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April 20, 2012

Amplify Action: Sustainability Through the Arts

By Maitefa Angaza – The Pratt Center for Community Development, Pratt’s Initiative for Arts, Community, and Social Change (IACSC) and Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC) together present “Amplify Action: Sustainability through the Arts,” an exhibition of work by 27 local and international artists demonstrating how arts, culture, and media can be powerful catalysts for social change, at BSRC’s Skylight Gallery from April 22, 2012 – mid-July 2012. The exhibition will be celebrated with an opening reception on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 4-6 PM at the Skylight, 1368 Fulton Street, 3rd floor, Brooklyn. To RSVP click the link to the right on the amplifyaction.org page.

The Central Brooklyn community’s concern with issues of sustainability is highlighted in this exhibition, which engages with themes of sustainable living, healthy consumer choices, and environmental action. Ecology, economy, equity, environmental consciousness, resource conservation and efficiency, agriculture, architecture, infrastructure, environmental health, and justice are among the subjects addressed.

Hattie Carthan; Brooklyn environmentalist and founder of Magnolia Tree Earth Center

Art By Maitefa Angaza
Art By Maitefa Angaza

“Amplify Action” artists are diverse and at varying stages in their careers; some are exciting emerging talents, while others are long-established, with work in important collections. Among those featured are several community-based artists including: Simonetta Mora, Y K Hong, Elaine Angelopolous, Antonia Perez, True, Kevin William Reed, Kioka Williams, Michael Konrad, Roberto de Jesus, Andrew Scott, Ways and Means, Vincent Romaniello and others. The art on display, ranging from painting to sculpture, found art to photography, and more, celebrates environmental activism and declares war on apathy. Engaging and adventurous, the work has made proud presenters of the participating institutions.

“We’re elated to partner with Pratt Center for Community Development and the Pratt Initiative for Arts, Community, and Social Change,” said Tracey Capers, vice president of programs and development, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. “Like Pratt Center and the Pratt IACSC, we support long-term sustainability that is largely dependent on the ability to engage local residents and institutions. We each view the arts as a powerful agent for that change.”
Rasu Jilani of the Pratt Center for Community Development stated: “This exhibition and public programming demonstrate that the arts are an imperative tool for engaging communities toward long-term local sustainability.”
Two free workshops at an Evening for Educators will open a dialogue on sustainable practices and provide meaningful curriculum tools on April 26th from 5-8pm. Aya Rodriguez-Izumi will do a stitching-embroidery workshop and Wolfgang Ryan hosts a sculpture with repurposed materials workshop. Those interested in attending may RSVP at the Amplify Action page at eventbrite.com. A community quilt-making workshop with artist Kioka Williams will follow in May.
The Pratt Center for Community Development works for a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers by empowering communities to plan for and realize their futures. The Center was founded at the birth of the community development movement as the nation’s first university-based advocacy planning and design organization.
The Pratt Initiative for Arts, Community, and Social Change encourages and supports students, faculty, and staff to cultivate awareness, discourse, and action to use the power of the arts as a catalyst for social change.
Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the nation’s first community development corporation, partners with residents and businesses to improve the quality of life for residents of Central Brooklyn by fostering economic self-sufficiency, enhancing family stability and growth, and promoting the arts and culture.
“Amplify Action” is a collaborative effort made possible through the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Fund.
CONTACT:
Rasu Jilani
Art, Culture, and Sustainability Project Manager
Pratt Center for Community Development
718-687-5671 or [email protected]
www.amplifyaction.org @amplifyaction
MAITEFA ANGAZA (Judith Halsey) is the editor of African Voices, an acclaimed nationally distributed Black literary and visual arts quarterly magazine. She is the author of “Kwanzaa: From Holiday to Every Day,” (Dafina Books, 2007), which climbed to #1 on the amazon.com “Holiday Books” page a few months after its publication. She is the proud former executive editor of the award-winning, now defunct newspaper, The City Sun and also worked as an editor at The Daily Challenge, both New York City publications.

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Brooklyn Movement Center

Brooklyn Movement Center

The Brooklyn Movement Center (the “MC”) is a membership-led, direct-action, community organizing body based in Central Brooklyn (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and the surrounding area). We bring together residents to identify important issues in their lives, win concrete improvements in their community, and build power. The Brooklyn MC is staffed by local organizers, supported by volunteers, governed by a community-based board of directors, and guided by an advisory group made up of activists and organizers from across the city

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