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The mission of The Tank is to provide a welcoming, creative, collaborative, and affordable environment for artists and activists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas. Through a wide range of low-cost, high-concept arts and public programming, The Tank seeks to cultivate a new generation of audience for live performance, civic discourse, and the work of emerging artists at ticket prices of $18 or less.
Founded in 2003, The Tank is a Manhattan based non-profit arts presenter. Curating across all disciplines, The Tank provides an artistic home to both new and established artists who are engaged in the pursuit of new ideas. Combining free performance space, subsidized rehearsal space, discounted ticket prices and promotional support, the Tank brings quality programming to a new generation of audience for live performance, civic discourse, and the work of emerging artists.
The Tank was founded in 2003 by nine recent college graduates with diverse backgrounds and interests, coming together with the opportunity to seize one of New York's most precious commodities: space. The Tank opened its doors on May 31st, 2003 and quickly become known by artists and audiences alike as a center for unconventional, dynamic programming, where creativity, community and risk-taking are valued over money, competition and exclusivity.The Tank is committed to presenting a range of low-cost, high-concept programming with ticket
prices never exceeding $18. The Tank keeps the financial burden off artists and performers by subsidizing rehearsal and performance space, and never charging artists for performance space. New works find a home at The Tank, artists find an environment where they can create as well as present, and audiences find welcoming admission prices to a dynamic schedule that has given unconventional programming a stage in the heart of Manhattan. The Tank is proud of its resident programs, many of which directly encourage the creation of new
work. Examples include SLAM Theater's four-part playwriting competition and bi-monthly winner readings; New Works, which presents the work of emerging choreographers with post-performance discussion; Sunday Funnies, a weekly comedy series that presents a rotating schedule of sketch, improv, stand-up and musical comedy; and Pulsewave, a consistently growing community of chiptune enthusiasts, that increases the visibility of this newly defined genre.
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