Great resource: Pro Bono Trial Services on Copyright Issues  

copyrightalliancelogoIf you’re an artist/creator or small business based in the NYC metro area concerned that you may be a victim of copyright infringement and unable to afford legal services, you may be eligible to apply to this new program from The Copyright Alliance. If chosen, your case would be represented by a Columbia Law student advised by attorneys from Cravath, Swaine, and Moore LLP.

The application is pretty simple, and even if your case isn’t chosen for this specific clinic you will be considered for referral to other clinics. Additionally, your information will be included in the Copyright Alliance’s database and available to the alliance’s legal advisory board who may be interested in taking on pro bono cases.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis; more info and application available here.

Friends with Money: Rina Kleege of PLG Arts

Rina Kleege

Rina Kleege

Name: Rina Kleege
AKA: Co-President, PLG Arts; band member, Axiom Addicts Hometown: Brooklyn
Neighborhood: Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
Favorite thing about neighborhood: Diversity of people and cultural activities
What did you get funded for: Jazz @the Inkwell

What’s that all about? Twice-monthly performances at the Inkwell Jazz Café by up-and-coming and established jazz musicians are a vital component of PLG Arts, a local nonprofit arts group with the mission of cultivating creativity in the community. Performances on the second and fourth Friday of each month (except August, since we all need a break) provide an opportunity for neighborhood musicians and audiences to gather at a local ven ue, where music becomes an active force for the neighborhood spirit of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens (the PLG of PLG Arts) as performers and music fans get to know one another. Suggested (not required) $5 donation at the door allows attendance regardless of ability to pay.
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Music of Pakistan in Brooklyn with Eric Ki Beithak

I am four-months into Kings County as it’s Folk Arts Director. During this time, I have teetered between exhilaration and exhaustion. This was most obvious during the Sweetest Song Festival. Exhilaration– brought to me by the committed and brilliant expressions of cultural heritage I have been honored to be in the presence of. See evidence of this here. Exhaustion—brought to me by the promotion, presentation, and documentation of the nineteen Sweetest Song programs that occurred over a one month period. I have walked away wiser for the time and in awe of Dr.Kay Turner’s physical stamina. How did she do it? I have come to realize that the exhaustion is quickly extinguished when you work with people like Eric Alabaster.

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ARTS IN EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT: Join us for an upcoming Creative Aging event!

Ribbon dance enhances a creative movement and music call & response performance at Phillip Howard Senior Center with teaching artist Yelimara Concepcion.

Ribbon dance enhances a creative movement and music call & response performance at Phillip Howard Senior Center with teaching artist Yelimara Concepcion.

This spring, 22 creative aging programs have engaged seniors in everything from memoir writing to line dance, creative movement to chorus, theatrical readings to exhibitions of prints, paintings, murals, and sculpture! Join us this June for events at senior centers throughout Brooklyn, celebrating and sharing the artistic work of these seniors.

• June 4 – Theater: “The Football Wedding” a dramatic reading, with SPARC Artist Michole Biancosino, at The Lodge Senior Center, Bensonhurst

• June 10 – Dance: “Everyday Waters” with SPARC Artist Emily Wexler, at JCC of Greater Coney Island

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Our featured artist this month is Ian Lyn, an East New York based photographer.
Where are you from? How long have you lived in Brooklyn?
I’m originally from Brooklyn, and I’ve been a resident of East New York since 1997.

How long have you been a photographer?
On the level that I’m on now, about 2 years.

Who or what influenced your decision to become an artist?
The fact that people need to document their lives, the daily things that go on around them. Also I find art makes people happy, and that’s one thing that I do, I like to see people happy.

What else or who else inspires you artistically?
Really, my family, friends, other photographers, other artists. I’m new and I’m kind of learning my contemporaries. But as far as looking back to the past – of course there’s Gordon Parks, several painters, and my peers around me who push each other to do art or photography projects. I also credit God, my wife, and my children.
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Friends with Money: Nicki Miller of Only Child Aerial Theatre


Roping at Circus Warehouse. Photo by Carrie Firestone.

Name: Nicki Miller
Hometown: Northampton, MA
How long have you lived in Brooklyn? 6 1/2 years
Neighborhood: Williamsburg

Favorite thing about neighborhood: Within a 8 block radius live more than 10 of my dearest friends which makes it feel like real neighborhood. Also the West Cafe and Cheers Thai see a lot of me.

What did you get funded for? Only Child Aerial Theatre’s ASYLUM

Tell us a bit about your funded project: I am artistic director of an aerial theatre company called Only Child, and ASYLUM is our first full length piece. It is a work of devised theatre using aerial and acrobatic choreography as our primary vocabulary against projected photographs and voiceover to tell the story of five people living in an asylum in the 1970s as the mass closings of American asylums was underway. It began at Circus Warehouse in 2013 and is having it’s first run June 26-28, 2014 at The Muse Brooklyn.

What else are you working on: I just finished doing the aerial choreography for Ripe Time’s The World is Round at BAM in April which was an amazing experience. I’m also working with Circus Now to develop an online resource to raise awareness of safe aerial practices for theatre artists interested in integrating it into their work.

What’s next after ASYLUM is over? Two weeks in Montreal for the Completement Cirque Festival!

What’s inspiring you right now? I have total artist crushes on Codhi Harrell and Laura Stokes of Ricochet, a New Mexico based duo. I also love the work of James and Aureila Thierree, Kneehigh Theatre, Double Edge Theatre and Vesturport.

Anything you’re you totally over? I moved to New York to be an actress and have increasingly found that less and less desirable as a lifestyle for me. Aerial Theatre is where I’m at; and training, performing, creating, directing, producing and choreographing for it where I’m going to be for a long time…

When not making art you are: Meditating in the mornings, coffee with friends, making collage pendants called PopFace, and working as a personal trainer and aerial instructor.

Nicki Miller‘s fascination with aerial sparked in London in 2005 after seeing theatre that seamlessly integrated aerial and acrobatics into its storytelling. After graduating from Syracuse University with an Acting degree, Nicki discovered NYC’s aerial community and began training circus skills. She has performed, taught, produced, curated and choreographed for aerial theatre in NYC since 2010. In 2011, she co-founded aerial theatre company Only Child, which explores aerial acrobatics as a vocabulary for heightened storytelling in theatrical productions. Credit Highlights include: aerial choreography and performance for Rachel Klein Productions (Symphony of Shadows), aerial choreography for Ripe Time (The World is Round) at BAM Fisher, a supporting role in feature film “Art Machine”, Circus Now Community Project “Aerial For Theatres 101.”