Recognizing the power of incremental change, Dept of Small Interventions (DoSI) launches place-based projects to amplify cultural assets, galvanize collaborations, and build social infrastructure. The organic participatory approach integrates arts, culture, history into community development and planning goals. Projects are simple, resourceful and creative solutions that can ultimately lead to increased capacity and meaningful change.
The energy behind DoSI is Naomi Hersson-Ringskog. Naomi has presented on the following topics : adaptive reuse, re-activating corridors, community engagement strategies, cultural tourism, historic preservation, cultural diplomacy, tactical urbanism, and creative placemaking.
In 2009, Naomi co-founded No Longer Empty with Manon Slome and three other curators. No Longer Empty is a New York City non-profit that revives underutilized properties and sites with large, community-responsive art exhibitions, cultural collaborations, and educational programming. In seven years, NLE staged 25 exhibitions, commissioned 250+ artists, engaged 500,000 visitors, and received international acclaim. Naomi received numerous interviews and awards for her in the arts, planning and not for profit field. Previous to No Longer Empty, Naomi worked for SK Development in New York City and Info.Design, an information architecture firm in Washington DC.
Naomi earned a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University. There she focused on urban sustainability, specifically green roofs on underutilized property. She was awarded the William Kinne Fellowship Award for further research in France, Israel and Germany.
Naomi is dedicated to being present, engaged and proactive when serving on a board. In addition to being on the board of No Longer Empty and The Fullerton Center in Newburgh, and member of Storm King Art Center's Young Council. Naomi is an advisory member to the Institute for Public Architecture and Universal Hip Hop Museum. She is a fellow at the Urban Design Forum and a member of ULI Next professional group. She is co-founder and co-chair the American Planning Association's Arts & Culture subcommittee.
She also founding trustee of Awesome Newburgh Foundation and serves on City of Newburgh's Transportation Advisory Committee.
In the past, she has been invited and served on Coro New York Leadership Alumni Board, GSAPP Alumni Association and been a representative for the Public Advocate to the Board of Trustees for the Museum of the City of New York.
Photo by Matthias Heidrich.