Seven New York nonprofit performance groups are joining forces with 50 galleries for an unusual show of cohesion aimed at re-energizing the city’s gallery scene in the wake of the recession, reports The Wall Street Journal.

New York Gallery Week, running May 7-10, features extended gallery hours, guided art tours, musical performances, and other events, many of them free.

The Manhattan gallery owner Casey Kaplan, who conceived the effort, said he wanted to foster greater collaboration in the New York scene after joining other art-world representatives last year at an exhibit at Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis. “You really felt a community in Minneapolis,” Mr. Kaplan said.

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