About AIRspace

Abrons AIRspace Program

The Abrons AIRspace Residency Program offers time-based residencies to interdisciplinary artists engaged in the fields of visual art, performance, curatorial and social practices. A variety of residency program structures provide a range of support to artists, including workspace, production support, in-progress performances and exhibition opportunities, commissioning funds, a monetary award, and opportunities to collaborate on projects with the broader Henry Street Settlement/Lower East Side community through guest artist residencies. To date, Abrons has provided over fifty-thousand hours of residency support to artists working through ideas at various stages of development.

A program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. As such, we place value on critical inquiry with ideas and aesthetic traditions. We are intent on co-creating with community of  AIRspace residents who value situating their practices within the rich histories of the Lower East Side, and who demonstrate a commitment to political and cultural equity.

2019-2020 Residency

The application for our 2019-2020 Jerome Foundation Performing Artist Residency program is now live and closes on November 15, 2018 at 11:59PM. The application for our Visual Artist AIRspace Residency program opens in late Spring 2019. Join our mailing list for updates on application deadlines.

Our Spaces
The Abrons Arts Center is a 40,000 square foot facility with three theaters, an amphitheater, three galleries, five performance studios, six semi-private visual arts studios, four visual arts classrooms and seven music classrooms. These sites are available to resident artists on a daily basis for rehearsal, research, and development.

Abrons Arts Center does not provide housing, transportation, or visa sponsorship. Applicants living outside New York City will have to make their own accommodation arrangements. All accepted applicants must reside in New York City for the duration of the program. Artists enrolled in a school, college, or university are not eligible to apply. Collaborative groups are invited to apply.

Email AbronsAirSpace@henrystreet.org



Performing Artist Residencies

Abrons supports New York City-based performance artists in new work  development from the early ideation phase to the fully produced premiere. AIRspace Performing Artists Residents are provided with premium access to studios and theaters for rehearsals, and the possibility of commissioning support to develop new work.

Abrons’ Performing Artists Residencies take shape in two tracks:   

Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency for Performing Artists

With support from The Jerome Foundation, a cohort of up to four early career performing artists are annually invited to participate in our Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency for Performing Artists.  Jerome AIRspace artists receive two hundred hours of fully subsidized studio time in any of our performance studios and theaters , production residencies that guarantee at least one week exclusive theater access, as well a commission for a new work to be presented at Abrons as part of our performance season.

AIRspace Studio Residency for Performing Artists
Abrons Arts Center’s AIRspace Studio Residency for Performing Artists offers time-based residencies for artists  presenting in our performance season. This residency includes subsidized studio rental in any of our five studios and/or theaters (pending availability), as well as a week-long technical residency to support the development of their production.



Costume Design Residencies

Since 2016 Abrons has provided a creative home for designers in residence, Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung.  Together Reid & Harriet have created costumes for innumerable performing artists including Kyle Abraham, Jack Ferver and Andrea Miller as well as designs for American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.



Visual Artist Residencies

Abrons Arts Center annually supports at least four visual art residencies for New York City-based artists. Residents receive a monetary award for their participation in the program, as well as a semi-private studio for up to nine months at the Abrons facility, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  Throughout the residency cycle, studio visits are arranged with critics, curators, artists and other arts-workers. Additionally, resident artists may have opportunities to develop their teaching practices through participation in Abrons’ Engagement Program. The residency period culminates in a group exhibition in Abrons galleries. Among the artists selected for the AIRspace program are painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, video and installation artists. Artists with interdisciplinary practices are also encouraged to apply. Residents are selected by a juried panel of professional artists, critics, curators, and Abrons Arts Center staff.


Social Practice Residencies

In 2018, Abrons initiated a pilot of an AIRspace residency for artists working within the field of social practice. This two year residency is offered by invitation to a cohort of artists for the development of politically and socially engaged research and creative programmatic initiatives in collaboration with Henry Street Settlement/Lower East Side communities. In addition to access to a shared office space on-site at Abrons, Social Practice residents are provided with monetary and administrative support to execute project proposals at Abrons and Henry Street Settlement sites around the neighborhood.