Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization founded in 2004 by curator Jason Andrew and choreographer Julia K. Gleich with a founding mission to create, promote, and present collaborations among the visual, literary and performing arts, connecting emerging artistic communities and uniting cultural forces to foster artistic expression and raise the imaginative energy in us all.
Norte Maar encourages and supports innovative and educational projects in the arts by offering unique exhibitions, unusual performances, workshops and lectures for artists and residents of our community. Norte Maar aims to be a leader in building collaborative partnerships between originating artists and other organizations thereby uniting cultural forces to foster artistic expression and raise the imaginative energy in us all.
Norte Maar is all about blurring the lines that distinguish artistic passions and practices.
Overview of our history.
Founded in the rural village of Rouses Point in upstate New York, NM began as a way to promote creative collaborations between artists of diverse media and different organizations to present new projects in the arts. Our founding event, Fete de Danse (’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08), was produced in collaboration with the Rouses Point Historical Society and recruited and presented international and local talent during the summer on a main stage built inside the local ice rink. While continuing our efforts in Upstate New York, in 2006 NM began presenting arts events in Brooklyn establishing the first apartment gallery in Bushwick.Now, NM serves the New York City Metro area with a focus on East New York, Brooklyn, our new local neighborhood. This includes long-term residents of the community, young urban professionals and established and emerging artists.
Overview of our programs.
For ease of sharing the breadth of our on-going work, our programs can be divided into three project categories:
Visual Arts: The visual arts have always been at the core of Norte Maar’s programming. As a leader in the Bushwick art scene, we present a minimum of six exhibitions each year. Exhibitions take the form of one-person or group shows, spontaneous salons or pop-up installations, and museum shows that bridge gaps left in history. Norte Maar is credited with presenting artists whose work may appear too challenging. Today our core visual arts programs include rotating exhibitions, Beat Nite, and children’s art and literacy program called Authors and Arts.
Literary Arts: Believing that it is nearly impossible to separate art from literature, Norte Maar has presented poetry readings and published artists books since its early beginnings. Our goal is to both integrate and expose the literary through scheduled or spontaneous readings and editioned publications.
Performing Arts: Norte Maar remains committed to the performing arts and the creation of new dance providing a forum for experimentation and big risks. Dance, music, literature, film, science, sculpture, design and more culminate in a Norte Maar performance event. Since its founding in 2004, Norte Maar has produced nine major collaborative ballets. Today our core performing arts programs include: Brooklyn Performance Combine, Dance at Socrates, CounterPointe.
NM is an established leader and collaborator within the ever-changing urban landscape of Brooklyn.
Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts is supported by the Friends of Norte Maar, a small group of generous individuals who seek to promote collaborative relationships in our time. All contributions to Norte Maar are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
The following Norte Maar programs, Beat Nite, Dance at Socrates, and CounterPointe, are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.
Past support includes funding from the 2012 JPMorgan Chase Regrant Program, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC). Our Authors and Artists program is sponsored in part by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).