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Aug 24

Last night we had our final meeting with the neighborhood coordinators before the open studio weekend and this was a final chance for us to come together as a group to talk about logistics for the upcoming weekend. Museum staff working on GO were also invited because we were celebrating amongst the big agenda.

Baked in Red Hook helped make this meeting something incredibly special by donating an amazing cake. Beer was lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery, who’s also sponsoring the GO map, which you’ll find in all of the neighborhood information spots.

We are incredibly proud of and indebted to the local businesses who’ve supported us in GO. They’ve helped us get word out, will be running info points during open studio weekend and have allowed us to host a series of incredibly successful meetups in their establishments.  They’ve been vital in helping us ensure that GO stays local throughout this very large borough.  

Baked will be operating as one of our neighborhood info points during the open studio weekend and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to have this amazing cake to share as we covered a very big agenda. We hear they’ll be making special GO cupcakes for the open studio weekend.

Jul 20

We met with the neighborhood coordinators last night to discuss the next phase of the project. Lots of talk about how to rally voters, artist meetups and more.

Jun 19
Renee McGarry joins us as the Neighborhood Coordinator for the areas of Kensington, Ditmas Park and Flatbush - including Midwood, where we are seeing a number of artist registrations pop up.  Renee comes from a background rooted in community activism and grassroots organizing.  She’s an art historian, an organizer and a long-time Brooklynite.  In her own words…
I’ve lived in Kensington for 4 years.
You’ll find me hanging out at Sycamore. Always Sycamore.
I’ll never move from Kensington because I love hearing this many languages spoken in a city block.

Renee McGarry joins us as the Neighborhood Coordinator for the areas of Kensington, Ditmas Park and Flatbush - including Midwood, where we are seeing a number of artist registrations pop up.  Renee comes from a background rooted in community activism and grassroots organizing.  She’s an art historian, an organizer and a long-time Brooklynite.  In her own words…

I’ve lived in Kensington for 4 years.

You’ll find me hanging out at Sycamore. Always Sycamore.

I’ll never move from Kensington because I love hearing this many languages spoken in a city block.

Jun 18
Leslie Ward is, well, basically, your average rock star.  She’s another one of the neighborhood coordinators that came into her interview and knocked our socks off and she’s representing Prospect Lefferts Gardens for GO.  Leslie has been working over the years with PLG Arts, but what really impressed us was her enthusiasm for the project and stategies for how she would reach out in her neighborhood.  She literally came in with a list that she had researched, including artists that had shown at the Brooklyn Museum who lived in PLG, and started running down all these avenues for outreach that just blew us away.  In her own words…
I’ve lived in PLG for 12 years.
You’ll find me hanging out at Lincoln Park Tavern, Sweet Basil & Prospect Park with my dog, Mali.
I’ll never move from PLG because the location is perfect….so close to the park, botanical gardens and museum. Plus only 10 minutes by train into the city….love that.

Leslie Ward is, well, basically, your average rock star.  She’s another one of the neighborhood coordinators that came into her interview and knocked our socks off and she’s representing Prospect Lefferts Gardens for GO.  Leslie has been working over the years with PLG Arts, but what really impressed us was her enthusiasm for the project and stategies for how she would reach out in her neighborhood.  She literally came in with a list that she had researched, including artists that had shown at the Brooklyn Museum who lived in PLG, and started running down all these avenues for outreach that just blew us away.  In her own words…

I’ve lived in PLG for 12 years.

You’ll find me hanging out at Lincoln Park Tavern, Sweet Basil & Prospect Park with my dog, Mali.

I’ll never move from PLG because the location is perfect….so close to the park, botanical gardens and museum. Plus only 10 minutes by train into the city….love that.

Jun 15

Every project like this one needs a good floater and that was the advice I got from the team running the Guggenheim’s Stillspotting project.  For GO, we’ve got a great one in Sophie Buonomo.  Sophie is a masters candidate at Pratt and she’s been working with Sharon in our Exhibitions Department.  We are excited to bring her on board for GO and she’ll be helping us fill gaps where they are needed.  It’s impossible to hire a coordinator for all of the 67 neighborhoods in Brooklyn, so finding someone versatile enough to handle many areas is key.  In her own words…

I’ve lived in Clinton Hill for a little less than a year - before moving to Brooklyn I was in college in Boston.

You’ll find me hanging out at art openings, concerts, museums, barbeques and beer gardens in Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg.

I’ll never move from my area because Clinton Hill is gorgeous - love those brownstones!

Meet Bridget Priolo, our neighborhood coordinator in DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights and the Navy Yard.  You may know Bridget already because she’s one of the people at Rabbit Movers, artists with moving trucks. She leads the RABBIT ART ATTACKS! program with her creative partner and speaks for a love about working with artists and the DUMBO community that cannot be matched.  In her own words…

I’ve been working with RABBIT since 2010. 

You’ll find me hanging out at my Bushwick rooftop on a clear night or down the Rabbit Hole in DUMBO.

I’ll never move from Bushwick because my muse rides the M train.

Meet Steffani Jemison, our project coordinator for GO. We received more than 300 hundred applications for the GO project coordinator and neighborhood coordinator positions, and if you’ve ever been through the hiring process, you know that sometimes you find an applicant that just jumps out at you. For us, Steffani was that person. Steffani has the perfect combination of what we were looking for in a candidate. She’s an incredibly smart and talented artist with a strong commitment to community, but also an experienced arts administrator up to the challenge of coordinating such a large and complex project as GO (73 square miles to cover with 22 neighborhood coordinators; over 500 registered artists as of today; massive community outreach; and then, of course, there’s the internal workings of a large museum). She’s already handling it all with great initiative and enthusiasm. She lives in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and will soon be moving her studio to Bushwick, and we’re thrilled to have her on board! In her words…
I’ve lived in Prospect Lefferts Gardens for one year.
You’ll find me hanging out at Prospect Park.
I’ll never move from PLG because of the diverse community, tree-lined streets, and proximity to Prospect Park.

Meet Steffani Jemison, our project coordinator for GO. We received more than 300 hundred applications for the GO project coordinator and neighborhood coordinator positions, and if you’ve ever been through the hiring process, you know that sometimes you find an applicant that just jumps out at you. For us, Steffani was that person. Steffani has the perfect combination of what we were looking for in a candidate. She’s an incredibly smart and talented artist with a strong commitment to community, but also an experienced arts administrator up to the challenge of coordinating such a large and complex project as GO (73 square miles to cover with 22 neighborhood coordinators; over 500 registered artists as of today; massive community outreach; and then, of course, there’s the internal workings of a large museum). She’s already handling it all with great initiative and enthusiasm. She lives in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and will soon be moving her studio to Bushwick, and we’re thrilled to have her on board! In her words…

I’ve lived in Prospect Lefferts Gardens for one year.

You’ll find me hanging out at Prospect Park.

I’ll never move from PLG because of the diverse community, tree-lined streets, and proximity to Prospect Park.

Jun 14

Meet Victoria Cho, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Crown Heights.  Victoria is a writer and she founded Crown Writes, a writing workshop in the neighborhood. She also leads creative writing workshops at a settlement home for the New York Writers’ Coalition.  Victoria’s passion for GO really struck us her interview - her cover letter alone was pretty amazing.  She walked in the door with an incredibly clear understanding of the project and how to translate it in her neighborhood, including some of the best ideas we heard for community outreach.  In her own words…

I lived in Crown Heights for 3 years.

You’ll find me hanging out at LaunchPad, Veggies, Breukelen, Franklin Park, Crown Inn or just walking up and down the street!

I’ll never move from here because Crown Heights is amazingly diverse. Businesses and activists are making sincere efforts to make the area safer, improve communication and solicit discussion about neighborhood concerns and strengthen the presence of arts.

Meet Najva Sol, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Crown Heights and Bed Stuy.  Najva is another one who knocked our socks off during her interview.  She’s got more than a strong understanding of her neighborhood and she’s a multidisciplinary artist, performer, and experience curator; check out her collective, the Lowbrow Society for the Arts. While Najva is all over the interwebs thing, she’s a firm believer that working on the ground is where it’s at and that was something that impressed us.  In her own words…

I’ve lived in the area for 3 months, but I have been staying with friends here for over a year- I was working in DC but I’d stay for a week of every month!

You’ll find me hanging out at Imhotep Health Foods, obsessing over the curried pumpkin. Or picking up stacks of books at the Brower Park Library. If it’s sunny, I’ll be sneaking a swim at the (highly under-rated) Kosciusko Pool!

I’ll never move from the neighborhood because the Central Brooklyn CSA, a library branch, a community garden, and a park are all within a block from me. Not to mention a bunch of creative energy and the people here say hello when they see me!

Jun 13

Meet David Michael Perez, he’s a Neighborhood Coordinator for GO in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. You may know David already because for the past three years, he’s been the co-founder and director of FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics), a public dinner/arts grant program in Brooklyn. To hear David talk about FEAST is incredibly inspiring - he’s been thinking outside the box about how to bring artists and community together for a long time and been incredibly successful at doing so.  We are psyched he’s working on GO and you are likely to see him in Williamsburg for Northside Arts this weekend. In his own words…

I’ve lived in Greenpoint for almost three years and the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area for 8 years.

You’ll find me hanging out at Diner, Marlow & Sons, The Richardson, Pencil Factory, Gowanus Studio Space, & McCarren Park.

I’ll never move from Greenpoint because my street is so lovely and the neighborhood is just my speed.

Going Local with a Distributed Network

You’ve probably heard that if Brooklyn were its own city, we’d be the fourth largest in the United States. With a land mass of 73 square miles, 2 and half million people and 67 neighborhoods, you can imagine what a challenge it is to manage a borough-wide project like GO. Each one of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods are different—constituencies are unique, the urban fabric varies widely—simply put, what works in one area may not work in another, so a big part of what makes GO work is a distributed network of local neighborhood coordinators; our 22 coordinators are working locally within their neighborhoods to reach artists and their communities.

Team GO

When interviewing applicants for these positions, we were looking for individuals who had a deep understanding of their neighborhoods, an enthusiasm for the project, and a good handle on outreach methods they thought would work for their areas.  For all the social media out there, Brooklyn is still very much a bulletin-board-borough and more often than not these candidates came in with a healthy dose of reality when it came to how far online communications could go; most of them talked about the need for on the ground communication, cafe-to-cafe flyering and person-to-person outreach. We were seeking those individuals who had a spark and if we found we were inspired by what they had to say, we wanted them working on GO.

As it turns out, many of the coordinators are artist themselves who, because they are working on GO, cannot open their own studios during our open studio weekend; all of them felt the project was so important that they wanted to support other artists by working on it rather than showing in it.  Sharon and I have been blown away by this commitment to their local communities.

The neighborhood coordinators are at the very heart of this project. They know their local landscape extremely well and we are learning from them as we move forward.  They will be helping us spread the word to artists during this month’s registration process and, later, will help to rally their community around the artists who have decided to open their studio doors.  You may see them in your area talking about GO, putting up a flyer or running meet points during the open studio weekend, so say hello.  In the meantime, I’ve been introducing everyone on our Tumblr feed, so please meet these great people who are helping us GO

Whenever Sharon and I were talking to artists about GO, if they lived in Greenpoint their reaction was, “Do you know Joann Kim?”  For Greenpoint artists, it’s probably a rare thing if you don’t know her already, but, if you don’t, meet Joann Kim Nunez, our Neighborhood Coordinator for Greenpoint.  Joann is an event curator, a writer, and an event producer.  She produces the Greenpoint Open Studios every year and Northside Art.  You will likely see her this weekend in Williamsburg as Northside is underway.  We couldn’t be happier that she is on board for GO. In her own words…

I’ve lived in Greenpoint for 4 years and have helped build the art and food community in the neighborhood thru events such as Greenpoint Food Market and Greenpoint Open Studios, working with local businesses and press to support the initiative to create a collaborative platform for emerging artists and artisans alike.

You’ll find me hanging out at Cafe Grumpy (my coffice) and Le Gamin (my other coffice).

I’ll never move from Greenpoint because… I’ve moved out of Greenpoint under the fortunate circumstance of not paying rent in our LES shoebox. My zoo-themed Greenpoint based wedding would attest to that. Otherwise I would never move out of Greenpoint because having grown up in NY it was the first time I felt at home.

Jun 12

Meet Lucia Rollow, who rounds out our team of Neighborhood Coordinators in Bushwick.  Like Julia, Lucia is one of the co-lead organizers of Bushwick Open Studios and you may also know her as the Director of the Bushwick Community Darkroom.  Lucia impressed us in her interview with her passion for Bushwick and its arts community. She has a deep thoughts on community and arts accessibility and works diligently within in the neighborhood on projects rooted in these ideals. In her own words…

I’ve lived in Bushwick for almost 3 years now!

You’ll find me hanging out at Cafe Ghia, Pine Box Rock Shop, Brooklyn Fireproof or any of the other amazing spots within 3 blocks of my house!

I’ll never move from Bushwick because it’s the best :) Everything I want for work or play is within a 10 minute walk of my front door. There’s so much amazing food and art everywhere and everyone in the neighborhood is doing such amazing things!

Meet Sofy Yuditskaya, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, and Bay Ridge. During her interview, Sharon and I were completely impressed by Sofy’s awareness of the artists in these areas - particularly her grasp of what’s going on in the Russian and Jewish communities.  She grew up in these neighborhoods and when asked if this was a lot of ground for one person to cover, her response was she used to roller blade through the streets and she extremely excited to get back to her old stomping ground.  Sofy is a media artist and designer with an impressive resume (she’s worked on projects at the Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, the ARS Electronica Center, the Netherlands Institute voor Media Kunst, and the Games for Learning Institute).  In her own words…

I’ve lived in the area for 7-10 years.

You’ll find me hanging out at the beach!

I’ll never move from the area because the all night fruit stands are epic and the perogies are as good as they get!

Jun 11
Meet Maril Ortiz, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Park Slope.  She is one of the founders of and the co-Director of the Create Collective. She’s lived in the neighborhood for over a decade and as she puts it, “PKS residents might be famous for their love of strollers, bikes, apple products and dogs (I have 3 out of 4), but there is also a vibrant community of artists which I an looking forward to introducing you to.”  We are psyched.  In her own words…
I’ve lived in Park Slope for 12 years. 
You’ll most often find me hanging out at Bogota Latin Bistro or strolling up and down Fifth Ave or at JJ Byrne Park.
I’ll never move from Park Slope because I love how everything you really need is just a short stroll away. I constantly bump into friends both new and old. Here you can live the village life and still be part of the excitement of NYC.

Meet Maril Ortiz, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Park Slope.  She is one of the founders of and the co-Director of the Create Collective. She’s lived in the neighborhood for over a decade and as she puts it, “PKS residents might be famous for their love of strollers, bikes, apple products and dogs (I have 3 out of 4), but there is also a vibrant community of artists which I an looking forward to introducing you to.”  We are psyched.  In her own words…

I’ve lived in Park Slope for 12 years.

You’ll most often find me hanging out at Bogota Latin Bistro or strolling up and down Fifth Ave or at JJ Byrne Park.

I’ll never move from Park Slope because I love how everything you really need is just a short stroll away. I constantly bump into friends both new and old. Here you can live the village life and still be part of the excitement of NYC.