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!