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NYRP and BAM Team Up to Bring Second Annual, Free Arts in the Gardens to Brooklyn Community Gardens

Partnership commits to activating NYRP community gardens with wide-ranging free, quality arts programming

New York, NY, May 2015 – 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, Brooklyn. 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 line-up 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 http://www.nyrp.org/calendar for most up-to-date information.

Target Community Garden ● 13 events ● 931 Bedford Ave, Bedford-Stuyvesant

Garden Moves!
Every Wednesday, June – July, 7:00-8:00pm
Shake it out with Mark Morris Dance Group! Each session will feature a dance-based workout. No partner or prior experience required.
ZUMBA Latin Dance Workout, June 3, 17 & July 1, 15, 29
KUKUWA® African Dance Workout, June 10, 24 & July 8, 22

Bogart and Bacall Movie Night
Wed, July 15, To Have and Have Not (1944, Not Rated)
Wed, July 29, The Big Sleep (1946, Approved)
Starts between 7:30 and 8:30pm at sunset
Relive Bogart and Bacall’s glory days with these films curated by BAMcinématek.

Garden Grooves
Wed, August 19, 5:00-7:30pm
5pm –Dreamy, atmospheric indie rock of Iris Lune
6:30pm –Modern Americana with shades of European folk from Thee Shambels

Take Ballet to the Streets
Thu, September 10, 5:00-7:00pm
Using interdisciplinary influences while grounded in the classical idiom, Brooklyn Ballet Company and Youth Ensemble brings together ballet and hip-hop in an evening of recurring performances.

Jane Bailey Memorial Garden ● 6 events ● 327 Greene Ave, Bedford-Stuyvesant

LAVA Presents SOLSTICE
Sat, June 20, 2:00–7:00pm
OBIE- and Bessie Award-winning dance, theater, and acrobatic troupe LAVA hosts an afternoon of performances, food, and music, using their unique approach to creative process, physical training, and gender equality to showcase this newly renovated community garden.

Pearls of Wisdom: Brooklyn Then & Now
Sat, July 11, 2:00-3:30pm
Elders Share the Arts is a New York-based program that offers older adults arts programming that ignites creative expression, cultivates their role as bearers of history and culture, and generates new pathways to connect them to their communities. For this afternoon event, three locals will share their experience through dynamic storytelling, with a discussion to follow. 

The Dance Cartel Presents WET CLUTCH
Fri, July 17 and Sat, July 18, 8:00-9:00pm
Known for pushing boundaries and defying expectations of traditional dance performance, The Dance Cartel explores female imagery and pop culture icons of the past 50 years with this immersive performance experience and video mash-up.

Garden Grooves
Wed, August 12, 5:00-7:30pm
5:00pm –Ambient electronic soundscapes of Brooklyn-based Three Fifty 
6:30pm –Afrotronic Funk of Digital Diaspora 

Bogart and Bacall Movie Night 
Wed, August 12, Dark Passage (1947, Approved)
Starts between 7:30 and 8:30pm at sunset
Relive Bogart and Bacall’s glory days with a film curated by BAMcinématek.

Garden of Hope ● 5 events ● 392 Hancock St, Bedford-Stuyvesant

STooPS Bed-Stuy
Sun, June 28, 12:00-5:00pm
Stoops Bed-Stuy comes to Garden of Hope with performances throughout the neighborhood that will entertain and delight as you tour the streets of Bed-Stuy. Aimed at bringing people outside and promoting social interaction among artists, homeowners, residents, and businesses of Bed-Stuy, STooPs facilitates the collaboration between homeowners and local artists to host mini performances and art showcases on their stoops, yards, or sidewalks. This location features a short theater performance by the Platea Theater Project that will recur throughout the day.

Garden Grooves
Wed, August 26
5:00pm –Electro Folk pop of WYATT 
6:30pm –Contemporary Alt-R&B from My Midnight Heart 

Bogart and Bacall Movie Night
Wed, August 26, Key Largo (1948, Unrated) 
Starts between 7:30pm and 8:30pm at sunset
As the final pairing of this iconic couple (featuring New York native and Brooklyn-bred, Lauren Bacall), relive Bogart and Bacall’s glory days with a film curated by BAMcinématek.

Take Ballet to the Streets
Wed, September 9, 5:00-7:00pm 
Using interdisciplinary influences while grounded in the classical idiom, Brooklyn Ballet Company and Youth Ensemble brings together ballet and hip-hop in an evening of recurring performances.

The Art of a Story
Sun, September 13, 2:00-4:00pm
Elders Share the Arts is a New York-based program that offers older adults arts programming that ignites creative expression, cultivates their role as bearers of history and culture, and generates new pathways to connect them to their communities. As part of the Elders Share the Arts program, this event will teach technique and guide you through the experience of group story-crafting. All ages welcome. 

Gil Hodges Community Garden ● 5 events + 1 installation ● 534 Carroll St, Gowanus

Pearls of Wisdom: Brooklyn Then & Now
Sat, July 25, 2:00-3:30pm
Elders Share the Arts is a New York-based program that offers older adults arts programming that ignites creative expression, cultivates their role as bearers of history and culture, and generates new pathways to connect them to their communities. For this afternoon event, three local residents will share their experience through dynamic storytelling, with a discussion to follow. 

Installation by LEIMAY: “Qualia Skyhole” 
August 3 – September 9
LEIMAY returns using string installations that use tension and suspension in order to create a sense of expansion and collapse of space to present outdoor space as places of contemplation, rebirth, and regeneration.

Garden Grooves
Wed, August 5, 5:00-7:30pm
5:00pm –Acoustic folk sounds of Jessica Carvo
6:30pm –Brooklyn-bred singer, keyboardist, and composer Akie Bermiss Trio     
    
PREY
Thu, August 6 and 13 at 8:00pm
Using the arts to foster common ground among diverse people, Red Hook’s Cora Dance returns to explore the themes of good intentions and burden in this episodic dance experience. A discussion with the performers will follow.

Performance by LEIMAY: “Thresholds II” 
Thu, September 3 and Sat, September 5 at 7:30pm
A highlight of last year’s season, LEIMAY uses dance, music, and light at sunset to present outdoor space as places of contemplation, rebirth, and regeneration.


ABOUT NEW YORK RESTORATION PROJECT
New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers deserve beautiful, high-quality public space within ready walking distance of their homes. Since our founding in 1995 by Bette Midler, NYRP has planted trees, renovated gardens, restored parks, and transformed open space for communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. As New York’s only citywide conservancy, we bring private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support, fortifying the City’s aging infrastructure and creating a healthier environment for those who live in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods. To learn more, please visit http://www.nyrp.org.


ABOUT BAM
BAM’s mission is to be the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. America’s oldest performing arts institution, it is recognized internationally for innovative dance, music, and theater programming—including its renowned Next Wave Festival. BAM also features an acclaimed repertory film program, literary and visual art events, and extensive educational programs. The institution is led by President Karen Brooks Hopkins and Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo. http://www.BAM.org

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