Brooklyn Arts Council is proud to help nurture Brooklyn’s traditional artists and preserve our borough’s diverse heritage though our folk arts program.
Brooklyn Arts Council works with Brooklyn’s traditional artists and their immigrant communities to preserve and present arts expressive of the borough’s diverse living heritage—folk song, storytelling, social dance, foodways, material culture and more. BAC’s folk arts program is directed by a professional folklorist and associates trained in fieldwork techniques—interviewing, photographing, community engagement skills and collaborations. Fieldwork is part of every project that we undertake.
We regularly present traditional artists in concerts, workshops and panels; help them identify and apply for grants; consult with members of local communities to help preserve traditional ecologies; and educate the public about traditional lifeways.
Fieldwork is part of every project that eventually becomes a series of events and programs, but it’s also a part of learning about traditional communities and arts in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn’s evolving folklife is documented and preserved in BAC’s folk arts archive, online and by appointment at BAC. Traditional, ethnic, and diaspora arts express and preserve cultural custom, history, memory and identity.
BAC Folk Arts is associated with national and state folk arts organizations that offer resources for traditional arts.
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.