Pre-Opening Program

Rendering of The Shed and Lawrence Weiner’s IN FRONT OF ITSELF, courtesy of Diller Scofido + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group.
Rendering of The Shed and Lawrence Weiner’s IN FRONT OF ITSELF, courtesy of Diller Scofido + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group.
Photo of FlexNYC students by David Volluci.
Photo of FlexNYC students by 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.



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)



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.