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We are Brooklyn: A Community Block Party

Date

August 4, 2018 | 1-5PM

Cost

FREE w/ RSVP

Location

Ingersoll Community Center
177 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States
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ART-MAKING | LIVE MUSIC | GAMES | ARTISANS | COMMUNITY RESOURCES


Led by Artist-in-Residence Najee Omar, The Intergenerational Community Arts Council (ICAC) presented WE ARE BROOKLYN: A Community Block Party. Building on the long-standing legacy of summer block parties in Brooklyn, WE ARE BROOKLYN was an arts-filled event where neighbors of all ages joined together to dance to DJs and live music, create collaborative artworks, access Fort Greene neighborhood cultural and social resources, participate in games, sports, and creative workshops, connect with one another and celebrate the ICAC's core values of passion, liberation, family, courage, vision and truthfulness. The block party took place outside the Ingersoll Cornerstone Community Center at the intersection of Myrtle Ave and Fleet Street.

The Intergenerational Community Arts Council (ICAC) is a multigenerational team of residents working together to curate and produce values- driven arts programming by and for community members of the Ingersoll, Whitman, Farragut and Atlantic Terminal NYCHA Houses and the neighboring Fort Greene area.

1PM - 5PM

 

 

ON THE MAINSTAGE:
DJ FlyTy
 | Ma*JID | Yoga and Fitness with Move with GraceSpoken Word by Najee Omar and Brooklyn Slam Team poetsBrooklyn United Marching Band | DJ Reborn | Eric Frazier and Friends: Jazz Combo | Ms. K’s Double Dutch and Dance Academy | The Experi3nce: End the day with The Experi3nce and ICAC members for a hip-hop soul celebratory community cypher and dance party!
   

1PM - 4PM

 

ART-MAKING WORKSHOPS FOR ALL AGES:
Local artists lead hands-on workshops throughout the day. Stop by and print your own WE ARE BROOKLYN posters; contribute to a large-scale collaborative painting; create your own wearable fabric sculptures; and more!

   
 

COMMUNITY HEROES:
Nominate your own hero from the neighborhood, and contribute to a community banner that will be featured at Commodore Barry or Fort Greene Park later this summer.

   
 

GROUNDSWELL COMMUNITY PAINT DAY: 
Be a hands-on part of the new mural being created on the wall of Ingersoll Cornerstone Community Center, created by Groundswell artists. Community participants can put the first paint strokes on the new mural, designed in collaboration with youth artist and community members.

   
 

GAMES WITH THE BROOKLYN STRATEGIST:  
Meet a neighbor over favorite all-ages games like chess, checkers, and dominoes!

   

 

BLOCK PARTY PHOTOGRAPHS WITH ANDERSON ZACA
Known for capturing the soul of NYC block parties in his photographs, Zaca will be on the streets taking portraits throughout the day. The photos will be available for downloading and sharing with friends and family!

   

1:30 - 2:30PM

 

AFRO-HAITIAN DANCE WITH PENIEL GUERRIER AND DRUMMERS
The Gym at Ingersoll Cornerstone Community Center

   

1:30 - 2PM

 

OUTDOOR YOGA AND FITNESS WITH MOVE WITH GRACE
On the Main Stage

   
2:30-4:15PM COMMUNITY BIKE TOUR: Courtney Williams, of The Brown Bike Girl, will lead a ride through the Downtown Brooklyn/Wallabout neighborhood. Bring your own bike or catch a free ride on a CitiBike (must be 16 years or older for CitiBike). The tour will start and end at the Block Party. RSVP HERE for this activity! Must have ticket to go on bike tour!
   

3 - 4PM

 

BASKETBALL SKILLS AND DRILLS WITH COACH COOK
The Gym at Ingersoll Cornerstone Community Center

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS & RESOURCES:

   

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ABOUT:

The Intergenerational Community Arts Council (ICAC) is a joint program of BRIC and University Settlement. ICAC is designed to support NYCHA residents as central stakeholders and decision-makers in the artistic and cultural life of the community, and facilitate connections with neighbors, resources and local business outside the housing developments—ensuring Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn remain communities where both longtime and new residents of all income levels can live, work, create and belong. Through monthly planning workshops, the ICAC uses art-making, storytelling and discussion to identify shared values and goals, ideal structures, and criteria for success of arts programming in their community. This year, the ICAC proudly brought on poet, performer, and educator Najee Omar as its first Artist-in-Residence.

Najee Omar is A Brooklyn-based poet, performer, and educator, Najee uses the arts to engage and cultivate community. He is the recipient of fellowships from The Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and Poetry Incubator for Emerging Poets. His selected features include Russell Simmons’ All Def Poetry, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and colleges and universities across the United States. Najee is the Founder, Executive Director of Spark House: an arts education organization dedicated to developing youth voice and promoting social/emotional well-being. As a teaching artist, he turns classrooms into stages by conducting poetry and performance workshops for inner city and high need youth in schools and juvenile justice facilities across the country. Najee was recently named a New York Times Visionary.

University Settlement is one of New York's most dynamic social justice institutions with deep roots on the Lower East Side. Each year University Settlement's diverse programs impact 40,000 low-income and at-risk people as they build better lives for themselves and their families. With an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the United States, University Settlement has been an incubator for progressive ideas for more than 130 years, offering pioneering programs in mental health, early childhood education, literacy, the arts, and adolescent development that set the standard.


WE ARE BROOKLYN is presented by the Intergenerational Community Arts Council (ICAC). The ICAC is supported by BRIC and University Settlement's the Performance Project, in partnership with Ingersoll Cornerstone Community Center

Support for this program is generously provided by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Council on the Arts through a Regional Economic Development Council Award. Support is also provided by Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY and New York City Cultural Agenda Fund in the New York Community Trust.