Artshack Brooklyn is a non-profit community ceramics studio. We provide classes, workshops, after school, and memberships for all ages and abilities. Our community programs—such as Scholarships, Community Day, Keepsake Gallery, the Artist Residency program, and free & subsidized classes for Bed Stuy youth and seniors—rely on your support!

Our Mission

We believe in the healing powers of clay!

Our mission is to make ceramic arts more accessible to people of all abilities and ages.  We provide scholarships to at least a quarter of the kids in our afterschool, hold regular free community days for local residents, offer free and subsidized ceramics classes to local low income high school students, seniors, and adults with special needs.  Artshack is developing accountability as an anti-racist, queer-affirming organization that celebrates the creativity of youth and honors people of all abilities.

Our History

Artshack was originally started by McKendree Key in 2008 as a very small, artist run program offering art classes in a Brooklyn backyard.  In 2016, McKendree Key & her former co-director established Artshack as a 501c-3 organization focusing on ceramics and moved to 1131 Bedford Avenue.  In the fall of 2019 Artshack began working with The Human Root, a community development organization.

Through this process, we have identified the following goals:

  • We want Anti Racism Practices incorporated in organizational development by developing a committed anti-bias development plan that is measurable and trackable.
  • We want Racial Equity Practices in programming: We want diversity equity and inclusion in public programming designed to impact socio-economic and racial disparities related to education, art, and engagement/membership opportunities.
  • We Want ArtShack to Hire Black and Brown educators for programming in spaces that participants a majority black and brown youth.
  • ArtShack Board of Directors should reflect equity, diversity and inclusion through its recruitment, education and intention.  We seek representation of Historically Black BedStuy/Clinton Hill.

Board of Directors

We envision a community art space that contributes to a vibrant and equitable Bed Stuy. As Board of Directors we achieve this by holding space for creativity, collaboration, and supporting artists. As an organization we utilize the arts to create awareness and connection.

Aurora Rosado Lazzaro
Beverley Watson
Cynthia Robinson-Bioh
Jason Shure
Lucila Moctezuma
McKendree Key
Founder & Director
Seanna Brown
Shaun Leonardo

Studio Staff

Alva Calymayor
Residency & Gallery Director
Angeli Rasbury
Community Outreach Liaison
Atlas Thomas
Project Manager & Studio Technician
Braden Macdonald
Event Coordinator
Dini Dixon
Director of Youth Programming
Elycia Castaneda
Studio Manager, Annex
Katie Malnati
Studio Manager & Community Outreach
McKendree Key
Founder & Director
Meghan Aubuchon
Studio and Production Technician
Michael Dajour
Cafe Manager
Quinn McNeill
Director of Operations
Silvia Barban
Chef
Vannesa DeAnda
Director of Membership & Facilities

Adult Class Teachers

Andrew Robinson
Camila Ruiz
Christopher Combemale
Cody Moorefield
Dini Dixon
Director of Youth Programming
Ivan Samuels
Katie Malnati
Studio Manager & Community Outreach
Lam Thuy Vo
Octavio Yattah
Vannesa DeAnda
Director of Membership & Facilities

Youth & Teen Class Teachers

Alina Patrick
Alva Calymayor
Residency & Gallery Director
Angeli Rasbury
Community Outreach Liaison
Elycia Castaneda
Studio Manager, Annex
Katie Malnati
Studio Manager & Community Outreach
Meghan Aubuchon
Studio and Production Technician