BROOKLYN, NY, February 27, 2018: Yesterday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) Executive Director Charlotte Cohen joined representatives from small local arts organizations across the borough in announcing $22,500 in new Destination>Brooklyn mini-grants to 15 local arts and culture organizations to advance cultural tourism across the borough; this allocation brings the program’s total investment to local arts and culture organizations to more than $125,000 since 2015. The grant program, now in its fourth year of operation, supports the promotion of local artistic groups to a broader audience through the creation, production, and distribution of print promotional materials, funded by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and NYC & Company Foundation. The announcement took place at the studio space of one of the grant recipients, Cora Dance, a critically-acclaimed dance company in Red Hook that offers five days a week of pay-what-you-can classes in ballet, composition, hip-hop, modern, and other dance forms led by an array of professional dance instructors; groups of children and young adults from the dance school performed at the celebration. Borough President Adams noted the importance of supporting Brooklyn’s tourism industry by highlighting the power of arts and culture in attracting visitors from around the globe.
“Our borough’s diversity in visual art, drama, and music is beautifully expressed through the mosaic of local arts and culture organizations that call Brooklyn home,” said Borough President Adams. “These mini-grants will help the various sights, sounds, and tastes that our borough has to offer come alive for residents and visitors alike. I encourage all Brooklynites to dive into the wonderful cultural offerings these organizations have to offer, as they are the foundation for what makes us One Brooklyn.”
“Destination>Brooklyn grants provide essential support for arts organizations trying to draw visitors and audiences from across the borough and beyond,” said Charlotte A. Cohen, executive director at BAC. “BAC is proud to continue partnering with Borough President Adams and NYC & Company Foundation to provide this necessary funding that fuels local tourism while supporting Brooklyn’s artists.”
“NYC & Company Foundation is proud to support the 2018 grant recipients of Destination>Brooklyn,” said Fred Dixon, president and chair at NYC & Company Foundation. “Brooklyn’s unique arts and culture community is a fundamental part of the borough’s appeal to residents and visitors alike, and Destination>Brooklyn helps to keep this community vibrant.”
In addition to Cora Dance, the arts and culture organizations receiving a Destination>Brooklyn grant included Arts Gowanus, a non-profit organization working to support local artists in Gowanus; Brooklyn Raga Massive, a music collective based in Gowanus presenting Indian classical and cross-cultural Raga-inspired music; Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music, an organization based in Ditmas Park working to preserve the reggae art form and its traditional message of healing and unity; Continuum Culture & Arts, Inc., a musical education programming organization based in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens; FiveMyles, an exhibition and performing arts space based in Crown Heights; Fort Greene Park Conservancy, a conservationist and programming organization based in Fort Greene working to protect Fort Greene Park for the public; Fulton Art Fair, an annual exhibition of visual fine art based in Bedford-Stuyvesant; Haiti Cultural Exchange, an organization based in Crown Heights working to promote Haitian culture to the world; JACK, a 50-seat performance venue based in Clinton Hill presenting dance, music, and theater performances; Metropolitan Music Community, a non-profit organization based across Brooklyn representing the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, the Grand Street Community Band, and the Kings County Concert Band; NARS Foundation, an arts organization based in Sunset Park that supports artists and curators on both a national and international scale; Regina Opera Company, a small professional opera company based in Sunset Park specializing in Italian repertoire; Tiffany Mills Company, a dance and choreography company based in Brooklyn Heights, and Wendy’s Subway, a library, reading room, workspace, and meeting space based in East Williamsburg for writers, artists, and readers.
“I want to thank Borough President Adams and Brooklyn Arts Council for their continuous support to our local cultural organizations, and for promoting our borough as a leading destination for artistic and cultural activities,” said Council Member Carlos Menchaca. “Cultural organizations who are being awarded these grants, many of them located in my district, are working hard to enrich our community and honor our diversity through their arts and cultural programming. The additional funding will help them in their efforts to inform the general public about the amazing work they are doing. Congratulations to all the winners.”
“Our Destination>Brooklyn grant allows Cora Dance to produce advertising materials in Spanish, helping us reach new families who would not have known otherwise that they had access to our affordable, pay-what-you-can dance classes,” said Shannon Hummel, founding artistic director at Cora Dance. “This opens up access to great art for all of our community in Red Hook. We’re also using the grant support towards advertising our 20th anniversary season, allowing us to celebrate this significant milestone properly with more visibility, to ensure we can meet our mission for another 20 years to come!”
Borough President Adams and BAC Executive Director Cohen presented each organization with a ceremonial check for their Destination>Brooklyn mini-grant, as well as discussed the importance of more than $125,000 that they have awarded over the last four years to fund grassroots marketing to support cultural tourism.
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