BAC is the realization of a long-held vision by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov, who sought to build an arts center in New York City that would serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines. BAC’s opening in 2005 heralded the launch of this mission, establishing a thriving creative space for artists from around the world. Located in the Hudson Yards neighborhood of Manhattan, BAC comprises a total of 20,000 square feet, including the 238-seat Jerome Robbins Theater, which opened in 2010; the Howard Gilman Performance Space, a black box performance space seating 136 people; four column-free studios; and office space. BAC serves approximately 500 artists and more than 22,000 audience members annually through presentations and artist residencies.
On behalf of Baryshnikov Arts Center, Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov and Chairman of the Board Diana DiMenna submitted this Statement of Support for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities to our congressional representatives in the U.S. Senate: Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and the Manhattan Delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives: Representative Adriano Espaillat, Representative Jerrold Nadler, Representative Carolyn Maloney, and Representative Nydia Velázquez.
(Submitted April 3, 2017.)