Letter from the Executive Director
The best part of my week so far was taking a guest in to see one of our programs in action. We visited a DTE Media program at a Red Hook high school. It was so impressive that the students were not only editing their footage but could switch gears in a matter of minutes and work as a team to shoot an interview with our guest. As we looked through the notes on the flip charts used to decide on their film topics (one of which was how they were impacted by the new administration), it was chilling to see one note that read,
“My family is being deported.”
I have wondered how the current political climate and policy changes have been affecting the young people in our programs. Last year at this time, most students thought the election was “a joke.” Now there seems to be a lot of fear and confusion. DTE teaching artists wrestle every day with how to find ways to discuss what’s happening in the world, provide safe spaces for students to share their stories and interrogate the institutionalized structures that impact their lives in ways that aren’t, as Michelle Alexander says, “causing fear, paralysis or resignation, but instead will enlighten and inspire action and critical thinking in the future.” Translating their feelings and informed points of view into poems, raps, music and films can be inspiring. I can’t wait to see the students’ final film. Stay tuned.
Martha Bowers, Executive Director
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Job & Internship Openings
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In Transition: Media starts this week!
Our free Spring In Transition: Media program beguns Saturday, March 11 and will run every Tuesday 4-6 and Saturday 1-4 through May 20, 2017. Places are still available! Students learn filmmaking, create their short documentaries while earning a stipend. To register or for info, contact DTE Director of Educator, Maria Soriano or call 718.643.6790.
24th Annual Red Hook Fest
The 24th annual Red Hook Fest is coming up June 9th and 10th, 2017. Friday June 9th, there will be a free Community Cook Out and Dance Party in Red Hook’s local elementary school PS 15’s playground with DJ, Emcee, and activities for the whole family.
Saturday main stage events will take place 2 pm-7 pm in Valentino Park and Pier. Stay tuned for artist lineup. Contact Tevina Willis, our Community Liaison if you’d like to volunteer or know of a youth group that would like to perform.
Sat. 3.11.17 1:30-3:30PM | Red Hook Public Library | 7 Wolcott Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs is currently developing a cultural plan for all of New York City. How do you CreateNYC? Why do arts and culture matter to you? For the plan to be successful, they need to hear from YOU!
Join with fellow Red Hook neighbors and friends to give your feedback. What arts and cultural activities would you like to see happening in Red Hook?