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CHECK OUT the diverse collection of artists selected to share their work at our fourth annual event, STooPS 2016.
This year’s applications offered an exciting array of musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, painters, and much more. The artist selection panel, comprised of community caretakers, staff, and residents, was truly tasked with a difficult decision. Our STooPS 2016 artists are Bed-Stuy residents, workers, and admirers who all understand the legacy of artistic connection in this community. Many applicants acknowledged a frustration about the ways in which the neighborhood has changed, particularly for the longtime residents who created the rich history that community members know, love, and partake in. However, there was also a resounding hope that, by participating in STooPS, they might be able to amplify and support both the struggles and the successes of Bed-Stuy across generations.
We are thrilled to showcase artists who have been with STooPS since the first event in 2013, such as hip-hop artist Ish, Black radical Librarian Ola Akinmowo, and musician Noni Rene. Alongside them will be new faces including choreographer Rakia Seaborn, visual artist Danielle Calibird Fernandez, and the Caribbean folk music community organizing duo that is Shamilia McBean and Shawn Fitzgerald. Each of these highly skilled artists is looking forward to creatively engaging with Bed-Stuy businesses, homeowners and residents.
Last year’s event attracted nearly 300 attendees and, more importantly, helped create lasting relationships between community members and artists. We look forward to highlighting even more art from our neighborhood while continuing to build the connections that will support our collective thriving.
STooPS Artists offer more than entertainment, they are stakeholders in the network of creatives and community members that allows the mission and vision of STooPS to continue. After four years of producing and curating events throughout Bed-Stuy, our team has established many partnerships that support artists and neighbors alike. STooPS was developed by and for artists, and we are proud of the community that sustains us.
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).