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BAC E-News: June 2010
Detail of “Building Codes” by Jessica Angel, part of the City Walls public art project in downtown Brooklyn. Image courtesy of the artist.

Planning a staycation this 4th of July weekend? Get in touch with your inner borough at Black Brooklyn Renaissance events like The 39th Annual International African Arts Festival (IAAF) on July 2 and July 3rd's Emancipation Day Celebration at Weeksville Heritage Center, a one-of-a-kind joyous Emancipation Day celebration that commemorates the end of slavery in New York. Going away? There’s a host of other equally exciting Black Brooklyn Renaissance events later this month. If you haven’t been to downtown Brooklyn lately, we’ve got the perfect excuse for you to check out recent developments in the area: City Walls, the district’s first-ever construction wall art project featuring three amazing murals by Brooklyn artists is now on view. Even though it’s only July 1, we’re already gearing up for fall at BAC with two calls for submissions. Now is the time to submit your event for inclusion in the Black Brooklyn Renaissance Fall Community Calendar . We’re also seeking original poems for BAC Folk Art’s annual September 11 Memorial Project. We also want to give a shout out for artist Rachel Sussman’s fiscally sponsored project “The Oldest Living Thing in the World,” which is getting a lot of deserved attention lately. And last but not least, join BK Art Lovers now and get access to these exciting July events for free or at a discount.

Make Music NY
Jessica Angel: Building Codes

Junkhaus: Bridges and Tunnels

Nelson Rivas: Untitled

City Walls

City Walls is a public art project commissioned by the MetroTech BID to enliven construction zones in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. The BID solicited the arts consultancy services of BAC to curate the artists for City Walls and to facilitate the artwork installation.

Three construction sites in the MetroTech BID area are now home to large scale murals by Brooklyn artists Jessica Angel, Junkhaus and Nelson Rivas:

Jessica Angel: Building Codes

Building Codes is a cityscape made up of linguistic symbols and images. The mural demonstrates how codes build our reality just as columns and walls give structure to the future building that is growing roots at this location...more.

Junkhaus: Bridges and Tunnels
Bridges and Tunnels collages the silhouettes of the three main bridges that connect downtown Brooklyn to Manhattan and the Downtown Brooklyn skyline combined with abstracted lines in the colors of the Brooklyn subway lines, an homage to Massimo Vignelli’s iconic 1972 NYC Transit map... more.

Nelson Rivas: Untitled
Rivas’ mural captures how people interact with their bustling downtown environment by layering abstract form, bright colors, portraiture and text. The result is a unique representation of Downtown Brooklyn’s diverse people and atmosphere...more.

Black Brooklyn Renaissance
Neil Clarke
KowTeff African Dance Company performs at the "International African Arts Festival" from July 2-5. Part of Black Brooklyn Renaissance. Photo: Lem Peterkin

Neil Clarke
The legendary singer and composer Toshi Reagon performs at "Intergenerations: Toshi Reagon and Friends" on July 29. Part of Black Brooklyn Renaissance. Photo: Molly Rubin.

July Events Calendar

Eyewitness: Beautiful Black Brooklyn (Photo Exhibition)
Saturday, July 31 - September 30
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11am-6pm;
Saturday 1-6pm

Presented by Skylight Gallery with support from BAC

Brooklyn Transformations (Outdoor Film Screening)
Saturday, July 17, 8:00pm: Doors; 8:30pm: Films

An outdoor screening of shorts by Brooklyn filmmakers, with many that focus on issues affecting Black Brooklyn and African-Americans. Fiction and documentary films explore dying industries, gentrification and immigration. Films include “No Ward” by Terence Nance and “Monroe St.” by Durier Ryan.

Presented by Rooftop Films in cooperation with BAC’s Scene: Brooklyn program

Intergenerations: Toshi Reagon and Friends
Thursday, July 29, 9-11pm; 8:30pm: Doors

The legendary singer and composer Toshi Reagon and her band Big Lovely (Fred Cash, Robert “Chicken” Burke, Adam Widoff, Judith Casselberry) perform with special guests Tamar-kali, Karma Mayet Johnson, Sun Singleton, Stephanie Battle and more.

Presented by BAC with support from American Express and the Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust

Click here for the complete summer events calendar.

Participate in Black Brooklyn Renaissance

Share Your Story * Submit Your Events * Participate in an Interview

There are many ways you can be part of Black Brooklyn Renaissance in addition to attending the events:

  • Submit relevant events online for inclusion in our Black Brooklyn Renaissance Community Events Calendar for Fall 2010.Fill out Form Now

  • Share your personal stories, historical info, etc. Send us written memories, photos, video and so on via our online form.Fill out Form Now

  • Sign-up for an interview to share your knowledge. Black Brooklyn Renaissance Project Director, Kay Turner will conduct one-on-one interviews on the third Tuesday of every month from 4 - 5:30pm throughout 2010. Each interview will be about 30mins long.Fill out Form Now

For further information, appointments and questions, contact Kay Turner at folkarts@brooklynartscouncil.orgor call 718-625-0080 x229.


September 11th Memorial Poetry Project

Every year since 2005, BAC Folk Arts has presented an annual September 11 memorial project. Past projects include film screenings, musical performances, and photo exhibitions all demonstrating the way New York artists and especially Brooklyn artists, respond to and memorialize September 11. For 2010 we are inviting poets to submit original poetry about September 11, the event itself, its aftermath or its effects. A selection of poems will be performed live on Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 7-8:30pm at P.S. Bookshop in Dumbo. All poems submitted will be archived in Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Arts Archive.

Deadline: August 2, 2010

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Rachel Sussman
La Llareta #0308-23b26 (up to 3,000 years old, Atacama Desert, Chile). Photo: Rachel Sussman


Project Spotlight: Rachel Sussman, “The Oldest Living Things in the World”

Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Sussman has travelled extensively to locate and photograph living organisms more than 2,000 years old for her project “The Oldest Living Things in the World.” Sussman is receiving a lot of well-deserved attention of late for her work. She recently completed a successful Kickstarter funding drive for the photography project and will be speaking at the upcoming Ted Global 2010 Conference in July. To find out more about “The Oldest Living Things in the World” and to make a tax deductible contribution, click here .


"The Oldest Living Things in the World" is a fiscally sponsored project of Brooklyn Arts Council. Click here for more info about BAC's Fiscal Sponsorship program.

Brooklyn Arts Council

BK Art Lovers

Join BK Art Lovers and enjoy special access to concerts, film screenings, performances, art tours and more in neighborhoods and venues throughout Brooklyn. BK Art Lovers get out and experience Brooklyn's amazingly diverse arts scene. You'll discover emerging talent and relish acclaimed legends. Packages include free and discount admission, VIP seating and more. Read More

Upcoming BK Art Lovers Events:

July 2: Rooftop Films presents “Industriance – Short Film Program” at the Old American Can Factory
Gowanus/Park Slope (Free/Discount Admission-$10 to public)

July 10: Bushwick Starr presents a program of short, original "made for web videos" curated with Adam Quirk of Wreck and Salvage
, selected from a viewer-voting experience through Vimeo at Bushwick Starr, Bushwick (Free/Discount Admission-$10 to public)

July 24: Bushwick Starr presents a Bushwick band showcase
featuring local favorites, Pass Kontrol and Lady Magma, at Bushwick Starr, Bushwick (Free/Discount Admission-$10 to public)

July 29: Intergenerations: Toshi Reagon and Friends
, featuring local favorites, Pass Kontrol and Lady Magma, at Bushwick Starr, Bushwick (Free/Discount Admission-$10 to public)

July 31: : Bushwick Starr presents a program of original stop-motion animation films
curated with Adam Quirk of Wreck and Salvage, at Bushwick Starr, Bushwick (Free/Discount Admission-$10 to public)

Click here for more upcoming events this summer!

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BAC Community Arts Regrant Program

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Check out upcoming arts events funded by BACs Community Arts Regrant Program.


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Programs are made possible by support from American Express, Con Edison, Brooklyn Community Foundation, 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, Carver Federal Savings Bank, and National Endowment for the Arts. 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.

Additional support for BAC programs 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.


BAC Folk Arts is sponsored by Con Edison.

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