Resources for Brooklyn Artists

In line with New York City’s efforts to ‘flatten the incubation curve’ of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Brooklyn Arts Council has temporarily closed our DUMBO offices to the public and is taking full advantage of our existing remote work policies. We are postponing any trainings, workshops, and creative gatherings, effective March 16 through April 20, or as deemed vital by municipal leadership.

While we are not together in person, Brooklyn Arts Council staff is here to serve you. We have compiled a list of resources and developed a survey to assess artists’ needs.

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Resource Guide

Over the past week, we’ve heard from Brooklyn artists who are increasingly concerned about the impact the ongoing pandemic will have on their creative practices and their families of birth and choice.

The team at Brooklyn Arts Council put our heads together to create a digital booklet of resources on healthcare, newly available funding, organizing tips, and entertainment resources — all with our borough’s artists in mind.

View the Resource Guide

Did we miss something?

Let us know. In addition to our Resource Guide, we’ve created a COVID-19 Impact Survey to take inventory of Brooklyn artists’ most pressing needs and concern. We understand that many aspects of work and life are shifting right now. Any answers you can give at this time will inform our future approach to ensuring Brooklyn artists have what they need to thrive.

Take the Impact Survey

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JustArts Photography Program Fosters Community and Careers in Art

Students from neighborhoods across Brooklyn experienced life as photographers last summer as part of the JustArts photography program. For three months, 12 high school students explored the world of photography, from camera basics to artwork presentation, while learning to know their community from behind a camera lens. Brooklyn Arts Council has been proud to work with the JustArts program and the Red Hook Community Justice Center as one of our longest-running educational partnerships. 

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JustArts photography students unveiled a banner exhibiting their work on July 18, 2019.

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Teaching Artist Spotlight: Rachel Garbus

Today we’re catching up with BAC teaching artist Rachel Garbus, a writer and performer who worked with senior citizens in a podcasting residency at Coney Island Seaside Innovative Senior Center as part of the SU-CASA initiative.  This is Rachel’s first year as a teaching artist with BAC. Read on to learn about her experience and to hear the seniors’ stories for yourself! 



What art forms do you work in, in or out of your teaching artist capacity?

I am a writer and performer. I write satire and cultural criticism, and write and perform improv, sketch comedy, live lit, and film. I also facilitate oral history and storytelling projects. Whew!

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