Results: NK creates awareness of the extreme gender imbalance within the arts sector. While most art graduates are women, over 70% of all gallery and museum exhibitions feature male work. Since opening in 2014, NK has successfully launched programs just for women to help change the statistics and provide a platform for under-represented artists.
NK features an international residency and public art residency program that provide professional development and financial resources. As many female artists struggle with the demands of family, our residencies offer assistance and flexibility to ensure successful projects. As a result, our alumni have had new professional opportunities throughout the world.
Artists in the annual summer public art residency, Fallow Grounds for Sculpture, place new temporary art projects on vacant lots. Once an eyesore, the lots are now the pride of the local community who have pitched in to help maintain and beautify the lots.
Additionally, NK is very proud of providing an uplifting creative writing program for the Women Writers of Northview Heights, twelve women who live in our local public housing community. The program has given them new confidences and skills as they begin a new chapter as mentors to local youth.
Target demographics: committed to supporting women in the arts
Direct beneficiaries per year: thirteen local, national and international female artists, twelve under-resourced girls in our community learn photography and printmaking, 12 under-resourced African American women living in public housing to realize their dream of becoming writers, and over 500 members of our community who participated in many free public events.
Geographic areas served: A community based visual arts organization in Pittsburgh.
As a volunteer and member of the NK board, I can attest to Fallow Grounds being a unique and effective arts program for both the Spring Garden neighborhood NK is a part of and the community of artists that participate in it each year. NK has continuously received support from local residents and the elected city council representative to transform blighted and neglected empty lots into creative spaces featuring non-permanent installations that everyone can enjoy. In addition to transforming these neighborhood spaces, participating Fallow Grounds artists and NK seek to infuse authentic social practice principles into each step of the work - making the end result a collaboration between the artist, the arts organization, and neighborhood residents. It is truly amazing to see the difference that has been made to these spaces in the last two years!