A Gathering of the Tribes was conceived in 1991 as a venue for underexposed artists and a locus for the development of new talent. Founded by Steve Cannon, it is housed in an historic brownstone on East Third Street, which contains a gallery, a salon where artists socialize and collaborate and administrative offices.
Every Thursday evening the organization sponsors an open mic night, open to all veins of creativity.
The gallery mounts a new exhibition each month. The gallery contrasts the work of mature artists with emerging ones. The gallery has shown the work of more than 250 artists in individual and group shows. Featured artists have come from New York and all over the U.S., Russia, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Israel and Serbia.
The Stoop is an informal weekly writing workshop, networking session, mentoring opportunity and peer exchange session open to all writers. The affiliated Fly By Night Press publishes books by emerging and under-recognized writers. A Gathering of the Tribes magazine features new poetry and fiction as well as art-related reviews, essays and interviews.