Cultural Space Subsidy Program

Apply for Affordable Art Studio Space in DUMBO through Two Trees' Cultural Space Subsidy Program

Two Trees is dedicated to maintaining a diverse group of commercial tenants that exemplify DUMBO’s identity as a place where creativity, entrepreneurship, and community engagement are celebrated. Recognizing that market rents are not feasible for all, the Cultural Space Subsidy Program awards reduced-rent studio space to artists that best demonstrate their intent to provide a social benefit to DUMBO and the broader community.

Emerging and mid-career artists with a strong exhibition history or community focused practice are eligible to apply.


Located in landmarked, industrial loft buildings, available studios range from 500-2,500 RSF and have windows, air conditioning, and heat. The majority of available studios are 1,000-1,500 RSF.

Two Trees commercial buildings have shared amenities for all tenants, including communal conference rooms, secure bike storage, and roof decks, as well as 24hr freight elevator and loading dock access.

License Agreement Details:

Reduced rent of $12/RSF per year. For example, a 1,000 RSF space would be $1,000 per month plus utilities.

License agreements granted will be for up to three (3) years. There is no renewal option.

Tenants pay all applicable common charges, real estate taxes, and utilities.

Tenants must maintain an active professional practice. Studios may not be used for performances, rehearsals, storage, or sublet to other groups or individuals.

Highly toxic chemicals, welding, and high-powered electrical equipment are prohibited.

Living in Two Trees commercial spaces is strictly prohibited.


Application period opens May 1, 2022.

Applications are due May 31, 2022, 11:59 PM EST.

Recipients will be contacted in September 2022.

License Agreements will begin in early 2023, with an expiration date of December 31, 2025.

Learn more & apply:

Application Deadline:2022-05-31
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