Local Project is a non-profit organization committed to building an educational forum for emerging artists of exceptional vision, and creating synergy between the exhibition of their work and the public. We believe diversity is essential to growth. Founded in 2003 by a group of artists and friends, LP is committed to offering year-round exhibitions, arts mentoring, classes, co- working space, art residencies and bilingual programming, while building bridges with other institutions; LP is creative harbor for all, where artist and community can collaborate towards a richer and fuller development of both.
Since it’s beginning in 2003, LP has served as a gallery for art exhibitions, organizing multidisciplinary shows, bringing together young and experimented artists for the collective shows. The shows are put together between the artists and the LP crew and volunteers in a mutual guidance.
As artists we understand the need for an alternative space that can receive new proposals without the concern of the selection criteria that most the galleries in the city have. We understand that a platform is needed for new artists to emerge and show their work, to get in contact and get the necessary feedback from the audience; that is why we created this space. Local Project accepts the proposals for any projects any artist could bring to us. Our evaluation to decide whether or not a project could be shown or produced through LP, concerns the available resources to do it; and in most of the cases, we work with the artist in the building of the project proposed.
Spanning 3 spaces and 12 years in Long Island City plus Terminal 1 Gallery in Santiago Chile in 2012, Local Project has hosted over 400 exhibitions featuring more than 2,000 emerging artists from all over the world. Each year, over 1,500 people contribute their voice to the LP experience. 2 years ago LP went through the transition of moving out of the landmarked 5Pointz building in LIC into a new space. Our rent tripled and nearly everything needed to change from an organization standpoint. We were operating with a financial deficit but still able to provide year-round exhibitions, arts mentoring, classes, and co-working spaces. Today with systems in place, we have our head above water and a long-term plan for the next decade!