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healing arts initiative studio & gallery

co-founder & creative director of studio & gallery

The Healing Arts Initiative was a community art studio, educational workshops and gallery for adults from socially marginalized communities (approx. 85 members). This iteration was the third, which ran from 2012-2016 and coincided with a move from a Soho loft to a recently renovated factory warehouse in Long Island City, Queens. During this iteration, the ideas and practices of the self-taught artists blossomed into an artistic empowerment zone. Palazzolo continued to serve as the creative director for the duration. Building on the experience he gained developing the second iteration (hai art studio & gallery) the program made vast strides in a few years. Specifically, the high quality of the members’ art, links to public and private institutions, and increased visibility in the art world exceeded everyone’s expectations. Of particular note, during each year of its existence, the Healing Arts Initiative hosted a booth at the Outsider Art Fair in Manhattan. The continued the outpouring of requests for internships from University and art school students in the Metropolitan area, during this third iteration, was matched by graduate professionals, exhibiting artists, and editors all vying for coveted spots. Palazzolo co-founded the first iteration of the program with Betty Marks in 1994: Marks retired before the Queens relocation. The primary source of funding was art workshop grants from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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