1994-2012 HAI Studio & Gallery - Francis Palazzolo

HAI Studio & Gallery for participatory art was an artistic empowerment zone for Adults who confront social marginalization. It was formed in the early 1990's in response to a call from Francis Palazzolo and others for social justice through art. He founded the studio in the offices, hallways, and conference rooms of the non-profit company Hospital Audiences Inc. overlooking 42nd Street on the weekends while the company was closed. Eventually, they partnered with him, contributing administrative services and housing the Studio & Gallery at their Broadway headquarters, a large Soho loft. At the time, this area was the epicenter of the NYC art scene. As founder he served as the director, artist-in-residence and curator from the inception until the Studio & Gallery closed. Financial and material support was awarded through grants by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH), the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and Materials for the Arts (MTFA).

Below, documentation from selected events.

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