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Art Talks Brooklyn
Feb 22, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm| Free
An informal speaker series highlighting the importance of Brooklyn art initiatives and how they positively impact our community. Monthly, we invite three speakers, each allotted 15 minutes, to talk about their organization’s history, mission and creative public programming.
StoryCorps, Christina Stanton, Door-to-Door Facilitator
StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have shared life stories with family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the LIbrary of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on storycorps.org.
Textile Arts Center, Nicole Asselin, Sewing Seeds Coordinator
Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based 501(c)3 resource facility dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. At TAC, we aspire to unify the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. Techniques like weaving, sewing, and dyeing are practical, connective, and process-driven — common denominators for designers, artists, and creative practitioners around the world. Because these activities are so widely used, they help to foster community and bring creativity back into our daily lives. They are part of our collective history and vital to our ongoing expressions of design, art, and culture.
We appreciate the unique values of textile arts and want to expand opportunities for new practitioners to engage with the medium. Participatory learning is the foundation of our model and enables students from all backgrounds to make meaningful contributions to a growing community of fiber artists. Workshops, courses, events, and special programs at TAC allow professionals and novices alike to explore their creative ingenuity through handcraft processes. By engaging with groups ranging from newcomers to experts, we increase the positive social impact of textile arts and nurture innovations and leadership in the field.
Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, Terry Greiss,Executive Director
Irondale Ensemble Project
DBAA is a coalition of more than 30 cultural groups organized to connect and serve Downtown Brooklyn cultural organizations, to communicate their impact on Downtown Brooklyn and to actively mobilize in the best interests of artist communities.
DBAA works to connect Downtown Brooklyn cultural organizations to enable collaboration, share information and provide an effective voice that can speak to business, political and community leaders about economic benefits and service of cultural organizations to Downtown Brooklyn.
DBAA also works to discuss and address issues affecting artist communities and cultural organizations in Downtown Brooklyn.