Name: Carolyn Butts-Schmalenberger
Aka: Founder and Festival Director for Reel Sisters of the Diaspora
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
Favorite thing about your neighborhood:
Love the people and the small town feel of Brooklyn neighborhoods. My favorite places to people watch is Tom’s, Brooklyn Bridge and Prospect Parks. I enjoy dancing at Franklin Park bar on Fridays.
What did you get funded for?
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series.
What’s that all about?
Reel Sisters presents films produced, directed and written by women of color across the globe. It is the first Brooklyn-based film festival devoted to women in film.
What else do you have coming up?
Launched an exciting new website devoted to showcasing artists and writers. The Artivist Rises, an exhibition on activism in the arts, is on view until May 4, 2015 at 1199SEIU Gallery in Times Square.
I’m about to make a few assumptions.
Prepare yourself accordingly, and let’s dive in.
- You are an artist or representative of an arts organization, based in Brooklyn or the surrounding New York Area.
- You have a creative idea or mission you would like to see come to fruition.
- You need money.
Name: Gretchen Van Lente
AKA: Artistic Director of Drama of Works
Current Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Favorite thing about neighborhood: Such a mix of people, not fully gentrified yet…
What did you get funded for: Blood Red Roses: the Female Pirate Project