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NYRP, BAM present Arts in the Gardens series

July 9, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Youth Moves as part of Cora Dance hosted a workshop for the Arts in the Gardens Series

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 an outdoor setting. The event series will feature a mixed line-up of family-friendly events, including a music festival; movement, dance and rhythm workshops; a performance art installation; 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,” BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo said. “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 includes the following events. Dates and locations are subject to change. Participants should visit www.nyrp.org/calendar for most up-to-date information and other listed events.

Events include:

July 12 – Urban Bush Women’s Kinetic Kids workshop at Garden of Hope

July 19 – Cora Dance Hip Hop Workshop for everyone at Jane Bailey Memorial Garden

August 2 – Cora Dance Hip Hop Workshop for everyone at Garden of Hope
August 9 – Urban Bush Women’s Kinetic Kids workshop at Garden of Hope
August 16 – Urban Bush Women’s Kinetic Kids workshop at Jane Bailey Memorial Garden
Aug. 7, 14 and 21 — Garden Grooves Music Nights Thursdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

First three Saturdays in July and August — Youth Moves Movement Workshop Series at 12 p.m.

July 15 – Aug. 1 — “Qualia Gardens” Installation and Performance Art by LEIMAY Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 9 at 4 p.m.