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 mission to create, promote, and present collaborations in the disciplines of the visual, literary, and the performing arts: connecting artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and other originating artists with venues and each other. 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 practices.
Overview of our history.
Initially founded in the rural village of Rouses Point in upstate New York, Norte Maar began as a way to promote creative collaborations between artists of different media and diverse organizations to present new projects in the arts. Our Fete de Danse (’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08), presented in collaboration with the Rouses Point Historical Society, brought international and local talent to a main stage built inside an ice rink. In 2006, while continuing our efforts in Rouses Point, Norte Maar began presenting salon style exhibitions in an apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Now our presence is completely focused in Bushwick where we have become a recognized leader among the community and its 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.
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. Each new ballet is designed under an intense time restriction typically over the course of 3-5 weeks. Since its founding in 2004, Norte Maar has produced nine major collaborative ballets.
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. Our organization has received 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).