GrowHouse NYC is a multigenerational, multidisciplinary and multimedia creative collective where makers of color and other under-represented groups feel safe and empowered to debut works in progress, collaborate with each other and like-minded organizations, and experiment with emerging media and technology.
We offer residencies from a weekend to a year, focusing on nontraditional students and lifelong learners.
We strive to create an intentional community of artists, techies, producers working together to sustain themselves and each other.
It all started when…
When we noticed the need for change amongst our community. So many creatives were devoid of access to technology and resources. They were forced to prostrate themselves and convert to industry standard just to be able to create.
The idea for GrowHouse NYC began in January 2017 when Warner Sabio, Jr. and roughly a dozen of his friends took over an unfinished duplex in a Bed Stuy brownstone. They spent months creating, sharing, producing music, art and video. The space became a hub for underground visual artists, musicians, producers and dancers.
It came to light that these young people were in various states of transition, between schools, jobs, and homes. In the quickly gentrifying atmosphere of Bedford Stuyvesant, our brownstone presented a safe, no-judgment zone where they could feel free to gather and dream, experiment with art and technology.
We decided to make it official and apply for 501c3 status.. We’re growing organically, experimenting with events and offerings to serve our communities, measuring our impact along the way.
what we believe
No youth should have to struggle to get the basic necessities needed to express themselves. The financial, technological, and social resources needed to further one's ability to create should be readily accessible.
There should be a hub where Black youth are able to gather without falling prey to corporations and entities that wish to exploit their talent. Youth and adults should be able to have a place where they can gather, express and trade ideas amongst themselves. Free. Open. Experimental in nature.
What we do and how we do it is of equal importance - we can have success and community at the same time. There is no need to choose.
what we do
We bring interdisciplinary, multimedia events to communities that are normally underserved by artistic offerings
We partner locally and internationally with like-minded organizations to provide travel for inspiration and service.