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Save the Date: October 5th Fundraiser!

The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (nbART) is pleased to announce its upcoming project, a new sound installation by Greenpoint-based artist Nick Yulman.  After hosting an Open Call last month, nbART convened a distinguished panel to review proposals received from artists all over Brooklyn.  Join us to celebrate the launch of nbART and learn more about the selected project!
Tuesday, October 5th
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Ave, Williamsburg
Doors Open at 7pm; Open Vodka Bar

$15 suggested donation will go toward supporting the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition and its upcoming sound installation.

Performances by some of New York’s finest, including Brooklyn-based Green Girl, soloist and instrument designer Aimee Norwich, a modular collaborative performance by Made Space, and DJ Aileen Kwun.

Thank you to our participating panelists and performers, as well as ABSOLUT for supporting the evening’s open bar.  We hope to see you on the 5th!

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Community Sewing Date #3!

We’re almost there!  During the past two sewing events surrounding Amanda Browder’s Future Phenomena, our upcoming public art installation, the North Brooklyn community has donated, cut, and sewn hundreds of yards of fabric.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Help us with our final push to the finish by joining us at our third sewing event this Saturday!

Amanda and NbPac are hosting Community Sewing Date #3 this Saturday, May 1st from 2-5pm at Gymnasium of Saints Joseph and Dominic Catholic Academy, 140 Montrose Ave., Bushwick, Brooklyn.

No sewing skills necessary.  We’ll be sorting, cutting, measuring and having fun.  Drop in for two minutes or two hours! Fabric donations welcome!

For further information, press, and pictures of past sewing events, please  email us at

Lend your support for Future Phenomena on Kickstarter and receive a limited edition artwork!

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Future Phenomena in the New York Daily News!

Check out Amanda Browder and Future Phenomena in the New York Daily News from this past Tuesday!  Elizabeth Lazarowitz talks to Amanda and NbPac’s own Ciara, as well as some participants from the first sewing event (the second is this Sunday!), about the project.

Arty Sew & Sews Dress Up Bldg

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First Sewing Event

Our first sewing event for Future Phenomena took place on Saturday and was a huge success- we sewed over 850 feet (!) of donated fabric! Those of you who couldn’t make it but still want to help should save the date for our next sewing event, taking place on April 18th at 129 Russell Street in Greenpoint.

Thanks for your continued support of Amanda Browder and Future Phenomena!

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Video of Future Phenomena artist Amanda Browder on Kickstarter

Check out the video of artist Amanda Browder at work on Future Phenomena at the recently launched Kickstarter campaign for the project!  You can be a part of this new public artwork for North Brooklyn by pledging to help Amanda and NbPac cover costs associated with the installation, and attending our first sewing event for Future Phenomena tomorrow at noon!

Donate as little as $10 and receive a swatch of the final Chevron pattern.  Visit Kickstarter to find out more about donor levels and limited edition artwork!

You can also lend your support by joining us at the first of three sewing events to fabricate the Chevron pattern with Amanda. We will be sewing tomorrow, March 27th, from noon until 4pm at St. Cecilia’s Convent, located at 21 Monitor Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Project Announcement: Future Phenomena

Coming soon in spring 2010, the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (NbPac) is proud to present Amanda Browder’s Future Phenomena. This large-scale, fabric public art sculpture will be temporarily affixed to the façade of an apartment building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where its psychedelic spectacle of bright colors and flowing shapes will be a representation of a group effort in a local community.

Greenpoint and Williamsburg are prime examples of the transformative effects of mass consumption and gentrification, with its ever more degraded earth and mass of abandoned construction sites. With these ill-effects come renewed community activism—embodied by North Brooklyn’s growing efforts to reuse, recycle, and to renew its neighborhoods. Greenpoint and Williamsburg are century-long experiments in the sustainability of urban life. Future Phenomena will not only be a fantastic work to behold, but its focus on recycled materials, public space, and community volunteerism will draw attention to local concerns such as gentrification, pollution, and urban migration.

As part of the conceptual nature of the piece, Browder and NbPac will host three Community Sewing Days and enlist the public‘s participation in the creation of the immense, sewn work (see Community Sewing Days). Volunteers will play an integral role in making Future Phenomena a reality by sewing the chevron shape, donating recycled materials, and transforming Browder’s project into a communal gesture. Through the artist’s and the community’s energy, discarded objects and materials will be transformed into an awe-inspiring work of abstract art.

Amanda Browder’s Future Phenomena is presented by North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition. Future Phenomena is 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).

Community Sewing Days

To help bring Future Phenomena to life, NbPac is hosting three Community Sewing Days in Greenpoint and Bushwick.  We are asking for community participation in donating fabrics and supplies and cutting and sewing the fabric. The dates and locations are:

Saturday, March 27th

St. Cecilia’s Convent (with Round Robin)

21 Monitor Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Sunday, April 18th

Lutheran Church of the Messiah

129 Russell Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Saturday, May 1st

Gymnasium of Saints Joseph and Dominic Catholic Academy

140 Montrose Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn


About the Artist

Born in Missoula, MT in 1976, Amanda Browder currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA/MA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2001, and taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2001-07. She received a Chicago Community Arts Assistant Program Grant in 2006 and 2007. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at the Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Lothringer 14, Munich, Germany; White Columns, New York; Mixture Contemporary Gallery, Houston, TX; The Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, MT; Gallery 400-UIC, and The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. She is also a founder of the art-podcast and member of the the Round Robin Collective. For more information, please visit

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How the Mural Got Made on Sept 8th

how the mural got made

Join the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition and Moviehouse for an interactive screening of How The Mural Got Made at the India Street Mural on Tuesday, September 8.

The new-painted mural will literally come alive when six local filmmakers Lam Thuy Vo, Joshua Carrero, Sarah Pirozek, Vanara Taing, Nathan Punwar, Hiram Becker, and Chris King present the movies they created to capture the artists—Ali Aschman, Eve Biddle & Josh Frankel, Chris Soria, Joshua Abram Howard, Robert Seng, and Skewville—as they spent the month of June turning a common white wall into a master work of public art.

Each of the wall’s four empty spaces will simultaneously turn into a screen, inviting the audience into the world of the artists. After the screenings the filmmakers and artists will speak with each other and the audience about the creative process that went into creating the mural and the films. VJ Clay Franklin will open and close the show with his visual beats and graphics.

It’s all projected on the mural at the end of India Street (between West Street and the East River in Greenpoint, Brooklyn) in a free interactive environment with a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline. The India Street Mural Project is the kickoff project for North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (NbPac) and presented with Council Member David Yassky. It is part of a greater urban revitalization for India Street, the waterfront, and the surrounding neighborhood. The event is part of a four night screening series called Moviehouse on India Street featuring projections by filmmakers, animators, and documentarians from Brooklyn and beyond.

The project is funded by Broadway Stages and presented in partnership with Open Space Alliance. Additional support is provided by Che Bushwick.


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