The Center for Art, Research and Alliances (CARA) is an emergent arts nonprofit, research center, and publisher that aims to expand public discourses and historical records to reflect art’s abundant pasts, presents, and futures. CARA was born over a five-year research period and developed in conversation with cultural workers aspiring to create just futures through the arts. CARA’s formal launch builds upon a two-year publishing program with a schedule of new initiatives including research fellowships, exhibitions, and public programs that seek to challenge dominant narratives.
We envision CARA as a space for un-learning, kinship, and care, and value the practice of being an organization-in-formation in perpetuity. We will continuously review our activities in dialogue with practitioners and each other and assess and re-draw our future as our work together continues.
CARA joins a block known for its activist history, with neighbors including the LGBTQ Community Center, Integral Yoga Institute and the Church of the Village, which held the first PFLAG meeting in 1973. CARA’s building, constructed in 1899, has been redesigned with flexible spaces for public programming, research, and exhibitions by the UK-based studio 6a architects. As part of CARA’s public program, the building will have a curated bookstore and a public program space on the ground floor designed by the Mexican-German collaborators Studio Manuel Raeder and Rodolfo Samperio. CARA is developing its visual identity with post-critical design studio The Rodina.
CARA is located at 225 West 13th Street in New York’s West Village, which CARA recognizes as built upon Lenapehoking, the unceded lands of the Lenni-Lenape and home for many Indigenous peoples past, present, and future.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
For visitors with limited mobility: CARA is accessible via the main entrance located on 13th Street. A standard wheelchair is available from the Visitor Service and Bookstore desk on a first-come, first-served basis. You can book it in advance by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
The elevator is located on the ground floor. All program and exhibition spaces, as well as restrooms are accessible for people using mobility aids or those who prefer to avoid stairs.
For visitors who need quiet time: CARA offers by-appointment quiet time for neurodiverse publics on Wednesdays to Fridays between 10am to 11am , and Sundays from 11am to 12pm. To schedule an appointment, please e-mail email@example.com
For visitors who are deaf or have hearing loss: American Sign Language interpretation is available for most public programs with at least two weeks' advance notice. To schedule an appointment, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Restrooms: All public restrooms are single user/all-gender and are accessible facilities.
Service Animals: Service animals on a leash are welcome. Other animals are not permitted.
CARA allows photography so that visitors can document and share their experiences. Photography must be for personal, noncommercial use only. Professional cameras, tripods, and extension poles are not allowed without prior written permission from CARA. Video and the use of flash is not allowed. Photoshoots of any kind are prohibited. At all times, please move with consideration to fellow visitors and with respect to the artworks on view. For any questions regarding photography at CARA, please e-mail email@example.com.
Personal Belongings: Bicycles, scooters/skateboards, suitcases, or large bags are not permitted in the galleries.