Arts Gowanus is a nonprofit organization working to support, promote, and advocate for local artists and a sustainable arts community in Brooklyn.

Artists have been making and showing their art in the industrial and commercial buildings of Gowanus for over 25 years. This Brooklyn neighborhood, wedged between the residential areas of Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill, has become under real estate development pressure over the past several years. Arts Gowanus believes that the diverse creativity of local artists contributes to the singularly vibrant cultural life and energy of New York City. And that it is critical not only for the artists, but also our society in general, that the arts continue to thrive in Gowanus.

To do this, Arts Gowanus nurtures relationships between individual artists, arts organizations, and the broader community:

  • Arts Gowanus organizes the Gowanus Open Studios event annually in October.
  • Arts Gowanus cultivates supportive artist-to-artist relationships through monthly networking and business meetings, a workshop series, and artistic collaborations.
  • Arts Gowanus connects artists to the greater Gowanus community through art events, business-artist collaborations, and community service in Brooklyn.
  • Arts Gowanus connects the world to the Gowanus community by organizing events to promote the arts in Gowanus, Brooklyn.