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 can I access the spaces in The Clemente to perform, exhibit or produce work?

Proposals for performing art events, art exhibitions, and other special events can be found here. They are reviewed on an as needed basis by the programming committee.

How can I apply for a Studio at The Clemente?

Proposals for a long term studio space for artists or organizations can be downloaded from the In Residence section of this site. They are reviewed on an as needed basis by the Studio Selection Committee composed of a combination

Are spaces available to rent?

Private or public events can be organized in The Clemente, provided that you submit the Proposal form found in the events section and that the event is compatible with The Clemente’s mission as a center for the arts and education. For information on spaces for performing arts or special events contact Interim Rentals & Events Manager Mary Greene at 212 -260 – 4080 or mgreene@theclementecenter.org

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 Afro Brazil Arts.

Who funds The Clemente?

The Clemente is funded by 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.