My office firmly believes that arts and cultural programming not only help develop the full person, but also our communities. I am committed to highlighting the diverse array of arts and cultural programming in Brooklyn. In 2014, we launched “Art of the 5 Brooklyn”, organized the first ever International Day of Friendship in Brooklyn, and utilized Borough Hall’s Capital budget to support important arts and cultural projects like BAM’s Cinema and Archives Center, the Brooklyn Museum, the Itefayo Cultural Arts Academy, and the Gallim Dance Company. I also supported Sunset Park’s 8th Avenue Chinatown Archway.
Borough Hall was also honored to host thirteen medieval manuscripts from the Sacred Convent of St. Francis in Assisi. Borough Hall served as the only public venue to host this exhibit which attracted thousands of visitors from Brooklyn, broader New York, and the United States.
Also, to help support cross-cultural understanding, my office also brokered three sister-city agreements this year. In May, I worked to secure agreements with Yiwu and the Chaoyang district of Beijing, and in the latter part of 2014, I signed an agreement with the Sabail district of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.