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EYEBEAM ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW FACILITY IN VIBRANT BAM CULTURAL DISTRICT
The Eyebeam Board of Directors and Executive Director Patricia Jones are pleased to announce plans to relocate from Eyebeamâ€™s current home in the Chelsea Art District to the BAM Cultural District, home to over 40 arts organizations, in Downtown Brooklyn. As the leading art and technology center in the United States, Eyebeam is thrilled to join a district regarded as a national model for how cultural organizations can contribute to the ongoing vibrancy of a community.
Eyebeam will be part of a new project to be developed by the Jonathan Rose Companies. The Mayor announced yesterday that the company has been selected by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development as the developer of the BAM North Site II, located at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Ashland Place. The site is next to the Mark Morris Dance Company building and cater-cornered to BAMâ€™s Opera House; it is the last site in the Cultural District to be developed. The environmentally sustainable mixed-use development will include market rate and affordable housing, a restaurant and cultural space. Eyebeamâ€™s facilities will feature state of the art exhibition and workspace for Eyebeamâ€™s artist residency program and its diverse public programming, keeping the space active often 24/7. We also expect to collaborate with Science Gallery International on exhibitions and education programs.
Jonathan Rose Companies is an award winning real estate development, planning, and investment firm. A leading green urban solutions provider, the firm currently manages over $1.5 billion of work, much of it in close collaboration with not-for-profits, cities and towns.
â€œWe are thrilled by this opportunity,â€ said Eyebeam Board Chair Jed Alpert. â€œThe site is easily reachable by public transportation and is at the center of an exciting mix of nonprofit organizations, anchored by the Brooklyn Academy of Music.â€
Eyebeam was founded in 1997 by filmmaker and digital media entrepreneur, John S. Johnson. The organization supports provocative and risk-taking work at the intersection of art and technology. It provides support for some 20 artists annually and presents a wide range of installations, exhibitions, performances, symposia, workshops and education programs for teens and adults around such topics as sustainability, visualization techniques, security and privacy, sound art, programming and software, game design, as well as digital and internet culture.
"By moving back to Brooklyn, where Eyebeam first grew and flourished, we will continue to contribute to and incubate new and innovative work in a community that is moving rapidly towards becoming a leader in arts and culture not only for New York but the nation,â€ said Johnson. â€œEyebeam has always aimed to move at the speed of culture, and this effort will ensure that young and emerging artists and technologists have a voice in the discourse.â€
Eyebeamâ€™s current Chelsea location, owned by The Atlantic Foundation, will be placed on the market in the fall of 2013; Denham Wolf will be the broker managing this transaction. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the property is expected to provide seed money for construction costs and an initial endowment to help fund the new facilityâ€™s operating budget. Eyebeam will be undertaking a capital campaign to raise the additional funds needed for construction, which is slated to begin in 2014 and be completed by mid 2016. The architect for Eyebeamâ€™s space has yet to be selected but will be chosen on the basis of their aesthetic creativity as well as their commitment to green and sustainable design.
On the future of Eyebeam Patricia Jones added, â€œMost of Eyebeamâ€™s artists and staff live in Brooklyn, and we have a strong relationship with many Brooklyn-based cultural and educational organizations, such as NYU-Poly and Issue Project Room. We are excited to build partnerships with the many likeminded organizations in the borough and are looking forward to this move as a great opportunity to reach an expanded audience and provide a better experience both for our artists and the public.â€