Since 2009, No Longer Empty, a nonprofit arts group in New York City, has been finding ways to fill vacant or underutilized spaces with temporary art installations that relate to the specific neighborhood or building, the Associated Press reports.
The free site-specific exhibitions begin with extensive research and community discussion to establish themes for the art. The first exhibit, for example, used a former fish-and-tackle store with remnants of marine imagery to create a display reflecting the city's drowning economy during the financial crisis.
With two curators on staff, the nonprofit works with guest curators as needed. The exhibitions have featured both emerging and established artists, from New York and abroad.