2015 BWRC Annual Conference:

Thanks to all who came to the Spaces & Places: Art Along the Brooklyn Waterfront Conference. The Keynote Speaker Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl began the conference by discussing his New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Initiatives on diversity in the arts and housing for artists. A panel of artists followed, explaining the role of the waterfront in creating their art. They also recounted their experiences finding affordable rents in DUMBO in the 1980s and mentioned current projects such as building a temporary floating bridge to Governors Island and bioswales for the Brooklyn waterfront.

After a networking break, two final panels mixed artists, gallery owners, and developers to discuss how art will continue being made along the waterfront. See full speaker list.

Photos below are by Andie Lessa, City Tech Faculty Commons Design Team and the BWRC’s Jeremiah Cox:

Spaces & Places: Art Along the Brooklyn Waterfront 

The Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center and the Brooklyn Historical Society present a half-day conference discussing the evolution of the way art has been made, shown, and sold along the Brooklyn waterfront.

The conference will open with a Keynote by New York Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. It will continue by offering a historical overview of art in the borough over the centuries, taking us to the recent past. It will then use panels to open a discussion among artists, gallery owners, art distributors, and those who, in one way or another, make spaces available for the “process of art.”

The question implicit in all these discussions will be, “how much space and what kind of space is available for the process of art along the Brooklyn waterfront and who is responsible, if anyone, for insuring that such space continues to be available?”