Black Brooklyn Renaissance Digital Archive

Randy Weston Trio with special guests at the Cantor auditorium in the Brooklyn Museum, part of Black Brooklyn Renaissance program  Photo: Etienne Frossard Randy Weston Trio with special guests at the Cantor auditorium in the Brooklyn Museum, part of Black Brooklyn Renaissance program Photo: Etienne Frossard

Black Brooklyn Renaissance, Black Arts & Culture, 1960 - 2010, was a landmark, year-long event series presented by Brooklyn Arts Council in partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation from February 2010-2011. Through over 30 concerts, performances, exhibitions, screenings, lectures, workshops, and other public programs, Black Brooklyn Renaissance brought to light and celebrated how Black artists have contributed to the Brooklyn's significance as a center of Black culture in New York since 1960. An accompanying oral history project recorded interviews with over 80 Brooklyn artists, community leaders, and other people who have played influential roles in Brooklyn?s Afro-Diasporic cultural community over the last 50 years. Brooklyn Arts Council created a digital archive documenting all of the BAC produced events and interviews held during the year-long series, which will be deposited at Brooklyn Arts Council as well as following public institutions:

  • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Brooklyn College Library
  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Medgar Evers College
  • American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

The Black Brooklyn Renaissance digital archive is formatted as playable DVDs, for use in compatible DVD players and computers, and audio CDs, where indicated. Because limited copies of the Black Brooklyn Renaissance Digital Archive are being given to institutional libraries and archives, public access, while not restricted, must be gained by appointment with the institution any individual wants to visit. Institutions will have their own protocols and visitors need to call or e-mail in advance. . Click here to access the Black Brooklyn Renaissance Online Events Archive. Please contact Kay Turner, BAC Folk Arts Director at kturner@brooklynartscouncil.org for more information on how to access the archive beginning on February 15th, 2011.

With such a large collection, we realize there may be omissions in the documentation. Visit the corrections page for more information.

Press Release Press Release BBR_Archive_Release_Announcement.pdf