In a city where event space is rare, and mission-driven event space is even moreso, we admire organizations that are willing to carve out their own space to do the work that they feel is most important. New Women Space has created a space where 100% of their programming is led by self-identified women, femme, queer, trans and gender nonconforming individuals as a direct response to the lack of space dedicated to these communities. In their own words:
NWS is a 2,100 Sq. Ft. space made for in-person gatherings. We believe spaces play a critical role in the way our communities are shaped and how well they allow for deeper relationships within our neighborhoods to form.
Our space hosts events in all different capacities, including but not limited to: workshops, classes, seminars, showcases, exhibitions, installations, discussions and more.
Our key areas of focus surround Social Justice and Gender Justice Organizing, QTGNC Support, Advocacy and Celebration, Professional Development and Career Resource Building, Arts Engagement & Curation and Community Health & Healing. We believe that by putting more equity and investment into the strength of these programs will increase community involvement and visibility, allowing for visitors to feel like they have a tangible network they can belong and contribute to.
In the short term, the Awesome Foundation grant will go toward purchasing air conditioning for their space as we enter the hottest months of the year, and we're happy to help NWS be able to continue their event programming through the summer.
Funded by New York City, NY (June 2017)