Live/Work @ Empire St

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Residential Studios

The third floor of Empire Street has 12 residential studios that range from 245 sq. ft to 410 sq. ft. Rent for 11 of these spaces runs from $333 to $446, with one studio offered free of charge to an artist visiting AS220 by way of staff invitation. Spaces are leased on an annual basis to artists who qualify for low income housing by earning less than $26,000 annually. Empire Street studios include a private room plus shared kitchen and bath facilities as well as all utilities and basic maintenance. Residential artists at Empire Street must be committed to its cooperative living structure. Every artist who lives at AS220 is responsible for 5 hours per month in community service within AS220, communal chores on Floor 3, attendance at monthly floor meetings and respectful use of common facilities. There is a 5-year term limit for residencies on Empire Street. Every month, a visiting Artist-in-Residence lives and works in a studio on Floor 3 reserved specifically for this purpose.

Work Studios

On the floor below Empire Street’s communal residences, you find a similar community of artists inhabiting the building’s work studios. Three of these studios ranging in size from 140 sq ft to 320 sq ft with rents from $98 to $226 per month, are occupied by active artists from the larger community.


Download the Live/Work Application to apply for a space at Empire Street.

You can learn more about the application process at our Live/Work Page.

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Live Arts Venues

Main Stage:
The AS220 Main Stage hosts over ten events a week and is a 200 capacity performance venue and gallery space. The venue contains 4 powered main speakers, three monitors, in house compression and efx, projection / dvd capabilities, and a 6 foot screen. A full inventory can be viewed here.  While the Main Stage hosts a wide array of artistic programming, it primarily is used as a concert venue. It is located at 115 Empire Street.

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Black Box:
The Black Box is an extremely versatile 90 capacity performance theatre. It has a surround sound system, Subwoofer, digital projector with 8′ X 12′  screen, and full theatrical lighting. The space focuses on theatrical and dramatic works and encourages users to customize the space to suit the needs of their production. The Black Box is on the first floor of 95 Empire Street.

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Dance Studio:
The dance studio hosts regular dance, yoga, and fitness classes and is available for rental for rehearsals and private instruction. The Dimensions of the marley floored room are  28′ X 42′ and it is equipped with mirrors, ballet barres, an easy to operate sound system and sunlight!

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Psychic Readings:
Psychic Readings is an intimate and mysterious multi-purpose room. It has a capacity of 45, but also has an “Annex Room” which moonlights as an art gallery. Psychic Readings is run in conjunction with the AS220 Artists in Residence on the third floor of the Empire Street building.

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