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Artists Unite is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality arts programming and to helping artists of all genres collaborate on projects. The organization's aim is to increase artists' ability to make and show work and the public's ability to experience art in their lives.

Through it's work Artists Unite serves and supports the artistic community of Washington Heights-Inwood in New York City, NY. We aim to link artists of all disciplines, creating a broad-based, multi-cultural arts community, and strengthen the connection between the artists and the community.  We will further develop the artistic community by providing a network of resources, artist development programs, performance and exhibition opportunities, and community-based arts initiatives.  Artists Unite will encourage the creation and development of innovative, imaginative, and unconventional works while being mindful of the richness of our arts traditions.  Additionally, by tapping into the wealth of talent available in Washington Heights-Inwood, we will provide a variety of easily accessible programs designed to build audiences, develop arts appreciation, and nurture creativity while addressing the complex cultural make-up of the neighborhood

History & Events

Artists Unite was founded in 2002 by a group of Washington Heights artists. In 2003, the organization solicited a steering committee from among its membership. Later that year, Artists Unite applied for incorporation and in 2006 received 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.

From its inception, Artist Unite has developed exciting programming in Washington Heights and Inwood.

Visual & Literary Arts

Artists Unite Issue, online magazine, 2006
Artists Unite publishes Artists Unite Issue, which contains art and literature, articles on the arts, and a weblog. Receipient of grants from City Councilmember Robert Jackson.

Now: Here: This, 2004-present
Currently in production is this ongoing online exhibit of work from an artist "community" around the world on the Artists Unite web site (see the OnLine Gallery). Receipient of grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Puffin Foundation.

Color Art Exhibition, 2003
Group show featuring six artists in several media with unique emphasis on color in their work.

Poetry Reading, 2002
Seven poets read new works in Cornerstone Center

Artists Unite Exhibition in conjunction with Community Day, 2002
Artists Unite staged a multi-artist visual arts and music show at the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood


Artists Unite presented “Hot Nights, Cool Sounds”, an exciting series of free music concerts performed by world-class musicians living in the Washington Heights/Inwood. Each concert was held in Bennett Park, located at 185th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.

Annette Aguilar, Hot Nights, Cool Sounds 2004
SUMMER: 2002
Monday, August 12                  Jim Cifelli & Friends
Tuesday, August 13                  Alta Classica
Wednesday, August 14            Chris Washburne Quartet

SUMMER: 2003
Tuesday, July 15                        The Andres Laprida Group
Tuesday, July 22                        The Dafnis Prieto Quartet
Tuesday, July 29                        Combo Nuvo

SUMMER: 2004  (two concerts each night)
Tuesday, July 13                      Yewande; Aaron Scott's No Cover
Tuesday, July 20                      The Howlin Thurstons; Annette Aguilar & Stringbeans
Tuesday, July 27                       The Karen Hudson River Band; The Dixie Bee-Liners

Uptown Jamboree SUMMER 2005
"Uptown Jamboree" was a series of free concerts in beautiful Fort Tryon Park featuring world-class musicians from the Washington Heights-Inwood area.

HoodudesThe Hoodudes , Uptown Jamboree, 2005
Sunday, October 9                     Annette A, Aguilar & Stringbeans
Sunday, October 16                  The Jamie FoxTet 
(Celebrating Fort Tryon’s Park 70th. Anniversary.)
Sunday, October 23                  The Hoodudes (Celebrating music of New Orleans)   

Jazz in the Park
"Jazz in the Park" is a series of free concerts in beautiful Fort Tryon Park featuring local jazz greats.

Wessel QuintetKen Wessel, Jazz in the Park, 2006
SUMMER 2006:
Sunday, September 24             Ken Wessel Quintet
Sunday, October 1                     Harry Ettling Trio

Music Mile: June 19th. 2005
Artists Unite and various other organizations and musicians helped plan and performed in the Music Mile: An Uptown Arts Stroll Event: Live Music In The Woods Of Fort Tryon Park: 6 Stages and Dozens of Performers.

Jamie FoxJamie Fox, Music Mile, 2005

Children for Children:
May 19, 2003
A Spring Benefit Recital by Washington Heights/Inwood Students of the Special Music School of America. Grades 1-6 playing Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Schuman & Prokofiev at The Cornerstone Center


New York Presbyterian ART Project
The NYPART project delivered art, music, meditation as recreational therapy to patients in Milstein (9 Garden South). We have successfully offered patients relief from isolation as well as a means to reflect and to express themselves. As artists and teachers, we offer a variety of art projects to patients for two hours each week.
-Susan Razavi, NYPART Project, 2003-2006

Press Coverage

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Corporate Information

Artists Unite is incorporated in the State of New York.

The Board of Directors is:

Peter Ferko, President
Rosa Naparstek, Treasurer
Louise Gilmore, J.D., Secretary

All corporate inquires should be sent to

Artists Unite
730 W. 183rd St. 3D
New York, NY 10033

This Web site has been made possible by a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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