Open Source Gallery is an arts-based non-profit organization inspired by the open source movement. In the spirit of this free exchange of knowledge, we provide a forum where art intersects with the community and the world at large. Open Source energizes a diverse and creative community for people of all ages and backgrounds with an emphasis on expression, experimentation, sustainability, and social engagement.
In addition to our exhibits, which feature conceptually-driven, socially-engaged art by local and international artists, we offer related programs dedicated to creating dialogue about art in the community. During our monthly lecture series, the cHURCH OF MONIKA, scholars, artists and members of the community are invited to discuss the role that art plays in the community. Our monthly storytelling series, How to Build a Fire, explores modern-day folktales through the stories of people from all walks of life. Every year in December during our Soup Kitchen program, artists host one night shows at Open Source and cook a meal to be shared with the community. In periodic panel discussions and artist talks, the community is invited to engage in discussion with academics, artists, and experts. Open Source also offers a highly successful educational program, KoKo NYC, that focuses on the relationship between art, technology and sustainability, encouraging children to innovate and think critically.