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. Spaceworks develops and rents workspaces to visual and performing artists, partnering with community-based organizations to provide free programming to local residents. 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 New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as other institutional supporters. This support allows Spaceworks to rent space to artists at low cost. View a complete list of funders.


Does Spaceworks have live/work space?

No. Spaceworks does not offer live-work space.


What does affordable mean?

Our mission is to rent studio and rehearsal space to artists at rates that are significantly below market. We believe this enables artists to continue to making work in New York City. 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 work in Spaceworks facilities?

Artists with a primary residence in New York City are eligible to apply for visual artist studios and to use rehearsal spaces. To access our rehearsal space, artists must sign up for a free Spaceworks card, which allows for online-booking and access to our facility. All permanent New York City residents are welcome to apply, regardless of citizenship.


What artistic disciplines are supported?

Our facilities are designated for visual and performing artists working in a variety of media. Because we want the studios and rehearsal spaces to be used to their fullest potential, we ask that artists demonstrate an active practice to qualify, namely a commitment to creating and developing work.

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