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What Grows in East New York

A pop-up gallery in partnership with Brooklyn Born

What Grows in East New York



5 pm - 8 pm

Brooklyn Arts Council's Creative Coalitions program and Brooklyn Born are transforming an East New York storefront into a vibrant art space. What Grows in East New York showcases East New York's locally-inspired visual art and its vibrant arts and cultural community. Curated by Krista Saunders Scenna, Co-Founder of Ground Floor Gallery and the Director of Programs and Communications at Art Connects New York, the pop-up gallery will feature works of art that illustrate the culture of East New York and that explore each artist's relationship with the neighborhood. 

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 20, 2016

533 Sutter Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207
L to Sutter Ave
2/3/4/5 to Pennsylvania Ave

Krista Saunders Scenna is an independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked for the ICA in Philadelphia, the Queens Museum, the Whitney Museum of Art and New Museum in various capacities. Scenna was a 2010-11 Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellow. In addition to exhibitions at BRIC, NURTUREart and Lesley Heller Workspace, her curatorial portfolio also includes site-specific exhibitions in alternative forums such The Old Stone House, Vax Moto motorcycle garage, the DUMBO Arts Festival and SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2015. Scenna also advises emerging artists as the co-founder and director of Ground Floor Gallery in Park Slope, Brooklyn – a young gallery that connects underrepresented, local artists with new art buyers.

Since its inception in 2012, BAC's Creative Coalitions program has worked to mitigate the impact of displacement in East Brooklyn communities, and as a result of these efforts, longtime residents of East New York have been empowered to make positive, lasting changes within their respective neighborhoods through arts and cultural programming that speaks to their needs and aspirations. Uniting artists, local businesses, arts and culture organizations, community groups, and residents interested in expanding arts and culture within their communities, BAC's Creative Coalitions program engages a "boots on the ground" approach to building homegrown capacity and to providing technical assistance to neighborhood coalitions and their members so that neighborhoods can realize their potential for creating cultural vibrancy.

Brooklyn Born, a community enrichment food vending service, is a food truck, an NYC Green Cart, and a cultural incubator based in East New York. Brooklyn Born's mobile food carts offer fresh fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods with limited access to healthy foods.  

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Brooklyn Arts Council's Creative Coalitions program is made possible, in part, by support from The New York Community Trust, New York City Council Member Darlene Mealy; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support for BAC programs is provided by the public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

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