Space to Connect

Space to Connect grew out of Chashama’s decades-long efforts to serve the communities where we operate and contribute to the well-being and quality of life of our neighbors. Chashama formalized these efforts in 2015 with the programming that grew into Space to Connect, through which we provide art classes and community programming to New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds.

We collaborate with organizations that have limited capacity to offer arts to their members. Together, we create high-quality artistic programming at no cost to the partnering agency or their members.

In FY2018 alone our programming has included clay workshops for domestic violence survivors, a community quilt project, and self-care workshops for service employees of local hospitals. Space to Connect is led by Program Director Cayla Casciani and Program Assistant Xiomara Malpica-Martinez. We are proud to have partnered with the following organizations:



The Center for Family Life

Dedalus Foundation

Earthworks NYC

Fordham Bedford Housing & Community Services

Gasworks NYC

The Islamic Cultural Center of NYC

La Mano Pottery

Lenox Hill Hospital

Mixteca Organization

Mount Sinai Hospital

The NARS Foundation

National Domestic Workers Association

1199 – SEIU (United Healthcare Workers East)

The Stanley Isaac Neighborhood Center

VIP Mujeres (Violence Intervention Program)


Year-Round Programs:

Washington Heights

Chashama’s Washington Heights Work Spaces are located in an apartment building at 535-539 162nd St, New York City, NY 10032

Artists in this year-round program host monthly workshops for the residents of the building in exchange for their Work Space. Chashama provides access to Materials for the Arts (MFTA) and a limited budget for the artists to acquire materials for the classes.


The Bronx

Chashama’s Space to Connect program in the Bronx is a collaboration with the Bronx-based housing and community service organization Fordham Bedford.

The artists in this year-round program teach weekly classes for Fordham Bedford’s community programs in exchange for their Work Space. Chashama provides access to Materials for the Arts (MFTA), a materials budget, and an artist stipend.

Space to Connect is made possible through the generous support of the David Rockefeller Fund, M&T Bank, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and NYC City Council members Daniel Garodnick, Ben Kallos, and Carlos Menchaca. Special thanks to The New York Community Trust for providing the funding which laid the foundation for Space to Connect.

To Apply
We will be accepting applications for short term Space to Connect programs in the future.

To apply for long term Space to Connect programs in the Bronx and Washington Heights please click below
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