What is Spaceworks?

Spaceworks is a nonprofit cultural community development organization dedicated to expanding the supply of long-term, affordable rehearsal and studio space for artists in New York City. We develop space for all New Yorkers to gather and engage in their creative and cultural practices. We also create platforms for people to collaborate and provide professional resources and services across multiple artistic disciplines. Spaceworks was started as an initiative of the Department of Cultural Affairs; the organization incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 2012. 


How is Spaceworks funded?

Spaceworks receives public support for its projects from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as other institutional supporters. View a complete list of funders.


Does Spaceworks have live/work space?

No. Spaceworks does not currently offer live-work space.


What does affordable mean?

We recognize that “affordable” means different things to different people. In 2013, Spaceworks conducted focus groups with visual and performing artists to help determine what “affordable” means to working artists. Based on what we heard, we’ve set the rates as such that rehearsal studios are available for $10-$18 per hour, depending on the size, location, and time of rental. Available through a studio lottery, visual art studios are offered starting at $350 per month on an annual basis with an option to renew.


Who can develop work at Spaceworks?

NYC-based creatives of all kinds are eligible to use our rehearsal spaces and enter the lottery for a visual arts studio. To access our rehearsal spaces, you’ll need to sign up for your free Spaceworks Card, which will enable you to make reservations online and access a Spaceworks facility. All New York City residents are welcome to apply, regardless of citizenship. 


What creative disciplines are supported?

Our facilities are designed for creative development across disciplines including dance, music, theater, visual art, and beyond. We ask that creatives demonstrate an active practice to qualify, namely a commitment to creating and developing work.

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