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Bed-Stuy grown and artist implemented, STooPS provides artistic opportunities and resource sharing in the local community by re-imagining space for public engagement. STooPS is a conduit for community building and intentional artistic experimentation in (un)conventional venues, which fosters meaningful interactions between artists and neighbors.
During our annual STooPS event, we use the arts to bring people outside and promote social interaction among artists, homeowners, residents, and businesses of Bed-Stuy. Every summer since 2013, Bed-Stuy homeowners have collaborated with local artists to host performances and art showcases on their stoops, storefronts, yards, or sidewalks. To encourage family-wide participation, our Kiddie Korner features various children’s art activities.
On the day of the event, artists showcase creations of all genres including, but not limited to, dance, music, theatre, visual art, spoken word, and film/video. All artists are also available between performances to discuss their work, get to know audience and neighbors, and inspire community members to connect with each other. STooPS SightSeer Schedules are the guide for the day with a map of locations and schedules for all performances.
STooPS culminates in performances by local youth, a Viewers’ Choice STooPS Artist, and Brooklyn-based headlining artists like Les Nubians, the Noel Pointer Foundation’s Phantazia String Players, Tamar-kali, and Tai Allen!
The annual STooPS event is made possible by public funds from the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, both administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).