The nine-year-old non-profit organization Project for Empty Space, which uses contemporary art to spur conversations about social issues, recently leased 20,000 square feet in a building on Broad Street in downtown Newark. The new space will feature multiple galleries and exhibition areas, as well as studios.
The organization, which currently has a gallery in Gateway Center, will occupy 800 Broad Street.
The deal was handled by Paramount Assets, a real estate investment firm based in Newark. Executive Director of Leasing and Marketing Samir Guzman arranged the long-term lease. Marta Villa of JLL represented the tenant.
“800 Broad Street proved an ideal match for Project for Empty Space, and we are pleased to have been able to accommodate their space requirements,” said Guzman. “In addition to its premier downtown location — in proximity to public transportation options and the Prudential Center — 800 Broad Street is currently built as a technical school with more than 40 classrooms. This layout [provides] room to support artists and creatives in the community.”
Rebecca Jampol, co-director of Project for Empty Space, said, “In conjunction with our 10-year anniversary this coming January, we are thrilled to be moving to our own building at 800 Broad Street… Project for Empty Space was started in New York City in 2010 as a nomadic project by two women, and now it continues to live in this brick-and-mortar space.”
In the coming year, Project for Empty Space will welcome expanding programs that include its current Artist in Residence Program, Feminist Incubator, and Studio Artist Professional Development Initiatives.