The Space is a not for profit corporation in the Queens Plaza, Long Island City area dedicated to maintaining the artistic heritage of Long Island City, and providing a foundation for the future of a thriving community of artists and the arts
The Space, conceived by Long Island City artist and current Space executive director Kristy Schopper, is dedicated to maintaining and expanding the artistic community in the Long Island City, Queens area. The Space takes advantage of previously underutilized property in Long Island City, New York, to provide work space for artists, and a venue for community involvement in the arts, and works with developers and planners to ensure that there are affordable places for artists to live and work in Long Island City as our neighborhood develops and grows.
Space artists are granted studio space in an environment which fosters the exchange of ideas and philosophies between artists. Young artists learn techniques and develop professionalism by working next to more experienced artists, who in turn are inspired by the enthusiasm and fresh ideas of their younger peers. The artists repay the community through their participation in projects that better the quality of life in Queens Plaza and Long Island City. Past projects have included the development of sculpture gardens, mural painting, educational programs and shows for school children and the general public, and community cleanups.
The Space relies on the generosity of local property owners, businesses and community members. Our primary work and show spaces have been donated by the Modell family, and our administrative offices and gallery space have been donated by the Arthur Levine Foundation. Local businesses, community members, and artists have donated time and money to move this project forward.