Greg "Jocko" Jackson Center | 519 Rockaway Ave
Join us for an open forum of artists, community members, and all connected to the neighborhood as we explore the Caribbean influences that make up Brownsville. Come together as we share stories, experiences, and creativity. This open gathering will help inform and brainstorm on a collaborative, community-led cultural exhibition launching this summer!
FREE | Light refreshments served
This session will be co-facilitated by Shantel Palacio of the Brownsvillain documentary project!
Shantel Palacio is a Brownsville native and advocate for the community she loves. She recently launched a video web-series on her site Brownsvillain, where she collects local stories that epitomizes her neighborhood. These short testimonials come together to create a vital, evolving mosaic in an effort to take back the narrative of Brownsville. That narrative is made up of equal parts resilience and bravado and a sense of belonging, in defiance of any outsider’s presumptions about the neighborhood. She feels it is too important for local kids to see themselves in members of the community and know they can amount to something more than the stereotypes reinforced by outsiders. Palacio has been a policy analyst for the NYC Department of Education for over seven years. She holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and earned her undergraduate degree in Communications at Bryant University.
a part of the forthcoming exhibition Nou La - We Reach!
Nou La - We Reach! is an interactive exhibition narrating the story of the Caribbean presence in Brooklyn. The exhibition will lay a platform for contemplation and immersion into the Caribbean migrations that have profoundly impacted Brooklyn’s culture. Launching at the Wyckoff House Museum in June 2018, Nou La pivots on notions of innovation and preservation, migration and displacement, resisting and becoming, and more. Featuring the work of artists from Brownsville and East Flatbush and drawing upon the voices of the community, we invite you to be a part of this cultural collaboration as we reflect on the Brooklyn Caribtropolis of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.