, scientists, economists, ecologists, health practitioners, educators, technologists, researchers, historians, designers, farmers, makers and... into collective space - for residencies, for fellowships, for workshops & programing, for events, for shows, for unexpected engagements & creative problem solving.

IDEAs
are
everywhere

We don't think we have the answers but we know we can hold space for them.  Giving dedicated time and

space to make something better.

From the late great Pete Seeger...

‘Imagine a big seesaw. One end of the seesaw is on the ground because it has a big basket half full of rocks in it. The other end of the seesaw is up in the air because it’s got a basket one-quarter full of sand. Some of us have teaspoons, and we are trying to fill it up.

‘Most people are scoffing at us. They say: “People like you have been trying for thousands of years, but it is leaking out of that basket as fast as you are putting it in.”

‘Our answer is that we are getting more people with teaspoons every day. And we believe that one of these days or years – who knows – that basket of sand is going to be so full that you are going to see that whole seesaw going “Zoop!” in the other direction. Then people are going to say, “How did it happen so suddenly?” And we answer: “Us and our little teaspoons over thousands of years.”’

It's going to take all of us,

           every bit counts. 

&

It's going to take immense creativity to change course . . . and call us crazy, but we believe that collectively we can do it.  

Why us, you ask

?

Because we feel we have to.

And we belive we can help make it better.

IT'S HARD TO DO THINGS IN THIS STATE...

NATURE IS GIVING IT BACK TO US...

THE DEATH STAR... (MAN UNCHECKED)

THE PROPHETS HAVE ALREADY WARNED US...

because all the
work is already being done...
 
It just needs time & Space.

For creatives of all kinds. for artists, for makers, for thinkers and tinkerers, for educators, for activists, for economists, for scientists, for health practitioners, for builders, for system designers, for musicians, for theorists, for painters, for theologians, for historians, for poets, for pedagogues, for politicians, for soothsayers, for the fool and the mime, for party planners and event producers, for actors, for puppets, for coders, for developers, for strategists, for researchers, for fabricators, for garment makers, for engineers, for physicists, for cultural practitioners, for computational strategists, for mathematicians, for dreamers, for geologists, for astrologists, for astronomers, for playwrights, for film-makers, for writers, for animators, for inventors, for designers, for farmers, for pathologists, for nutritionists, for social workers, for soil builders, for lawyers, for builders, for architects, for landscapers, for curriculum builders, for factory workers, for interventionists, for conversationalists, for abolitionists, for powerhouses, for water protectors, for domestic workers, for union builders, for questioners, for journalists, for bloggers, for online starlets & twitter fiends, for meditators, for permaculturalists, for arborists, for animal whisperers, for husbandrists, for chefs, for plumbers, for electricians, for roofers, for energy consultants, for juvenile delinquent officers, for policy makers, for shelter volunteers & soup kitchen managers, for housing activists, for public advocates, for judges, for bankers, for advertisers, for campaign managers, for accountants, for janitors, for detectives, for seers, for bodhisattvas, for movement organizers, for mothers, for fathers, for the nonbinary, for our ancestors, for the future generations, for all of us. For creatives of all kinds. for artists, for makers, for thinkers and tinkerers, for educators, for activists, for economists, for scientists, for health practitioners, for builders, for system designers, for musicians, for theorists, for painters, for theologians, for historians, for poets, for pedagogues, for politicians, for soothsayers, for the fool and the mime, for party planners and event producers, for actors, for puppets, for coders, for developers, for strategists, for researchers, for fabricators, for garment makers, for engineers, for physicists, for cultural practitioners, for computational strategists, for mathematicians, for dreamers, for geologists, for astrologists, for astronomers, for playwrights, for film-makers, for writers, for animators, for inventors, for designers, for farmers, for pathologists, for nutritionists, for social workers, for soil builders, for lawyers, for builders, for architects, for landscapers, for curriculum builders, for factory workers, for interventionists, for conversationalists, for abolitionists, for powerhouses, for water protectors, for domestic workers, for union builders, for questioners, for journalists, for bloggers, for online starlets & twitter fiends, for meditators, for permaculturalists, for arborists, for animal whisperers, for husbandrists, for chefs, for plumbers, for electricians, for roofers, for energy consultants, for juvenile delinquent officers, for policy makers, for shelter volunteers & soup kitchen managers, for housing activists, for public advocates, for judges, for bankers, for advertisers, for campaign managers, for accountants, for janitors, for detectives, for seers, for bodhisattvas, for movement organizers, for mothers, for fathers, for the nonbinary, for our ancestors, for the future generations, for all of us. For creatives of all kinds. for artists, for makers, for thinkers and tinkerers, for educators, for activists, for economists, for scientists, for health practitioners, for builders, for system designers, for musicians, for theorists, for painters, for theologians, for historians, for poets, for pedagogues, for politicians, for soothsayers, for the fool and the mime, for party planners and event producers, for actors, for puppets, for coders, for developers, for strategists, for researchers, for fabricators, for garment makers, for engineers, for physicists, for cultural practitioners, for computational strategists, for mathematicians, for dreamers, for geologists, for astrologists, for astronomers, for playwrights, for film-makers, for writers, for animators, for inventors, for designers, for farmers, for pathologists, for nutritionists, for social workers, for soil builders, for lawyers, for builders, for architects, for landscapers, for curriculum builders, for factory workers, for interventionists, for conversationalists, for abolitionists, for powerhouses, for water protectors, for domestic workers, for union builders, for questioners, for journalists, for bloggers, for online starlets & twitter fiends, for meditators, for permaculturalists, for arborists, for animal whisperers, for husbandrists, for chefs, for plumbers, for electricians, for roofers, for energy consultants, for juvenile delinquent officers, for policy makers, for shelter volunteers & soup kitchen managers, for housing activists, for public advocates, for judges, for bankers, for advertisers, for campaign managers, for accountants, for janitors, for detectives, for seers, for bodhisattvas, for movement organizers, for mothers, for fathers, for the nonbinary, for our ancestors, for the future generations, for all of us. For creatives of all kinds. for artists, for makers, for thinkers and tinkerers, for educators, for activists, for economists, for scientists, for health practitioners, for builders, for system designers, for musicians, for theorists, for painters, for theologians, for historians, for poets, for pedagogues, for politicians, for soothsayers, for the fool and the mime, for party planners and event producers, for actors, for puppets, for coders, for developers, for strategists, for researchers, for fabricators, for garment makers, for engineers, for physicists, for cultural practitioners, for computational strategists, for mathematicians, for dreamers, for geologists, for astrologists, for astronomers, for playwrights, for film-makers, for writers, for animators, for inventors, for designers, for farmers, for pathologists, for nutritionists, for social workers, for soil builders, for lawyers, for builders, for architects, for landscapers, for curriculum builders, for factory workers, for interventionists, for conversationalists, for abolitionists, for powerhouses, for water protectors, for domestic workers, for union builders, for questioners, for journalists, for bloggers, for online starlets & twitter fiends, for meditators, for permaculturalists, for arborists, for animal whisperers, for husbandrists, for chefs, for plumbers, for electricians, for roofers, for energy consultants, for juvenile delinquent officers, for policy makers, for shelter volunteers & soup kitchen managers, for housing activists, for public advocates, for judges, for bankers, for advertisers, for campaign managers, for accountants, for janitors, for detectives, for seers, for bodhisattvas, for movement organizers, for mothers, for fathers, for the nonbinary, for our ancestors, for the future generations, for all of us. For creatives of all kinds. for artists, for makers, for thinkers and tinkerers, for educators, for activists, for economists, for scientists, for health practitioners, for builders, for system designers, for musicians, for theorists, for painters, for theologians, for historians, for poets, for pedagogues, for politicians, for soothsayers, for the fool and the mime, for party planners and event producers, for actors, for puppets, for coders, for developers, for strategists, for researchers, for fabricators, for garment makers, for engineers, for physicists, for cultural practitioners, for computational strategists, for mathematicians, for dreamers, for geologists, for astrologists, for astronomers, for playwrights, for film-makers, for writers, for animators, for inventors, for designers, for farmers, for pathologists, for nutritionists, for social workers, for soil builders, for lawyers, for builders, for architects, for landscapers, for curriculum builders, for factory workers, for interventionists, for conversationalists, for abolitionists, for powerhouses, for water protectors, for domestic workers, for union builders, for questioners, for journalists, for bloggers, for online starlets & twitter fiends, for meditators, for permaculturalists, for arborists, for animal whisperers, for husbandrists, for chefs, for plumbers, for electricians, for roofers, for energy consultants, for juvenile delinquent officers, for policy makers, for shelter volunteers & soup kitchen managers, for housing activists, for public advocates, for judges, for bankers, for advertisers, for campaign managers, for accountants, for janitors, for detectives, for seers, for bodhisattvas, for movement organizers, for mothers, for fathers, for the nonbinary, for our ancestors, for the future generations, for all of us.

TO MAKE HOLES

IN THE WALL...

Yes.  We have huge visions.

But for anyone who thinks we are too optimistic,

too ambitious, too idealistic...

We'd rather risk that than being deemed

status quo, business as usual or uninspired.

And meanwhile, we'll keep bringing people

and ideas together, sparking radical optimism, and working toward building a center for creative research, reflection & action, especially with your help.

Huge visions always have big obstacles and take many hands.

Huge visions always have big obstacles

We also have current programs & happenings throughout NYC that can use every penny and high-five. 

For anyone who thinks we are too optimistic, too ambitious, too idealistic...

We'd rather risk that than being deemed status quo, business as usual & resigned

.get it together.

PEOPLE IDEAS MATERIALS

We don't think we have the answers but we know we can hold space for them.  

Why us, you ask

?

Because we are both good at and in need of the very thing we are doing. And we still somehow believe in the possibility of something better. Against all odds.