Tomorrowland Projects Foundation Award

The Tomorrowland Projects Foundation supports artistic, multi-disciplinary team collaborations and artist-driven projects that expand awareness of issues affecting society-at-large, and considers award-planning funds to develop new technology, research, and installation art.  

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to announce the 2022 recipients of the Tomorrowland Projects Foundation Award. This year, Aisha Amin was recognized with a $7,000 cash grant and Skooby Laposky and Andrew Quitmeyer were recognized with $3,500 cash grants to support their “Take Me To The River,” “Hidden Life Radio,” and “Dreamboat” projects, respectively. 

Tomorrowland Projects Foundation was created in 2017, and seeks cutting-edge projects that communicate strong, aesthetic, and socially-relevant concepts as well as projects that bring electronic media to new audiences. Its Board of Directors comprises Nina Yankowitz, President, Artist, New Media, Immersive Art Installations; David Becker, Vice President, Film Director, Documentary Producer, Fundraiser; Ian A. Holden, Vice President, Film Editor, Musician, Dancer, Digital Artist; Barry Holden, Treasurer, Architect, and Installation Designer; Ellen K. Levy, PhD, Secretary, Art/Science Media, ‘Art and Complex Systems,’ Writer Coeditor with Barbara Larson Science and the Arts since 1750 book series (Routledge Press); and Jon Nazareth, Assistant Secretary, Artist, Painter, Digital Video productions. 


Aisha Amin’s Take Me To The River is an ongoing exploration of the topic of faith and spiritual traditions and the importance they have in holding together communities of color in the United States. 

Skooby Laposky’s Hidden Life Radio is a public art project that aims to increase the general awareness of trees and their importance to the future of humanity through long-form biodata sonification and deep listening practices.

Andrew Quitmeyer’s Dreamboat is an interactive, community science center that also functions as a dynamic new media sculpture for displaying real-time environmental data. 


Danielle Dean’s Amazon is a collaborative multi-disciplinary project that resulted in multiple works including a video installation that premiered in London at Tate Britain and a live performance for Performa 21 in New York.


Aroussiak Gabrielian and Alison B. Hirsch‘s Memorial to Black Lives reflects on the lives lost and dehumanized and serves as a call to action to prevent future injustices via a georeferenced mobile app that guides visitors through the neighborhoods of the city to sites of state violence as well as historic black insurgency.


Tomorrowland Projects Foundation President Nina Yankowitz is a visual artist who has played an active role in the art world since the late 1960’s. During the last two decades, she’s expanded her practice to include creating video projections addressing climate change and projects that deal with prevailing cultural topics such as religious intolerance, stolen oil or water, and the stature of women in the world. Collaborating with technology and data scientists, she has infused interactive technology and other social networking tools into her art installations. This technology empowers spectators to be active participants in framing their explorations and finding relative, unique, experiences.

Image: Work-in-Progress Screenshot of an Early Concept Study, Memorial to Black Lives, Courtesy: Aroussiak Gabrielian and Alison B. Hirsch