ArtBuilt Brooklyn’s project will provide affordable long-term leases to around 50 individual artists
The Brooklyn Army Terminal, a former military supply base along Brooklyn’s waterfront, will soon be home to New York-based artists, designers and artisans reports the art newspaper. ArtBuilt, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit, has begun massive construction work on 50,000 square feet of new workspaces; the city, which owns the property, has invested around $115 million to renovate the space.
The ArtBuilt Brooklyn spaces will provide affordable long-term leases to around 50 individual artists, artisans and set design teams with spaces ranging in size from 250 square feet to 4,000 square feet to fit the varied needs of the artists. Constructions are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The Brooklyn Army Terminal already offers around 60,000 square feet of artist studio spaces occupied by the arts non-profit Chashama, the 3-D printing eyewear producer Lowercase and the chocolate maker Jacques Torres. It has also hosted art projects such as the artist Pedro Reyes’s Doomocracy, a political haunted house project.
The lease is part of a joint effort of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), New York’s Affordable Real Estate for Artists (AREA) initiative and administrative agencies including the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) to create 500 affordable workspaces across the city for artists over the next decade. The mission of ArtBuilt Brooklyn and the AREA initiative is to keep artists and innovative businesses in New York.
“New York would be a poorer place without its small-scale producers,” Robinson and her co-executive director at ArtBuilt, Guy Buckles, say in a statement. “We’re helping these vital but vulnerable economic generators stay in NYC, not just to survive but to flourish, for the benefit of all New Yorkers.”