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whatNOWwhat Change the Climate  pop-up benefit at Industry City Distilllery 2017• Photo by Deb Klein

Our mission at Holes in the Wall Collective is to help rebalance the world we’re in through JOY, CREATIVITY AND ACTION.


We give people time & space to do their work.

There is incredible work being done every day, and but there is often a lack of support, access and value given to it. We give people time & space to do their work their way, and offer meaningful feedback and unlikely partnerships.

Because nothing good has ever happened without time, support & feedback.


Across generations, identities & contexts... 

Celebrating collective knowledge, wisdom and experience across fields and perspectives. We work to remove silos, decrease polarization and catalyze whole system thinking.


Emergent & established. Rural & urban. Youth & elders. Lawyers & dancers...


We bring magic to the hard stuff.

Creating possibilities of joy, creativity and action to what’s otherwise overwhelming, debilitating, or deafening –whether with giant spoons, brass bands, or amazing meals.


Between total overwhelm and outright denial, we make holes in the wall of what is to see what could be.

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Woman rocking it out in Prospect Park Brooklyn with the Giant Spoon, Summer 2020

Our impact is measured not only in numbers by the people we touch through our programming, but the ripples that come when you support people who in turn support others.

Whether it's a past resident like Kat Croft, who was planting the seedlings of her timely work Native Sisters four years ago, that's now in production, or Aika Swai, a scholar on decolonization in Cape Town, who created her website in our Fellowship program so she can present her prescient lectures to the global stage, the work of time & space can leave ripples that reach wider and wider shores.


We support the people and organizations already doing the work to help us rebalance the world we’re in, so they can widen their impact. We converge people across generations, identities and contexts so we have a better chance at finding whole system solutions.  And we create the conditions for curiosity and the creative leap, towards collective liberation.

our impact


An artist residency not just for artists– done remotely, in the country and in unlikely spaces across NYC.

Revaluing creativity

Catalyzing process & impact

Accessibility, in cost & duration

4 years of programming.

150+ Creative Residents.

12 states & 7 countries.


Directly & indirectly supporting organizations, individuals and new ideas within our 12 themes of the basic needs.

Models of mutual support

Coalition building across sectors

Expanding the basic needs

2 years of programming.

60+ organizations. 

$10k+ donated.

3,000+ people reached.


Joyously & creatively engaging the public within often complicated, fatigued, or overwhelming subjects

Civic participation & unlikely partners

New & unexpected audiences

Traces & examples of liberation

6 years of programming.

50+ collaborators. 

$20k+ raised.

4,000+ people reached.

At Holes in the Wall Collective, we engage with the world we’re in- which means acknowledging the deep wounds at the hands of humanity, while actively supporting those courageous enough to transform it.

People can do extraordinary things, but they need time, space and feedback to do it. And they need to be around other people who don't look or think like them. When we create possibilities for curiosity and the leap of creativity, we step past what we know into a willingness to more deeply engage and ultimately transform ourselves, the earth and each other.


The future is intersectional and so are we. We consider making holes in the wall the work of collective liberation, and we celebrate that work joyfully.

our vision


If we can bring joy, creativity & a diversity of thought & action across sectors, we can catalyze the work already being done to rebalance our relationship to ourselves, the earth & each other.

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Pulse of Narrative workshop with Garrard Conley 2017 • Photo by Leah Haydock