Francis Palazzolo founded Being Neighborly in the Summer of 2016 to support a group of artists who lack iow socio-economic conditions. 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 support the Palazzolo to organize the effort, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Baltic Street Resource & Wellness Center and the Open Source Gallery.
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. So, instantly, twenty-two years of self-taught artists gaining empowerment in the Metropolitan area ceased. So, the goal of Being Neighborly was to become a self-sustainable collective. In 2018 the self-taught artists proudly met their goal.
The Being Neighborly website documents the 2016-2018 events and the exhibition history from the HAI Studio & Gallery. To be clear, in 2012 the parent company changed its name to the Healing Arts Initiative, the original name was Hospital Audiences, Inc.