About The Architecture of Tomorrow
Founded in 2015, AOT is a nonprofit art and cultural organization dedicated to providing opportunities for underrepresented artists and artists at their various stages of emergence with exhibition space and resources. We create arts-based education programming for children in underserved communities in Brooklyn, NY. We fill a gap in arts programming and curatorial initiatives creating diversity through action that consciously works for all people and with/for people of color and communities of color, engaging in contemporary art dialogues beyond community-based initiatives that fail to challenge the status-quo. We also maintain this art and culture journal, that provides a confident and well-informed opinion, presenting artists and ideas in the form of feature writing, interviews, and studio visits.
The Architecture of Tomorrow art and culture journal was created by AOT founder, Douglas Everett Turner in the Fall of 2012. As of October 2015, our journal is press accredited with most major museums here in New York City. The primary objective of the journal is to be a source for meaningful engagement with arts and culture. We consciously choose to pursue the nature of creativity—providing a level of authenticity that elicits an evolved perspective into artists’ practices. We discuss relevant cultural events and issues in the context of the artist’s work, and independently because these are the phenomena, events, and movements; the historicity informing every artist today.
AOT Project Salon provides a supportive environment where artists are free to explore new ideas. We mount regular exhibitions (6 in 2015), as well as host art related events such as artist talks, casual salons and collaborative events with other non-profit artistic organizations. We strive to bring together a community comprised of artists, critics, curators, gallery and museum representatives and, of course the public. In the future we hope to use the space in conjunction with our youth outreach services—connecting teens and young adults with creatives, artists and arts professionals. As well as mount off-site exhibitions.
The Equal Education Initiative brings studio-level arts education to underserved communities working with pre-teens, teens, and young adults (16-24). We spark children’s imaginations and lead them to new places of self-confidence, trust, and critical thinking skills. Art builds and strengthens individuals and hence communities. Art is a tool of creative enlightenment and has the power to heal.
The organization is directed by Douglas Turner, and a board of four individuals, including Artist and Educators Emily Weiskopf, Max Estenger, Corinne Innis-Basabe, and Fred Duignan. Our Treasurer is Kristina Turner-Beverley, and our Secretary is artist Mia Grimes. We have a roster of volunteers who assist with exhibitions, media, and other organizational tasks.