In January 2024, Kolaj Institute moved into a 1200 square foot space in the New Orleans Healing Center on the corner of St. Claude and St. Roch Avenues. The space will serve as an exhibition gallery, residency center, artist studio, library and archive.

We need your help to make it happen!

Kolaj Volunteer Day 

Saturday, 24 February 2024, 10AM to 4PM

Kolaj Institute’s new home at the corner of St. Claude and St. Roch Avenues will serve as an exhibition gallery, residency center, artist studio, library and archive. We are looking for volunteers who want to help out in the space as we move towards our Grand Opening on Saturday, 9 March 2024.

Volunteers will play a critical role in Kolaj Institute’s new home. We are looking for people who can help install exhibitions, staff the gallery during open hours, help with archiving, and lend a hand with special projects.

On Saturday, 24 February 2024 from 10AM to 4PM, we will hold a Kolaj Volunteer Open House and invite those interested to stop in for a few hours and lend a hand as we install our first exhibition and prepare the gallery and residency space to open.

At 11AM, Ric Kasini Kadour will present “Introduction to Archiving” for those who are interested in learning how Kolaj Institute documents and preserves art, books, and ephemera from the International Collage Community. Interested volunteers are welcome to come for the whole day or simply stop in for an hour or two. If you want to attend (or if you can’t attend, but want to become a volunteer), send an email to info@kolajinstitute.org.

Background

We started Kolaj Institute in 2019 to support artists, curators, and writers who seek to study, document, & disseminate ideas that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement. Last year, we moved from a fiscally sponsored project to an independent 501c3 Non-profit organization registered in the State of Louisiana, USA. In 2022 and 2023, we operated out of a studio at The School on Japonica Street in New Orleans.

We are now ready to move to a proper home.

The Plan

In January 2024, Kolaj Institute moved into a 1,200 square foot space in the New Orleans Healing Center on the corner of St. Claude and St. Roch Avenues. The space will serve as an exhibition gallery, residency center, artist studio, library and archive.

Kolaj Institute operates a number of initiatives meant to bring together community, investigate critical issues, and raise collage’s standing in the art world. The move into the New Orleans Healing Center will support this work in a number of ways:

Exhibitions & Diffusion of Artwork

The public gallery will present exhibitions and connect Kolaj Institute and the artists we work with to the vibrant Bywater arts corridor that runs along St. Claude Avenue. We will produce 8-10 exhibitions a year and participate in Second Saturday, the neighborhood’s monthly art walk, putting the collage art, books and exhibitions in front of New Orleanians and visitors.

Being part of the broader New Orleans Healing Center community will provide more opportunities for exhibitions during Kolaj Fest New Orleans (12-16 June 2024) and an expanded Collage Art Market in the Great Hall.

Residencies

The space will include a fully fitted bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen that will allow us to provide housing for artists who come to New Orleans to develop their practice and make artwork during Solo Collage Artists Residencies. The gallery and studio spaces, and other spaces in the New Orleans Healing Center, will provide workspaces for groups of artists who come to Kolaj institute for residencies, workshops, and artist labs.

Archive, Library, & Collections

The space will host a library of collage books and our growing archive of material that documents the International Collage Community. These resources will be available for study so that visiting art historians can research this 21st century art movement.

Organizational Development

With this space, Kolaj Institute will be able to hire a Managing Director who can lead the growing organization. They will be tasked with pursuing grants that allow the organization to offer more financial aid, pay faculty and writers better, and support working artists. They will also coordinate the organization’s residencies, workshops, and artist labs.

The International Collage Community is not a place, it is an idea. We are in every country in the world, networking and collaborating across international boundaries. This 21st century art movement deserves documentation, recognition, and celebration.

Kolaj Institute’s new home will help us do that work.

How You Can Help

Can we count on your support?

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support the new space and programming.

With your help we can do it.

These funds will pay for the move and proper furnishings for the space. Your donation will help make a home for Kolaj Institute and the International Collage Community.

Spread the Word

You can also help us by spreading the word. If you had a great time at Kolaj Fest New Orleans, met some fellow artists at a World Collage Day event, grew your practice after participating in a residency, lab, or workshop, let your fellow collage artists know about this timely and important fundraising campaign.

Donate by Mail

If you prefer to make your donation by check or money order, please send your payment to:

Kolaj Institute
2374 Saint Claude Avenue, Suite 230
New Orleans, LA 70117
USA

All gifts to Kolaj Institute (EIN 88-2857040), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.