Park Avenue Armory
There may be a million music venues hidden underground or in established locations, and another million art galleries tucked away in the city, but what about a combination of the two? Although few in number and often in Brooklyn where there is a little more space, more and more visual and performing arts collectives are springing up in the city and providing creative spaces for artists. like the general public.
Some of these venues are immersive experiences, offering live performances alongside or in art exhibitions, while others maintain a more community-oriented collective art atmosphere. The kitchen, Chelsea’s 40-plus non-profit artist collective, is one such space that seeks to foster and share artistic work ranging from music, dance, theater and performance to artistic, video, cinematographic and literary events. In Ridgewood there is Trans Pecos, a space that is both a place and a community center and entirely focused on inclusivity, representation and creativity across all artistic platforms. These locations, however, are just a sample of the existing spaces you can find in the city:
silent barn first appeared in Ridgewood in 2006 as an underground performance collective, but moved to 603 Bushwick Avenue in Bushwick in 2012 where it became a community art collective and performance space. Focused on experimentation and interaction, it “houses a complex of studios and living spaces that serve as an experimental sandbox and public platform for a variety of individual artistic, cultural and entrepreneurial projects”.
Their “stewardios” of living and working allow artists to inhabit the spaces in which they work and to collaborate with each other in shared spaces. Indoor and outdoor “courtyard” areas allow artists to perform live music, hold exhibitions, and create public art (or “barn art”) that is not made in their stewdio spaces.