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.
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.
On Thursday, October 23 at 7pm, the Brooklyn Arts Council will celebrate the 4th annual Brooklyn Folk Arts Day. This year, BAC’s Folk Arts program will present a gathering of traditional arts leaders for “Bring it on Home: Folk Arts in the Digital Domain” at the Actors Fund Arts Center. Through a discussion led by scholars, archivists, and traditional cultural specialists, “Bring it on Home” will host an important cultural conversation about the importance of giving communities access to and use of their own cultural heritage materials—such as audio, video, and photographic records of music, dance, and other cultural traditions—for the benefit of future generations. This gathering of folk and traditional arts communities will explore the importance of sharing digital materials that document traditions of diverse communities with members of the same communities, and when culturally relevant, with the general public.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.