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NYRP, BAM team up to bring annual, free Arts in the Gardens to Brooklyn Community Gardens

May 27, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Participants are shown forming a circle at last year’s Arts in the Gardens “Youth Moves” program. Photo by Emily Kinsolving
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New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) are partnering for the second year to present a season of free arts programming in four NYRP community gardens in Bed-Stuy and Gowanus. 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.

From June through September, the event series will feature a mixed lineup of family-friendly events, including a movie night series paying tribute to the late Brooklyn-bred leading lady Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart; dance and music performances; story-crafting workshops; a month-long art installation; and more. 

“We’re thrilled to continue partnering with BAM to offer high-quality, community-based arts programming that activates these spaces and engages local residents,” said Jordan Dyniewski, NYRP’s public events director. “Community gardens are known for urban agriculture; but we’re changing that perception with these events — they become exciting event venues where the community can gather to enjoy arts and get to know each other.”

The collaboration between NYRP and BAM demonstrates a sustainable partnership model that presents local communities with opportunities to enjoy free, dynamic programming on their block or in their neighborhoods.

The robust program also encourages people to engage more actively with their local environment. NYRP’s network of 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. “We’re delighted to continue this partnership with NYRP for a second summer and present such diverse programs in these wonderfully developed community gardens — some of Brooklyn’s true hidden gems.”    

The Arts in the Gardens series includes the following events. Dates and locations are subject to change. Participants should visit for most up-to-date information.

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