Arts Gowanus Sponsor Spotlight: Curious Jane

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.


Curious Jane on 3rd Ave -  Summer Camps + a Maker Magazine for Girls

Curious Jane on 3rd Ave - Summer Camps + a Maker Magazine for Girls


Favorite part of Gowanus: 
We like the grit, energy and new places constantly popping up -- this energy fuels our passion for what we do! 

What the Gowanus creative community means to CJ:

Gowanus is a community of makers and idea-generators! Small businesses, artists and inventors of all kinds converge here, and we love being in the crossroads with our girls, programs and projects.


Curious Jane interior bins

Curious Jane interior bins

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Curious Jane interior


Curious Jane runs summer camps for girls ages 6 to 11, all focused on science, design and engineering. Our business office -- where we dream up big plans and refine curriculum and projects! -- is on 3rd Avenue in Gowanus, but we run our summer programs out of schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Girls sign up for a week or more, choosing their favorite hands-on theme -- Kitchen Chemistry, DIY Dollhouse, Ready, Set, Zoom, Spa Science and more -- and design projects that revolve around it. We also publish a maker magazine, ad-free and full of fun things to do and make. This was our 9th summer of running camp; registration for CJ Summer 2018 opens December 1st. Pick up our magazine on newsstands at Barnes & Noble or subscribe now for access to projects any time. https://www.curiousjanecamp.com/magazine/
 

Drop by 400 3rd Avenue, corner of 6th Street, during GOS to pick up a *free* copy of our magazine -- test drive it with a young girl in your life! A $9.95 value, *while supplies last.* 

Curious Jane -- for girls who like to #make things! 

For more information: https://www.curiousjanecamp.com/

Arts Gowanus Sponsor Spotlight: The Yard

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.


Coworking space in The Yard.

Coworking space in The Yard.

About The Yard

We opened The Yard’s first coworking space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn back in 2011. We were so blown away by the impact that we were making in entrepreneurs' lives by giving them a supportive place to connect and build their businesses. Since then, The Yard has expanded to include locations across New York City and Philadelphia, and we’re opening locations in Boston and Washington, D.C. later this year. In just a few weeks, we’ll be opening a brand new location in the heart of Gowanus, and we couldn’t be happier to be joining this vibrant community.

Morris Levy, co-founder & CEO of The Yard

Morris Levy, co-founder & CEO of The Yard

What is your favorite part of Gowanus?

I especially admire that the neighborhood’s inherent traits prevail throughout its overall growth and adaption. Gowanus has changed tremendously over the past few years, but in the process community members have made it a priority to maintain the area’s history and character. Rather than knocking buildings down and rebuilding them, landlords are thoughtful in their renovations. I think it’s important to highlight the neighborhood’s beauty at the roots. This is why it was important to us to preserve the unique industrial aesthetic of our newest location, The Yard: Gowanus, which is ripe with exposed brick walls, skylights and wood-joist barrel ceilings. The space is cohesive with its surroundings, yet re-envisioned.

What does the Gowanus creative community mean to you?

The community is an essential part of the neighborhood, which is why we wanted to provide valuable opportunities to local artists. Since many artists have their studio space in Gowanus, we thought it would be helpful for them to have a space to grow their brand and host clients. Last month, we held an open call for art ambassadors looking for office space and for artists interested in creating a custom mural for our community courtyard. We’re looking forward to seeing how our space lends itself to the creative energy of the community as a whole in years to come.

For more information, visit https://theyard.com

Arts Gowanus Sponsor Spotlight: Spaceworks

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.


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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!

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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!

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For more information, visit https://spaceworksnyc.org/ 

 

Arts Gowanus Sponsor Spotlight: Insa

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.

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Insa is a Korean BBQ restaurant with a tiki bar & 5 private karaoke rooms.  We nicknamed ourselves the "Korean-Fun-Time-Place-For-Celebration."

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We are located on Douglass Street between 3rd & 4th Avenue.

For more information, visit: http://www.insabrooklyn.com/