AFTER SEVEN YEARS, JACK IS MOVING!
On March 31st we closed our doors to the Waverly Avenue location and signed a lease to a larger space only four blocks away. This new location guarantees JACK a home for at least 10 years and for the first time: a backstage dressing area, an audience lobby, and an administrative office. JACK will still be a DIY space with the same energy and heart, but now we’ll have more room to share with artists, neighbors, and the growing JACK team!
OUR CALL TO ACTION
We are thrilled to take this next step but in order to succeed we need your help! We are seeking your support to turn this raw space into a thriving home for the arts by raising $25,000 by May 8, 2019. Your donation will go towards the construction process, which includes:
- Removing a partition wall
- Installing a sprinkler system and fire alarms
- Putting in wood flooring
- Installing an HVAC system
- Building two new bathrooms, including one that is ADA-compliant
- Framing out an office
- Installing new roll gates for the exterior of the building
- Building new risers
- Installing JACK signage
THE BIG PICTURE
The total cost to build-out of the space is more than $200,000, but if we're able to reach our campaign goal of $25,000, we can complete the first stage of construction in time for our Fall 2019 Season! For the remaining costs, we will focus on foundation grants, larger individual gifts, and a four year loan. No matter how you slice it, this is a huge leap of faith for us. Which is why it is so crucial to gather support from you, our network of artists, community members, and audiences who support JACK's mission.
WHY OUR WORK MATTERS
JACK is a space for artists and community.
JACK's mission is to fuel experiments in art and activism, collaborating with adventurous artists and our neighbors to bring about a more just and vibrant society. Founded in 2012 by theater-maker Alec Duffy and scenic designer Mimi Lien, alongside a diverse group of co-founders, this OBIE Award-winning performance space supports emerging artists at the most crucial stages of their development.
JACK is an environment for artists to create, collaborate, and develop their voices as change-makers. Many artists have accomplished their first milestones of success at JACK: their first evening-length work, their first review in The New York Times, or their first opportunity to share their work in a 50-seat performance venue. Several of these artists have subsequently been presented by larger arts institutions as a result of connections made at JACK.
JACK also holds space for discussion around issues critical to our community, especially racial justice. Our ongoing series, Reparations365, examines the topic of distributive justice for Black Americans from a variety of angles, including performances, community discussions, and workshops. It’s been a catalyzing series for us, and has regularly drawn our most diverse group of participants. JACK also provides space for local community groups to hold meetings, workshops, and fundraisers, ensuring that there is a constant exchange between our space and the city at large.
No matter where we are located, JACK is guided by the following values:
- Community Collaboration
- Artistic Experimentation
- Cultural Exchange
- Transparency and Inclusion
Alec Duffy moved to New York in 2000 and, inspired by the work of performance artists Linda Montano and Tehching Shieh, began to create projects that blended art and life. He eventually formed a theater company, Hoi Polloi, and created work often involving large masses of performers singing together or some sort of melding of music and theater. These pieces were produced mostly at The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, including Three Pianos, a paean to Franz Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle that he created with Dave Malloy and Rick Burkhardt and which won an OBIE. At the same time, he worked at Japan Society as Assistant to Artistic Director, Yoko Shioya, and at Mannes College of Music, as Assistant to Artistic Director Joseph Colaneri. In 2012, he started JACK (named after his grandfather) with his wife Mimi Lien and several co-founders, in an attempt to build a microcosm of an ideal city, with music, theater, dance and conversation serving a larger political project of putting art to work towards liberation.
Jordana De La Cruz is an Afro-Latina director, curator, and creative producer. She collaborates with active participants across multiple generations to examine and dismantle the stigmas that hold society captive. She creates performances, gatherings, and public programs sparking cross-cultural dialogue, empowering individuality, and expanding the concept of community with theatrical responses, workshops, and interdisciplinary conversations. Her work continually questions what it means to be free and, more urgently, how we help each other achieve this freedom. In 2015, she was instrumental in the creation of Public Programs at Park Avenue Armory and has continued to cultivate affordable, community-focused performance and conversation since. She has collaborated with with La Mama, The Flea Theater, IATI Theater, INTAR Theatre, The Story Pirates, and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, among others.
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges associated with construction on a large scale. There are a lot of moving parts and a desire to finish as quickly as possible so that we can open our doors to the community. However, we know that with your support, the vision of our new space can be fully realized. Thank you for helping us meet our fundraising goal and supporting the future of JACK!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (35 days)