We just released the guidelines, applications and info session dates for BAC’s 2016 Community Arts Grants!
This post will highlight some of the additions & improvements we’ve made for 2016. Hope to see you at an info session!
Narrowed request range from $1-5,000 to $2-5,000
Applicants can now ask for funding in the range of $2-5,000. This is in response to the amount of each individual grant we’re traditionally able to award vs. the amount of work it takes to apply for and manage a grant. In narrowing the request amount, we will be awarding larger individual grants, hopefully reducing the amount of additional fundraising grantees have to do to complete a project, and ideally creating a larger impact. In 2015, we asked the panel to really consider these things when determining funding amounts and our average grant size went from $1,500-$1,800 to $1,800-$2,000. To progress!
Goodbye CAF, hello BAF
Community Arts Fund is now Brooklyn Arts Fund. It may seem semantic, but it’s really an effort to further clarify each program’s funding goals – the next phase in some of the work we started last year. The program funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs aims to cultivate Brooklyn’s artists, arts organizations, and audiences through its support of high-quality arts projects in all disciplines, genres and styles: Brooklyn art for Brooklyn audiences. Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn!
On Saturday, May 30, Creative Coalitions Brownsville unveiled its Writings on the Wall murals! The Writings on the Wall has been months in the making, with lots of long nights of planning, prepping and painting, these murals are up all over Brownsville, Brooklyn. Each of which celebrates visual art, poetry and much more. With help and inspiration from community youth, artists and organizers it’s just beginning!
Creative Coalitions artists Michael Peterson and N Carlos Jay have begun their Brooklyn Is The Future (BITF) Campaign by making a stop in Bushwick before they unveil their Creative Coalitions project, The Writings on the Wall in Brownsville on May 30 from 1-4 PM on Belmont and Thurston. With support from BAC, Bear Burger, Car 2 Go, Hercules, and Six Point Brewery, Michael and Jay kicked off the spring season with an amazing group art show at The Vazquez Building, highlighting an arsenal of artists who ambitiously declare that they are the future of street art.
We are excited to announce the recipients of The Spring Creative Coalitions Project Award. Michael Peterson and N Carlos Jay will be collaborating on an amazing project in Brownsville entitled, Writings On The Wall.
On Saturday December 20th and 21st a great group of street artists came together at South Shore High School in Canarsie, Brooklyn to deck the halls with street art! The project was coordinated by Michael Peterson, resident life coach at the school and N Carlos Jay, a Groundswell teacher, Halsey Street Dream Way muralist and fantastic street artist on his own. Together they make up the Spread Love movement seeking to bridge art youth engagement to strengthen communities in Brooklyn, the country and beyond. With projects throughout the borough and even abroad, Spread Love is a movement of interdisciplinary artists who work to actualize change and inspire greater love and pride wherever they work.
Creative Coalitions partner ARTs East New York is kicking off their newest initiative this month – the [re]New Lots Market and Artist Incubator. The market will be a one-stop shopping destination anchored in the arts with storefronts for local small business owners. The artist incubator will be a creative space offering rehearsal, exhibit and work rentals and studios to visual and performance artist. This initiative is focused on community revitalization and economic and artist activity for East New York. ARTs East New York is committed to presenting and promoting multicultural arts to address socio-economic issues that hinder the growth and development of the community.
On Saturday December 13th, from 11am – 8pm, ARTs East New York will host their 6th Annual Tree Lighting at [re]New Lots (170 New Lots Avenue). This holiday extravaganza will feature: hourly live performances by AENY artists, including Mr. Reed; a holiday market including [re]New Lots vendors, purchasers will receive a free tote bag; photo/video booths; family friendly activities; free hot chocolate, raffles & toy giveaways; an awards ceremony with remarks from local politicians and the annual Christmas tree lighting; and a preview of the [re]New Lots Market and Artist Incubator space.
For more info visit www.renewlots.org.
Dozens of artists are working with Creative Coalitions this fall to bringing color, life, and beauty to east Brooklyn neighborhoods.