Borough President Adams hosts an annual celebration of Brooklyn’s thriving arts & culture landscape at the Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Weekend held along Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights. In June 2017, the second annual event was headlined by a “Welcome Back to Brooklyn” ceremony that bestowed engraved pavers along the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s famed Celebrity Path, as well as the “keys to Brooklyn” to multi-platinum hip-hop star Fabolous and groundbreaking abstract/neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, both of whom are world-famous sons of the borough. Since 1985, more than 160 Brooklynites who have gone on to make outstanding contributions in art, business, film, literature, music, sports, and more have had their names inscribed on this walkway.
The Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Weekend was designed by Borough President Adams to be a block party-style celebration that commemorates the extraordinary creativity and spirit of Brooklynites whose work excites the imagination and brings the borough’s residents closer together as One Brooklyn. The weekend kicks off with a family-friendly Movie Night Under the Stars, held outdoors behind the iconic Brooklyn Museum beginning with children’s activities including balloon art, face painting, puppet making, and refreshments. The following day, in partnership with local elected officials and community leaders, the festival portion of the weekend takes place; activities include: a day-long dance party with a high-energy lineup of DJ entertainment at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch in Grand Army Plaza, an interactive children’s playground in Dr. Ronald McNair Park featuring bouncy houses, ball pits, ice cream social, martial arts and skateboard demonstrations, and a gaming truck for kids of all ages; three different stages along Eastern Parkway showcasing diverse performances of music and dance, in addition to local vendors offering a tasty array of cuisines as well as original art and handcrafts. Major cultural institutions along Eastern Parkway also provide their own offerings. Participating cultural institutions providing their own activities and events include the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG), the Jewish Children’s Museum, the Brooklyn Aquarium, and Prospect Park Zoo.