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.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle with a piece published last night about City Council-hopeful Brad Lander’s recent press conference “call[ing] for action to curb truck emissions and pollution expected from a rise in beverage shipments at Piers 7, 10 and 11.”
“It is critical that all parties, the EDC, Port Authority, ASI, Phoenix and port users, take significant short-term and long-term steps to reduce emissions, make sure that pedestrians, cyclists and residents are safe, and make the port into a model of sustainability,” said Lander.
Lander acknowledges the economic benefit of the entrance of Phoenix Beverages, but joins community environmental advocates in calling for a more rigorous “port action plan” to deal with changes brought on by the expected influx of new traffic and industry. One of the suggestions is a “first source” program intended to provide job opportunities to local residents. Check out the article for the rest of the proposed plan.