Over the past 3–5 years, changes in demographics and economics have evolved the fabric of Bed-Stuy. As the home of one of the first community centers, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, Bed-Stuy has historically had a unique identity and strong sense of community.
As new residents move into the community, gentrification is a large concern for those who have a family history and long term investment in this neighborhood. A balancing act has occurred between embracing change while still maintaining the energy and traditions of Bed-Stuy.
STooPS builds on the unmistakable Bed-Stuy identity and bridges the gap between Bed-Stuy “then” and “now.” As any neighborhood evolves, it takes the effort of many to maintain and increase the cohesion of the community.
STooPS is a tangible way to unite artists, new residents, businesses, and those deeply invested in the neighborhood such as homeowners and community organizations.
STooPS is an opportunity for members of the neighborhood to discover and share resources that exist within Bed-Stuy. This awareness allows people to build partnerships and support each other, thereby fortifying the entire community.
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).