Calling all folk artists and folk arts professionals: New York Folklore Society Mentoring and Professional Development monetary awards are there for you—all year round on a rolling deadline. Come to Brooklyn Arts Council (55 Washington Street, Suite 218) and meet the NYC representative for NYFS, Eileen Condon on March 12th at 7pm.
Thanks to the work of my predecessor, Dr. Kay Turner, BAC’s Folk Arts program has built a wonderful relationship with our Arts in Education department. In order to continue to strengthen that relationship, please come and meet the Arts in Education staff at the Brooklyn Arts Council to learn about Arts in Education opportunities. We will have a meet and greet opportunity for you to ask questions on Tuesday, March 3 at 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Please contact Christopher Mulé if you have any questions or concerns.
Here we interview Abdul Badi, an East New York-based painter, about his work over the last 50 years.
Where are you from? How long have you lived in Brooklyn?
I’m actually born in Washington DC, and wound up in Brooklyn back in 1964. East New York – I’ve been out here since 1988. I’ve lived out here, but I hadn’t met a lot of other artists out here until Catherine opened up Arts East NY, and then I was surprised to see how many other artists actually lived out here. I participated in [the Go Brooklyn Arts Gallery] competition 2 years ago, where they visited everybody’s studio, and in East New York, I was the only artist out here. The other sections – Bed-Stuy, Greenpoint, Williamsburg were chock full of artists, but East New York? Up until then I didn’t really see much on the arts scene. Everything I did was outside of East New York.
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!