Fosun has announced that it will donate, for a second year, 35,000 s/f of office space on the 24th floor of 28 Liberty to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for its Workspace artist residency program.
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.
The program is 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.
The 28 Liberty space will be converted into approximately 30 artist studios, meeting rooms, common areas, and dance floor/rehearsal space.
“It is an honor to continue our partnership with LMCC, providing space for emerging artists to work and grow,” said Bo Wei, chief executive representative of Fosun Group in the U.S. and Vice President of Fosun Property Holdings.
“Fosun is committed to its role in the Lower Manhattan community.”
“Partnering with Lower Manhattan stakeholders is critical to our success in both providing artists with unparalleled resources, like 24/7-access to studio space, and demonstrating the role artists can play
in the an increasingly vibrant Downtown,” said Andrew D. Hamingson, LMCC’s President.
“It’s very exciting for us to be working with Fosun again this year to activate space within 28 Liberty as well as the outdoor plaza. ”
Since acquiring 28 Liberty in 2013, Fosun has initiated a renovation program and, in collaboration with the Downtown Alliance, free Wifi service in the building’s plaza.