Event Canceled: Community Arts Grants Celebration

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Contact: Sarah Fonseca, Communications Manager, sfonseca@brooklynartscouncil.org

 

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Admirers of Brooklyn Artists:

After much deliberation, Brooklyn Arts Council has decided to cancel our 40th Annual Community Arts Grants Celebration at Borough Hall, originally scheduled for this Friday evening, March 13.

As our city, state, and country heroically respond to and work to restrict the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we feel that it is best to err on the side of caution and do our part to further reduce the low risk of transmission at a mass gathering. Additionally, we wish to preserve the integrity of the Grants Celebration; an event that has always been defined by artistry, high spirits, and intimate connection.     

As we continue to develop public programming, we will proactively follow the guidelines of our city’s municipal and healthcare leaders.

Brooklyn Arts Council has the unique privilege of corresponding and conspiring with our borough’s artists. For the past fifty-four years, they have selflessly taught us about the challenges they face in creating work on stage, behind the lens, and on the canvas. They have freely shared what they need – economically and interpersonally – to prosper.

Naturally, those invaluable exchanges, taking place over the decades, were considered when making this difficult decision. We know that artistic challenges are not independent of those of the body and mind. Brooklyn’s greatest imaginations crave security in creative practice and personhood; to forge meaningful work while also sustaining their families, their communities, and their health.

We will always give the concerns of our artists the highest credence.  

It goes without saying that our hearts are heavy. Through tangible experiences with grant recipients’ work, Brooklyn Arts Council’s Grants Celebration has served as a family reunion; uniting grantees – past and present – with our board, staff, and community leaders. That invigorating evening always holds a special place in our calendars and in our collective soul.

While Brooklyn Arts Council will heed any and all social distancing recommendations, we approach the term itself with trademark Brooklyn defiance and good humor. The Brooklyn Arts Council family spans five decades and sixty-six neighborhoods; we are immensely social and will never truly be distant. A list of this year’s inspiring grantees can be found below, along with their social media handles. We encourage you to virtually shake their hands and follow their work. Brooklyn Arts Council looks forward to our future convenings: in person and online.

With love and devotion to the arts,

Antonia Yuille Williams                                    Charlotte A. Cohen

Chair                                                                     Executive Director

Brooklyn Arts Council                                         Brooklyn Arts Council

2020 Brooklyn Arts Fund, Charlene Victor & Ella J. Weiss Cultural Entrepreneur Fund 2020, and Local Arts Support Grantees

 

Aaron Asis (BAF)

“Unforgotten”

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Alternative Synergy the Company (BAF)

Life Symphony 2.0

Instagram: @alternative_synergy

 

Arno Mokros (BAF)

Witness My Shame

Website: littlepharmazine.com

 

Aeilushi Mistry (BAF)

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Afrolatin@ Project, Inc. (LAS)

8th Annual Afro-Latino Festival NYC

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Aisha Joseph (BAF)

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Alex Colon-Olaniyan (BAF)

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Facebook: Alex Colon-Olaniyan

 

Albert Chau (BAF)

Red Envelope Show

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Alyssa Dennis (BAF)

Invasive Apothecary

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Andreas Arnold (BAF)

Flamenco-Jazz in Brooklyn

Instagram: @andreasarnoldmusik

 

Andrew Drury Tentet (LAS)

"What It All Could Be: These Trees"

Bandcamp: @andrewdrury

 

Andrew Pester (BAF)

FAILSPACE

Instagram: @failspacenyc

 

Angela Morris (BAF)

Brackish: Music & Art

Instagram: @brackishbrooklyn

Angeli Rasbury (BAF)

Our Voices Matter

 

Anh Vo (BAF)

“Babylift”

Instagram: @anhqvo

 

Annual Gowanus Artists Studio Tour, Inc. (BAF)

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Instagram: @artsgowanus

 

Aranzazu Araujo (BAF)

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Instagram: @arantxaaraujo

 

Artshack Brooklyn (LAS)

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Association of Teaching Artists (BAF)

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Astrid Kuljanic (BAF)

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Aynsley Vandenbroucke (BAF)

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@aynsleyvandenbroucke

 

Azmi Mert Erdem (BAF)

Dermis

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Bachtopus Accordion Ensemble (BAF)

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Website: bachtopus.com

 

Batingua Arts (BAF)

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Website: batinguaarts.com

 

Belinda McGuire (BAF)

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Instagram: @belindamcguire

 

BioBAT, Inc. (BAF/LAS)

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Brendan Drake (BAF)

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Website: brendandrakechoreography.com

 

Breukelen R.I.S.E., Inc. (BAF)

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Facebook: @breukelenrise

 

Brooke Singer (BAF)

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Brooklyn Accordion Club (BAF)

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Brooklyn Americana Music Festival (BAF/LAS)

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Brooklyn Brass Collective, Inc. (BAF)

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Brooklyn Youth Company (LAS/BAF)

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Facebook: @brooklynyouthcompany

 

cakeface (BAF)

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Candace Thompson (BAF)

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Carmen Ferreyra (BAF)

Empowering the LatinX Arts Community of Brooklyn II

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Carolyn Butts-Schmalenberger (BAF)

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Carter Van Pelt (BAF)

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Instagram: @coneyislandreggae

 

Cat Del Buono (BAF)

"Voices"

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Center for Art Law (BAF/LAS)

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ChamberQueer (BAF)

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Cheryl Thomas (BAF)

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Chief Sekou Awosanmi Osuntogun Alaje (BAF)

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Chinese Street Musical Club (BAF)

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Chris Reynolds (BAF)

"Gowanus Current"

Twitter: @gowanuscurrent

 

Chromic

"Call for Scores"

Instagram: @chromicduo

 

Clara Ibarra (BAF)

“The Grandparents StoryLab”

Instagram: @grandparentsstorylab

 

Colleen Thompson (BAF)

Momentum

Website: brooklynboihood.com

 

Continuum Culture & Arts, Inc. (LAS/BAF)

Soup & Sound 2020

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Craig Bannister (BAF)

Spectrum Generation Bridge

 

Danielle Russo (BAF)

"Final Notice"

Twitter: @russoprojects

 

Danny Dakari (BAF)

Paint with Purpose 2

Facebook: @thearthubnyc

 

Darkness Rising, Inc. (BAF)

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Instagram: @darknessrisingproject

 

David Goren (BAF)

Yo Yo Mon Brooklyn! Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map 2.0

Website: pirateradiomap.com

 

Deepali Gupta (BAF)

"United States v. Gupta"

Instagram: @deepaligupta

 

Devised Theatre Project (BAF)

Free Classes Building Up to Devised Performances

Facebook: @devisedtheatreproject

 

DJ-Cuillé/ CapAble Collaborative (BAF)

The World Through Art

Website: methodsarchaic.com

 

DreamMaker DreamDoer DreamSupporter, Inc. (BAF)

The TIDE Film Festival

Instagram: @thetidefilmfest

 

Eastern Standard Time (BAF)

Pentatonic Pop Politics

Website: dianezhou.com

 

East New York 4 Gardens (BAF)

Arts & Crafts in Community Parks & Gardens

Website: gligraphics.wixsite.com/eny4gardens

 

 

Elina Akselrud (BAF)

Transience: Painting after Scriabin and Vine

Instagram: @intertwiningarts

 

Emilie Gay (BAF)

Pistachio Project

 

Emily Branham (BAF)

"Being BeBe: The BeBe Zahara Benet Documentary"

Twitter: @beingbebemovie

 

Emily Lobsenz (BAF)

“The Clock”

Instagram: @mle_lobster

 

Essence Theatre-Studio, Inc. (BAF/LAS)

"Vox in Deserto"

 

Fiberhouse Collective (BAF)

Fashioning Fungi: Designing for Decomposition

Instagram: @fiberhousecollective

 

Fist and Heel Performance Group (LAS)

“Power”

Facebook: @rwfhpg

 

Fulton Art Fair, Inc. (BAF/LAS) 

Artist Lounge

Instagram: @fultonartfair

 

Gary Glazner (BAF)

Alzheimer's Poetry Project

Instagram: @alzheimerspoet

 

Grace Chorale of Brooklyn (LAS)

Amy Beach's "Grand Mass in E-flat"

Facebook: @gracechoralebrooklyn

 

Grace Kim (BAF)

“Fissura: noun and verb”

Facebook: @gracekimfilm

 

GrowHouse NYC (BAF)

In Contemplation of Freedom: Juneteenth and Beyond

Instagram: @growhousebk

 

Gung Ho Projects (BAF)

"Salesman之死"

Website: gunghoprojects.com

 

Hilal Khalil Homaidan (BAF)

Masrah al-Mahjar

 

Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre, Inc. (BAF)

Expanding the Canon: Womxn and the Classics

Instagram: @hedgepigensembletheatre

 

iele paloumpis (BAF)

“in place of catastrophe, a clear night sky” for blind and visually impaired audiences

Instagram: @ielepaloumpis

 

IndyKids (LAS)

Reporter Workshops

Instagram: @indykidsnews

 

Inner Arts Initiative, Inc. (BAF)

"Sacred Seasons"

Instagram: @soundartmagic

 

Interference Archive (BAF)

Walkout: Fifty Years of Student Art in Protest

Twitter: @interferencearc

 

Irene Koloseus (BAF)

Feraba-African Rhythm Tap & Flamenco y Sol Dance Company

Facebook: @soundbridgesandpercussivedance

 

Jaeyeon Shin (BAF)

Microbial Speculation of Our Gut Feelings

Website: jayeonshin.com

 

James & Jerome (BAF)

The Conversationalists

Instagram: @jamesandjerome

 

James Moore (BAF)

The Dither Extravaganza! 2020

Instagram: @dither4tet

 

JASA Scheuer House Senior Center of Coney Island (LAS/BAF)

Artist-In-Residence Ceramics Program

Website: jasa.org/locate/brooklyn

 

Jan Descartes (BAF)

Collaborative Memoir Comics with Those Incarcerated in Brooklyn

Website: janmariedescartes.com

 

J. Bouey (BAF)

Chiron in Leo

Facebook: @jay.bouey

 

Jessica Batke (BAF)

Everybody Is Gone (or, the Happiest Muslims in the World)

Website: jessicabatke.com

 

Jingjing Tian (BAF)

"Cowboy Joe Redux"

Instagram: @mydarlingjingjing

 

Joanna Futral (BAF)

Dance in Bushwick

Instagram: @danceinbushwick

 

Joanna Gawrys-Dyjak (BAF)

World Evoke

Facebook: @joannagawrysdyjack

 

 

 

 

Johann Diedrick (BAF)

Wake

 

Jordana De La Cruz (BAF)

“TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever”

Website: jackny.org/tj-loves-sally-4-ever.html

 

JP Howard (BAF)

Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon Literary Salon & Open Mic Series

Instagram: @jphoward_poet

 

Juan Pablo Siles (BAF)

region(es): CENTRAL

Instagram: @region_es

 

Juecheng Chen (BAF)

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Instagram: @juecheng

 

Judith Barnes (BAF)

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Facebook: @verticalplayerrepertory

 

Kelly Todd (BAF)

"Under Review: Cascade-Siskiyou"

Instagram: @kellyashtontodd

 

Kendra J. Ross (BAF/LAS) 

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Instagram: @stoopsbedstuy

 

Khalif Thompson (BAF)

Home: Art Exhibition, Tea Party & Workshop

Instagram: @khaliftahir

 

KHORIKOS (BAF)

Mobility of Light

Instagram: @khorikos

 

Krissie Nagy (BAF)

Swamp in the City - A Cajun & Creole Music Festival

Instagram: @swampinthecity

 

Kwame Brandt-Pierce (BAF)

“Triptic”

Instagram: @kwamebrandtpierce

 

Kyana Brindle (BAF)

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Instagram: @nfinitorg

 

Lana Marilyn (BAF)

The Lit Exhibit: 2020

Instagram: @thelitexhibit

 

Laura Zlatos (BAF)

“The Blue Whale”

Instagram: @laurazlatos

 

Laurence Checler (BAF)

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Instagram: @actingourage

 

Loading Dock (BAF)

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Website: loadingdocktheatre.org

 

Local Development Corporation of East New York (LAS)

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Website: ldceny.org

 

Mai Lê Hô (BAF)

The LayeRhythm Experiment presents: It Takes Two

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Mara Mayer (BAF)

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Instagram: @homeaudioseries

 

Maria Bauman (BAF)

“Desire: A Sankofa Dream”

Instagram: @mbdancembdance

 

Marie Nahikian (BAF)

“The Usable Past”

Instagram: @marienahikian

 

 

 

Martin Majeske (BAF)

New Voices in Black Cinema Festival

Instagram: @newvoices_in_artsnmedia

 

Marvarid Uzbek Dance (BAF)

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Facebook: @uzbekdanceny

 

Mathew Muntz (BAF)

“When We Took the Fire”

Instagram: @muuuuuuuuuntz

 

Meghan McNamara (BAF)

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Michael Vang (BAF)

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Microscope Gallery (BAF)

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Mil's Trills (BAF)

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Instagram: @milstrills

 

Miriam Parker (BAF)

Lost Voyage

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Monica Hunken (BAF)

“The Night the Bridge Shook”

Twitter: @monica_hunken

 

Nana Chinara (BAF)

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Instagram: @chinararituals