About

Mission

To inspire, incubate, nurture and support courageous artists and adventurous audiences through residencies, community engagement, commissions, performances, production, and economic development. Our world class Center in New York City provides a comprehensive arts and cultural ecosystem that is a haven for inclusiveness, innovation, artistic freedom and beauty.

Baryshnikov Arts, founded in 2005 by Mikhail Baryshnikov, is rooted in the belief that artists hold irreplaceable roles in our world as they shape perspectives, offer new approaches, and initiate crucial conversations in complex social, political, and cultural environments. We continue to support Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov’s mission of establishing thriving creative laboratories and performance spaces for artists from around the world.

Baryshnikov Arts supports extraordinary performers to experiment with unique artistic expression that challenges audiences to view the world in new ways. In October 2022 Baryshnikov Arts welcomed a new Executive Director, Sonja Kostich, with a focus on cultivating and supporting fresh perspectives. With the recent rebrand of the organization in June 2023, Baryshnikov Arts

expands its capacity to create multi-platform and collaborative havens for artistic expression, innovation, and freedom as we commit further to elevating and sharing the stories of artists of diverse cultures and histories. We continue to broaden our community of artists, audiences, and supporters – all of whom believe in the power of art to foster joy provocation and learning.