Brooklyn Arts Council: Folk Arts

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BAC FOLK ARTS: WHAT WE DO

See a merengue típico dance at a Dominican party in Bushwick; the elaborate costumes on Eastern Parkway at the annual West Indies Labor Day Celebration; moko jumbies dancing on stilts in Ft. Greene Park; a five-story tall giglio…


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BAC FOLK ARTS: WHAT WE DO

See a merengue típico dance at a Dominican party in Bushwick; the elaborate costumes on Eastern Parkway at the annual West Indies Labor Day Celebration; moko jumbies dancing on stilts in Ft. Greene Park; a five-story tall giglio tower in Williamsburg to honor St. Paulinus and Our Mother Mt. Carmel. This is your Brooklyn.

Hear the percussive beat of an African djembe drum; a Russian-Jewish immigrant hammering copper memory portraits of rabbis from the past; an oud emanating from a Lebanese café in Bay Ridge. This is your borough.

These are the sounds and sights of Brooklyn folk arts: traditions that make the borough one of the most diverse places in the United States.

BAC Folk Arts is proud to help nurture Brooklyn’s traditional artists and preserve our borough’s diverse heritage.

At BAC Folk Arts, we work with Brooklyn-based folk and traditional artists and their communities to preserve and present arts that express the borough’s diverse living heritage. Music, dance, visual and material arts, occupational and religious traditions all find wider audiences through our public presentations, from the annual Folk Feet traditional dance showcase to Circle ‘Round Brooklyn social dance workshops to the Brooklyn Maqam Arab Music Festival.

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