651 ARTS creates a “safe haven” in which artists can take artistic risks and connect with their community. Through 651 ARTS’ Artist Development Initiative, artists are provided with a range of support to assist them in developing new works. This support, tailored to match the needs of the specific project, might include the provision of rehearsal space; conducting community roundtables around specific subject matter related to the work; hosting open rehearsals; assisting in the development of humanities activities; and/or matching an artist with a specific community to inform the development of the work. 651 ARTS has supported the development of work by numerous artists including: poet Sekou Sundiata, choreographers Dean Moss and Marlies Yearby, theater artists Rha Goddess and Okwui Okpokwasili, and theater artist/writer Carl Hancock Rux.
Anthony Rosado analyzes the NYC Cultural Plan in an effort to “preserve the rich, vibrant culture of our city that our ancestors gardened.”