Grantees honored at the 2015 BAC Grants Ceremony

On Wednesday, March 18th, Brooklyn Arts Council celebrated the culmination of our 2015 Grant Season. Hundreds of public officials, performers, panelists, and grantees descended on Brooklyn Borough Hall to commemorate the occasion.

Brooklyn Arts Council Grantee Ceremony Program against Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom background. Photo Credit: Marvin Roberts Photography, 2015.

Brooklyn Arts Council Grantee Ceremony Program against Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom background. Photo Credit: Marvin Roberts Photography, 2015.

No BAC ceremony is complete without performers, and this year we were graced with some truly amazing talent. Truthworker Theatre Company opened the festivities with a 7 minute compilation of scenes from their two current productions: BARCODE and IN|PRISM: Boxed In and Blacked Out in America. A social justice based, hip hop theatre company based in Brooklyn, Truthworker provides free programming and professional stipends for young visionaries and performers to receive rigorous training. Each production deals with a different need for social and societal change. IN|PRISM examines the impacts and practices of solitary confinement in prisons, while BARCODE addresses the school to prison pipeline in America. For more information about the program, please visit: www.truthworker.com

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Coming Soon: Folk Feet’s 10th Anniversary!

We are looking forward to the Spring and Summer season, not just for the weather, but for the celebration of Folk Feet’s 10th Anniversary. From May through July, BAC’s Folk Arts program will look back in order to move forward.  Through a series of public programs, we will fuse past Folk Feet participants of (i.e. Tiny Love) with new vernacular dance forms gaining traction in Brooklyn (i.e. Flex). We will also be guiding you through our Folk Feet archival materials (freshly digitized) to celebrate the fieldwork of the Folk Feet foundersf, Dr. Kay Turner and Nicole Macotsis.

Cultural Youth Incorporated Inc., The Brooklyn Jumbies, 2004.

Cultural Youth Incorporated Inc., The Brooklyn Jumbies, 2004.

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The South Shore High Project

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Photo Credit: John Murll, john@murll.com

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.
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Community [re]vitalization at [re]New Lots

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.