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NOoSPHERE Arts

Empowering artists and our community to build a more sustainable, diverse and joyful world.

aka NO - Art from Elsewhere Inc   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  www.noosphere-arts.nyc

Mission

NOoSPHERE Arts is a 501c3 organization and cultural center led by a team of international creatives whose backgrounds blend the arts and sciences. Its freewheeling, multidisciplinary approach engages diverse audiences and builds community through a range of vibrant public events in its indoor-outdoor home in New York City's Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Mission: NOoSPHERE Arts produces and presents experimental arts programming at the nexus of art and eco-awareness. It is a welcoming platform where migrant artists connect with locals. Uniting music, dance, visual arts, theater, film, poetry & prose, our collaborative productions harness the power of art to drive action towards green living, fair play, and oneness. Vision: www.noosphere-arts.nyc/about

Ruling year info

2013

Founding Artistic Director

Sol Kjok

Director of Programs

Daniela Holban

Main address

520 Kingsland Avenue Suite 3

Brooklyn, NY 11222 USA

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EIN

27-4184914

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

WE ARE NATURE Rooftop Series

“We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So, when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” (Andy Goldsworthy)

This annual summer series takes place in and around the Kingsland Wildflowers native-flora gardens: these patches of green across four staggered rooftop levels offer a natural habitat for local fauna and migratory birds. Set against the 360 view of the gritty, industrial environs, with the futuristic, space-like domes of Newton Creek Water Treatment Plant in the middle ground and Manhattan on the horizon, the stunning beauty of these multicolored flowering meadows shines even brighter: a rare nature sanctuary increasingly hostile to all living beings. This spectacular setting is uniquely suited to engage a diverse audience in environmental efforts through art.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Immigrants and migrants
Activists
Academics

Recurring informal gatherings for artist friends & colleagues and other arts appreciators – a place for experimentation. play and expanding one's mind. Typically occurring on the second Tuesday of each month, the evening's highlight is usually a talk or other short production by one or more visiting international artist followed by contributions by local creatives. Improvised presentations by audience members are also very welcome: whoever wants to sing, play, perform or show us something cool will have the most appreciative audience in all of New York!

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Adults
Nomadic people
Immigrants
Indigenous peoples

In partnership with Newtown Creek Alliance, a community-based organization dedicated to restoring, revealing and revitalizing Newtown Creek while representing the interests of community residents and local businesses who are dedicated to restoring community health, water quality, habitat, access, and vibrant water-dependent commerce along Newtown Creek, NOoSPHERE Arts serves as Producer & Presenter of public arts programming on Kingsland Wildflowers’ outdoor stages in Greenpoint.
(http://www.kingslandwildflowers.com/partners)

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Activists
Children and youth
Immigrants
Researchers

We are pleased to offer an annual grant program sponsored by Mothership NYC, a community of international creatives with a combined live-work space and presentation arena for artists across multiple disciplines: Once a year, we provide a month-long residency free of charge to one talented international artist and/or curator. Selected by an international committee of peers and arts professionals, the award winner spends their time on board Mothership NYC developing a creative project for presentation to the NYC audience on one or more of NOoSPHERE Arts' Brooklyn stages.
(http://www.noosphere-arts.nyc/residency-award)

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Indigenous peoples
LGBTQ people
Immigrants
Researchers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

RES ARTIS - Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies 2018

Financials

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NOoSPHERE Arts

Board of directors
as of 07/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Sol Kjok

SolKjok.NYC

Term: 2011 - 2025

Anthony Argento

Broadway Stages

Ran Mullins

Relequint

Ben Geboe

American Indian Community House, NYC

Kelly Todd

kellyashtontodd.com

Ernesto Villalobos

villalobosbrothers.com

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/07/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.