Downtown Brooklyn Partnership launches an initiative in response to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the NYC cultural landscape.
DBP’s Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative invites proposals from artists and arts organizations to use the Plaza at 300 Ashland in Downtown Brooklyn as free, outdoor rehearsal space, beginning September 2020.
The Plaza at 300 Ashland is programmed by DBP and a diverse group of Brooklyn-based cultural institutions, enlivening the neighborhood and highlighting the Brooklyn Cultural District. This year, however, when artists and arts organizations may not be able to use indoor studio spaces safely, the Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative makes the Plaza at 300 Ashland available for rehearsals of up to 15 people, free of charge.
Program participants will have access to the Plaza at 300 Ashland up to three times per week for rehearsals up to three hours in length, between 12pm-8pm, 7 days a week. DBP will help secure any permits necessary to use the space, and will work with selected participants to address unique needs.
Preference will be given to Brooklyn-based artists and organizations whose work will enliven the space. Select applicants will be invited to discuss their projects to gauge feasibility of their proposal for the space.
- The intended purpose is for rehearsal only
- There is no stipend offered as part of the opportunity
- The Plaza at 300 Ashland is an outdoor space. Artists should be comfortable with their rehearsals being viewed by the public
- In case of inclement weather, DBP will try to reschedule rehearsals
- No invited audiences are permitted
- The Plaza at 300 Ashland does not have access to discipline-specific amenities such as a sprung dance floor, marley, amps, etc.
- Artists must provide their own supplies and tools and these must be approved by DBP
- There is no storage or parking at the site
- Participants will be required to observe mandatory health and safety guidelines according to New York City and State COVID-19 regulations
- No use of heat or fire is permitted
- Incorporated non-profit organizations will be required to submit a certificate of insurance and name DBP and its affiliates as additionally insured. We will work with independent artists to ensure that they meet all insurance requirements
Applications for the residency are now closed.
About the Plaza at 300 Ashland
The Plaza at 300 Ashland sits at the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District, adjacent to the brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, and Park Slope. DBP has partnered with premier Brooklyn arts organizations such as BAM, BRIC, Brooklyn Public Library, Mark Morris Dance Group, MoCADA, 651 Arts, and Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) to offer free, high-quality programming for everyone.
The usable space of the Plaza at 300 Ashland is 4,275 square feet (split between two levels, separated by one step), and its surface is concrete. The space is ADA compliant.
Located at the corner of Flatbush and Lafayette Avenues, the Plaza is easily accessible by public transport. The nearest parking garage (for an hourly fee) is located at 300 Ashland.
This initiative and ongoing cultural programming at The Plaza at 300 Ashland is made possible by support from Two Trees.
Current participants include*:
- Afro Latin Jazz Alliance
- Artichoke Dance
- Babacar Top
- Batalá New York
- BodyRa Movement
- Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir
- Brooklyn United
- Dawn Drake & ZapOte
- De Funes Dance
- Djoniba Dance
- Emanuelle Phuon
- F. Alexander Mezgolits and Rashayla Marie Brown
- HERE Arts Center with Taylor Mac and Matt Ray
- Hungry March Band
- Iris McCloughan
- Jamal Jackson Dance Company
- Kim Katzberg
- Rob & Miss Jane
*Some rehearsal residents will be rehearsing during the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival, October 17-18 in plazas across the district. Please visit http://www.dbartsfestival.org/ for the companies and locations.