Abrons Arts Center’s Curatorial AIRspace Residency annually supports one New York City-based curator or curatorial collaborative.

Installation view of with Wardrobe: Curatorial AIRspace Residency 2022–23 Exhibition, February 11, 2023 – April 9, 2023. Photograph by Olympia Shannon. Image courtesy of Abrons Arts Center.

Our Curatorial AIRspace Residency, presented in partnership with Artists Alliance Inc (AAI), provides one New York City based curator or curatorial collaborative with an honorarium, production budget, materials budget, and office space to support the curation of exhibitions at Kates-Ferri Projects and Artists Alliance Inc (AAI)/Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space.

The application for the 2023-2024 Curatorial AIRspace Residency is now closed. Next season's application will open Winter 2023. Please keep in touch by signing up for our mailing list HERE.

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2023–2024 Curatorial AIRspace Resident

Anna Khimasia

Anna Khimasia is an independent curator and educator. Often working collaboratively, her curatorial projects focus on under-represented bodies and voices, interrogating the politics of space, race and gender. Recent curatorial projects include Drawing on Our History (Carleton University Art Gallery); C’est du Gâteau/Piece of Cake (Arts image);Through the Looking Glass and Afternoon Tea for PERF (AXENÉO7); and Live in Palestine (AXENÉO7, A Space Gallery and Montréal, arts interculturels). This year Anna co-founded International Arrivals, a NYFA-sponsored project, supporting artists from countries in conflict. She currently teaches courses on contemporary art and performance at both UCLA and Rutgers.

Curatorial Focus

Abrons’ curatorial focus for our Spring 2024 season is "sanctuary". The 2023–2024 Curatorial AIRspace Resident will curate one proposal based exhibition and the Visual Artist AIRspace Exhibition based on this theme.

The word “sanctuary” comes from the Late Latin word “sanctuarium,” which means a sacred place or a shrine. A sanctuary evokes ideas of spirituality and protection yet it also brings forth the idea of a hideaway that suggests an imminent threat.


The 2023–2024 Curatorial AIRspace Residency is co-presented by Abrons Arts Center and Artists Alliance Inc.

Abrons Arts Center’s Curatorial AIRspace Residency program is made possible through the generosity of The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Artists Alliance Inc. (AAI) is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City. Programming support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Further exhibition programming is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, and individual supporters of Artists Alliance Inc for their continued support. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers and interns, without whom this program would not be possible.

About Organizational Partners

Abrons Arts Center is a program of Henry Street Settlement, a social services agency with nearly 130 years of experience providing front line support to New Yorkers. Since the founding of our Neighborhood Playhouse in 1915, Abrons has been a space for artists of all ages and stages to experiment with and share new ideas.

Artists Alliance Inc is an artist-founded and artist-centered non-profit that provides a free and accessible platform to produce, experience, and understand contemporary art in the Lower East Side–a longstanding epicenter for creative experimentation and cultural diversity. AAI fosters forward-thinking and experimental practices of emerging and underrepresented artists and curators with funded residencies and paid exhibition opportunities, and advocates for art-making that challenges how we experience ourselves and our communities.

Kates-Ferri Projects was conceived in 2020 as a nomadic artist residency with partnerships across New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Starting in 2022 Kates-Ferri Projects opened their anchor location 561 Grand Street, NYC, in the heart of the Lower East Side - a creative community that continues to serve as a cultural and artistic incubator. Kates-Ferri Projects has launched and supported many emerging artists, while building a diverse and engaged community of art lovers. Our program focuses on Latin, Artists of Color, Queer and Female Artists. We look to inspire and reimagine the future of art creation and collaboration while promoting a more inclusive and sustainable arts eco system.