Jessica Holsey was leaving the office of her sustainable event supply company, Susty Party, last Tuesday night when she noticed a large group of people smoking and drinking in the front hallway. Since her business rented a coworking space on the second floor of 3rd Ward, the Brooklyn art studio-cum-teaching-space-cum-design incubator, the sight wasn’t as completely out of place as it may have been in a Midtown law firm, but the swarm of people was still unusual for a weeknight. “They asked me if I had heard that 3rd Ward was going to be shut down at midnight,” Ms. Holsey told The New York Observer. It was already 9 p.m.
Ms. Holsey made a frantic call to her co-founder, Emily Doubilet, still upstairs, to inform her of the news. “She said something like, ‘It’s dead, it’s over, we’ve got to move. Now.”
For seven years, 3rd Ward has been a beacon to Brooklyn’s creative set, offering classes for artists in almost every major field. We’ve heard rumblings for awhile that the institution had recently begun to fire its employees and hire them back at minimum wage, or cut their hours down to part time, but with two new outposts (The Culinary Incubator and its Philadelphia location) opening, how bad could things be?
Turns out, pretty bad: Two days ago students, residents and employees alike were stunned after showing up to the Bushwick studios only to find the gates drawn and the doors shuttered. 3rd Ward had shut down, and now its official.
Update 2:01 p.m.: A tipster sent us 3rd Ward’s Fundrise campaign to raise $1.5 million in less than a week to keep its studios open. Take a look after the jump.
3rd Ward, the class-offering haven for Brooklyn’s artistic set, closed last night without any warning, according to tipsters.
Brooklyn’s 3rd Ward is a great place to take classes on art, sculpture, and hipsterdom. Where else can you drink PBR while drawing nudes, with the only cost being a basic membership fee of $129 a year (not including classes)?
But in addition to woodworking and jewelry-making, 3rd Ward is now offering a new opportunity for young 20-somethings with too much money and time on their hands: a “Culinary Incubator,” which will teach classes on asking a waiter with the proper amount of condescension: “But were all the ingredients grown locally?”
3rd Ward, the arts collective in Brooklyn, is celebrated in the Times‘s art section as a “D.I.Y. utopia” with a piece detailing how the organization, now four years old, has managed to thrive at a time when any reasonable person might have expected it to crumple. Facilities at 3rd Ward, which counts primarily freelancers as Read More