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Farideh Sakhaeifar, You are in the war zone., 2016-17. Gelatine Silver Print, 8 x 10 inches.


KODA is a nonprofit arts organization based in New York dedicated to mid-career artists of diverse backgrounds. We grant residencies to allow for experimentation and facilitate creative projects through strategic partnerships with socially engaged businesses. We are the go-to thinking spot and serve the community through exhibitions of contemporary art, events and outreach to strengthen art education.

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Residencies and exhibitions

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Programs and education



Socially engaged businesses


  • Performance: Earth Day Embodied Activism
    Apr 22, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Brooklyn, 157 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
    KODA presents Embodied Activism on the occasion of Earth Day
  • Artist Talk: Farideh Sakhaeifar & Regine Basha
    Apr 13, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Artist talk with Farideh Sakhaeifar and Regine Basha, as part of the exhibition You are in the war zone.
  • Performance: Amir ElSaffar
    Apr 03, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
    New York, 168 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002, USA
    Accessible outdoors—performance by Amir ElSaffar, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Farideh Sakhaeifar: You are in the war zone.
  • Outdoors opening reception
    Mar 20, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
    New York, 168 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002, USA
    Farideh Sakhaeifar: You are in the war zone.
  • KODA’s Professional Development for Artists Symposium
    Feb 11, 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
    Zoom Webinar
    Business bootcamp inviting artists to benefit from insightful seminars by Sheetal Prajapati, Mark Chambers, Tatiana Arocha, Robin Cembalest.
  • Catalogue Release Event for Exhibition Hidemi Takagi: Stories
    Exhibition catalogue release event with artist Hidemi Takagi, journalist Jasmine Bager, and editor Klaudia Ofwona Draber.
  • Footprints on Montague: Artist Talk
    Jan 05, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
    Zoom Webinar
    Lunchtime artist talk with artists Ann Rosen, Jess Frederick, Tatiana Arocha.
  • Panel: Food Justice and Diverse Farming Ecosystem (English + Spanish)
    Nov 25, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Online Webinar
    Panel Discussion led by Jungwon Kim of the Rainforest Alliance, with farmer & community activist Karen Washington and artist Lina Puerta.
  • Panel: Womanhood and Women’s Rights
    Oct 21, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    Panel discussion led by sociology professor Ginetta Candelario with artist Lina Puerta, artist Elia Alba, and art historian Tatiana Reinoza.
  • Kickstarter for Hidemi Takagi's exhibition catalogue
    Oct 13, 2020, 7:00 AM – Nov 13, 2020, 11:55 PM
    Kickstarter Campaign
    Support our Kickstarter campaign to publish the exhibition catalogue with essays featuring three community-based photography projects developed in Brooklyn by artist Hidemi Takagi.
  • Leaders' Event for Nature & People
    Sep 28, 2020, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
    Online Event
    KODA coordinated the artists interludes at the occasion of this event gathering Heads of State and Government & other leaders to support action for Nature.
  • Artist Talk: Kenseth Armstead
    Sep 23, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Lunchtime artist talk with conceptual artist Kenseth Armstead and curator Kendal Henry. Armstead’s new public artwork Boulevard of African Monarchs celebrates the legacy of African excellence in America. The installation is presented by the MGPA & NYC DOT Art, and supported by NYSCA and NYFA.
  • ArtTable: Klaudia Ofwona Draber
    Sep 02, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
    This week we’ll hear from Klaudia Ofwona Draber is the Executive Director and Curator at ​​KODA, on residency building and supporting the work of artists. KODA’s focus is on supporting the professional and artistic growth of mid-career artists, who create conceptual and social justice related work.
  • Hidemi Takagi: Stories
    Feb 15, 2020, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
    FiveMyles, 558 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
    Artist reception celebrating the exhibition "Stories" by Hidemi Takagi, presenting Brooklyn residents’ hyper-saturated portraits inspired by pop culture.
  • Night of DanceBands
    Feb 13, 2020, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST
    FiveMyles, 558 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
    DanceBands are artistic rituals that can transform space, expand time, and engender deep emotional response.
  • Professional Development for Artists
    Feb 11, 2020, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    FiveMyles, 558 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
    Community building and business bootcamp. Artists are invited to participate in shaping the program of the organization and benefit from insightful and practical seminars by Patton Hindle, Kenseth Armstead and Dread Scott. Event hosted by Sheetal Prajapati.
  • IFPDA Young Collectors Cocktails x ArtTable MeetAT
    Oct 24, 2019, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
    Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 429 11th Ave, New York, NY 10001, USA
    Register via ArtTable: or Register via IFPDA:

“...a truly great person has a profound curiosity about the world and the people in it, an interest that encompasses everything and everyone. Real curiosity, I now know, doesn't leave much room for judgement.”

Marcia Tucker, the Founder of the New Museum