Friends with Money: Stacy Kovacs/BatalaNYC

Artistic Director Stacy Kovacs. Image provided by artist.

Artistic Director Stacy Kovacs. Image provided by artist.

Name: Stacy Kovacs/BatalaNYC

Aka: Artistic Director

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Neighborhood: Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Favorite thing about your neighborhood:

I love the diverse neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

What did you get funded for?

The Carnival Project, Year 2. The Celebration Continues!
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Announcing Destination Brooklyn 2015!

DBklyn logoBrooklyn Arts Council is proud to announce that our youngest grant program, Destination Brooklyn, will be returning for a second year!

Destination Brooklyn supports the marketing efforts of Brooklyn-based 501c3 organizations whose primary mission is to provide arts and cultural activities open to the general public. Awards of $1,500 will be granted for the creation, production and distribution of print promotional materials that represent the awardee organization’s artistic and cultural activities with an emphasis on borough tourism.

Funding priority will be given to organizations with a demonstrated history and commitment to reaching a diverse Brooklyn audience, ability to execute the project, and projected reach of distribution plan with a focus on tourism throughout the borough.

Brooklyn-based 501c3 cultural organizations with a general operating budget of $500,000 or under are eligible to apply. Applicants must download and review all application materials from brooklynartscouncil.org prior to beginning an application. Please note: our application process is now paperless.

Applications are due by 11:59pm on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Funding for this program is made possible through the office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and NYC & Company Foundation. Visit brooklynartscouncil.org for complete guidelines and a downloadable PDF of application questions, for your reference.

Feel free to contact BAC Grants at grants@brooklynartscouncil.org or 718-625-0080 with any questions about crafting your application.

Friends with Money: Carolyn Butts-Schmalenberger

Artist Carolyn Butts-Schmalenberger. Photo provided by artist.

Artist Carolyn Butts-Schmalenberger. Photo provided by artist.

Name: Carolyn Butts-Schmalenberger

Aka: Founder and Festival Director for  Reel Sisters of the Diaspora

Hometown: Brooklyn

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.

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Resources for Artists: Grant Writing

I’m about to make a few assumptions.

Prepare yourself accordingly, and let’s dive in.

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  1. You are an artist or representative of an arts organization, based in Brooklyn or the surrounding New York Area.
  2. You have a creative idea or mission you would like to see come to fruition.
  3. You need money.

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Friends with Money: Gretchen Van Lente/Drama of Works

Drama of Works production still. Image provided by artist.

Drama of Works production still. Image provided by artist.

Name:  Gretchen Van Lente

AKA: Artistic Director of Drama of Works

Hometown: Brooklyn

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

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Friends with Money: Iviva Olenick

Work by Iviva Olenick. Image provided by the artist.

Work by Iviva Olenick. Image provided by the artist.

Name: Iviva Olenick

Aka: Director, Stitched Stories, Fabled Fiber (artist, textile designer, teacher, weaver)

Hometown: East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

Current Neighborhood: Boerum Hill

Favorite thing about your neighborhood:

The Invisible Dog Art Center is the perfect spot for live performances, artist studios and exhibits. South Brooklyn Running Club makes race training bearable and even fun.

What did you get funded for?

Native/Immigrant City: Brooklyn in Soft Sculpture
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Creative Coalitions x The BITF Art Show

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Artist: Ms. Zukie

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.
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