PODCAST - Allison Weisberg


Allison Weisberg, Founder of Recess

Allison Weisberg started her career in the arts managing lines outside MOMA in the rain, and after a few key steps along the way, went on to start a nonprofit with deep community roots and a mission of inclusion. She is game for supporting and facilitating difficult, critical art where people can touch, participate, and be loud. Recess’s spaces in Brooklyn are hubs for intensive residencies and artist-initiated programming including Assembly, the organization’s diversion program for court-involved youth.

Allison Freedman Weisberg received a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MA in Visual Culture from NYU. She worked in the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art and then the Whitney Museum of American Art. Managing Youth and Community programs at the Whitney, Allison began creating inroads to contemporary art for audiences from diverse backgrounds.  Her work uniting artists and publics lead her to start Recess in 2009. She has given lectures and presentations at venues such as Hunter College and the New Museum and contributed writing to wide-ranging publications from artist books to Art in America.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her two children, and a disgruntled mutt named Edgar.