Brooklyn Arts Council

BAC empowers artists where they live and work to create vibrant, healthy, and cohesive communities.

aka BAC   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  www.brooklynartscouncil.org

Mission

Brooklyn Arts Council empowers artists and communities with the aim of advancing an inclusive and vibrant borough. We support artists and foster their diverse forms of expression; and we amplify the arts as a source for social innovation and community connection. We provide equitable access to culture through educational programs, performances, professional development, and grant-making.

Ruling year info

1970

Executive Director

Ms. Charlotte Cohen

Main address

20 Jay Street Suite 616

Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA

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Formerly known as

Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Association (BACA)

EIN

23-7072915

NTEE code info

Arts Council/Agency (A26)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grants and Services

Brooklyn Arts Council grants strive to support local artists and small arts organizations whose work enhances the cultural climate of our borough, city, state, and nation. These awards encourage professional development, community growth, and fellowship among artists.

Each year, Brooklyn Arts Council selects local artists for an array of competitive grants.

BROOKLYN ARTS FUND
Brooklyn Arts Fund cultivates artists, arts organizations, and audiences through specific and engaging arts projects.

LOCAL ARTS SUPPORT
Designed with nonprofit organizations and artist-nonprofit partnerships in mind, Local Arts Support helps develop high-quality local arts projects and programs that focus on community engagement.

CHARLENE VICTOR AND
ELLA J. WEISS CULTURAL ENTREPRENEUR FUND
Honoring the legacy of Brooklyn Arts Council’s founder, Charlene Victor, and former president, Ella J. Weiss, the Cultural Entrepreneur Fund affords two woman-identifying Brooklyn artists with funds to pursue professional development opportunities.

DESTINATION > BROOKLYN
Designed to amplify the city's appeal as a culturally vibrant destination, Destination>Brooklyn amplifies the city by funding the promotion of not-for-profit arts and cultural programs in all disciplines.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Arts program works with folk and traditional artists, and the communities which recognize them, to preserve and present arts expressive of the borough’s diverse living heritage—folk song, storytelling, social dance, foodways, material culture, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Arts in Education (AIE) programs foster creativity and artistic expression for K–12 students, their supporters, and other community members through a broad range of disciplines that represent Brooklyn's diversity and excellence in dance, digital media, theater, visual, and literary arts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

You need art where? We can help real estate projects and community groups to place art in new spaces and launch new endeavors. We leverage our extensive database of Brooklyn artists, curatorial and project management expertise, and knowledge of how art and artists can activate challenging spaces. Because of our day-to-day experience with artists, we bring emerging and mid-career artists to the table who might otherwise be overlooked.
Arts Advisement for New Projects
Art Competitions
Public Art
Art for Corporate and Residential Spaces

Population(s) Served
Adults

Delivered both virtually and in person, Brooklyn Innovation Institute is a multi-modular professional development series that nurtures and equips today’s creatives and cultural entrepreneurs. Brooklyn Innovation Institute programs augment and connect the expertise and networks of artists, art organizations, and cross-sector collaborators, seeding the field with insights, technical assistance, and tools for thriving.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Arts+ Innovation Incubator supports emerging cultural and artistic projects that have strong artistic merit and that align with Brooklyn Arts Council’s mission to enrich the cultural life of the borough. The Incubator provides the coaching and administrative support needed to propel artists to the next level.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Brooklyn Arts Council

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Antonia Yuille Williams

Con Edison

Term: 2018 -

Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President

Audrey Anastasi

Tabla Rasa Gallery

Julia Chu

The Philanthropy Center - J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Antonia Yuille Williams

Con Edison

Jack Esterson

Think! Architecture & Design

Michele Arbeeny

Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP

Sidney Jean

The Jean Law Firm

Frazier Holloway

Dan Marks

Terra CRG

Ellen Gottlieb

Corcoran Realty

Theresa Schieber

EcoMedia

Karen Stone

Knoll

Valerie White

LISC NYC

Jesse Williamson

Together Work

Lisa Dolberry Hancock

Columbia World Projects

Samara Karasyk

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Barbara Stallworth

Standard and Poor's

Jidan Kim

Bridge Property Advisors

Cey Adams

Artist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/18/2021

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