Jack Resnick & Sons, Inc. and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) announced a ten-month partnership in which 50,000 s/f of recently vacated office space on the 8th floor of 315 Hudson Street will be donated to LMCC for use in their Workspace artist residency program.
The space is currently being adapted into 32 artist studios, meeting rooms, common areas, and a dance floor / rehearsal space.
Artists will begin working onsite on or around September 22, 2014.
“Bringing LMCC’s Workspace program to 315 Hudson Street is positive for our building, great for the Hudson Square community, and beneficial to the entire Downtown district at large,” said Jonathan Resnick, president of Jack Resnick & Sons. “Our partnership with LMCC reflects our firm’s ongoing commitment to the arts and the City of New York.”
The floor is one of only three in the building recently made available for short-term occupancy.
The firms plans a major redevelopment of the building in 2018, which will include new infrastructure, amenities, and a landscaped green roof, similar to their other Hudson Square property at 250 Hudson Street.
In direct response to the immediate needs of artists and the artistic community in New York City, LMCC offers a variety of artist residency programs in spaces throughout Manhattan and at Governors Island to artists working in all disciplines and at varying career stages.
Workspace is a nine-month studio residency program for emerging visual artists, performing artists and writers focused on the creative process and the development of a community of peers and professionals in the field.
Working with partners like Jack Resnick & Sons, LMCC adapts and activates temporarily vacant office space downtown to annually provide 25–30 artists and arts groups with studio space in some of the city’s most noted landmarks.
Workspace is committed to being a space for experimentation and dialogue and encourages creative risk-taking, collaboration, learning and skill-sharing at a critical early stage of an artist’s career. By creating space for artistic production just blocks from Wall Street, the Workspace program changes what it means to “work” in Lower Manhattan.
“We are very grateful to Jack Resnick & Sons for donating this space,” said Melissa Levin, LMCC Director of Cultural Programs.
“We believe that providing high quality and unique work space to emerging artists is critical to their success in developing their creative practice. Partnering with Lower Manhattan stakeholders is similarly critical when we think about how to stay connected to our community, and demonstrate the important role artists play in the already vibrant Downtown. The 8th floor at 315 Hudson, with its prime Hudson Square location and views of the city and Hudson River, provides an inspiring and flexible studio space for visual artists, performing artists, and writers.”
In 2014, LMCC will award over $500,000 in grants; provide 500 individuals with professional development skills and access to business leaders and arts professionals; place 100 individuals and arts groups in studio residency programs; and present over 60 days of free cultural experiences for the public to enjoy.