We're inviting artists in all traditional genres—music, dance, story, visual art, ritual arts and performance—to come together to discuss possibilities for cross-cultural and cross-genre collaborations.
Come to our monthly meet-up to learn basic marketing skills to help promote your projects and to discuss issues we will raise in the town hall portion of BAC Folk Arts Day in November.
This year, our town hall discussion focuses on Brooklyn traditional artists’ response to Hurricane Sandy. We’ll examine how traditional and immigrant-based communities have been affected by this natural disaster, giving artists a forum to share stories from their own communities around Brooklyn.
Learn how to make use of BAC’s Artist Registry and Directory of Brooklyn Arts Organizations. It’s easier than ever before to have a presence on BAC’s website and this is an important way to promote your work.
For part 2 in a series of Folk Arts meet-ups on marketing, BAC Folk Arts Director Kay Turner will explain how to write an effective artist statement.
Harborlore kicks-off Caribbean Island-style with old time calypso and reggae. This jamming evening pays tribute to Irving Burgie, songwriter of the world famous “Day-O."
Presentations and performances about the pervasiveness of water symbolism in the borough’s diverse communities, ending with audience Q&A.
An afternoon of water-based folk songs, stories and dance performances from Jamaica, Bangladesh, Grenada and more.
Harborlore brings immigrant traditions of water—both new and old—to the annual Bay Ridge Viking Festival.
Harborlore brings lore of the fishing world to the annual Bay Fest, with Garifuna storyteller James Lovell from Belize and New York Harbor diver Lenny Speregen telling fish tales and more.
Hop on the ferry and meet us in Snug Harbor for performances and interactive learning with artists from Brooklyn and Staten Island at the Noble Maritime Collection at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.
A musical conversation between diverse singers performing traditional maritime songs including English sea shanties, spiritual Baptist hymns, Jamaican banana boat folksongs and more.
Dancers from diverse religious and spiritual traditions invoke blessings and healing for ongoing recovery.
Join in family-friendly traditional dance workshops along the beach of Coney Island Creek then watch performances of dances that narrate fishing, water gathering, sea deities and other water lore.
Join hundreds of New Yorkers who attend Tribute annually to drum, pray, remember, wade in the water and leave flowers at the shoreline.
Here's what you need in your "go-bag" to prepare for the next natural disaster: cultural knowledge. Symposium about traditional ideas, practices and arts approaches to managing the trauma of natural disasters.
Harborlore comes to a close with performances and workshops for all ages on water lore found in stories, dance, drumming and ritual.
It's that time of year! BAC Grants for 2014 will have an application deadline in September. Our summer Meetups help traditional artists prepare to apply.
Traditional artists will learn how to complete a grant application budget as well as compose excellent support materials for their BAC Community Arts Grant application.
At our September Folk Arts Meet-up we will review traditional artist’s complete applications for BAC’s Community Arts Grants in advance of the application deadline.
Join us for a holiday party hosted by the New York Folklore Society at City Lore’s new space in Manhattan.
Learn how to do basic archiving of your own or your organization’s history and take a tour of BAC’s Folk Arts Archive at our January Meet-up.
On Tuesday, February 25th from 6-8pm, come to a special Folk Arts Meet-up, where everyone will have a chance to meet Christopher Mulé, the new Folk Arts Director at BAC, effective March 3, 2014.
This concert opens Brooklyn Arts Council’s The Sweetest Song Festival. You’ll hear a sampler of songs heard in Brooklyn’s diverse communities.
Hosted by Brooklyn-based musician Arun Ramamurthy, this concert presents several highly regarded local Indian Classical musicians accompanying the world- renowned vocal innovator, Falu.
This program of lecture/demonstration performances teaches how music shapes religious devotion in diverse Brooklyn communities.
Young Brooklyn singers pay tribute to Mr. Pete Seeger.
Enjoy Pakistani cuisine while listening to a live concert performance.
This series of 8 FREE intensive classes gives New York City singers a chance to learn from master teachers of traditional music.
A lively night, including plenty of audience sing-a-longs, featuring Brooklyn singer Beareather Reddy highlighting the importance that blues music plays in African American and Caribbean Heritage.
This program spotlights the use of traditional song as a basis for contemporary, hybrid singing styles, which are very popular among young Brooklyn musicians today.
Bring your mother, grandmother, daughter or yourself to this celebratory Mother’s Day brunch time concert presenting traditional Mother songs.
Haitian singer and song collector, Georges Vilson, introduces his Kandelab project for notating and recording Haitian songs used in vodou.
This intimate concert held around a large table presents the kind of traditional singing shared socially among friends and family.
The Sweetest Song Festival closes with a concert honoring outstanding Brooklyn traditional singers.
Learn the process of applying for a Local Art Support or Community Arts Fund grant in the Folk Arts category. This seminar takes place in Dumbo.
Join us for a cultural conversation about the importance of giving communities access to and use of their own cultural heritage materials.
Calling all folk artists: Learn more about New York Folklore Society Mentoring and Professional Development awards.
The National Women’s Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka will teach and showcase traditional wedding dances of Kandyan weddings in Sri Lanka.
This program will feature free performances and workshops, on the Brighton Beach boardwalk, from the Dancing Crane company.
Brooklyn-based artists and street dance pioneers will give free workshops and showcases that illustrate the history and evolution of street dance.
Join this creative professional development workshop for dance professionals, designed to help improve clarity in both mission and motivation.
Creating an inclusive, safe, and fun environment, Brooklyn Contra is tapping into a new generation of dancers and fostering sustainable community growth.
In partnership with the Guyanese Cultural Association, we are closing down Newkirk Avenue and sharing dance forms that come out of Afro-Caribbean masquerades and street processions.
This program will celebrate Eid al-Fitr at the 9th Annual Arab American Bazaar in Bay Ridge with traditional Arab dance from Yemen, Egypt, and Palestine.
Come celebrate the 5th annual Brooklyn Folk Arts Day.
BAC Folk Arts offers a pre-festival event that will recreate the intimate teahouse atmosphere of a mushaira (a Pakistani poetry recital).
Celebrating Guyana’s Independence through Afro and Indo-Guyanese Folk and Traditional Arts
BAC Folk Arts Society: Embroidery & Storytelling in Folklife
Brooklyn Arts Council and BAM Café Live present: Expanding Traditions: Rhythm Tolee, Aziz Peerzada & Saboor Aziz
Introduction to Citizen Folklife
Learn about folklife interview techniques using recording equipment and listen to live interviews with special guests.
Please join us on Thursday, September 28th from 6-8pm for BAC Folk Arts Society Meeting #8!
Join us on 11/16 for the next BAC Folk Arts Society meeting with Mongol Heritage Foundation!
American Folklore Society president Dr. Kay Turner returns for our upcoming Folk Arts Society meeting.
Join BAC Folk Arts for a night of music from Haiti and Syria, together in one space.
This new documentary from Cultures of Resistance Films shines a light on creative nonviolent resistance in Burkina Faso.
BAC's Folk Arts program and Prospect Park Alliance announce the inaugural Brooklyn Roots Festival taking place in the Prospect Park Children’s Corner!
Join an exclusive mobile bus tour of the steelpan yards and masquerade camps of Brooklyn, in preparation for J'Ouvert!
Come experience J'Ouvert, the pre-dawn procession from dark to light. Immerse yourself in this integral Caribbean tradition and come celebrate with us!