Opening in spring 2019, The Shed will be New York’s first multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture. Read more about The Shed’s mission here.
The artistic program of The Shed has already begun with a free, citywide residency program in dance activism for young people, FlexNYC, in collaboration with Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and the D.R.E.A.M. Ring (Dance Rules Everything Around Me) flexn dancers. Through flexn, a form of street dance with roots in Jamaican Bruk Up, students explore issues of social justice while developing their capacity to express themselves and confront challenges. With the first year of the FlexNYC program now complete, it will expand later this year to all five boroughs, serving approximately 300 students at 20 sites. In addition to partnering with public schools and New York City Housing Authority community centers, FlexNYC will also begin to partner with the city’s Beacon youth programs to provide after-school activities.
FlexNYC partners, as of June 2017:
- Academy for Young Writers (Brooklyn)
- ARTs East New York (Brooklyn)
- Hammels Cornerstone (Queens)
- Ingersoll Community Center (Brooklyn)
- Landmark High School (Manhattan)
- Marble Hill Cornerstone (Bronx)
- Ocean Bay Cornerstone (Queens)
- Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare (Brooklyn)
- Young Minds COMPASS Program (Brooklyn)
IN FRONT OF ITSELF
The Shed’s first visual art commission will be a large-scale, site-specific work by one of the world’s most influential artists, Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942). Fabricated with custom paving stones embedded in the building’s plaza—an area that will serve as a walkable outdoor area when the movable shell is nested over the fixed part of the building, or as the base of its largest program space when the shell is extended to the east—the 20,000-square-foot work is titled IN FRONT OF ITSELF and will feature the phrase in 12-foot-high letters.
Science and Technology at The Shed
The Shed’s Chief Science and Technology Officer, Kevin Slavin, has begun collaborative projects with faculty and staff at the MIT Media Lab, where he is a Research Affiliate, and is creating a fellowship program within The Shed’s creative lab. These efforts will enable artists to access the latest developments in fields such as virtual reality, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, and location-based technologies so they can create new ideas and images for our time. The mission of The Shed includes taking science and technology out of their isolation as either instrumental to commerce or isolated in academia and into their most meaningful expressions as culture, a goal that is enabled by the unique and flexible infrastructure of the building.