Come on out to support community-based arts in Red Hook, Brooklyn and see an incredible concert from “the most sought after group in New York,” La Excelencia. What are community-based arts?
- Innovative arts education with local teens, keeping young people safe, off the streets, and engaged in productive collaboration with their peers to make Brooklyn a better place to be
- Large-scale performance projects and the annual Red Hook Fest, animating Brooklyn’s public spaces as exciting sites for art-making, civic dialogue, & professional artistic excellence in neighborhoods that might not otherwise get access.
- Collaborations with over twenty community non-profit organizations, a network of partners serving Brooklyn’s youth and sharing goals on economic and community development. Using the arts to advance the interests of our community.
A little Wednesday morning taste of the group you can hear at not one, but two, DTE events this spring. Catch the band at Southpaw May 4th, and then hear they sound in the open-air at June 5th’s Red Hook Fest.
Chris, Reg, & now Candace have been running Falconworks for a long time in Red Hook, doing great youth programs like Off the Hook (where young playwrights see their work realized by wonderful professional actors) and the Police-Teen Theater Project.
In recent months, they’ve been ramping up sessions of their adult Boal workshops, “The Red Hook Theater Project” (with, we’re happy to say, a sometimes-assist from the DTE studio). I don’t know that they’ve ever done a benefit before, so now’s your chance to support the great work they do in the neighborhood.
Falconworks @ DTE's studio for a rehearsal
Tonight only is Falconworks’ “Make Your Own Benefit.” Look on the Falconworks website for info on the fun they’ve got planned, or check out the writeup on playbill.com for details.
Here are just a few of the wonderful pictures taken by Edwin Anglero at our Safe Harbor Benefit in December. If you’d like to see more send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or stay tuned to the blog.
DTE Community & Culture Youth Award winner Solomon Goodwin and Martha.
Solo artist Tiye Giraud performs
DTE board members Trac Vu and Pat McGillicuddy announce the winners of the Safe Harbor Raffle.
Community & Culture Award winner Ray Hall poses with Martha.
Last Friday night’s Safe Harbor benefit was a really fun (and, for the staff, really Long!) evening!
Thanks to everyone who played a part in making the night what it was, whether that meant volunteering your time, getting your organization to partner with DTE for the event, or just showing up and adding to the good vibes in the room.
Stay tuned to the blog for a full re-cap of the Safe Harbor Benefit, with pictures from DTE friend and Red Hook resident, Edwin Anglero.
This post is the third in a series leading up to Dance Theatre Etcetera’s Safe Harbor Benefit. In each post we will profile one of the awardees of this year’s DTE Community & Culture Awards. Today we profile Raymond Hall*.
After working for Honeywell International for over a decade, Raymond Hall went to work for Pier 41 Associates in his hometown of Red Hook, Brooklyn. In 1994, Ray and his brother Earl- unhappy with the crime and overall condition of their neighborhood – organized a touch-football league at Coffey Park to engage teens that were not involved in productive after-school activities.
This was the beginning of their organization, Red Hook Rise. A few years later, in order to reach more youth in the area, Ray and Earl organized a basketball league at Coffey Park. Next, Red Hook Rise started the literacy program “Read a Line to Educate Your Mind,” where participants received toys and other gifts during the holiday season as a reward for reading.
Having already made a large impact on local teens, the group set its sights on younger children, from ages 8 to 11, and started the program “Books and Basketball.” They set up a reading area near the basketball courts- young athletes were not permitted to play until they had spent time reading – either to themselves or by listening to one of the guest readers invited in from the community. The program is so popular that Borough President Marty Markowitz has stopped by more than once to speak with the children about the importance of reading.
Ray describes his organization’s purpose as meeting whatever needs arise in the community, be it through his annual turkey drive for local families or his extensive work helping with job placement for people in the neighborhood.
For his dedication to the Red Hook community and his commitment to addressing local problems through outreach to local youth, we are happy to recognize Raymond Hall as a recipient of the 2008 Dance Theatre Etcteera Community & Culture Awards.
*portions of this biography were borrowed from a profile done by Partnership for Parks
Among the fun to be had at DTE’s Safe Harbor Benefit in December will be a Best of New York Raffle, where you’ll have a chance to win prizes from gems in the neighborhood and around the boroughs. Each week on the blog we’ll highlight one of the donating organizations and let you know what you might win. This week we feature Tini Wine Bar:
The Village Voice has this to say about this local Red Hook spot-
“Tini is everyone’s secret restaurant dream: Open a comfy little place, uncork
the wine, invite your friends, and voila!—the instant good life.”
To get a taste of that good life go to Tini for dinner, brunch, or drinks, or hire them to cater your next event.
Tini gets an extra thumbs-up for supporting local artists.
DTE thanks Tini for their donation to the Safe Harbor Benefit Raffle as part of a dinner & a movie package with Cobble Hill Cinemas. Buy your benefit ticket today to try your luck at the raffle and enjoy an evening full of great food and entertainment.