Colab [Collaborative Projects, Inc.]
- Mary M. Tinti
American avant-garde, mix-gendered artist group formed in New York City in 1977. Colab engaged in open arts and political dialogue across disciplines, collaborated on new media community projects, and changed the way artists could apply for and receive state and federal funding. While driven by the potential for cutting-edge collaborations, the initial motives behind Colab’s formation were financial. In an era when state and national arts grants were distributed according to the discretion of arts administrators and existing alternative spaces, rather than directly to the artists, a group of like-minded visual artists, filmmakers, writers and musicians pooled their talents to beat the system. Declaring themselves a collective (Colab became an official non-profit organization in ...