Monthly Archives: May 2010

Red Hook Theatre Project TONIGHT

This weekend Red Hook residents met for a series of workshops with Falconworks Artists Group (led by Reg, Chris, & Candice) & special guest, Julian Boal.

Starting at 7:00 p.m. tonight (5/31), Falconworks Artist Group will present the Red Hook Theater Project at PS 15 – 71 Sullivan Street.

Everyone involved, actors and spectators (“spect-actors” in this case), will be working to transform the community through original devised theater.

For more information visit

The Lineup for this Year’s Red Hook Fest

We’re closing in on two weeks till the Red Hook Fest.  Check out the mainstage lineup:

Two Exciting Launches This Weekend

This Saturday a lot will be going down in the neighborhood.

DTE’s young adult pre-professional film program goes into production on their original film, Rise Above.  If you see our young actors or the film crew between shoot locations, say hey (just don’t get them off schedule!).

Down the block, another exciting development as the Red Hook Mercado opens, bringing with it local crafts and artwork, the potential for future outdoor concerts and events, and (most importantly!) a weekday home for some of the ballfield vendors.  We’re gonna try to get out there for some part of the opening day, Saturday, to hand out Red Hook Fest flyers.  Come say hi and eat some huaraches.

Kentler Benefit Tomorrow Night

Florence Neal & the Kentler Gallery have been down here about as long as any of the Van Brunt St. Crew. From an email:

May 13, 6pm

8th Annual Benefit
20 Years of exhibitions and public programs.


BENEFIT TICKET HOLDERS: Doors will open at 5:30.
Drawings by:
Mary Frank · André Gregory · Henrietta Mantooth
Private tour:
Donald Judd’s NY home /studio (Judd Foundation)
Items by Brooklyn artisans:
She-Weld, Metal and Thread, Rapisarda

All of the Benefit proceeds contribute to the presentation of the 2010 schedule of exhibitions, events and public programs at Kentler International Drawing Space.

Kentler International Drawing Space, founded by two artists as a non-profit space in 1990, has given New York exposure to over 1000 artists from around the country and around the world. Kentler presents shows of contemporary drawings and work on paper by emerging and under-recognized local, national and international artists and works energetically and creatively to integrate these shows into the cultural fabric of the community. We encourage dialogue and interaction between exhibiting artists and the public while providing artists with the opportunity to experiment, explore and expand the definition of art in society.

Your support makes a difference.

RHI Needs a New Director of Programs

There couldn’t be a better organization to hook up with.  Here’s the posting:

Director of Programs

The Red Hook Initiative (RHI)

The Red Hook Initiative (RHI) is a community-based non-profit organization that works to confront and affect the consequences of intergenerational poverty through an approach that provides support in the areas of education, health, employment and community development. As the organization continues to grow, the Red Hook Initiative seeks a Director of Programs to manage the effective delivery of RHI’s 25+ programs and services.RHI’s primary work is with young people between the ages of 9 and 22 years old. At the core of RHI’s guiding principles is the belief that community members can transform their own social conditions and realities. As a practice, 95% of RHI’s employees live in the Red Hook Houses. Eventually, the goal is to employ 100% of its staff from the Red Hook community. In 2008 & 2009 RHI paid over $450,000 back into the neighborhood—demonstrating its economic and social value to the neighborhood. Core program areas support young people through offerings in education, employment, physical health and social health.The Director of Programs will work closely with the Executive Director to provide day-to-day program and staff management and to maintain the strategic vision and quality programming that exemplifies RHI. The Director of Programs will oversee approximately 20 full and part time staff. The ideal candidate will have an unwavering commitment to the mission of RHI as well as the proven ability to work effectively with people of all ages. Top candidates will have a strong track record of designing programming for youth and a demonstrated commitment to the populations RHI supports. This is a full-time, exempt position located in Brooklyn, NY and reports directly to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities: Management and Administration • Develop, implement and manage effective internal operational systems for programs • Effectively align program and staff support and operations with long-term agency goals and expectations • Foster a team-oriented, supportive, accountable work environment at RHI • Represent RHI at local events, community gatherings, or workshops and trainings • Work with the Executive Director to develop and evaluate organization strategy • Contribute to grant writing and reporting process • Present programmatic elements of RHI in a compelling manner to prospective funders and other supporters Program Management and Evaluation • Oversee program operations and lead staff in monthly and long-term program planning • Assist in developing strategies to engage young people and organizations from Red Hook in the programs and services offered by RHI • Provide hands-on supervision, coaching, and professional development workshops for staff • Recruit and hire new staff members in keeping with the RHI model • Evaluate program effectiveness using an outcomes-based approach and ensure the agency’s ability to anticipate and effectively respond to changing client needs • Lead efforts to establish and maintain sound working relationships with agency partners Core Competencies • Ability to effectively communicate and build relationships with a wide variety of constituents including teens, parents, health and human service professionals, teachers, and school leaders. • Ability to handle a variety of projects and assignments at once, managing time well, and asking for support when needed. • Ability to work independently and as a team member. • Resident of or familiarity with the Red Hook community preferred

Qualifications: • B.A./B.S with 2-3 years of management and program development experience • 3-4 years of experience working directly with youth and/or community development or grassroots organizations • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Experience with evaluation or participatory action research • Ability to multi task while maintaining a tremendous attention to detail • Ability to work independently and within a multi-disciplinary team • English/Spanish Bilingual preferred Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

About The Red Hook Initiative: The Red Hook Health Initiative began in 2002 as a project of a local hospital in an effort to reduce the growing health disparities that exist in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In 2006 the Red Hook Initiative formed as a community-based non-profit in order to address this wide-range of community needs. The organization works to confront and affect the consequences of intergenerational poverty through an approach that offers support in education, employment, health and community development. Participants of RHI believe that the momentum to improve the quality of life for Red Hook’s residents – as well as the community at large – must come from the people living in the community.

To Apply:
To Apply: The Red Hook Initiative has engaged Koya Consulting to help in this hire. Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Katie Bouton at RHI is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

South Brooklyn Does Soho

Check out students from Justin Wedes’s Digital Expressions music class, along with their collaborators from PS 15 in Red Hook, next Wednesday at the Apple Store in Soho. Students will be sharing their original beats and talking about the process of creating them.  Special Guest- Percussionist, DTE Teaching Artist (and recent recipient of the nickname “The Godfather”) Angel Rodriguez.