3S Artspace is a nonprofit arts organization that endeavors to ignite and change the way we experience art, music, and food. We invite unbounded risk taking in both the creation of art and in the way we experience it.Donate Now
3S Artspace is a 501c3 nonprofit alternative arts organization that combines the only midsize, flexible performance space of its kind in the area, a large, non-commercial gallery with affordable artist studios above, and an affordable and approachable restaurant serving as a local hub, ideal as a gathering place for patrons and locals alike.
3S is dedicated to presenting and supporting bold, emerging art and entertainment and cultivating an informal space for the exchange of ideas and creativity. 3S has been years in the making, years of careful planning, collaboration and programming within our community.
Founded in 2009, the idea sprang from the need to provide space for the kind of experiences that shape us all. We believe our values define us, and we value culture. Culture is a catalyst. It grows an economy. It fuels potential.
Our permanent home at 319 Vaughan Street in downtown Portsmouth, NH is a place for curious minds of all ages and backgrounds to gather, explore, cultivate new perspectives and ideas and fall in love with the experiences of eating, seeing, hearing and making, all under one roof.
60,000 + Expected visitors each year
$1MM Estimated revenue by year 3
The 12 artist studios underscore the notion that 3S is more than a place where art is presented but also a place for creation. Our affordable studios demonstrate our dedication to integrating creatives and artists into the fabric of our downtown.
The restaurant at 3S will explore the idea of food as programming – drawing influence from the art and performance surrounding it and channeling that energy into simple, affordable and approachable locally sourced cuisine.
Our large and flexible non-commercial gallery will accommodate installation, non-conventional, and site-specific work from nationally recognized artists as well as the emerging talent in our own backyard. The gallery will invite experimentation that just isn’t possible at most commercial galleries.
3S will establish the only mid-size, flexible performance space in our community. Standing or seated, 3S will offer a range of performances, from music to theatre, films to festivals, and more.
3S Board Chair / Senior Operating Executive
3S Board Vice Chair / CHRO, GreenPages Technology Solutions
3S Board Treasurer / CPA, Albert P. Stowe PLLC
3S Board Secretary / Attorney, Coughlin, Rainboth, Murphy, & Lown
Executive Director, 3S Artspace, Ex-Officio Member
Financial Advisor, Lincolnshire Advisors
Financial Advisor, UBS
Director of Apparel, National Geographic
Owner, Robert’s Maine Grill/Bob’s Clam Hut
General Manager, Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside
Owner, Amy Dutton Home
Executive Vice President, DTZ
V.P./Commercial Loan Officer, Optima Bank & Trust
Executive Director, 3S Artspace, Ex-Officio Member
3S Artspace Founder and Executive Director, has a passion for and knowledge of contemporary arts and culture, and is dedicated to building community through the arts. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Music from New York University, Chris spent two years working at the renowned alternative music venue in New York City, The Knitting Factory where he assisted in the marketing and production of their Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, in addition to serving as a staff writer and researcher for Jazze.com. After moving to the Seacoast in 2001, Chris worked for over nine years at The Music Hall, most recently as the Box Office Manager and the associate curator of the monthly arts series “Scene@5.” Throughout this time, Chris has been a passionate and active member of the Seacoast’s arts and cultural community. Since 2005, he has served on the City of Portsmouth’s Cultural Commission, Art-Speak, twice producing their Overnight Art exhibition. He has been an active musician (performing regularly, as well as recording and producing a handful of albums), a producer of live music events, and a freelance music writer. In 2005, he co-founded the RPM Challenge, an annual creative challenge to musicians around the world to write and record an album in a month.
3S Artspace Project Manager & Development Associate
3S Artspace Project Manager & Development associate, lives in downtown Portsmouth and has worked with 3S Artspace since 2011. She graduated from Bates College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric. After graduation, Celeste worked for The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH as a box office associate and marketing intern. She then moved to Connecticut where she worked as the Recruiting Coordinator for Career Services at Connecticut College in New London, CT. In 2011, Celeste moved back to Portsmouth and began working with Opus Advisors as Project Manager for 3S Artspace. Eventually, Celeste transitioned in-house for 3S as the Project Manager and Development Associate. In her spare time, Celeste likes to travel as much as possible, spend time outdoors, and appreciate all of the art and culture that the Seacoast has to offer.
3S has strategically brought, and will continue to bring, the expertise of top-notch consultants for support on key areas of the project:
Additional design and communication services have been provided by Alyssa Grenning, Calypso Communication, Devine Marketing Group, Haigh + Martino, PixelMEDIA, Wallace Consulting, Winter Holben Design, and MicroArts.
All gifts above $5,000 will receive permanent recognition on the Major Donor Wall.
All gifts between $250-$4,999 will be permanently recognized in the building. Location and design TBD.