The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (nbART) is an arts organization dedicated to collaborating with artists and community stakeholders in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick to produce, present and support public art. Formed in 2009 by a group of artists, arts administrators and community members to address the development of North Brooklyn, nbART believes that public art plays a vital role in activating space and engaging our neighborhoods. nbART aims to promote dialogue concerning urban spaces; support artists through local commissions and the provision of resources; and use our voice to advocate on behalf of the North Brooklyn arts community.
On June 19-20, 2010, NbPac was proud to present Amanda Browder’s Future Phenomena. This large-scale, fabric public art sculpture blanketed the façade of an apartment building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, using an oversized repeating chevron pattern. The resulting 40 foot high work was pieced together over several months using recycled fabrics donated by local community members who helped create the work themselves by participating in three sewing session days presented on March 27th, April 18th, and May 1st. Two events took place in Greenpoint at St. Cecilia’s Convent and the Lutheran Church of the Messiah; one took place in Bushwick at Saints Joseph and Dominic Catholic Academy. Future Phenomena was sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).
NbPac’s 2nd project launched December 13th in McCarren Park. One of the largest site-specific public art installations ever to take place in McCarren Park, Living Objects was created by artist Jason Krugman as a beacon of light for the community, evoking a curiosity and sense of wonderment as well as inviting the public into the space to engage with public art.
NbPac’s kick off project was the India Street Mural Project. Six local artists were chosen by an RFP process to create a series of site specific murals on India Street between West Street and the East River, celebrating Greenpoint’s rich history and the arts of North Brooklyn, while opening up an otherwise un-used and industrial space to the local community.
Opening on July 23rd, the mural wall was further enlivened in August and September through a series of documentary films and a partnership with Moviehouse.
Katherine Denny Executive Director
Katie has worked at the intersection of government and the arts since 2003, beginning at the Lower Manhattan Development Corp where she facilitated WTC memorial and cultural programs in the aftermath of 9/11. She currently administers grants for arts and cultural programs in the City of New York as a director of special projects. Katie holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School, with a specialization in public policy and focus on cultural and urban studies. She is a resident of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and heads development and public affairs for NbPac.
Katie Fox Development
Katie has a degree in Art History and a graduate degree in Visual Arts Administration from NYU. She has worked for Exit Art, Dumbo Arts Center, and RxArt and hopes to continue making an impact in arts organizations with big ideas, like NbPac. Katie is especially interested in public art, art involving community, and alternative arts spaces. Katie heads NbPac events.
Cara Jordan Director of Programming
Cara joined NbPac in the summer of 2009 to help with strategic and curatorial planning. Since arriving in Williamsburg in 2006, Cara has experience in non-profit arts administration at Art in General, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and most recently Creative Time. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Art History focusing on public art and American studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Cara is part of Curatorial Planning for NbPac.
Arielle Friedman Curator
Arielle was thrilled to join NbPac in the Spring of 2010 as Curator for the organization. Raised just outside Manhattan, in Westchester, NY, Arielle has always had a keen interest in the relationship between art and the public sphere. At New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Arielle earned her BA in Social Responses to the Visual World; merging concentrations in public art, propaganda studies, politics, and sociology. While cultivating her passion for the many dimensions of the art world, Arielle pursued internships and jobs at such publications and institutions as Frieze Magazine and Art Fair, The Brooklyn Museum, The Aperture Foundation, Yoshii Gallery, and Creative Time. She currently works at a Public Relations firm, specializing in arts and cultural institutions.
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