Summer is here and we are looking for that perfect book to bring along for all our vacation adventures. As always we’ve got you covered! ARTNOIR has collaborated with, Nicole Counts, Assistant Editor at One World, who shares her top 5 books to read this summer! Happy Reading.

The Changeling by Victor LaValle
A retelling of a classic fairy tale imaginatively explores parental obsession, spousal love, and the secrets that make strangers out of the people we love the most.

WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier
WHEREAS uses short lyrics, prose poems and much more to confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes.

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
A beautiful novel that tell the tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico using a mix of romance, wit and recipes and remedies…

Three Plays by August Wilson
Tip from Nicole: Any and all of August Wilson’s plays are brilliant, funny, moving, and layered. This book includes three and is a good starter set!


LaRose by Louise Erdrich
A powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart!

Nicole Counts is an Assistant Editor at One World, an imprint of Random House, a freelance writer, documentary film producer, and a facilitator and mentor with Girls Write Now, New York’s first and only writing and mentoring organizations for girls. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


ARTNOIR is excited to be collaborating with Black Lives Matter on their Black Futures Month project during Black History Month. This project is designed to inspire people in this challenging social & political climate through art and the written word to dream about tomorrow today. By utilizing this platform as a deliberate reinterpretation of the resistance and resilience, Black Futures Month is able to engage a variety of topics from education to voter rights.

As part of our collaboration, ARTNOIR is presenting a specially commissioned piece by visual artist Delano Dunn whose work explores the theme of Revolution and is coupled with a beautiful essay by Dr. Barbara Ransby . Go here to see more information!


SVA MFA Fine Arts and ARTNOIR presented an intimate conversation with world-renowned artist and pioneer in video and performance Joan Jonas and jazz pianist, musician and composer Jason Moran. This tête-à-têt examined the potency of the collaborative process. The symbiotic journey of these two artists, whose 10-year working relationship has generated a series of acclaimed collaborations, provided a critical discourse that exemplifies the power of creative intersectionality. Check out the full conversation.


Open House New York and ARTNOIR are collaborating to present ten sites that illustrate how the built environment is a catalyst for cultural exchange during the 14th Annual Open House New York Weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 2016ARTNOIR: City of Cultural Exchange sites will highlight narratives that reflect on the relationship between identity and place.

Every New York City building carries the DNA of those that have built, rebuilt and reclaimed them over time," says ARTNOIR co-founder Sherlen Archibald. "By mapping out the historical legacies of these sacred spaces, we aim to highlight and explore how the built environment serves as an essential catalyst for cultural exchange in both the present and future." 

For more information on sites and activities for OHNY Weekend check out the full list here. You can also follow the conversation via hashtag #CityofCulturalExchange for highlights!


Mexican designer, Carla Fernandez, takes cultural actions to positively impact the development of society in Mexico. Carla’s work creates a cultural narrative that honors Mexico’s rich fashion legacy that historically has been victim to negative stereotypes. Using the traditional woven square and triangle patterns found in Mexican indigenous clothing, Carla has developed a deconstructive system of design that is redefining contemporary fashion while also creating employment opportunities for many of the indigenous women of Mexico who collaborate on her stunning collections. Today, her garments are some of the most sought after contemporary designs that are created in partnership with local artisans to weave, handloom, and naturally dye all of her pieces to support and sustain their tradition and trade.  

As part of an ongoing partnership with Summit Series, ARTNOIR was tasked with inviting several international artists to gather at the ancient ruins of Tulum, Mexico – to return to our roots and relearn the wisdom of the past, so that we may build the future on these shared, multi-generational values. 

ARTNOIR was elated to invite Carla Fernandez to join 300 of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, activists and pioneers for change. She shared with the group her creative  process and articulated why contemporary fashion and design needs to pay homage to the traditional handcrafted methods. Following her presentation, Carla invited 40 people to create their own beautiful pieces, using the folding methods that she has gained such notoriety for globally.

ARTNOIR continues to build unique experiences alongside Summit to highlight the cultural inclusion and shine a light on the artistic risk takers redefining how we see ourselves and the world around us. 


ARTNOIR is pleased to announce a partnership with Summit Artist in Residency Program (Summit AIR) and Nina Chanel Abney, our first artist to be placed within the program.  

One part incubator and one part residency, The Summit AIR program supports and champions artistic expression and creative entrepreneurialism in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains, Utah, on Summit Powder Mountain, a locus of global inspiration and progressive change. We selected Nina as she offers a perspective and storytelling ability that we feel will encourage discourse to a community dedicated to applying creative solutions to real-world challenges. 

Wish you were here, past artist in residency on Powder Mountain, Erik Abel

Mountain sanctuary hosting group dialogs overlooking Power Mountain slopes

"The Summit AIR program is extremely pleased to announce future collaborations with NYC based creative organization ARTNOIR. This joint effort will create fantastic opportunities for a diverse group of contemporary artists to experience the Summit AIR program located atop Powder Mountain, UT. In addition to the creative-entrepreneur focused residency opportunities, the joint collaboration will also result in a series of inspiring talks and workshops focused on social practice and site-specific artworks." - Marshall Birnbaum, Director of Artist Residencies, Summit Series.

This partnership marks the beginning of powerful things to come from both the ARTNOIR and Summit communities. Moreover, we are excited to share how Nina’s work investigates the intersection of art and social practice as a catalyst for discussion and cultural change.

Simon Beck snow mandala, past artist in residency on Power Mountain