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“In October 2007, I rented a small white room on West 14th Street in New York City. I asked three friends to meet me there, and to bring anything they might like to share in the way of a poem or a quote or a picture. We sat in a circle on the floor and I explained that I wanted to start a sanctuary for artists, a regular gathering that would celebrate the creative spirit and those who keep it alive. We discussed the idea, and everyone shared their poems, pictures and quotes. We all agreed that a monthly event celebrating artists and creativity could be a very powerful thing. We all left feeling excited. I booked the room for a Sunday morning the following month. And so the Secret City was born.”
~Excerpt from mission statement (Chris Wells)Despite its name, there’s little mystery left surrounding Secret City. For good reason. Secret City approaches art on respectful, worshipful terms and its biggest secret lie in the ability to make all feel welcome and wanted. It won a Obie in 2010, boasts of a 14 hour “wonderwalk” to take in some of the most beautiful and often hidden locales in the city, and keeps charmed company with an array of New York artists, writers and musicians. It does not exclude on terms of style, genre or anything else. It’s not about religion and it’s not about secularism. It’s about a Secret place where no one is judged and it is only the idea, the thought, the act, that is worshiped. Take a moment to read the recent article in the NYT and check out some of the amazing artists who have participated.
Then (because no doubt you’ll want to) make sure you help keep this project alive: INDIEGOGO PROJECT.
Just a few of the artists who have preformed at SC:
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