New York, New York - May 18, 2010 - The Audre Lorde Project (ALP) has successfully concluded its Capital Campaign, A Space for Many Movements. In June 2010, ALP will open a new Manhattan office at 147 West 24th Street, which also houses grassroots organizations FIERCE!, Queers for Economic Justice and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. The Audre Lorde Project is a community organizing center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color in New York City.
The organization has been based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn for the past fourteen years and will maintain the current space to continue to build their Brooklyn base. “We have strong relationships with our communities here and are committed to continuing to develop and grow our Central Brooklyn programming,” says Collette Carter, Co-Director of The Audre Lorde Project. “We will soon be announcing public hours for the Brooklyn and Manhattan spaces.”
The new space will allow ALP to accommodate its ever-increasing membership, expanding programs, and cutting-edge work as an organizing center. “Our new home, which is now wheelchair accessible, provides room for staff and programs to grow. This move will help us better serve the needs of our communities—we are now a more accessible hub for our supporters and members. This move is for all of us,” says Kim Ford, Co-Chair, Board of Directors.
ALP’s new Manhattan offices will be consolidated to one floor, including a conference room, 50 person event space, kitchenette, and flexible, open-plan workspace for staff and members. Along with its social justice mission ALP will take the lead on environmental fronts. “The layout of the new 2,500 square foot space will focus on sustainability—emphasizing day lighting, recycled materials, low-VOC paints and finishes and energy efficient fixtures and appliances,” says architect Kian Goh of architecture and design firm Super-Interesting!, also ALP’s Capital Campaign Co-Chair. The new office has been designed to maximize spaces of sharing and collaboration, allowing both informal gathering and concerted work.
This is a very exciting moment for ALP. As Kris Hayashi, Co-Director of ALP shares, “we did not start this campaign purely out of functional and administrative needs. Our campaign, A Space for Many Movements, is about LGBTSTGNC people of color creating a sustainable and safe place in a world that frequently tries to disempower us. Our new space marks our continued movement in this direction.”
For more information on the Audre Lorde Project, visit: www.alp.org
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.www.alp.org
Audre Lorde Project
85 South Oxford Street,
Brooklyn, NY, 11217-1607
# # #