Albus Cavus builds strong and healthy communities through public art and creative collaborations. Well designed public space improves community dynamics, has a positive impact on public health, learning and school performance of the young residents, contributes to sustainable local economy and creates sense of ownership and responsibility. Our goal is to create new cities where citizens participate as active designers and builders of public spaces in their neighborhoods. We aim to achieve this through community public art, innovative workshops and school programs, interactive events and open creative spaces.
Problems we address
Poorly designed and non-maintained spaces discourage social interactions and getting to know neighbors. This alienation promotes social disorder, vandalism, crime, drug abuse, traffic violations, and littering, which in turn affects residents' sense of well-being and discourages the development of community ownership and responsibility. Read more...
Diagnostic Radiologist, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park NY
Educator, Gear Up Program, Michigan University, Ann Arbor MI
Art & Design Director, Telos Corporation, Eatontown NJ
Chief Operating Officer, ARCH Development Corporation, Washington DC
Visual Arts Program Content Manager, DCPS, Washington DC
Individual Donor Coordinator, NJ Performing Arts Center, Newark NJ
Managing Partner, Reluminati, Washington DC
Head of Sustainable Design, Advanced Glazings, Cape Breton NS / Princeton NJ
Economic Team Leader, U.S. Department of State, Washington DC
Co-Chair of Art Department, George Mason University, Vienna VA
Executive Director, Raices Cultural Center, New Brunswick NJ
Director of Procurement Process, Polo Ralph Lauren, New York NY
Albus Cavus, a collective of artists, scientists and educators, utilizes arts to:
- Promote development of strong and healthy communities by involving the residents in projects that result in improved public, gathering and common spaces.
- Design and develop novel interactive and participatory art projects in public space.
- Reinvent existing public spaces that are underutilized, neglected and abandoned.
- Cultivate healthy development of young residents through practical experience in complex projects that encourage team work and democratic process.
- Support artistic excellence by providing necessary consulting services, supplies and mentorship to emerging artists.
What does the name mean?
albus cavus - white cave (latin) - refers to the basement where the first shows were held. This small underground space in an old house in New Brunswick NJ provided opportunities for artists to share their art between 2002 and 2003. Since then the group has grown into an organization that promotes the idea that art is an essential part of everyone's life and that city residents have the right to healthy and well designed public spaces.
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