Apr 2, 2020 Nico Wheadon

A Note From the Director

Happy Spring from NXTHVN!

Despite the numerous uncertainties afoot, we are confident that brighter times lie ahead. We also believe that artists, curators, and young people are experts in creativity, and that imagination is the precise tool necessary as we pave the way forward and envision a better tomorrow.

Like many of our partners in the arts and culture sector, NXTHVN recognizes that the impact of social distancing on our communities is a difficult hurdle to overcome. However, we also see this moment as a field-wide opportunity to audit our DEAI practices, and ensure we remain accessible and responsive, even after this moment has passed.

Here in Dixwell, NXTHVN is adapting and growing amidst this hyper-virtual reality we now share—our 2020 cohort is hard at work on independent projects that can be found on JRNL; our inaugural exhibitions and publications have gone digital; and we’re collaborating with our alumni network to roll out a series of programs that remind us to pause, breathe and find beauty in the world around us.

 A people-centered organization, we are doing everything in our power to stay positive, healthy, and engaged. We’re also experimenting with new ways of caring for both our neighbors and ourselves. From virtual studio visits, dance parties and book clubs, to regular calls with our partners to share tools, resources and solutions, we are continuing to deepen and broaden our relationships.

Today, our focus is on planning for the future, when people re-emerge from their homes and look to their cultural institutions for meaningful, in-person experiences. We can’t wait to reopen our doors, carrying with us countless lessons and new habits that we must continue to learn from. This cloud will clear and when it does we’ll be right here, eager to rebuild together.

Nico Wheadon, Executive Director