Join BAC Folk Arts Director Christopher Mulé, as he speaks at The Way Station’s “Art Talks Brooklyn” on July 22 at 7:30pm. He’ll be discussing how Folk life fits into the mix and some future plans for BAC’s Folk Arts program. Other participants will include Shoe String Press and Launchpad. See below for the Art Talks Brooklyn overview and click here to learn more about The Way Station.
NEW! 7:30pm- Art Talks Brooklyn
683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
A new speaker series highlighting Brooklyn Arts initiatives and programs. Monthly, we will invite three speakers, each allotted 15 minutes, to share how they are impacting our community through the arts.
Founded in 2011, Shoestring Press serves artists in Crown Heights with work space, technical expertise, gallery exhibitions, critical engagement, and intellectual community. We’ve built a community of 25 working member artists and wider range of performers, workshop participants, exhibitors, and friends on the premise proving that making art should be an open process, one that is visible to the community and affordable to anyone who wants to participate in visual culture.
Our interns are an integral part of the AIE team each spring, helping us bring over 150 arts residencies, performances and workshops to schools, senior centers, parks and community centers throughout NYC. This spring, we were thrilled to have 2 administrative interns: Andrew Anzel and Midori Buntin.
Here we interview Abdul Badi, an East New York-based painter, about his work over the last 50 years.
Where are you from? How long have you lived in Brooklyn?
I’m actually born in Washington DC, and wound up in Brooklyn back in 1964. East New York – I’ve been out here since 1988. I’ve lived out here, but I hadn’t met a lot of other artists out here until Catherine opened up Arts East NY, and then I was surprised to see how many other artists actually lived out here. I participated in [the Go Brooklyn Arts Gallery] competition 2 years ago, where they visited everybody’s studio, and in East New York, I was the only artist out here. The other sections – Bed-Stuy, Greenpoint, Williamsburg were chock full of artists, but East New York? Up until then I didn’t really see much on the arts scene. Everything I did was outside of East New York.
Below you will find a wonderful moment that occurred during The Sweetest Song Festival’s “Singing the Gods program.” The clip features a group of our Sweetest Singers closing out the April 30th program at the Woody Tanger Auditorium in Brooklyn College. Jeggae “Winston” Hoppie made the suggestion for all the performers to share a rhythm together. It was a blending of voice, rhythm, movement and language that found room for individual expression–America at it’s finest. Happy fourth of July, Brooklyn! Enjoy!