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Brooklyn Nonprofit NURTUREart to Close

NURTUREart, the Brooklyn-based nonprofit founded by George J. Robinson in 1997 as a platform for emerging artists, has announced that this season’s programming will be its last. An email announcing its decision to close said, “Due to a confluence of resource challenges and a shifting environment for non-profits, we find ourselves unable to continue serving our communities in our ideal capacity.”

Over the years, the organization has presented seventeen full seasons of six to eight exhibitions, organized a number of curatorial projects, launched a popular networking program designed to help artists and arts professionals connect, and engaged with hundreds of students through its Education Outreach Program, including for its current exhibition, “(Im)Perfection,” which was curated by students from Juan Morel Campos as part of its Project Curate initiative.

Before NURTUREart moved into its first permanent space on Keap Street in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in 2003, it staged exhibitions at various venues across the city, including the United Nations, the Limelight, and Presbyterian Hospitals. The organization would later move to Grand Street in East Williamsburg, where it remained from 2006 to 2011, and then to its current location at 56 Bogart Street in Bushwick.

Commenting on the nonprofit’s run, Robinson said: “I encourage all those who have contributed to and benefited from NURTUREart to please reach out to others you’ve met and worked with along the way and continue nurturing those emerging artists and curators such that by extension and the multiplier effect the nurturance will continue to enrich our communities well beyond the boundaries of atelier and gallery walls.”

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