NURTUREart is just about the smartest, most generous and most completely rewarding non-profit around for both supporting and showing the unfamiliar and the unexpected, not least because its mission is not only about emerging artists, but about emerging curators as well*.
This remarkable institution's 2009 benefit will be tomorrow night, October 12, at Claire Oliver in Chelsea. There's more information here.
The image at the top is from the current show in NURTUREart's Bushwick gallery space, titled "Plan B", a group exhibition curated by Krista Saunders. It's a detail of work by The K.I.D.S. and Secret School, "Growing a Network of Secret Gardens", a site-specific mixed-media installation which inhabits, in the phrasing of the installation label, "the entire neighborhood where they work and play".
At least 50% of the artists included in their Gallery Program shows must be from the NURTUREarts registry of artists who do not have representation, and each year curators are invited to submit proposals to their Emerging Curators Program for review by a rotating panel of experienced curators, arts professionals, and members of the board.