We expand access to the performing arts by providing creative space, learning opportunities, and hubs for artistic connection.
People connecting and growing through the transformative power of the performing arts.
Inclusion: Embrace diversity within the mosaic of our community
Collaboration: Elevate a multiplicity of ideas and establish trusting relationships
Respect: Ensure authentic and consistent regard for the experiences, thoughts and opinions of all
Impact: Enact the change we seek to make in the world and celebrate moments of triumph
Creativity: Model and encourage avenues for innovative expression and exploration
Building for the Arts operates Theatre Row, an Off-Broadway multi-theater complex that serves as an affordable home for performing artist organizations, and a lively, accessible venue for diverse audiences. Through the American Playwriting Foundation, BFA presents the Relentless Award – the largest annual cash prize in American theater to a playwright in recognition of a new play. Music and the Brain brings a music literacy curriculum, whole-class keyboard instruction, and ongoing professional development to schools in under-resourced communities, empowering students to succeed academically and in life.
Since its founding in 1976, Building for the Arts has been at the forefront of creative placemaking with a vision to transform the once-derelict west end of 42nd Street – filled with peep shows and other pornographic venues – into a vibrant community and home for nonprofits. We anchored the transformation of this neighborhood by developing the theaters, restaurants, and apartments known as Theatre Row.