ARTS IN EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT: Recapping An Exciting Year

Before we dive into another school year, we’re excited to share our accomplishments in 2013-14. BAC Arts in Education had programming in all 5 boroughs including 95 school-based residencies and workshops, 23 creative aging programs in senior centers and 89 performances at schools, senior centers and parks. These programs served nearly 15,000 students, teachers, parents and seniors and provided 464 gigs for artists!

This year, we also welcomed some new faces to our AIE Team. Sarah Gepigon joined BAC in January as longtime Arts in Education Coordinator, Deborah Field, stepped away from BAC into the field of occupational therapy. Sarah’s enthusiasm and sense of humor brought some fun to the administrative paperwork processes. We will also soon be welcoming a new Arts in Education Manager as Rebecca Potts moves out of the country to accompany her husband to Prague. We look forward to introducing another new member of the AIE team soon.
In celebrating this year’s fantastic work with BAC teaching and performing artists, and wishing a bittersweet farewell to Debby and Rebecca, we captured some of the artists’ favorite moments, lessons learned, and praise from classroom teachers.

The Chorus at Prospect Hill Senior Center led by teaching artist Renee Manning performs. Photo: BAC.

The Chorus at Prospect Hill Senior Center led by teaching artist Renee Manning performs. Photo: BAC.

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Happy Fourth of July Brooklyn!

Dear Brooklyn,

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!

Sincerely,
Your Folklorist

 

Singing the Gods @ Brooklyn College from Brooklyn Arts Council on Vimeo.

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
http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org/documents/2360

• June 10 – Dance: “Everyday Waters” with SPARC Artist Emily Wexler, at JCC of Greater Coney Island
http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org/documents/2358

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Living With the Sweetest Song-May 8th@ Jalopy Theater: Blues, Ballads, and Banana Boat Songs.

Banana Boat
Years ago, I stumbled upon a paperback copy of Living With Music: Ralph Ellison’s Jazz Writings.  After the first chapter, I was hooked.  Ellison had unlocked a truth about music that I had been seeking. He wrote about how blues and jazz contained “equipment for living” that are “able to evoke a shared community experience.”  I covered my copy with the heaviest paper I could find.  I wrote my name and phone number in the interior- just in case. I had a felling that its words would send me on a journey, and wherever I was going, it was coming with me.

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THE SWEETEST SONG: Brooklyn Traditional Singers and Their Songs

FA_TSS_Galeet Dardashti in performance_color

The Sweetest Song Festival (TSS), 12 concerts and 8 singing master classes to be held at various Brooklyn venues in Spring 2014, explores a range of singing traditions as practiced and performed in Brooklyn immigrant and diaspora communities. TSS is designed to engage a diverse audience of New Yorkers in a creative, cross-cultural exchange with some of the finest traditional singers living in Brooklyn.

Singing is at the center of traditional family and community life for Brooklynites of all backgrounds. It is the art form perhaps most widely practiced and appreciated within community, and yet traditional songs—from Georgian table songs and Dominican salves to Carnatic Hindu devotional songs and Balkan laments—are rarely shared across cultures or with the general public. TSS fills this gap, creating an unprecedented opportunity for audiences to learn about a wide range of song traditions continued by their Brooklyn neighbors.

Songs will be presented by masters of culturally-specific song traditions, such as Winston “Jeggae” Hoppie, a leading performer of Guyanese kweh-kweh songs, Eva Primack, the renowned singer of Balkan music, and Jose Ortiz, an acclaimed Puerto Rican bombero. Most TSS concerts afford the opportunity for audiences to learn a bit of a song and sing it together. Brooklyn singers can sign up for master classes, to be held at the Brooklyn Music School, taught by some our TSS performing artists.

Every culture claims “the sweetest song” is theirs, but in Brooklyn, the sweetest song is ours!

The Sweet Song Festival
April 26 through May 27, 2014.

Brooklyn’s Sweetest Songs: A Traditional Song Sampler
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 4-5:30pm
Brooklyn Public Library, Central, Dweck Auditorium. 10 Grand Army Plaza

Encounter with Hindu Devotional Singing
Sunday, April 27, 9-11pm
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St., West Village, Manhattan
*No admission fee for the show but the café charges a $10 minimum on food/drink.

Singing the Gods: Songs of Devotion, Praise and Invocation
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 11am-12:30pm
Brooklyn College, Woody Tanger Auditorium inside Brooklyn College Library; enter at Campus Road and Hillel Place

Young Traditionalists: Rocking Their Roots. Pete Seeger Tribute Concert
Friday, May 2, 7-9:30pm
Brooklyn Music School Auditorium Theater, Brooklyn Music School, 126 St Felix St

Pakastani Encounter: Midwood’s Master Ghazal and Thumri Singers
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:30-10:30pm
Royal Catering Hall, 818 Coney Island Avenue
* Food + Music inclusive at $20

Ballads, Blues, and Banana Boat Songs
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm
Jalopy Music Theatre, 315 Columbia St. (Red Hook)

Persian and Balkan Break-out! Brooklyn Singers Expanding Traditions
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9-10:30pm
BAM Café at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave

Mothersongs: Traditional Singing by, for, and about Mothers
Sunday, May 11, 2014, 1-3 pm
Actors Fund Arts Center,160 Schermerhorn St.

Haitian Encounter: Traditional Vodou Songs Collected by Georges Vilson
Wednesday, May 14, 7-9pm
City Lore Performance Space, 56 East First St.

Sung Among Friends: Intimate Georgian and Yiddish Singing Traditions
Thursday, May 15, 7-9pm
City Lore Performance Space, 56 East First St.

Brooklyn Masters of Traditional Song
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 4-5:30pm
Brooklyn Public Library, Central, Dweck Auditorium. 10 Grand Army Plaza

Singer-to-Singer Master Classes
Tuesday evenings May 6, May 13, May 20, and May 27 from 6:30-9pm
Two classes per night (6:30-7:15pm and 7:30-8:45pm)
Brooklyn Music School, 126 St Felix St

 

**This programs was curated by former BAC Folk Arts Director, Dr. Kay Turner.**

BAC Announces Online Grant Application Seminar

Every year, Brooklyn Arts Council distributes around $350,000 to help fund hundreds of projects by Brooklyn artists and organizations in all artistic disciplines through BAC Community Arts Grants.

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Community Arts Fund
This grant is intended for high-quality arts projects in all disciplines that reach the Brooklyn public and enrich the cultural life of the borough. These grants are available to individual Brooklyn artists, nonprofits and arts collectives.
Application Deadline: September 25, 2013

Local Arts Support
For high-quality arts projects in all disciplines that reach the Brooklyn public and enrich the cultural life of the borough. Available to Brooklyn nonprofits and individuals/groups with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.
Application Deadline: October 2, 2013

Online Application Seminar
Missed an in-person Grant Seminar? Need a refresher as you’re completing your application? Watch our online application seminar.

BAC offers informational how-to-apply seminars, one-on-one feedback on projects, application draft reviews and panel feedback to all BAC Grants applicants, creating a supportive professional development opportunity out of the application process.