General F.A.Q.

What is The Clemente?

The Clemente is comprised of 46 subsidized visual arts studio spaces, some single, some multi-occupant, and some rotating, and 12 studio/offices for not-for-profit performing arts and educational organizations, also subsidized. These studio residencies are home to flourishing companies and committed artists enhancing the artistic and cultural life of New York City through their multicultural artistic practices, public performances, and educational activities.

How is The Clemente managed?

Performing arts events, art exhibitions, and the long term artist studio program are managed by The Clemente’s team in the following spaces: Flamboyán Theater, Abrazo Interno Gallery, Los Kabayitos Theater, LES Gallery and all artists studios. Events and exhibitions are either produced by an external organization or curator selected by the Programming Committee from received Proposals, or they are produced directly by The Clemente’s coordination team. SEA Theater is managed by Society for the Educational Arts Inc, who develops a children’s theatrical program. LATEA Theater showcases a theatrical program managed by Teatro LATEA. The Capoeira program in Studio 307 and 309 is managed by Afro Brazil Arts.

Who funds The Clemente?

The Clemente is funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, which has provided the building to the organization through a long-term license agreement. NYC DCLA, NYC City Council, and The Manhattan Borough President awarded The Clemente with funding to undertake a major renovation of the building, which will include an elevator, ADA ramp, and amphitheater and a new lobby. This upcoming building renovation is being designed by Sage & Coombe Architects with the funds provided by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.

The New York State Council on the Arts has provided funding for visual and performing arts programming. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council provided funding for the implementation of a marketing plan. Funds have also been awarded by the Spanish Consulate, Turkish Tourism, ALA, and more, for exhibition programming. Learn about our full list of funders here.


What types of events are allowed at The Clemente?

We can accommodate meetings, conferences, film festivals, banquets, film shoots, theater productions, weddings, and more. Space rental is available for individuals, for-profit companies, and non-profit organizations.

Do I need to be a member to rent space at The Clemente?

No, space rentals are available to organizations, companies and groups and individuals aligned with our mission.

Is the building wheelchair accessible?

Guests are currently invited to call Security at 646.358.7305 for assistance entering through the ground floor level via 114 Norfolk Street. There is no elevator in the building presently; plans to increase accessibility of The Clemente for everyone are in progress. 

Is there parking?

Spaces in The Clemente parking lot are available for rental by the organizers as part of a production or event. Street parking is available for visitors and audience members. Long-term parking can be rented upon approval from The Clemente office, space permitting.

What spaces are available to rent?

Rehearsal studio space, workshop studios, galleries, theaters and dressing rooms, and outdoor performance space can be rented depending on the full needs of your production or event. Additional spaces, such as building exteriors and interiors, are available upon request.

What is the maximum capacity of your event space?

The Flamboyan Theater sits up to 250 people and can be combined with the outdoor La Plaza for larger events.

Is the facility equipped with an industrial kitchen or stove? How can I heat/prepare food?

We do not have any kitchen facilities. Heating sternos are allowed on site for outdoor catered events; indoor catering needs should be discussed with the rentals team. 

Can I hire my own caterer?

Yes, a copy of the caterer’s insurance is required.

Can I serve alcohol?

The serving of beer, wine, and cider may be allowed at The Clemente’s discretion. A temporary beer/wine/cider permit is required upon approval.

What furniture do you provide?

We provide 6’ foldable tables and chairs upon request. Additional indoor and outdoor furniture can be rented from an outsourced vendor with the approval of The Clemente.

How early can I come to the facility to set-up?

General event hours are scheduled between 10am and 11pm. Additional time and extended days may be requested as needed.

Can I stage or decorate the space?

Sets, decorations, props, and other furnishings are the responsibility of the renter. Hooks, nails, and other fixtures or adhesives that will cause permanent damage to the facility are prohibited. Staging and décor must be approved by The Clemente staff.

Am I responsible for clean up?

Yes, all decorations, trash, and food must be removed from The Clemente’s premises at the end of the event. The space must be in its original condition, as it was found prior to the event.

How much will my event cost?

Our rentals team will discuss with you the base fees per space. Additional fees may be applicable, i.e. staffing, maintenance, A/V technicians, and extended hours.