About Black Brooklyn Renaissance


Black Brooklyn Renaissance (February 2010-February 2011), features performances, exhibitions, screenings, symposia and workshops, a conference, an oral history project and an archive. BAC has joined forces with artists and organizations across the borough to make Black Brooklyn Renaissance a truly collaborative and holistic endeavor. Brooklyn has evolved as a major Black cultural center in the United States, largely as a result of the diversity of Black cultures here 'African American, Afro-Caribbean, and African' all with distinct arts traditions interacting and expanding in the urban uhuru (freedom) of Brooklyn. Here the historic Black struggle for social justice met the making of art in powerful ways. That legacy continues today without an end in sight. All power to the artists and art of Black Brooklyn Renaissance. Click here for the Fall Events Calendar!

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Since 1988, BAC has presented and documented the expressive arts of numerous Afro-diasporic traditional artists in Brooklyn. This slide show samples documentation from our archive.

Are you planning a cultural event in Brooklyn that's open to the public and features Black artists? We would like to know about it. Please click here to fill out our calendar submission form.

ABOUT RESTORATION Established in 1967 with the bipartisan support of Senators Robert Kennedy and Jacob Javits, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) is the nation's first community development corporation, and one of Brooklyn's largest. For over forty years, Restoration's mission has remained unchanged: to improve the quality of life of Central Brooklyn's predominantly low-income and minority families. Integral to its mission, Restoration's Center for Arts & Culture (CAC) aims to promote, present, and preserve the multi-cultural arts legacy of the African Diaspora, and encourages the artistic development of the community.

Black Brooklyn Renaissance is sponsored by Metlife Foundation.

Programs are made possible by support from American Express, Con Edison, Brooklyn Community Foundation, New York State Senators John L. Sampson and Kevin S. Parker, Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust, Park Avenue Building and Roofing Supplies, LLC, Concord Baptist Christfund, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, V.I.M., Carver Federal Savings Bank, and New York Council for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by New York State Council on the Arts, the Brooklyn Delegations of the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York City Council and its Brooklyn Delegation. Media sponsorships provided by The New York Times, Community Affairs and WBLS 107.5.