About ArtBuilt

ArtBuilt supports arts and culture with programs serving artists, arts organizations, and the public. ArtBuilt focuses on financial stability and access to opportunity for artists, arts businesses, and organizations, and broader access to arts and culture for the public. ArtBuilt creates affordable space rental and ownership opportunities for artists and cultural producers of all disciplines.

ArtBuilt activates under-used public spaces with arts programming, collaborating with local government agencies and non-profit partners to create arts and culture programming in the public sphere. ArtBuilt focuses on innovative, adaptive use of existing public spaces, particularly in underserved or disadvantaged communities with limited access to arts and cultural programming and infrastructure.

ArtBuilt was formed through the 2016 merger of existing arts-support non-profits Artopolis Development and ArtHome. ArtBuilt is a trade name of Artopolis Development, a 501 (c) (3) Public Charity registered in the state of New York.

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Help us continue supporting artists, creative workers and public arts programming by making a donation. ArtBuilt is a New York-based 501 (c) (3) public charity. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable under US tax law.

Key Staff

Esther Robinson

Esther Robinson

ArtHome Founder/ Co-Executive Director

Esther has worked on behalf of America’s artists for more than 20 years in many capacities, including foundation program officer, television and film producer/director, technology entrepreneur and arts activist. Her work as been profiled and reviewed in publications like: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The London Times, Variety, Time Out New York/London, New York Magazine and on CNN Financial News.

From 1999-2006, Esther was the Director of Film/Video and Performing Arts for the Creative Capital Foundation, and was one of the principal architects of their innovative grant-making system. Her close collaboration nationally with funders and artists and her annual adjudication of thousands of grant proposals led her to question whether traditional grantmaking was the best way to support the culture sector in America. Recognizing the crucial role that financial solvency and home ownership played in the lives of successful artists, Esther became convinced that asset building and financial literacy should be vital components of a new support system for the arts. This led to the founding of ArtHome.

ArtHome is a non-profit that helps artists and their communities build assets and equity through financial literacy, credit access, home ownership and micro-enterprise support. ArtHome’s programs have been supported by funders as diverse and esteemed as The Rockefeller Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity/Ford Foundation, ArtPlace, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Robinson is also an award-winning filmmaker/producer. Her critically acclaimed directorial debut A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and The Warhol Factory took top prizes at The 2007 Berlin, Tribeca and Chicago film festivals. It is currently available on Netflix and I-tunes and is scheduled to be re-released theatrically in 2017. She is an active board member of Women Make Movies and the recipient of Fractured Atlas’ 2014 Arts Entrepreneurship Award.

Guy Buckles

Guy Buckles

Artopolis Founder/ Co-Executive Director

Guy has spent over 25 years supporting the Arts in New York nationally and internationally.

As a founding director of NYC non-profit The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA), he engineered and administered groundbreaking programs aimed at creating stability and self-sufficiency for individual working artists.

From 1991 to 2004, he built and directed EFA’s Grants for Individuals in the Visual Arts (GIVA) program, an international cash grant award for working artists of exceptional merit.

He also oversaw the acquisition, design and development of EFA’s flagship studio center, an 87,000 square foot artist workspace complex providing one hundred and ten subsidized workspaces to NYC-based professional artists, as well as a fine-art printmaking facility and a gallery space.

Guy was responsible for every phase of the Studio Center project, from initial concept to full tenancy, including design and architectural liaison, engineering and mechanical systems/contractor selection, and marketing feasibility; he also acted as general contractor for the conversion of the former garment factory building which houses the Studio Center complex.

He designed and ran the Studio Center’s artist selection/tenancy administration program, and his eleven years’ experience managing the center on a day-to-day basis leaves him uniquely situated to deal with all
aspects of artists’ space needs.

In 2009, Guy left EFA to pursue his vision of supporting creative sector workers through real-estate initiatives as Executive Director of Artopolis Development.

Trained in England as a fine-art painter and fine woodworker, Guy has deep connections within the world of artisanal craftsmanship, and has for many years operated a small business specializing fine furniture and bespoke carpentry.

This background underpins ArtBuilt Brooklyn’s mandate to create aggregated workspace for artists and artisans, synergizing the creative energies of both sectors.