Making NYC more affordable so creativity can thrive.


Established in 2011, Spaceworks is a nonprofit cultural community development organization dedicated to expanding the supply of long-term, affordable rehearsal and studio space for artists working in New York City.


We develop space for all New Yorkers to gather and engage in their chosen cultural practices.



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Risa Shoup, Executive Director

Preeti Sodhi, Project Director

Josh Rowe, Operations Manager

Lauren Soares, Communications Manager

Raul Rivera, Community Organizer

Kai Walkes, Administrative Assistant

Matthew Dicken, Program Associate

Jacqui Dugal, Artist Services Intern



Pamela Wasserstein, Chair

CEO, New York Media

Gary Hattem, Treasurer

Philanthropy and Social Finance Advisor

Xaviera Simmons, Secretary

Visual and Performing Artist, Xaviera Simmons Studio

Terry Fassburg

Consultant, Public Relations & Marketing

David Koren

President, SHIFT Living I Executive Director, FIGMENT Project

Charles Renfro

Partner, Diller, Scofidio & Renfro

Joshua Sirefman

Chief Development Officer, Sidewalk Labs

Sergio Bessa

Director of Curatorial and Education Programs, The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Kimberly Holden

Principal and Co-Founder, SHoP Architects 

Andrew Uriarte

Assistant Dean for External Affairs, NYU Tisch

Joe Daniels

Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company


Tom Finkelpearl

Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Alicia Glen

NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing & Economic Development

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