A Gathering of the Tribes is a 501(c3) non-profit art organization located in the Lower East Side. The mission of this small local art gallery and salon - founded by Steve Cannon in 1991 - is to showcase underexposed artists. Mr. Cannon –a veteran, now 77-years old and blind - has been a fixture of the Manhattan art scene for decades as a poet and mentor.
Mr. Cannon purchased the brownstone in the 1970’s, but had to sell it due to financial hardship in 2004. He sold the building to the current owner with the understanding that he would re-invest the money over at least a 10-year period to keep the multi-cultural art space thriving. The owner now wants to sell the property and it would be more convenient if he wasn’t there. THEREFORE, she is threatening with eviction based on what she claims are zoning issues relating to the operation of a non-profit gallery space in a residential area.
Mr. Cannon is now struggling to keep his home and the 22-year old multi-cultural arts organization alive. Please show your support for Mr. Cannon and A Gathering of the Tribes whom are both vital to the local neighborhood and the art community at large.
Photo courtesy of Alex Fradkin