ArtBuilt Brooklyn Will Bring New Subdivided Artist Studios and Affordable Workspace to Sunset Park
New Space Marks Major Progress for Mayor de Blasio’s AREA Initiative, Furthers Administration’s Efforts to Create 10,000 Good Creative and Cultural Jobs
BROOKLYN, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) today announced the creation of 50,000 square feet of artist studios and workspace for art-based businesses at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. ArtBuilt Brooklyn, a nonprofit arts organization, will bring subdivided, affordable artist workspace to Sunset Park as part of Mayor de Blasio’s Affordable Real Estate for Artists (AREA) initative, building on the Administration’s efforts to create 10,000 good jobs by supporting the city’s creative and cultural sectors.
ArtBuilt Brooklyn will support artists and art-based businesses, including fine artists, woodworkers, and theatrical set designer/builders, among others. The project will support up to fifty tenants with space and long-term leases. Renovation work is already underway, with an anticipated opening in late 2017.
With spaces ranging from 250 to 4,000 square feet, ArtBuilt Brooklyn meets the needs of a range of art-based businesses, from individual artists to small-scale production facilities. By providing tenants with access to long-term affordable workspace, the new space will give artists and organizations the platform they need to grow and succeed in New York City. ArtBuilt Brooklyn will complement a cluster of existing artist spaces at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, including Chashama, which currently operates 60,000 square feet of visual artist studios.
“The creative and cultural economy is synonymous with the identity of New York City. Investments in these industries are investments in our competitive advantage,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “By welcoming ArtBuilt to the Brooklyn Army Terminal, we’re not just creating much-needed affordable artist space; we’re creating good jobs across industries that have pushed New York City forward for decades.”