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Arts On Site is a women-led nonprofit arts organization dedicated to providing artists with opportunities

to create and perform new work.

Our community is a growing collection of artists, art enthusiasts and anyone willing to share their beating heart with others. We believe in community support for the arts and the opportunity for artists to support other artists.

 

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Arts On Site NYC and AOS R&R cultivate creative spaces to support artists and encourage community collaboration. With performances in NYC and the Artist R&R Residency Program in upstate NY, Arts On Site is able to provide artists with an expanse of opportunities for artistic development. 

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Our big idea is to cultivate creative spaces in NYC and outside of the city. With a performance space in the East Village, we offer artists a venue to produce new works of art. And with a retreat center in the Shawangunk Mountains, we provide artists with uninhibited creative space to focus on developing new works.

The beating heart represents a community of artists willing to tear their heart from their chest and share their beating heart with others. It represents a community that supports artistic expression and the development of new creative ideas.

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Arts On Site began as an event to showcase artists. The event was an initiative from professional artists Chelsea Ainsworth, Kyle Netzeband, and Adrian Rosas, to connect artists from multiple art forms. As the event grew, a diverse community of artists grew and the concept for Arts On Site was born.

 

In 2016, we established Arts On Site NYC as a nonprofit organization to support the development of artists and community collaboration. With the support of a team of volunteer artists, we opened up two studio spaces in the East Village to offer affordable studio rentals and host community events.

In 2017, Chelsea and Kyle purchased 20 acres of land in upstate New York to begin construction of AOS R&R.

In 2018, we launched the Artist R&R Residency Program, offering artists a week-long residency to develop new works of art.

In 2020, Arts On Site became a women-led organization. 

 

In 2021, we renovated Studio 3R into a performance venue to offer artists a space to produce new works of art.

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Lauren Hafner Addison 

Assistant Director

After getting her start in the great midwest, Lauren moved to NYC in 2009 to immerse herself in the world of music, film, and dance.

 

Lauren is currently a bi-coastal dancer, curator and producer operating out of Madison, Wisconsin. Lauren has had the opportunity to work with many NYC companies such as BOiNK! Dance & Film, SPARK Dance Forum, WestFest Dance and now Arts on Site.

Louise Benkelman

Coordinator

Louise Benkelman, originally from Helena, Montana, graduated magna cum laude with honors from Roger Williams University, attaining a BA in Dance Performance. She has created work for the West End Theatre, Judson Memorial Church, Westfest Dance Festival, and the Actors Fund Arts Center, among others. She is currently dancing and touring with The Bang Group, creating with fellow Bang Group member Tommy Seibold, and exploring solo choreographic ideas. Louise has been with Arts on Site for four years - rehearsing, performing, building, and managing social media for the organization.

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Chelsea Ainsworth 

Executive Director

Chelsea is a graduate of the Dance Department of The Juilliard School. She has worked with Johannes Wieland/StaadtstheaterKassel in Germany, Lorena Egan, Flexicure, Amber Sloan, Bryn Cohn + Artists, The Bang Group, Zvidance, and was on the modern/ballet dance faculty at Cap21 musical theater school and Chen Dance Center. Currently, she is creating work through Dual Rivet.

Jessica Smith 

Associate Director

Jessica is a New York City based dancer from New Orleans, Louisiana. She studied at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, London Contemporary Dance School, and received her BFA in dance from the Department of Dance at Purchase College. She’s currently a performer at Sleep No More NYC, Vim Vigor Dance Company, and ZviDance as well as Associate Director of Arts on Site NYC. She is the Co-Choreographer and Director of Dual Rivet, a women-led dance company based in NYC. 

Amber Sloan 

Community Developer

Amber Sloan is a New York City-based choreographer, performer, teacher, curator, and producer.  Her work has been presented by Centro Cultural Los Talleres in Mexico City, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, the EstroGenius Festival, Roulette Theater, Dixon Place, Soaking WET, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Spoke the Hub, 92Y, Green Space, Dance Safari, as well as an 18-year commissioning relationship with the DanceNow Festival. She is currently the 2020-2021 NJ Emerging Commissioned Choreographer for Dance on the Lawn. As a performer, Sloan has been a member of The Bang Group since 2002 and has performed in works by James Waring, Doug Elkins, Keely Garfield, Sara Hook, and Stephan Koplowitz.  Sloan teaches dance composition at the Ailey School, serves on the board of Dance Omi International Collective, and co-directs Women in Motion NYC. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was honored with the 2015 Beverly Blossom/Carey Erickson Alumni Dance Award.

Georgia Usborne

Event Curator

Georgia is a dance artist performing, creating and teaching out of Brooklyn, New York. Originally from the UK, she graduated from Central School of Ballet in 2010 and danced with Bern Ballet in Switzerland under the direction of Cathy Marston. In Bern Georgia worked with choreographers including Orjan Andersson, Alexander Ekman, Adonis Foniadakis, Johan Inger, Didy Veldman and Noa Zuk, and completed her MA in Contemporary Dance. Georgia joined Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance in 2014, creating, performing and teaching internationally, and working as Gallim’s Studio programming coordinator from 2018-2019. She continues to work with the company as a guest artist and teacher. Georgia creates and directs movement for independent film, video and live performance, and teaches Improvisation. She is the cofounder and Creative Director of CreateART, interdisciplinary performance and residency platform for emerging artists in NYC. More at georgiausborne.com // IG @georgiausborne

Maggie Joy 

Studio Manager

Maggie Joy is a freelance dance artist living in New York. A Dallas TX native, Maggie is an honors graduate of Booker T Washington HSPVA. She graduated in 2019 summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch. While at Tisch, she had the opportunity to study internationally at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Maggie has performed works by Christina Robson, Yin Yue, Arnie Zane, Eleonore Valere, and Stephanie Troyak. She has also performed at the Joyce Theater NYC, Dock11 (Berlin, Germany), Triskelion Arts and Arts on Site with various other artists and in her own work. Maggie is currently in process with cullen+them and Alice Liddell & Dancers, in addition to collaborating on and developing her own work.

Emma Ivy

Marketing

Emma, homegrown in Portland, Maine, is a singer-songwriter and interdisciplinary visual artist. She is currently studying Community-building Through the Arts at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.

Kimberly Murry

Event Coordinator

Kimberly E. Murry is a freelance dancer and Pilates instructor based in Queens, New York. After receiving a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University in 2013, she spent two years in Chicago, IL working project to project before accepting a summer-long internship position with The Yard in Artist Services. Following its conclusion, Kimberly continued on with the organization as the Artist Services Associate and Special Events Manager until 2020. Over the years, Kimberly has worked with DanceTheYard, BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, The Bang Group, and ESkay Collective. Kimberly is excited to join the Arts on Site team!

Glennie Ainsworth

Bookkeeper

Glennie is currently a Director and Independent Consultant with Lemongrass Spa Products, specializing in providing organic, gluten-free cosmetics, and body care products for the entire family. Her passions include spending time with family and friends, reading, and attending live theater. Glennie offers free one-on-one consultations as well as free virtual and in-person "Go Clean" workshops in order to help others learn how to reduce toxic chemicals in their lives using non-toxic, affordable skin and body care solutions. She previously worked in accounting as a Corporate Controller for 30 years and is excited to be working with Arts On Site to provide financial support.

Shira Kagan-Shafman

Community Director

Shira is a dancer graduating in December from the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School with a BA in Contemporary Dance. She currently works at Poster House museum and is an intern at Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. She has spent time in Israel participating in Batsheva Dance Company’s Summer Course for outstanding dance students, taking Gaga classes and learning Ohad Naharin repertoire, including sections of Sadeh 21, Naharin’s Virus, Hora and Venezuela. She has also spent summers at Bates Dance Festival and American Dance Festival. Shira has spent her winters participating in the Gallim Dance Winter Intensive at the Juilliard School and the American Dance Festival Winter Intensive.

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IMPRESSIONS: New York Theatre Ballet’s "The Nutcracker" and The Bang Group's "Nut/Cracked," Presented by Arts on Site

-Robert Johnson, Dance Enthusiast

Up on the Roof, Flesh and Blood Dancers Move and Connect

-New York Times

Scenes from 'The Nutcracker/Cracked' in NYC

- United Press International

INTERVIEW: DANCE NOW goes virtual for its 25th season

- John Soltes, Hollywood Soapbox

Arts on Site Presents New York Theatre Ballet and The Bang Group's THE NUTCRACKER/CRACKED

- BWW News Desk, Broadway World

Furloughed Met Opera Artists to Present Live, Socially-Distanced Concerts

- David Salazar, Opera Wire

Dance in the Time of Covid: A Close Up of the New York City Dance Scene: Where are we now and where are we going?

- Catherine Tharin, Side of Culture

Chelsea Choreographers Confront the Pandemic, in the Country and on Zoom

- Elizabeth Zimmer, Chelsea Community News

‘Dancers of the Met’ Review: In Person and Inside

- Robert Greskovic, Wall Street Journal

IMPRESSIONS: ARTS ALIVE at Arts On Site, Featuring Peter Farrow’s “Nearly” and Annie Rigney’s “Galithea”

- Theo Boguszewski, Dance Enthuisast

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