We envision a New York City in which everyone has access to inclusive spaces to gather and engage in their creative and cultural practices.


Established in 2011, Spaceworks is a nonprofit cultural community development organization dedicated to expanding the supply of long-term, subsidized rehearsal, art studio and community space for New Yorkers. Our unique role as a cultural services and community development organization enables us to more deeply serve our mission by creating a participatory process for planning and programming.


Mission, Vision & Values


Risa Shoup, Executive Director

Preeti Sodhi, Project Director

Ariel Phillips, Director of Development

Josh Rowe, Operations Manager

Raul R. Rivera, Community & Engagement Manager

Lauren Soares, Communications Manager

Tanisha Christie, Artist-in-Residence

Kai Walkes, Office Manager

Jacqueline Dugal, Artist Services Associate

Dionna PridGeon, Executive and Operations Associate



Pamela Wasserstein, Chair I CEO, New York Media

Kimberly Holden, Vice Chair I Architect

Gary Hattem, Treasurer I Philanthropy and Social Finance Adviser

Xaviera Simmons, Secretary I Visual and Performing Artist, Xaviera Simmons Studio

Terry Fassburg, Consultant, Public Relations & Marketing

David Koren, President, SHIFT Living I Executive Director, FIGMENT Project

Joshua Sirefman, Chief Development Officer, Sidewalk Labs

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

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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