Archive | June 2013

Meet the Arts Org: The 5th Ave Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk

2012 SAWArtist Chris Bonnell

2012 SAWArtist Chris Bonnell

Our arts organization of the month from BAC’s Directory of Brooklyn Arts Organizations is The 5th Ave Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (SAW). The SAW gives artists the chance to work with merchants to create art that has an aesthetic connection to its surroundings. Their goal is to support and promote emerging and mid-career Brooklyn artists while celebrating local Bay Ridge businesses. The SAW is a 2013 BAC Grantee. The Art Walk is going on now until June 21. View their Directory profile.

Meet the Artist: Aeilushi Mistry

Traditional Storytellers and their tales.

Photo: Etienne Frossard

Our artist of the month from BAC’s Registry of Brooklyn Artists is dancer and teaching artist Aeilushi Mistry. Aeilushi was born and raised in India and now resides in Brooklyn. For the past 18 years, she has been teaching dance to children and adults. Before coming to the US, she started a dance company in India, where Aeilushi worked with hearing impaired children for 6 years. She is a BAC teaching artist and a 2013 BAC Community Arts Grantee. She will be performing aarti, a Hindu ritual for peace and prosperity, on June 15 at the Harborlore Festival closing event Waterlore at Water’s Edge in Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO. View Aeilushi’s Registry profile.

Fiscal Sponsorship Spotlight: Artist Built Collaborative

FSS-1We are thrilled to announce that Artist Build Collaborative, a BAC Fiscally Sponsored Group, just received a 2013 ArtPlace America grant for $33,000, which will support the installation of their project Silent Lights. Artist Build Collaborative was one of 134 groups from among 1,225 applications from across the country. Working in partnership with the NYC DOT Urban Arts program, Artist Build Collaborative will install Silent Lights, a series of six gates that light up sequentially based on the intensity of sound and vibrations from oncoming traffic. The installation will offer a safer and more inviting experience for pedestrian commuters as they traverse a loud, poorly lit and busy underpass linking Red Hook, Brooklyn to its closest subway stop. Learn more about BAC Fiscal Sponsorship.

June 2013 Arts Education Spotlight: Ceramics at PS 277

1st graders enjoy their ceramics residency with teaching artists Gaia Starr & Peter Barnett. Photo: Misun Jin.

1st graders enjoy their ceramics residency with teaching artists Gaia Starr & Peter Barnett. Photo: Misun Jin.

A student uses ceramic tools to refine her coil bowl in the residency with teaching artists Beth Krebs & Nicoleta Coman. Photo: Misun Jin.
A student uses ceramic tools to refine her coil bowl in the residency with teaching artists Beth Krebs & Nicoleta Coman. Photo: Misun Jin

For the 3rd year at PS 277K in Gerritsen Beach, 1st graders are learning to create sculptures with clay and use ceramics tools. Students have been happily getting their hands messy during after-school residencies this spring with teaching artists Beth Krebs, Nicoleta Coman, Peter Barnett and Gaia Starr. They have built sculptures using various techniques including pinching, coiling, slab construction, slip and score, molding, relief, and additive and subtractive methods.

Our teaching artists integrated social studies into the program, focusing thematically on community and prompting students to create artworks based on concepts they’re learning in social studies class. Students also put their literacy skills to use writing artist statements.