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May 23, 2024
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Powerhouse Arts Is Pioneering a Model for Saving Fabrication Studios

A view of the Powerhouse Arts printshop. Photo: Nicholas Calcott.

By Adam Schrader For Artnet News May 23, 2024

Manhattan Graphics Center and Alpha Workshops are joining Powerhouse Arts to create a one-stop fabrication factory.

Powerhouse Arts in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn is pioneering a collaborative model for ensuring the longevity of fee-for-service fabrication studios amid constraining factors from the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, real estate prices, and inflation.

The nonprofit owns a massive former power plant that, in recent years, underwent a complete renovation with new construction to create a purpose-built facility for activating fabrication studios and training to meet the needs of working artists. Some of the facility’s studios—a digital printshop, a traditional printshop, a ceramics workshop and a public art program—are managed by PHA itself. Workspace11 operates a metal fabrication studio on the ground floor.

PHA started back in 2015 and officially moved into the building in May 2023. It is one of the only facilities that is still zoned for industrial use in what is a very rapidly changing neighborhood in Brooklyn. But now, two of PHA’s last spaces have been activated by Manhattan Graphics Center (MGC), a membership-driven community printshop, and Alpha Workshops, which trains and employs people with HIV/AIDS or other disabilities in textile fabrication.

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