STooPS incubates art at home by sharing resources and re-imagining ice-broken spaces for public engagement. Bed-Stuy grown and artist-instigated, STooPS is a conduit for community building and intentional artistic experimentation. STooPS fosters meaningful interactions in (un)conventional venues that are mutually beneficial for artists and neighbors.
During the annual STooPS event, organizers use the arts to bring people outside and promotes social interaction among artists, homeowners, residents, and businesses of Bed-Stuy. Bed-Stuy homeowners collaborate with local artists to host mini performances and art showcases on their stoops, yards, or sidewalks. At the same time, various local businesses and organizations will bring folks together.
On the day of the event, participating artists will have performances/showcases on various Bed-Stuy spaces of all different genres including, but not limited to, dance, music, theatre, visual art, spoken word, film/video etc. Performance art and video pieces will be performed in looped cycles so everyone gets an opportunity to see them. Stoops containing visual art will have the artworks on display throughout the entire event, but these artists will be asked to create live art during the event as well. All artists will be available at their designated stoop in between performances so they can discuss their work, get to know the people of the community, and inspire community members to get to know each other.
This year’s event will take place on August 14 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm For more information, please visit this link.