C! HERE MOVEMENT

WCO’s public cultural space movement, aiming at broadly spreading an opportunity of being able to share cultural enjoyment by the local residents as well as activating cultural art activity of the local community, is continuously extended over diversified areas of the world based on North America and Asia since its first “Open Center” was opened at Maryland in 2001, which is now called C!HERE space. Currently many C!HERE spaces as both permanent and temporary cultural space are open to the public and local communities in various regions of the world.

C! HERE is a space-sharing movement that gives local residents an opportunity to share their cultural talents with the community by providing them with venues utilizing existing spaces in the city.

The logic of the movement is simple. Place owners wishing to contribute to local cultural development, open their places to public for free for a certain time slot. Thus spaces, regardless of its size or in/outdoor, such as in ordinary cafes and restaurants, offices and schools, performance halls and gardens are simply converted into activity venues as artists, cultural practitioners, or any of us bring life into them.

C! HERE venues can be used by anyone for unlimited purposes as long as they are not pursuing commercial profit, presenting abusive and violent contents, and promoting political and religious propaganda. And the spaces are encouraged to be used neat and clean with voluntary and cooperative mind by the users.

The movement was launched as part of the World Culture Open project, dedicated to providing opportunities for city inhabitants to be involved in cultural activities anytime and anywhere. C! HERE is a purely philanthropy-driven movement that aims at the effective utilization of existing urban spaces, and converting them into creative cultural hubs.

C!HERE is continuously extended over diversified areas of the world based on North America and Asia since its first “Open Center” was opened at Maryland in 2001, which is now called C!HERE space. Currently many C!HERE spaces as both permanent and temporary cultural space are open to the public and local communities in various regions of the world.

The WCO's C!Here provided us with many firsts… our first event for the community, our first art exhibit, the first time artists exhibited in Manhattan. It is a place for nurturing.

- CARIB, Caribbean Artists' Association