Arts On Site is a non profit arts organization run by a team of volunteer artists dedicated to providing artists with affordable studio rentals and opportunities for artists to develop new works.


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.


Arts On Site NYC and AOS R&R cultivate creative spaces to support artists and encourage community collaboration. With studio space in the East Village 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. 

Our big idea is to cultivate creative spaces in NYC and outside of the city. With two large studio spaces in the East Village, we offer artists affordable studio rentals and host monthly events to showcase artists from a diverse array of art forms. We also provide artists with uninhibited creative space to focus on developing new works through our Artist R&R Residency Program, hosted at a retreat center in the Shawangunk Mountains.

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.

Arts On Site began as a party 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 non profit 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 provide space for community events. The Arts On Site NYC studios are a home for artists from all art forms.

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, sponsoring artists to participate in a week long residency to develop new works of art.

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 and was on the modern/ballet dance faculty at Cap21 musical theater school and Chen Dance Center. 

Currently she is dancing with The Bang Group, as well as ZviDance. 

Kyle Netzeband

Creative Director

Kyle studied advertising at the University of Colorado at Boulder while developing a practice in painting, printmaking, and illustration. In the summer of 2010, he began teaching visual art through outreach opportunities with ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty). In 2016, he had his first solo show at One Art Space in New York City. Currently, he’s the Chief Executive Officer at Arts On Site Residency & Retreat.  

Louise Benkelman

Social Media Coordinator

Jesse Carrey-Chan

Booking Manager


Performance Party Emcee

Seth Numrich

Performance Party Emcee

Nikki Baksh

Booking Manager

Jes Wittig

Booking Manager

Ezra Bookman 

Performance Party Emcee

Tyler Gardella

Performance Party Emcee

Jessica Smith 

Associate Director

Jessica, a native of New Orleans, is a graduate of the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. Jessica is a company member of both VimVigor and Zvidance while also teaching and creating work throughout the country. Jessica is the Associate Director of Arts On Site as well as co-founder and Artistic Director of the resident collective - HUMA. 

Lauren Hafner Addison 

Assistant Director

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, musician, curator and producer operating out of Madison, Wisconsin. Lauren has had the opportunity to help produce and curate for many companies such as BOiNK! Dance & Film, SPARK Dance Forum, WestFest Dance and now Arts on Site.

Madi Zins

Performance Party Emcee

Arts On Site NYC

12 St Marks Place

Studio 3F & 4F

NY, NY 10003


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