DTE News 2.14.17: Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

As I have been looking at artists for this year’s and next Red Hook Fest, I have been so moved by the powerful voices of Toshi Reagon, Climbing Poetree, Kyle Abraham, and Joya Powell, among others. And though A Tribe Called Quest is beyond our budget, their powerful Grammy performance also underscored for me the important role artists can play is this time of fear mongering, attacks on immigrants and Muslims, shutting of borders, building walls, sowing hate and discord.

These artists move our souls, and feed our spirits. Tonight join with other artists in Artistic Uprising: A Call for Revolutionary Love in Washington Square Park, 6-9pm, at the north side of the park under the arch.

I also want to urge you to voice your support for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA is an important source of funding for arts organizations and artists nationwide. Some have suggested that flooding the White House with personal, not form, letters is the best approach, but I also urge you to look for more information by visiting Americans for the Arts.


Martha Bowers, Executive Director
Dance Theatre Etcetera

In Transition: Media


We look forward to the start of our In Transition Media spring program in March. More than twenty students will meet at our offices on Tuesdays and Saturdays to learn filmmaking and discuss current events, exploring critical topics in their documentary projects. It’s always fun to be a fly on the wall during these discussions, as we get to hear what issues are on teens’ minds.

Save the Date: Red Hook Fest, June 9-10th, 2017

The 24th Annual Red Hook Fest is almost here! On Friday, June 9th, there will be a free Community Cook Out and DJ Dance Party with activities for kids in the playground at Red Hook’s local elementary school, P.S. 15/Patrick F. Daly School.

Saturday main stage events will take place 2 pm-7 pm in Valentino Park and Pier. Stay tuned for artist lineup. If you know of a youth group that may want to perform, let us know by emailing Tevina Willis, our Community Liaison, at: Tevina@dtetc.org.

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs is gathering feedback for the development of a new city-wide cultural plan. Community arts organizations, cultural partners, and resident leaders will be holding a neighborhood workshop to consider the issues identified in the plan and forge a path toward recommendations.

If you are a Red Hook resident, come share your thoughts on Saturday, March 11th from 1:30-3:30pm at the Red Hook Library (7 Wolcott Street, at Dwight St., Brooklyn 11231).

Staff News

DTE is pleased to welcome three new staff members! Heather Harvey will be joining our team as our new Marketing Associate. Hannah Cloepfil will be taking over the role of Associate Producer of the Red Hook Fest, and Tevina Willis will be the festival’s Community Liaison.

We bid a fond farewell to outgoing Marketing Manager Iquo Essien and thank her for her many contributions to DTE’s marketing efforts.