Co-founded by Sheila Lewandowski and Brian Rogers, who have lived in Long Island City for more than 20 years, the organization provides salaried residences and access to space and equipment to performance artists. Currently, it operates out of a building at 5-49 49th Ave.
Lewandowski and Rogers performed a feasibility study in 2009 and found that by May 2019, when their lease expires, they would no longer be able to afford the current space and would have to shut down.
The duo took steps to garner government and community support so that the organization could thrive beyond 2019. With the help of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Former Queens Borough President Helen