Designed as a five-year pop-up initiative to quickly respond to post-pandemic recovery needs, Chelsea Factory will house two new, modular, fully flexible performance, rehearsal, exhibition and meeting spaces with total seating capacity of over 350. Chelsea Factory will host artists and community groups focused on arts, food, fashion, spoken word, audio/podcasts, civic services and tech. It will also present vibrant performances and programs curated in partnership with diverse and dynamic New York cultural organizations. Chelsea Factory’s mission and programming emphasize supporting and creating opportunity for historically excluded talent.
The first cohort of 2021-2022 resident artists will include composer Troy Anthony; dancer/choreographer Hope Boykin; contemporary performance company GALLIM; and filmmaker Luis G. Santos, among others. Performance and programmatic partnerships with prolific organizations such as Harlem Stage, National Black Theater, and The Joyce Theater will begin January 2022. Community partnerships will range from social dance gatherings and volunteer activations to vintage clothing markets and accessible arts education. Initial education partners include Opening Act and Studio School for Design.Read more here