Center for Art,
Research and Alliances
16 – 17 December, 2023

Holiday Market

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Join us Sat, Dec 16 and Sun, Dec 17 for our second annual CARA Holiday Market, featuring local artists, collectives, and organizations.

Participating vendors and projects include Azikiwe MohammedInshadycompanyKhari Johnson-Ricks, oberihParty PlannerPeople's Pottery Project, Printed Matter, Inc., and Tey!

A preview of some of the Holiday Market featured projects:

Big Apple Gifts and Souvenirs is an artist-run souvenir shop that honors New York and New Yorkers. Operated and created by Azikiwe Mohammed there will be a selection of apparel, small sculptural items and a once per day raffle benefiting the New Davonhaime Food Bank. website / @bigapplegiftsandsouvenirs

Inshadycompany is a headwear studio founded in 2014. Our hats and accessories are made in Bombay in collaboration with local artists and small scale manufacturers, focusing on few of a kind and made to order pieces. website / @inshadycompany_

Khari Johnson-Ricks is an artist whose practice extends across media, including works on paper, murals, independent publishing and black vernacular dance. His work has been included in group shows at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Jefrey Deitch, Los Angeles; Deli Gallery New York; and SCADMOA, Savannah; among others. He has created public murals for the city of Newark as part of Mayor Ras Baraka’s “Model Neighborhood Initiative” and “Gateways to Newark” Projects. His zines are featured in the library collections of the MET Library, the Whitney Library, and The MOMA Library. He lives and works in Brooklyn. He loves the holidays and will be celebrating with us by selling zines, prints, and ornaments. website /

oberih [ukr.: ‘an item that protects’] is a publication that serves as a fundraising project for people affected by the war in Ukraine. it is a collection of stories about things that accompany us everywhere and provide solace and protection in all circumstances. gathered from our friends, these stories reached us in the form of short texts, images, voice messages and online posts in the period of April–May 2022. website / @understructures

Party Planner is an annual architecture and design publication that explores the term “party” as a malleable concept that helps to connect what are often seen as disparate forms of gathering and social interaction. Ranging from raves and casual get-togethers to more formal performances and galas, attending to these dynamic social settings allows for the exploration of architecture as a temporary and responsive mode of space-making. The 2024 edition of Party Planner takes the theme of "Party Trick," positioning parties as tricks themselves that deploy smokescreens, lights, sounds, and intoxicating substances to produce an environment fit for transgression. Party Planner is edited and produced by Office Party, an international research and design collective specializing in the production of temporary events, installations, and exhibitions. The office critically examines the role of parties and similar ephemeral spaces as the origin of complex social and material networks with urban, political, and environmental effects. website / @partyplanner2024

People’s Pottery Project’s mission is to employ and empower formerly incarcerated women, trans and non-binary individuals through paid job training, access to a healing community, and meaningful employment in our collective non-profit ceramic business. Our flexible programs allow participants to earn a living wage at every point of involvement with the business, from training, to fabricating, to ongoing employment. We provide opportunities to build technical skills through creative ceramic fabrication work, running the ceramics studio, and teaching ceramics classes to local artists and families, as well as develop business skills such as inventory management, writing and promotions, developing our business strategy, marketing, and sales. Through our collective work, members gain a platform to connect to others, share their stories, and ultimately transform dominant narratives about those who have experienced incarceration. website / @peoplespotterproject

Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the distribution, understanding, and appreciation of artists' books and related artists' publications. Through the NY and LA Art Book Fairs, two storefronts, an online catalog, and other distribution channels, Printed Matter circulates more than 45,000 publications annually on behalf of artists and independent publishers. Printed Matter also offers comprehensive free public programming, online resources, and educational initiatives for the medium. website / @printedmatterinc

Tey was founded in Dakar. A labor of love, it’s inspired by friends andfamily, by the things that bring us joy. The designs are maint to be functional with a little something special. Clothes that people can dance and run and jump in, while looking their best : it’s all about freedom of movement! Also bags you can take everywhere. Fabrics are either sourced in local markets or designed in-house and produced by hand-weavers. With time, we aim at producing all the fabrics locally. The clothes are made on demand to avoid waste and make it more inclusive in terms of size. We sell online or through short collaborations with concept stores.

Holiday Market
Saturday, December 16: 11 am-6 pm
Sunday, December 17: 12 pm-6 pm

Free and open to the public.