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.)
BAC Presents is a series of innovative performances by local and international dance, music, theater, and multi-media artists. BAC's spring season runs January through June, and the fall season runs September through December, with performances held in the Jerome Robbins Theater and Howard Gilman Performance Space. BAC is dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary work at affordable ticket prices.
BAC Artist Residency Program
Supporting artists is central to BAC's mission. BAC hosts up to 30 residencies a year, providing dance, theater, music, and multimedia artists with the space and resources to research and develop new projects and collaborations. Artists are free to explore their creative endeavors, with BAC staff available to provide administrative and technical support.
BAC After School
BAC After School is an arts education program for students from New York City public high schools. Students nominated by teachers from partner schools engage in production workshops in BAC’s theater spaces, and write critical responses to performances they attend at BAC and other venues such as Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, HERE Arts Center, and The Public Theater.
Through its rental program, BAC serves as an important resource for the artistic community by helping to meet the need for affordable rehearsal space in New York City. BAC offers subsidized rehearsal rentals to nonprofit dance companies starting at $10 per hour, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. BAC also provides reduced rate rentals to nonprofit dance, music, theater, and multimedia artists and companies.
Photos: Maria Baranova, Richard Beenen, Stephanie Berger, Anna Lee Campbell