The Next Phase Space Campaign - Making Space for Dance
Week of July 15, 2020
Making space for


Gibney Next Phase Space

Gibney’s $6.5M Next Phase Space Campaign hinges on a four-part vision to:

Develop affordable workspace

The 10,000 square foot renovation, completed in February 2018, yielded six new studios, 25,000 hours of additional annual workspace for artists, and a 40% increase in Gibney’s available workspace. Gibney’s Earned Income Model, which leverages commercial and institutional rentals, ensures that this space will be offered to nonprofits at affordable rates, welcoming diverse artistic voices.

Make Gibney’s space accessible to all

Until September 25, 2019, disabled artists and community members were expected to make a reservation with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services 72 hours in advance and use an entrance around the block upon visiting Gibney. The construction of an elevator to connect the ground floor entrance of 280 Broadway (53A Chambers Street) with the second floor was a necessary, meaningful, and long overdue phase of the capital project.

Create a 21st Century home for the artistic community

Through this campaign, Gibney will emerge a two-location performing arts and social justice powerhouse comprised of 55,000 square feet, 23 studios, and five performance spaces. It will be a central, accessible home for New York City performance artists. Gibney will have the capacity to share unprecedented resources for the art from from residencies, high-tech “smart studios,” subsidized space, presenting opportunities, training, community action initiatives, digital technology resources, artist and audience development, and its resident company.

Fortify Gibney’s long-term sustainability

In tandem with its growing physical footprint, Gibney’s budget has grown from $500,000 in 2010 to over $7M today. While the recent expansion deliberately maximizes the efficiency and flexibility of Gibney’s space and earned revenue potential, it also introduces an unprecedented level of risk and operational management. A recently completed strategic planning process identified the establishment capacity building in terms of staffing and technology in addition to the establishment of a Working Capital Reserve as essential campaign priorities.

To participate in Gibney’s Next Phase Space Campaign or explore available naming opportunities, please contact Senior Director of Development & REVENUE STRATEGIES Jenny Thompson at or 646.837.6809.


Gibney would like to thank the following for their generous support of Gibney’s Next Phase Space Campaign:

The City of New York & The Honorable Mayor Bill de Blasio; The New York City Council & The Honorable Speaker Corey Johnson; The New York City Council & the Honorable Speaker Melissa Mark-Vivertito; The Honorable City Council Member Margaret Chin; The Honorable Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The Honorable Tom Finkelpearl; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Booth Ferris Foundation; Ford Foundation; Howard Gilman Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; The Hyde & Watson Foundation; Li/Saltzman Architects, Judith Saltzman Principal; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust; Jerome Robbins Foundation; The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund; SHS Foundation, and the The Agnes Varis Trust.

Major support has also been provided by SeaChange Partners, Altman Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Suzanne Peck and Brian Friedman and Thompson Family Foundation.

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