Arts@Renaissance is an innovative 4,500 square foot arts space in the restored outpatient building of the Greenpoint Hospital that serves as a bridge between North Brooklyn’s vibrant long-term communities and the area’s emerging creative population through the development of new multi-disciplinary work, residencies, workshops, and collaborative neighborhood art projects.
St. Nicks Alliance founded A@R in 2010 with the purpose of uniting artists and other creative members of the North Brooklyn community with its existing low and middle income constituents. A@R is a natural extension of the housing, youth, health, employment and community preservation services that St. Nicks has provided in the neighborhood since 1975.
Arts@Renaissance encompasses the entire garden level of a building that served as a local hospital until 1982. The space retains many vestiges of its past as a hospital including narrow green doors, rooms with multiple doors, passageways, tile and concrete walls, and a 900 square foot courtyard. While preserving these elements of the space, we have made
improvements in order to provide a professional working environment including an elevator, an HVAC system and a renovated entrance way. Our annual programs include:
1) A site-specific residency that empowers multi-disciplinary artists and arts
organizations to transform the former hospital space by creating innovative new work that is relevant to the broader North Brooklyn community and includes public events. The residents present a full calendar of exhibitions and performances. They are selected for three month periods, three times a year through a competitive application
process by a committee of local members of the creative community.
2) A studio residency that provides 12 North Brooklyn artists with free workspace for four months, professional development classes, and access to a wide range of unique public
exhibition and installation spaces.
3) A senior arts workshop series with skill-sharing classes for North Brooklyn’s aging population.