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Local Project has a new home. Help us raise funds to move in to it, and continue providing an open arts space for the community.
Local Project
United States
4 Team Members

What we need

Due to development plans 5Pointz will be razed. As of such we need $27,000 to place a deposit on our new space, moving fees, and construction supplies to create interactive spaces you will use.  

You can donate as much or little as you like, or choose one of our perks.


Who we are

Local Project Art Space is a non-profit gallery and cultural venue in Long Island City, Queens. LP has been at its current venue in the graffiti covered building called 5Pointz across from MoMA PS1 for five years and in another space a few blocks away for five years prior to that. LP has been a community staple and has put on a wide range of events to a diverse audience. Renowned institutions, like the Museum of Modern Art and the Queens Museum of Art have sought our collaboration and advice on building new audiences for community programs. LP is one of the most educational alternative art spaces in Queens. We have numerous art exhibitions, video, music and film series, educational workshops, a mural project, and various other events every year open to the community and free of charge.

 LP is a new model for community development through art, connecting people across national and social boundaries, with over 200 exhibitions featuring more than 1,000 emerging artists and 350 bilingual educational workshops and activities on subjects like performance, video, and portfolio-building. We mentor new curators and guide artists in creating exhibitions. We’ve also inspired many offshoot programs created by our members, Fluid New Media Lab, Portray Magazine, The Wall mural project and eL Paper Magazine. Our story has been featured in Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces 1960 to 2010 (MIT Press, 2012). 

We are moving back to where we started, we are keeping the LIC arts community alive, with the same energy that characterizes us in a space you will love. 

Why we need it

We are a group of artists, musicians and art lovers who volunteer our time and resources to make these events possible. We want to see LP bloom instead of disappear, continuing as a hub where migrants and residents can share ideas, experiment and forge new identities as artists. We are a non-profit space and don’t charge money for events and don’t make money off of the exhibitions and events that take place at LP. And while some of our projects are supported with small grants from funding organizations like Queens Council on the Arts, LP remains one of the least-funded arts organizations in our city. In the past we’ve used donations to pay very low rent for our gallery and education space, but now we are faced with the challenge of raising thousands if LP is to survive and stay in Queens. 

What does it get you?

You will get our eternal gratitude and a selection of our rewards visible to the right.

What is next for LP?

Our goal is to continue our legacy of alternative programming that has helped launch the careers of many local artists. Many now-established artists have shown work or performed at LP including, Juan Betancurth, German Tagle, Carla Torres, Antonio Ortuño, Ana Blanco, Julie Simone, Seongmin Ahn, Renzo Ortega, Sebastian Loaysa, Dick Lubinsky, Lady Gaga and Lady Starlight. Emerging curators like Jennifer Junkermeier, Cecilia Jurado, Bernard Stote, Arlan Londoño started their career or developed new projects here. We are proud we recognized and supported the visionary talent in these and many other creative individuals, before they went on to show at places like El Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum of Art, Pinta Art Fair, Reverse, No Longer Empty, Praxis, and the Art Museum of the Americas, American Visionary Art Museum, Erie Art Museum, Outsider Art Fair.

As the neighborhood develops and gentrifies LP will continue to provide high quality and free cultural events for the community for years to come. Please check out our website www.localproject.org and Facebook page to see our calendar of events. We hope that we will see you soon!



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raised by 106 people in 1 month
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Verified Nonprofit
$27,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on September 30, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $1USD
    LP friend

    If you give us a dollar we will tickle you.

    1 out of 2000 claimed
  • $5USD

    You have a place in our hearts forever! Thank you !

    3 out of 500 claimed
  • $10USD
    You are Fabulous

    $10 We are offering 25 of these you will receive a Local Project photo postcard created by one of our contributing artist to the Queens Sky Exhibition

    8 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25USD
    El Paper LOVE

    We are offering 25 of these- you will receive an original photograph by an LP artist and El Paper Magazine issue.

    13 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $30USD
    LP Tote Bags

    Local Project tote bags silkscreened by LP artists.

    35 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $50USD
    Seminar for aspiring actors

    Raymond Normandeau and Rita Frazier will tell you all you need to know to be casted in TV or Film

    3 out of 10 claimed
  • $60USD
    Antagonist Movement Art Pack

    Our friends from AAM offer 3 PsycoMoto Fanzines, 2 DVD's (Dolls of Lisbon, and This is Berlin not NY), and 1 Book (Barstool Prophets) to get you up to speed on the 13 years of collaborative art making projects

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    Get a Tattoo

    Local Project's favorite tattoo artists SebasMachine offers a two hour session to make a tattoo of your choice, a $200 value half price help us achieve our mission see his work here: http://sebasmachine.com/

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $150USD
    Exclusive art on vinyl records

    Original Artworks on vinyl records created by these artists exclusively for Local Project benefit: Andrea Lira (2 pcs) , Dereck Brueckner, Bernard Stote, Carla Torres, Paula Isaac, Rebecca Memoli,Paul Lambermont, Ana Urbach, Ever Blanco, Korse, V.Kovachi, Calder , Carlo Quispe, Patricia Fabricant, Patrick Francisco, German Tagle, Alberto Borea, June Kosloff, Sebastian Loyasa, Cristian Pietrapiana, Noba (Mexican Mandela) Renzo Ortega (4 sets), Bernard Stote

    1 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $175USD
    Original silkscreen

    13'x13' Silkscreen print by Matti Havens. Silkscreen are red, yellow and blue

    1 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $200USD
    El Paper Poetry Serenade

    A poem written to order and read in a place of your choice by a writer from El Paper Magazine.

    1 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $250USD
    Original art works on paper

    Original artworks on paper or mixed media from LP's abroad exhibition ENVIO by contributing artists: Paul Lambermont, Renzo Ortega, Y. Melick, Miguel Luciano, Antonio Ortuno, Jeff Moore, Carla Torres, the Dust Collective, Haze, Ketih Pavia, Paul Lambermont, Dereck Brueckner.

    1 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $300USD
    Digital Media Private Lessons

    for $300 you will receive 6 hours of private classes in any one of these options: WordPress, After Effects, Photoshop, or DJ Mixing, pick one of the subjects, a Fluid New Media Lab specialist will tutor you in creating digital design.

    0 out of 8 claimed
  • $310USD
    Your videos at LP's new space

    We are offering a screening event of your video that we will promote produce and guarantee attendance at our new space.

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $320USD
    Family photo portrait

    A professional family portrait by local photographer Sebastian Loaysa. You will get your picture on a CD.

    1 out of 4 claimed
  • $400USD
    Artist portrait-photograph

    Professional "artist portrait" by local photographer Jason Artiga, you will receive your portrait on a CD

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $450USD
    a DJ @ your spot

    You will have a private party with some awesome local DJs at your spot/venue or home with your friends, we'll bring you the whole set up

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $500USD
    Portrait of your loved ones

    A 16" x 20” portrait of you or loved one painted by artist Renzo Ortega, you will send us a photo and receive back a painting. or A 16 x 20” portrait of your pet painted by artist June Kosloff, you will send us a photo and receive back a painting.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $500USD
    Original Art Work

    1 original bronze lamp sculpture by local artist, Cristian Daniel Torres 2 Silkscreen prints by local artist, Matti Haven (each $500) 2 Photographies by local Carolina Peñafiel (each $500)

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Your own show in our new space

    You can have or curate your own show in the new Local Project Space. Your show will last 2 weeks and will include an awesome opening.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2015
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