Archive | September 2013

BAC Announces Online Grant Application Seminar

Every year, Brooklyn Arts Council distributes around $350,000 to help fund hundreds of projects by Brooklyn artists and organizations in all artistic disciplines through BAC Community Arts Grants.

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Community Arts Fund
This grant is intended for high-quality arts projects in all disciplines that reach the Brooklyn public and enrich the cultural life of the borough. These grants are available to individual Brooklyn artists, nonprofits and arts collectives.
Application Deadline: September 25, 2013

Local Arts Support
For high-quality arts projects in all disciplines that reach the Brooklyn public and enrich the cultural life of the borough. Available to Brooklyn nonprofits and individuals/groups with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.
Application Deadline: October 2, 2013

Online Application Seminar
Missed an in-person Grant Seminar? Need a refresher as you’re completing your application? Watch our online application seminar.

BAC offers informational how-to-apply seminars, one-on-one feedback on projects, application draft reviews and panel feedback to all BAC Grants applicants, creating a supportive professional development opportunity out of the application process.

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Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) is a community arts engagement program that places artists-in-residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. SPARC provides selected artists with a stipend and access to workspace in senior centers in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming for seniors. Selected artists will engage participating seniors in an art project or series of cultural programs over the course of the residency, which will also include a public program component – exhibits, readings, performances, open houses or other cultural interactions open to the surrounding community.

Get an overview of SPARC and learn about the components of a well-prepared application at the Q&A Information Session:

Thursday September 12, 5:30PM
Department of Cultural Affairs
31 Chambers Street, 10007

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BAC Arts in Education Spotlight: Photovoice

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Red Hook students attend class at BAC in DUMBO. Photo: BAC.

This summer, 38 young adults participating in “PhotoVoice” have been exploring photography as a means of visual storytelling. Through funding from the New York City Mayor’s Office Center for Economic Opportunity, and in partnership with the Red Hook and Brownsville Community Justice Centers, BAC is working with teaching artist Brenna McLaughlin as well as teaching artists Russell Frederick and Sam Barzilay from United Photo Industries (UPI) to provide 2 participatory photography residencies. The artists have taught technical skills in photography while also sharing the historical and social context of photography with a focus on social justice.

Participatory photography gives youth the opportunity to connect in a visual dialogue that often excludes them. This project engages students through a series of workshops and class critiques, empowering students to craft visual stories from their own unique perspectives. Each student selected their final projects to engage the public on topics that inspire or concern them. In addition to exhibits in their neighborhoods, student work will be exhibited alongside professional artists from around the world as part of Photoville in DUMBO from September 19-29.

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Student artwork by Monica Hawkins (left) and Keson Simon (right).

During the final Brownsville class on August 16, one student expressed the impact of this program: “This is a stepping stone for my career. I’m more confident going after what I want. There are people in Brownsville who wants good – not just old people. We, the young, we’re the future.” Other responses to the teaching artist’s question, “What did you learn or gain from this class?” included:

“I learned how to get along with people – interact. I got a better understanding of how to complete something – really work.”

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Brownsville students. Photo: Russell Frederick.

“I got to work with people in a community I used to think of as small, but now I see as big – and I see what an impact we can make. I also learned how to use my camera – not just using it, but control it to make what I want. I learned what a network is.”