what we do
We bridge a gap in art education and curatorial initiatives, providing instruction in communities comprised of primarily black and brown folks, and a platform for artists whose work challenges the status-quo.
Bringing arts education to communities in need is our priority. With arts education slashed by an unbelievable 40% in our NYC Public Schools we have to step in and ensure our children receive arts in education. Children engaged in the arts have a stronger academic self-image and demonstrate better overall academic performance. We give children the chance to succeed in a low stakes environment, enabling them to succeed in high stakes life experience in and outside of the classroom. MOart is designed to spark the imagination, instill confidence and build critical thinking skills. We do so with art education, cultural programming and social justice initiatives that empower the individual by teaching positive social change.
An emerging force in giving new, committed and alternative voices a nurturing venue in which to offer the public an opportunity to experience ongoing programming, including curated exhibitions, panel discussions, readings, and cultural events. Following suit with the organizational mission, the gallery presents the works of contemporary artists challenging perceived norms and issues of social and cultural justice.
A confident and well-informed opinion, presenting artists and ideas with thoughtful reportage in the form of feature writing, profiles, interviews, and studio visits with artists whose ideas are underrepresented. We also feature in-depth profiles of our instructors, their artistic pursuits and MOart projects.
"With art we foster imagination and nurture critical thinking skills."
The Equal Education Initiative Mural Created by Students
Langston Hughes Houses, Brownsville Brooklyn
who we are
The AOT Objective
Essential to our cause, we create arts-based education programming in black and brown communities in Brownsville, Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, and soon the Lower East Side, and Harlem.
The Architecture of Tomorrow 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 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 believe that every child is born with the desire to create their own destiny; the drive to become greatness; to be creative. Yet someone or something has to guide that ignited switch. AOT Project provides a platform for children to grow. If there is any singular goal of this program it is to nurture a sense self-confidence in our children.
In a public education system that has reduced art education funding by 40%, there is a concerted effort to fill the gap in arts education. AOT is an innovative part of that effort. With our mobile and satellite structure, we are able to show up at the doorsteps of communities throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. We believe that showing up is a very strong show of commitment to the greater good of the whole.
As our mobile and satellite programming grows we hope to effectively and efficiently maximize the number of children we serve with manageable classroom environments and the types of cultural programming tailored to the diverse communities that make New York the beautiful melting pot that it is.
why we do
what we do
Mobile Art Education
We bring art education and cultural programming to the heart of communities throughout New York City.
MOart is designed to spark the imagination, instill confidence and build critical thinking skills. We do so with art education, cultural programming and social justice initiatives that empower the individual by teaching positive action for social change.
The Project Salon is a platform for a multigenerational cadre of artists. Founded in January of 2015, is an emerging force in giving new, committed and alternative voices a nurturing venue in which to offer the public an opportunity to experience ongoing programming, including curated exhibitions, panel discussions, readings, a podcast, and community events.
The Architecture of Tomorrow began in 2010 as the Art and Cultural Journal of writer and activist Douglas Turner. The name, The Architecture of Tomorrow, comes from a manifesto of sorts written by Douglas. It says, a sentiment many of us presently experience, that we have to be an active participant in creating a society as we imagine.
In 2o15, AOT Project Salon and it’s first education program were founded as a nonprofit. The salon was created to be an emerging voice in giving new, committed and alternative artists a nurturing venue in which to offer the public an opportunity to experience ongoing programming, including curated exhibitions, panel discussions, readings, and cultural events. The gallery presents the works of contemporary artists challenging perceived norms in the arts and issues of social and cultural equity.
Within our first year of exhibitions, our organization and our associated artists and community leaders collectively designed to bring whatever privileges we had as individuals to address the alarming rate of defunding in arts education. In the summer of 2015 The Equal Education Initiative was born. We launched in the heart of Brownsville, the program was fully funded and supported by Community Solutions and The Brownsville Project. Later that year we were called back to Langston Hughes Houses, the site of our first kids mural project, to receive the Brownsville ChangeMaker Distinction by the Brownsville NYCHA community, for its innovative approach of using art to ignite the imagination and potential of our children.