DIS OBEY. Photo: David Volluci

FlexNYC students. Photo: David Volluci

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 following pre-opening programs and commissions are already underway.


The Shed will continue to expand its pre-opening commissioning program to embrace young multidisciplinary artists. DIS OBEY, developed for participants ages 16 to 19, will explore and provide space for protest and creative action through writing, storytelling, and visual art workshops. With guidance from acclaimed writers and artists, participants will create original work that examines identity, personal narrative, historical acts of protest, and self-determination.


FlexNYC is a free, citywide residency program in dance activism for young people in collaboration with Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and the D.R.E.A.M. Ring (Dance Rules Everything Around Me). Through flexn, a form of street dance with roots in Jamaican Bruk Up, students explore social issues while developing their capacity to express themselves. Now in its second year, FlexNYC has expanded to all five boroughs, serving approximately 400 students. The Shed partners with public schools, New York City Housing Authority community centers, and Beacon youth programs to provide free FlexNYC after-school activities.

Enrollment remains open for participants (ages 13-18) interested in participating in the FlexNYC program at the ARTs East New York at 534 Livonia Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207. For more information please contact

FlexNYC partners:

  • Academy for Young Writers (Brooklyn)
  • ARTs East New York (Brooklyn)
  • Betances Community Center (Bronx)
  • Bronx Lab School (Bronx)
  • Catherine & Count Basie Middle School (Queens)
  • Fashion Industries High School (Manhattan)
  • Howard Houses Community Center (Brooklyn)
  • Independence Towers (Brooklyn)
  • Ingersoll Community Center (Brooklyn)
  • Landmark High School (Manhattan)
  • Ocean Bay Cornerstone (Queens)
  • Performing Arts and Technology High School (Brooklyn)
  • Queens Satellite High School for Opportunity (Queens)
  • School of the Arts, Collaboration and Technology (Manhattan)
  • Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare (Brooklyn)
  • Taylor Wythe Community Center (Brooklyn)
  • West Brighton Community Center (Staten Island)
  • Young Minds COMPASS Program (Brooklyn)

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.


A Prelude to

May 1–13, 2018

  • ABRA
  • Kunlé Adeyemi
  • Arca
  • Azealia Banks
  • William Forsythe
  • Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray
  • Tino Sehgal
10th Ave and 31st St

Admission is free. Please register below to be notified when online reservations are available in April, or visit the Prelude site in May for walk-up entry.

From May 1 to 13, The Shed will present A Prelude to The Shed, a free, multi-arts event on an undeveloped lot at Tenth Avenue and 31st Street in Manhattan, one block from our permanent home opening in 2019.

A transformable structure is as vital to the architecture of Prelude as it is for The Shed, a building designed to flexibly accommodate multiple artistic disciplines under one roof. Kunlé Adeyemi of NLE Works has collaborated closely with Tino Sehgal to design a temporary space in which dancers move and reconfigure the structure in a fluid integration of architecture and choreography.

Over the course of these two weeks, each day’s events will be seamlessly connected by Seghal’s This variation, an immersive dance/sound piece, which will in turn be interwoven with a new work by William Forsythe commissioned for Prelude—a radical reimagining of his seminal 1987 ballet In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.

The Shed’s pre-opening dance commission, FlexNYC, will present several dance battles. On multiple evenings Prelude will feature a series of live solo concerts by Atlanta-based R&B singer-songwriter ABRA; Venezuelan electronic music producer, DJ, and songwriter Arca; and New York-based rapper and singer-songwriter Azealia Banks.

Artist Asad Raza will lead an experimental school each morning, based on his ongoing work Schema for a School. Panels on alternate evenings will focus on new institutional models for the 21st century: the politics of ritualized gatherings, and the role of art and culture in social connectivity. Scholar, writer, and curator Dorothea von Hantelmann organized the talks in collaboration with The Shed’s artistic advisor, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Chief Science and Technology Officer, Kevin Slavin.

If you are interested in participating in Schema for a School please apply here.

Frank H. McCourt, Jr., a board member and founding supporter of The Shed, generously donated the site for Prelude.

Prelude is programmed by Alex Poots, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tino Sehgal, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Julia Simpson, Tamara McCaw, and Kevin Slavin.