Brooklyn artists from all disciplines came together Thursday
night for a celebration of the borough’s burgeoning artistic
community. The Brooklyn Arts Council event applauded the artists
and gave them meaningful support with their annual awarding of
The festivities featured performances, art exhibits, a catered
reception and last but not least, the distribution of the re-grant
The BAC program, which applies for grants from the New York
State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department
of Cultural Affairs (DCA), then re-grants the money to deserving
Brooklyn artists, explained re-grant coordinator Roseann Evans.
BAC awarded re-grants to 113 arts organizations and individual
artists ranging from $750 to $4,100. The grants were made to
community-based arts projects in the borough of Brooklyn.
Evans thanked the volunteer panelists who had to screen the
Highlights of the ceremony included performances by three
of this year’s recipients: Puppetworks; actor Charles Reese (who
performed an excerpt from Howard Simon’s "James Baldwin:
Soul on Fire"); and percussionists Frisner Augustin and
Steve Deats of La Troupe Makandal, named for a Haitian revolutionary,
gave a joyful, exuberant finale to the formal ceremony.
In the reception that followed, an exhibition of Chief Isaac
Komolafe’s Yoruban woodcarvings were on display as were glass
works by Jamie Harris.
Harris, 26, received his grant for an installation to be designed
with students in December at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori
School on Court Street. The installation will be on display for
six months, and there will be a reception open to the public.
Harris said he found the BAC grant application process easy.
"You have to do the work, but they want people to apply,"
he said. "They make it easy for you."
BAC will be celebrating its 35th anniversary on June 14 with
a gala event honoring Craig Matthews, president and CEO of Keyspan
Corporation and Kevin Burke, president of Con Edison.
BAC President Ella Weiss said this is a particularly exciting
time for the organization because, "BAC has a number of
new initiatives. The council is currently building a new Web
site to be launched in June and printing a directory of Brooklyn
Susan Rowland, a BAC board member and artist, served on the visual
arts panel. The volunteer panelists deliberated for an entire
weekend last November.
Rowland said she enjoyed the experience because "you
meet people from all over – from filmmakers to administrators.
We had a lot of good quality artwork, but we need more money.
The grants are too small."
To receive a BAC 2002 re-grant pre-application, to nominate
a re-grant panelist, or to become a BAC member, call (718) 625-0080.