Powerhouse is a not-for-profit organization committed to creative expression. Housed in a purpose-built facility in Brooklyn, the organization hosts an extended network of art and fabrication professionals and educators who work together to co-create and share artistic practices vital to the wellbeing of artists and the communities to which they belong.

Our Vision

Powerhouse envisions a society in which creative expression is celebrated and supported as central to personal and civic development.

Powerhouse’s vision for impact is rooted in three Core Values that affirm:

People as an infinite spring of creativity:

In shared spaces of exploration, communities imagine new realities for themselves and their neighbors. Powerhouse collaborates with individuals and organizations to support the creative lives of New Yorkers.

Making as a collective practice of possibility:

When we make, we experiment, explore, expand, and evolve. Making is a process of dreaming of new possibilities for ourselves and our communities, thus, igniting potential transformation.

Social justice as a practice of Powerhouse:

Culture thrives where justice flourishes. As a creative hive, we foster an environment where people feel inspired and empowered to explore and create within and beyond the walls of Powerhouse.

Staff We are a team of people with special skills and individual talents who work together to support the needs of working artists. Meet the Staff
Careers We are currently seeking candidates. View open positions on our Careers Page.
Our Facility The design for Powerhouse Arts reimagines the 117-year-old power plant to create a new contemporary art center that meets the multidisciplinary needs of artists it serves. More on Our Facility
Organizational Development
Learn about the planning, research, and thought-partnership that has shaped Powerhouse Arts’ programs and vision through the materials below.

On the Needs of Working Artists

From 2016-2018, as an extension of our commitment to creating a need-responsive platform for art production and employment in the arts, Powerhouse Arts collaborated with Triple Canopy to undertake a comprehensive Research and Development initiative with the goal of understanding the stated needs of contemporary artists and arts administrators across New York City.
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vozarrón: a culture column that critiques and celebrates

vozarrón is noise, a word used to mock the voice of a matriarch that speaks boldly, seeking attention and care for her community. The word highlights the “rough” qualities of a voice and deems it too “manly” or too “loud.” It’s a voice that is not delicate or shy, but is often undermined and ignored. Yet, it is persistent; repetitive. It is a sound that expresses the needs of a community in spaces that neglects them. It is often the plea for care, attention, and justice, but one that also carries a bassed laughter and a strong yet goofy character that laughs at itself. A voice that celebrates and demands.

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People-Centered Hiring Practices & Philosophy

In 2019, Powerhouse Arts engaged Yancey Consulting to help design people-centered Human Resources recruitment and employment strategies that model the organization’s values. Out of this work grew a new hiring process that we have implemented with our newest hires.
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Powerhouse Arts Yearbook

Each year we take stock and reflect on our accomplishments over the last fiscal year. This compilation of featured projects, growth milestones, and organizational highlights is consolidated into an annual yearbook authored by the Powerhouse team for posterity. The current report covers fiscal year 2020, the period from July 1st, 2019 through June 30th, 2020. Read More