Opening in 2020, Powerhouse Arts is a new contemporary arts center and art fabrication facility that supports investigation, experimentation, and collaboration across media and disciplines.
The seeds for the non-profit were planted in 2012 when the Powerhouse Environmental Arts Foundation purchased the site of the former Brooklyn Rapid Transit Power Station with the goal of creating a new arts organization to serve the needs of working artists. Following a period of in-depth research and outreach, the Powerhouse Arts established its mission: to create a critically needed resource for art fabrication in New York City.
Powerhouse will preserve the site's original industrial function, provide facilities and resources to support individual creation, and create a dynamic new platform for employment in production and full-service fabrication. Shops in wood, metal, ceramics, textiles and printmaking will provide sophisticated production capabilities, giving artists and fabricators the resources and space to take risks, explore different materials, and create new work.
In addition to fabrication, Powerhouse Arts will host a roster of installations, exhibitions, public programs and events tailored to take advantage of the historic building’s volume and infrastructure and to encourage visitors to engage with the center.
Located along the Gowanus Canal, Powerhouse supports ongoing environmental restoration efforts in the area and builds on the borough's 200-year old history as a center for industry.