Brooklyn Arts Council has evolved many times over in the 50+ years since we were founded to help strengthen the cultural fabric of Brooklyn, but one thread has remained steady in our work: ART IS COMMUNITY, and a thriving arts and culture scene is vital to the health and vibrancy of all the neighborhoods of our beloved borough.
This fact has found new relevance in this past year - rendering BAC's role in the Brooklyn arts ecosystem more vital than ever. With the recent release of the City's new Cultural Plan "Create NYC" came a prominent endorsement of the importance of access to high quality and affordable arts and culture in every community and every neighborhood. A study that accompanied the plan confirmed what we've long known: community access to arts and culture has tangible positive social outcomes well beyond the intrinsic value of the arts in and of itself, such as decreases in child abuse and neglect; increases in students' educational attainment; decreases in local crime rates; and decreases in childhood obesity. That hyper-local artists and arts organizations make essential contributions to the well-being and dynamism of our city and its residents is not news to us, but we are energized by having the work we've been doing all these years acknowledged in this way.
As Brooklyn Arts Council continues to refine and expand our programs and services in response to an ever-changing landscape, the support of generous individuals like you - who share our belief in the arts' central role in society - is more necessary than ever. Demand for our work is growing, but support from both public and private sources are insufficient to meet the needs we address.
During this season of giving, we hope you will consider including Brooklyn Arts Council in your year-end philanthropic plans. Your gift today will enable us to: build capacity in neighborhoods lacking in significant arts infrastructure; bring sorely needed arts education to some of the borough's most under-resourced schools and senior centers; support traditional culture among immigrant and diasporic populations; and deliver financial and technical support to the borough's individual artists and fledgling arts organizations - support that helps keep Brooklyn's varied and beloved arts communities thriving.
Thank you for your continued generosity, and best wishes for a healthy and joyful holiday season.
Charlotte A. Cohen Executive Director Brooklyn Arts Council
Header photo: BAC Grantee The Moon Show presents a performance at BAC Grantee JACK in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Photo appears courtesy of Mariel Berger of The Moon Show
Brooklyn Arts Council's programs are made possible, in part, through public funds from: National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.
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