20th Anniversary Gala

Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024

White text on a pink background reads: More Art Twentieth Anniversary Gala. In the background is a 3 dimensional number 20 in pink and blue

Join us for More Art’s 20th Anniversary Gala! 

Honoring Dread Scott & Michelle Coffey

June 4, 2024, 6 pm–10:00 pm

at the Midnight Theater

75 Manhattan West Plaza, New York, NY 10001

For any questions or other inquiries please e-mail micaela@moreart.org.

Since our inception in 2004, we’ve produced public art projects that reflect the concerns of New York communities, and are rooted in the transformative power of art to catalyze change, foster dialogue, and build connections. In 2024, we’re looking toward More Art’s future—the future collaborators, artists, and communities. 

Join us in honoring long standing partners—artist Dread Scott and Executive Director of the Lambent Foundation, Michelle Coffey—alongside the unveiling of our 2024 programs.

Let’s embark on this journey together, as we continue to champion the power of art to inspire and unite.

About More Art

More Art 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that collaborates with artists across their careers to catalyze social change by producing meaningful participatory public art for a broad audience. We believe art and artists are integral to empowering social justice movements by creatively illuminating social issues, engaging new audiences in activism, and animating public discourse.

More Art, More Agency, More Action

More Art: We believe that art should be free and accessible, and we believe that art empowers all of us.

More Agency: We believe in the self-determination of everyone. Our process is open, grounded, and flexible.

More Action: By providing a platform to experience social issues through art, More Art leads to action that paves the way towards transformation and change.

Explore our public art projects + exhibitions here. Find and apply to our programs for artists here. Contact us with any questions at info@moreart.org.

Why Not Public Housing? A Save Section 9 Teach-In

Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024

Blue text on a white background reads: Why Not Public Housing? A Save Section 9 Teach In on the History of Public Housing and solutions that use public land for public good. In the background is a blue tinted image of public housing buildings in New York.

Join us for a thought-provoking virtual Teach-In hosted by Save Section 9, a national advocacy group of residents and neighbors committed to preserving and revitalizing public housing in New York City and the nation. Delve into the rich history, pressing challenges, and future prospects of public housing as we explore its significance and the significant threats public housing faces today, including the full scale demolition of the Fulton and Elliott Chelsea Houses and the relocation/displacement of thousands of long term public housing residents.

This discussion aligns with More Art’s 2024 year of programs on the themes of housing and immigration in New York City.

Monday, April 8, 2024 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm EST on Zoom



Introduction to Public Housing:
 Learn about the origins and evolution of public housing in the US and in New York City, examining its pivotal role in shaping urban communities.

Present Challenges:
 Explore the current landscape of public housing, discussing issues such as funding shortages, maintenance backlogs, and the impact of gentrification on affordable housing.

Save Section 9 Campaigns:
 Learn about the initiatives and campaigns led by Save Section 9 to safeguard public housing communities and amplify the voices of residents.

Interactive Discussion:
 Engage in a dynamic dialogue with experts, artists, activists, and community members as we brainstorm solutions to address the challenges facing public housing and ensure its sustainability for future generations.

Ramona Ferreyra, Renee Keitt & Teresa Scott


Secure your spot by registering through the button above!
 Participation is free and open to all who are curious and/or passionate about the future of public housing in New York City.

Let’s come together to advocate, educate, and empower for a more equitable and resilient public housing system. Together, we can make a difference! #SaveSection9 #PublicHousingFutureNYC

For inquiries, please contact Madison Markham at madison@moreart.org.

This event will be held virtually on Zoom. A recording with subtitles will be available shortly after the event. 

About Save Section 9
Save Section 9
 is a tenant led coalition that works to educate and activate public housing tenants. We take on policies rooted in colonialism that have led to discriminatory disinvestment in America’s only truly affordable housing stock. Our members fight gentrification, displacement, and privatization schemes nationally. Our actions are focused on gaining adoption of our federal solutions which aim to rehabilitate and expand the only truly affordable housing stock in America. We demand the sustainable and resilient rehabilitation of Section 9/ public housing campuses nationally.

About More Art
More Art
 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that collaborates with artists across their careers to catalyze social change by producing meaningful participatory public art for a broad audience.

Rituals of Social Transformation

Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2024

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Join us on Saturday, January 27th, 2024 for Rituals of Social Transformation, a showcase of the work of More Art’s 2023 Engaging Artists Fellows, featuring work and conversations by Carrie Sijia Wang, Danielle Cowan, Jessica Angima, Mei Ling Yu, Nava Derakhshani, and Ray Jordan Achan.

Rituals of Social Transformation invites participants to delve into the evolving practices, cultivated research findings, and transformative routines of More Art’s newest cohort of Engaging Artist Fellows. 

As we explore the alchemical power of building community, developing radical empathy, and stewarding our own communal and personal rituals of care, connection, and transformation, we get a peek at the journeys and processes our fellows have undertaken over the last year. This public presentation of ongoing work will illustrate the 2023 cohort’s exploration of and attention to themes of information accessibility, community care, storytelling, and visibility.

Rituals of Social Transformation will be presented at Head Hi in Brooklyn, NY on January 27th, 2024 from 4pm-8pm. Click here to register and to learn more about this event! Follow along on social media and subscribe to our newsletter for updates and Fellow spotlights.


Rituals of Social Transformation will be presented at Head Hi, located at 146 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205. Google Map Directions.

Head Hi is a small space and given the current surging numbers for Covid we’re requesting folks wear masks while not eating or drinking in the space. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and throughout the space.

By subway*: Take the A or C to High Street, then take the B69 bus to the Flushing Ave/Clermont Ave stop; or take the C to Jay St-MetroTech then take the B57 bus to the Flushing Av/Clermont Ave stop; or take the 5 to Borough Hall, then take the B57 bus to the Flushing Av/Clermont Ave stop; Take the M to Flushing Ave, then take the B57 bus to the Flushing Ave/Vanderbilt Av stop; or take the G to Clinton-Washington Avs, then take the B69 bus to the Flushing Ave/Vanderbilt Av stop. *All subway stops require a walk of at least 5-10 minutes or transfer to a bus line below.  

By bus: Take the B57 or B69 to Flushing Ave/Vanderbilt Av; the B69 to Flushing Ave/Clermont Ave; the B62 to

By ferry: Take the Astoria (AST) route to Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Parking: On-street and metered parking are available on Flushing Avenue, Vanderbilt Ave, and on many of the adjacent streets. Non-metered parking is available underneath the BQE along Park Avenue. The nearest parking garage is located at 275 Park Ave. Click here for more parking options.


The presentation space is ADA accessible, with sidewalk level access to the front door opening and no steps. The main doors do not have automatic options, but can be locked in open position and are wide enough to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs. There is an ADA-accessible, gender-neutral restroom on the ground floor.

A digital, screen reader-friendly program will be circulated prior to the event and will be available via QR code or shareable link. Visual descriptions of each artist’s presentation will also be included in this program.    

Artist presentations and conversations will be available to experience virtually on Zoom at this link, which will be active at the presentation times specified in the program. Closed captioning will be available on Zoom.       

Please send any additional accessibility needs and requests to info@moreart.org at least one week prior to the event. 

Allergen-friendly light bites and refreshments will be available.

Head Hi is a small space and given the current surging numbers for Covid we’re requesting folks wear masks while not eating or drinking in the space. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and throughout the space.

Featuring work by:

Ray Jordan Achan (he/him/his) is an Indo-Caribbean, Brooklyn based theater-maker. Ray is the Founding Artistic Director of EXILED TONGUES, a performance collective that provides financial, artistic and collaborative support to artists of the global majority who center diasporic consciousness. Ray’s performative work primarily deals with the intersection between racial and climate justice, particularly as they relate to the NYC coastline. He is the recipient of the 2022 NYSCA Individual Artist Grant for his site-specific documentary theater project, “Our Bang for Their Buck: No Pipeline for LNG”, the 2022 Creative Equations Fund from the Brooklyn Arts Council and a commissioned artist with Works on Water for his site-specific documentary theater project, “(Re)Imagining Greenpoint’s Green Waters”. Ray is a Rising Producer Fellow at the Creative & Independent Producer Alliance, and an Associated Artist at Culture Push. Ray is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a BA in Government and Theater with Honors. rayjordanachan.com | exiledtongues.com

Jessica Angima is a first-generation Kenyan American organizer, meditation teacher and social practice artist. In a constant state of process, she facilitates intimate community through the exploration of art, justice, and contemplative practice. Her identities as the daughter of Kenyan immigrants and a Black American woman deeply inform her community-based practice. Her work primarily focuses on deep vulnerability, using meditation and creative practices as methods of awakening consciousness. Jessica blends dharma, ancestral wisdom and poetics to decenter European thought frames and lead herself and others toward liberation. With over 400 hours of meditation instruction training, she has worked with BRIC, Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Dia Art Foundation, Google, SELF Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, theSkimm, Tricycle Magazine and more. Jessica was a 2019 Create Change Fellow at The Laundromat Project and holds an MA in Arts Politics from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She is a member of Inner Fields Collective and serves as Deputy Training Director at Arena. Jessica lives in Brooklyn, NY on unceded Lenape territory with her cat and her books.

Danielle Cowan is a blind, queer and Blackarican native New Yorker dabbling in organizing, performance and poetry. Her art comes from fascination with what it means for a body or place to hold multiple sometimes conflicting identities and playing with ways to write within shared histories and trauma. Her work has been published in Causeway Lit’s Revolution Issue, Mobius: the Journal of Social Change and elsewhere. She was an artistic investigator for Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s Block by Block Project and was a spring 2022 Office Hours Poetry Workshop fellow.

Nava Derakhshani is a multimedia artist with a background in Architecture and Sustainable Development. Born to Iranian parents in eSwatini, her work explores themes of migration, identity, belonging, and gender. She is a 2020 graduate of the International Center for Photography, NYC, and works in images, as well as form and sculpture.

Carrie Sijia Wang (she/her) is an artist and educator based in New York. Combining art, technology, and research, she makes performances, videos, and participatory experiences to explore the humanization of machines and the mechanization of humans. Wang is an inaugural Working Artist Fellow at Pioneer Works, 2023 More Art fellow, Year 8 member of NEW INC, and 2020 Mozilla Creative Media Award recipient. She has shown and presented work with venues including Rhizome, New Museum, Onassis Foundation, ACM SIGGRAPH, and A.I.R. Gallery. Her work has been featured in publications including the Business Insider, Slate, and Computerworld. As an educator, she has designed and taught classes and workshops covering topics like creative coding, making artistic chatbots, and countering digital surveillance. She currently teaches at NYU in the Interactive Media Arts department.

Mei Ling Yu (She/They) self-identifies as a cis-gender, queer Chinese-American and Gong Fu Cha Practitioner. Born, raised and based in New York City, on unceded Lenapehoking land. Mei Ling is deeply passionate about radical healing, spirituality, and well-being. A life-long devotee of Tea, Cha, the healing arts, somatic practices and experienced in practicing Gong Fu Cha, 4 years now. Mei Ling is a child of Toishanese immigrants, coming from an ancestry of village farmers and Chinese medicine people. Mei Ling aspires to study spiritual herbalism and farming to reconnect and deepen their practice with medicine of the East and West, integrating ancient and modern practices.


More Art’s year-long Engaging Artists Fellowship is designed to help emerging NYC artists and community organizers develop and sustain a socially engaged and public art practice. The Fellowship program curriculum includes mentorship, peer networking, access to programming opportunities in New York City, and workshops and artist talks tailored to the interests/needs of the cohort. The infrastructure and laboratory provided by More Art allow selected emerging and underrepresented artists to gain a deeper understanding of the history and vitality of public and socially engaged art and encourage artists to expand and develop social practice.

At the Table: Guns in the City with Immanuel Oni

Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2023

Image: Moment from the Beyond Memorial Site Walk with Immanuel Oni; image by Destiny Mata.

Join us on October 25th for a virtual At the Table conversation on Guns in the City with guest artist Immanuel Oni

Join us for our next At the Table: Dialogue + Art on Wednesday, October 25th from 6pm to 7:30pm EST on Zoom. The theme of this intimate, salon-style conversation will be Guns in the City with guest artist Immanuel Oni.  

At the Table conversations are open to anyone interested in the subject, and no expertise is required! Interested in joining? Email dylan@moreart.org to RSVP.

Click here to learn more about Beyond Memorial and Oni’s practice.

Moving away from the easily stereotyped stigma of “gun violence” as imagined to exist in certain neighborhoods – often wielded as a tool to control segments of the population – we’d like to expand the discussion to more broadly treat the problem of the prevalence of guns – from ghost guns to the militarization of our police – in New York City, as we start to imagine what a cultural and social healing practice might look like. How do we cope with or deal with the psychological toll of gun violence, against the backdrop of a powerful gun lobby and the failure to enact sensible gun control legislation at a national and regional level? And what are the costs (physical, psycho-social, economic) of living alongside a militarized police force? 

This conversation builds on the workshops and visioning of Immanuel Oni’s Beyond Memorial, More Art’s 2023 Engaging Artist Commission, which seeks to transform sites of trauma into sacred spaces and sites of healing. We are grateful to Oni for spearheading this work with a recent in person At the Table gathering in which we discussed how more culturally competent and visionary planning, architecture, and infrastructure might lead toward more tangible forms of spatial justice for the city.

More Art has been hosting At the Table: Dialogue + Art—intimate, salon-style conversations—with our community since 2019. Intended to be a platform for thought-provoking and lively conversations in shared space, whether virtual or in-person, At the Table: Dialogue + Art also provides an opportunity to solidify and build new relationships with artists and community members. The goal is to have participants find themselves stimulated and inspired by the conversation, and valued as an integral part of the More Art family. 

If you’d like to support more programs like Beyond Memorial, please feel free to make a donation here.

Beyond Memorial: Artist-Guided Site Walk with Immanuel Oni

Posted on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023

Image: Youth group conducting site tour and reclaiming space via water ritual at Rockaway Ave. 3 Train stop on Rockaway Ave. and Livonia Ave, Brownsville, BK.

Join us on October 11th for a guided walking tour of Beyond Memorial led by Immanuel Oni

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 6:00 pm: Brownsville, Brooklyn; meet at the Rockaway Ave 3 Train Station Click here for Google Map directions.

Join us on Wednesday, October 11th for a guided walking tour of Beyond Memorial street light prototypes installed in Brownsville, Brooklyn, led by 2023 Engaging Artists Commission Artist Immanuel Oni and youth participants from participatory workshops at the Brownsville Community Justice Center (BCJC).

The walking tour will be followed by an outdoor film screening hosted by BCJC which reanimates a former movie theater, The Pitkin, that was once a community hub. The outdoor screening takes place where the Pitkin roughly stood, and is meant to prefigure a movie theater experience for the Brownsville community which otherwise has none.

We will meet for the walking tour at 6pm at the Rockaway Avenue 3 Station. At 7:30pm, we will join the outdoor screening of “Evolution of Hip Hop: New York State of Mind” (run time: 47 minutes) hosted by the BCJC with an introduction to the project by Oni, at the intersection of Pitkin Avenue and Junius Street. The screening will have seating and complimentary popcorn.  

Click here to learn more about Beyond Memorial and Oni’s practice.

If you’d like to support more programs like Beyond Memorial, please feel free to make a donation here or add a donation at checkout through the RSVP links above.

“I cannot not grieve: CRY SCREAM SHOUT SING” by Freya Powell

Posted on Thursday, August 24th, 2023

Image: Freya Powell, I cannot not grieve: CRY SCREAM SHOUT SING, 2021; image by Walter Wlodarczyk.

Join us on September 9th & 10th for I cannot not grieve: CRY SCREAM SHOUT SING by Freya Powell.

I cannot not grieve: CRY SCREAM SHOUT SINGa newly commissioned performance by multidisciplinary artist Freya Powell, draws upon the Sophoclean character of Elektra and a Greek chorus to recognize the experience of ambiguous loss as a means to counter the statistic-based records of the COVID-19 pandemic. The performance addresses the permanent state of grieving we have been living in since the start of the pandemic. Exploring the voice as the medium this piece tests pitch, tone, pacing, and silence from operatic singing to theatrical utterances. Through varied public expressions of grief (crying, screaming, shouting, and singing) this performance will shroud the listener in an exploration of these outward bodily utterances.

Dates & Locations 

Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 6:30 pm: Central Park, East Meadow, Manhattan Click here to RSVP for the Central Park performance.

Sunday, September 10, 2023 at 4 pm: The Green-Wood Cemetery, Historic Chapel, Brooklyn, NY Click here to RSVP for the Green-Wood Cemetery performance.

If you’d like to support more programs like I cannot not grieve: CRY SCREAM SHOUT SING, please feel free to make a donation here or add a donation at checkout through the RSVP links above.