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.

This Fall, BAC’s Creative Coalitions is Still Bringing Art to Life

Throughout the summer, Creative Coalitions’ series Bringing Art to Life has been celebrating the amazing artistic talents and beautiful green spaces of Bushwick, Brownsville, and East New York.

Dancers from Powerful Pioneers at Newport Garden (photo credit Quardean Lewis-Allen)

Dancers from Powerful Pioneers at Newport Garden (photo credit Quardean Lewis-Allen)

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BAC Grants: 5 new things for 2015

This year marks BAC’s 35th year of funding. Such an established program needs some fine tuning every few years – here are just a few things that are new in 2015.

new year, new logo 1. More application resources
We’ve expanded the resources we make available to our applicants. Make sure you check out the Application Resources page as you’re creating your proposal. It includes grant writing links and info we think will be useful, as well as links to find your legislative information and a panel discipline guideline that has info about previously successful projects.

2. We’re accepting online work samples!
It’s 2015! We’re accepting online work samples! We can’t express how excited we are for this. If you’re not quite up on the digital yet, don’t worry – we’re still accepting CDs & DVDs. Check out the updated instructions for full submission details.
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The Folk Arts Way

Join BAC Folk Arts Director Christopher Mulé, as he speaks at The Way Station’s “Art Talks Brooklyn” on July 22 at 7:30pm.  He’ll be discussing how Folk life fits into the mix and some future plans for BAC’s Folk Arts program.  Other participants will include Shoe String Press and Launchpad.  See below for the Art Talks Brooklyn overview and click here to learn more about The Way Station. 

TUESDAY 7/22
NEW! 7:30pm- Art Talks Brooklyn
683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

A new speaker series highlighting Brooklyn Arts initiatives and programs. Monthly, we will invite three speakers, each allotted 15 minutes, to share how they are impacting our community through the arts.

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Shoe String Press- Lane Sell, Crown Heights

 

Founded in 2011, Shoestring Press serves artists in Crown Heights with work space, technical expertise, gallery exhibitions, critical engagement, and intellectual community. We’ve built a community of 25 working member artists and wider range of performers, workshop participants, exhibitors, and friends on the premise proving that making art should be an open process, one that is visible to the community and affordable to anyone who wants to participate in visual culture.

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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.

Music of Pakistan in Brooklyn with Eric Ki Beithak

I am four-months into Kings County as it’s Folk Arts Director. During this time, I have teetered between exhilaration and exhaustion. This was most obvious during the Sweetest Song Festival. Exhilaration– brought to me by the committed and brilliant expressions of cultural heritage I have been honored to be in the presence of. See evidence of this here. Exhaustion—brought to me by the promotion, presentation, and documentation of the nineteen Sweetest Song programs that occurred over a one month period. I have walked away wiser for the time and in awe of Dr.Kay Turner’s physical stamina. How did she do it? I have come to realize that the exhaustion is quickly extinguished when you work with people like Eric Alabaster.

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MEET THE ARTIST: Ian Lyn

Our featured artist this month is Ian Lyn, an East New York based photographer.
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Where are you from? How long have you lived in Brooklyn?
I’m originally from Brooklyn, and I’ve been a resident of East New York since 1997.

How long have you been a photographer?
On the level that I’m on now, about 2 years.

Who or what influenced your decision to become an artist?
The fact that people need to document their lives, the daily things that go on around them. Also I find art makes people happy, and that’s one thing that I do, I like to see people happy.

What else or who else inspires you artistically?
Really, my family, friends, other photographers, other artists. I’m new and I’m kind of learning my contemporaries. But as far as looking back to the past – of course there’s Gordon Parks, several painters, and my peers around me who push each other to do art or photography projects. I also credit God, my wife, and my children.
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