2nd Floor Co-op

is a one-year creative consortium, think-tank, work-share, and dream machine.

Learn more about upcoming events.


2nd Floor Rear, an annual DIY festival of art in alternative spaces, is taking a break from its regular programming in 2018 and 2019. Instead, this platform is available to co-op members (all past 2nd Floor Rear participants) as a space for creative symbiosis and convivial exchange in the form of a year-long cooperative programming residency. The residency will last until October 2019, with peak public-facing programming slated for the summer of 2019. Residents will work together to develop original projects.

2nd Floor Co-op channels 2nd Floor Rear’s freewheeling curatorial philosophy and the residents’ artistic practices into a series of intimate creative gatherings. Throughout the year, residents will take turns providing artistic direction for these occasions for shared experience, each holding space for disciplinary irreverence, the personable-as-political, deliberate non-objectivity, and reciprocal weirdness in accord with the lead artist’s vision.

Meet the Residents

Adam Zanolini’s highest ambition is to be a community musician: to cultivate and share knowledge through music in order to help heal, strengthen, and empower the Black community.




Drawing on strategies from puppetry, pedagogy, and museum practice, Grace Needlman creates invitations for participants to engage with art and each other in unexpected ways.





Katie Vota creates interactive environments and sculptural objects that engage viewers in ideas of play, touch, pleasure, power exchange, and the role of the active body in shaping identity.





Working within the intersection of writing, performance, and sculpture, Joshua Kent’s practice explores bounty amidst professed scarcity.




Meet the Director

Katie Waddell collaborates with artists across disciplines, organizing their projects, artworks, or ideas into total environments or sequential events. These thoughts inform her practice currently: Art happens to us and with us, feelings are conceptually interesting and concepts are full of feeling, this political moment is a crucible for meaning, and when institutions fail, we will devise the spaces we need to survive. These ideas, like all things, are subject to change without notice.


Past Events

2nd Floor Co-op Launch Party

February 15, 2019  //  Elastic Arts

This event featured an exhibition and a hands-on workshop set to the sonic backdrop of an open jam session. The 2nd Floor Co-op Launch Party was a sampler platter of micro-projects related to the co-op’s artist-run events set to debut this summer.

Check out Elastic Arts