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Arts in the Gardens Series
New York Restoration Project and Brooklyn Academy Music
NYRP and BAM Team Up to Present Arts in the Gardens Series in Select Brooklyn Community Gardens
Partnership commits to activating NYRP community gardens in under-resourced areas with wide-ranging quality arts programming
Brooklyn, NY/May 15, 2014—New York, NY, May 2014 – New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) have partnered to present a season of free arts programming in select NYRP community gardens in Brooklyn. NYRP gardens are available for anyone to volunteer in, grow produce, and host their own events. With the goal of raising awareness and further activating NYRP’s wider network of public green spaces, the Arts in the Gardens series will bring communities together to enjoy performing arts in a natural, outdoor setting. The event series will feature a mixed line-up of family-friendly events, including a music festival; movement, dance and rhythm workshops; dance performances and a dance-themed film series. The events will take place in four Bedford-Stuyvesant and Gowanus gardens from June through September.
"We're thrilled to partner with BAM to offer high-quality arts programming that turns these spaces into multi-functional event venues for engaging with the community," said Jordan Dyniewski, NYRP's Public Events Director. "NYRP's community gardens are not just spaces for urban agriculture; they become exciting event venues where the community can gather to enjoy arts and nature together, and establish a growing sense of community."
The collaboration between NYRP and BAM demonstrates a sustainable partnership model that presents local communities with opportunities to enjoy free, high-quality programming, which they might not normally experience. The robust program also encourages people to engage more actively with their local environment. NYRP’s 52 community gardens across the city are places where individuals can discover and build community within a socio-economically diverse environment. By turning these outdoor public spaces into interactive event venues, the program will increase awareness of community gardens as resources for local communities as well as the wider NYC audience.
“As the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas, BAM has long been dedicated to serving its surrounding community of artists and art lovers,” said BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo. “Thanks to the work of NYRP in developing these community gardens, we have a unique opportunity to present diverse programs in some of Brooklyn’s hidden gems.”
The Arts in the Gardens series events, dates and locations are subject to change. Participants should visit www.nyrp.org/calendar for most up-to-date information.
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