a nclb creative initiative addressing vacancy & abandonment in Newburgh by re-imagining vacant sites as places for community engagement, artistic production, aesthetic & cultural research, and renewed inhabitation.  




The Newburgh Community Land Bank (NCLB) believes we have a unique role in community revitalization. NCLB’s goal is to eliminate barriers to redevelopment that go beyond property renovation and sale alone. By opening NCLB properties as temporary platforms for creative interventions, we look to transform our liabilities into sites for engagement: safe, accessible spaces which draw the public experience inside the vacancy and bring life back to marginalized spaces of underserved neighborhoods in the city. 



Artist-In-Vacancy is made possible through working with local non-profits, arts organizations, and businesses, including Affordable Housing Concepts, Architect Peter Smith, Atlas Industries, City of Newburgh Executive, Planning, Building & Codes, Water, and Fire departments, Dia Arts Foundation (Dia Teens Program), Downing Park Planning Committee, Newburgh Free Academy Elite Track Team, NFA West, Newburgh Historical Society, Newburgh Historian Mary McTameney, Newburgh Urban Farm and Food Initiative, Orange County Arts Council, Outdoor Voices, RUPCO Inc., Safe Harbors on the Hudson, Shelter House at Downing Park, Visconti Bus Services, and most importantly, local community members. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid Hudson.

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