Francis Palazzolo founded Being Neighborly in the Summer of 2016 to support adults who confront social marginalization. His project was to organize a self-sustainable art collective with and for these adults. As the name Being Neighborly suggests, socialization as art is the coagulant among the group and their means to increase to agency, access, and equality. Initially, three Brooklyn based non-for-profit agencies supported Being Neighborly to surmount their ambitious goal; the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Baltic Street Resource & Wellness Center (BSRWC) and the Open Source Gallery. Then by the end of 2017 the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) partnered with the project. Being Neighborly members participate in museum tours, art workshops, and they exhibit their art in the Cullman Education Center portion of MoMA. By early 2018, Palazzolo passed the organizational and administrative reins over to the members of the group, as they proudly met their goal.
Being Neighborly was organized immediately following the abrupt closure of the Healing Arts Initiative, the parent company of the HAI Studio & Gallery, which Palazzolo founded in 1994. Most of the members of Being Neighborly were also members of the HAI Studio & Gallery. Hidden problems led to bankruptcy. Instantly closing the doors to twenty-two years of participatory art. Thousands of people participated in the artistic empowerment zone at the HAI Studio & Gallery. Above are links to provide a wide range of documents that detail the history.