You Should Be Part Of Our Team Meetings…
We pour forth with ideas, possible collaborations, potential events and amazing ways to involve you in what we’re doing.
We feel that Brooklyn is ripe for its own performing arts festival. The borough is brimming with artists in all corners who deserve a legitimate platform to share their extraordinary work. Around them live people equally interested in supporting them in their careers.
Artist + Audience. Brooklyn’s got it, the perfect mixture for an amazing celebration.
Brooklyn fever is very high right now. I LOVE living here and I know thousands more who love it too. I hate leaving the borough to go to Manhattan – hate it! If the Pavilion Theater would get its act together, I might never have to (until then, we adore you Battery Park Cinema).
We have our own clothing label, beer(s), museum & music celebration. It’s now time that we had our very own performing arts festival here, in Brooklyn, honoring Brooklyn’s finest work.
The 2 C’s
There are two “C” words we keep repeating over and over…and they are really important to our cause.
This is a festival FOR Brooklyn. BEAT will send our artists into a variety of different neighborhoods to entertain you on your home soil. We are raising money from Brooklyn businesses, foundations and individuals to help us make this happen. And, most of all, we want your input on what this festival presents, how it presents it and where. Seriously.
We have a page setup to field your requests (complete with thumbs up/down buttons so that others can vote on your idea). Here’s where to go to give us your idea now:
We are building a coalition of people who WANT this to happen and who are working hard to make it happen. BEAT is already becoming a groundswell of people building to an unforgettable event for August 2012. We have contacted many community leaders from around the borough, from different areas of the performing arts. Currently, we are building an advisory board of experts to assist us in the ongoing effort of creating this Festival.
BUT, we want to know that YOU want this to happen too. We’ve created a page here on the site where you can simply fill-in your name and email address as a show of interest. This simple gesture will assist us in raising the money and resources necessary to fulfill the BEAT vision. If we go to Marty Markowitz with 10,000 names of Brooklyners who want this to happen, how can he then not help us reach our goal?
Here’s where to sign that petition:
For decades, Brooklyn has been the home to many burgeoning artists and arts groups. The borough houses a multitude of cultural groups and their own unique creative approaches to the performing arts. In the last 10 years, artists moving to the city to “make it” can’t afford the rents in Manhattan. Where do they turn? Brooklyn. Our borough has the finest talent in the world. For emerging artists, Brooklyn is home.
We have some of the most important theaters in the world in Brooklyn. In BAM & St. Ann’s Warehouse, established domestic and international performing artists and companies come to us to share their work. Brooklyn has become the U.S. home for cutting-edge performance. Where else do we find such extraordinary venues producing contemporary theater on this scale? Nowhere, giving another reason why creative types seek residence in Brooklyn. Here, we can thrive.
BEAT now steps in to highlight Brooklyn’s own talent, the emerging artist who is not yet established enough to be presented at BAM or St Ann’s but who has also outgrown the phase of self-producing. Their work is special, relevant and powerful. Our aim is to nourish them and provide an opportunity to be seen, heard and felt in a way that esteems their work.
This is why Brooklyn needs its own festival, and why it must happen now. We are ripe and ready for this. Brooklyn-fever is at an all-time high. Lets celebrate with a festival.