Arts Gowanus appreciates the wonderful sponsors that support our community and Gowanus Open Studios. We'll be shining a spotlight on some of these sponsors in the coming weeks.
Spaceworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the supply of accessible space for artists, residents, and cultural workers to gather and engage in their creative and cultural practices. We currently operate five facilities in Brooklyn and Queens featuring 20 rehearsal spaces, 33 visual arts studios, and 4 coworking spaces for cultural organizations. We are also actively working on a pipeline of projects from the Bronx to Staten Island. Our headquarters, located at 540 President Street in Gowanus, include 29 visual arts studios, an exhibition space, and 4 coworking spaces for cultural organizations- including our friends at Arts Gowanus!
What is your favorite part of Gowanus?
Carroll Street Bridge over the canal! Recently, Spaceworks artist Katarina Jerinic installed “Cloud Drift,” a public art project featuring a series of cyanotype image flags flown from light posts on the Gowanus Canal's bridge- it made our favorite spot that much sweeter.
What does the Gowanus creative community mean to you?
We're grateful to be headquartered in this thriving arts community- our building alone is host to dozens of artists and cultural workers dedicated to challenging themselves and supporting one another. "The Gowanus creative community represents change and perseverance," says Raul Rivera, our Community Organizer. "Through gentrification, local artists still find ways to thrive."
With that in mind, we're proud to be a part of "Making Gowanus," an initiative of Hester Street (HST) through which public housing residents, non-profit organizations, manufacturers, artists, and NYC Council Members Stephen Levin and Brad Lander’s offices are working together to develop a set of tools, a network of opportunities, and a culture of inclusion to coincide with the rezoning of Gowanus for increased density. We look forward to continuing this work together so that existing communities and cultures can continue to thrive in Gowanus!
For more information, visit https://spaceworksnyc.org/