Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) has been making a difference in the borough’s culturalcommunity for over 50 years. According to Executive Director Charlotte A. Cohen, “Brooklyn Arts Council is deeply invested in what art makes possible in our borough. For over 50 years, BAC has invested in the artists and innovators who call Brooklyn home.”
The organization, which offers grants, presents free and affordable events, trains artists and arts professionals, teaches students, incubates new projects, and promotes artists and cultural groups, continues to respond to the rising energy in the borough. “Like Brooklyn itself, BAC has undergone many changes over its 50-year lifespan,” Cohen says. “We staged music and theater performances in Prospect Park and in city streets across the borough, starting in the 1960s. We curated exhibitions on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade at a time when city support for art in public space was rare and new.Thirty-seven years ago, we gained the ‘arts council’ designation when New York City and New York State granted us the honor of administering grants in Brooklyn, demonstrating their faith in our expertise, acuity of vision, and leadership.”
BAC leadership has helped — and continues to help — make the borough’s art community stronger. In March, BAC awarded $420,000 to Brooklyn artists, while annually it also employs artists in its Arts in Education program, helps heritage artists reach a wider public as part of its Folk Arts initiative, and invests in underserved communities as part of its Creative Coalitions program. This spring, BAC is also running workshops in grant writing, budgeting, and marketing for artists.
This Thursday, May 18, BAC is hosting its spring benefit, titled “Alive with Art 2017,” and Hyperallergic is proud to be the media sponsor. The event will take place at the William Vale hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The following are a dozen archival and recent photographs that help illustrate some of the impact the Brooklyn Arts Council has had on its home.
Tickets for the Brooklyn Arts Council’s “Alive with Art 2017” benefit, happening on May 18 at the William Vale (111 N 12th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn), are available online.