Bed-Stuy's premiere outdoor arts and performance experience returns Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 for a two-day extravaganza
If there's one thing Brownstone Brooklyn is known for, it is its "stoops culture." On any given day, particularly during the summer months, you can find almost anything taking place right outside of a brownstone's stoop: A barb-b-que gathering, an artist drawing, a musician practicing... or a mother braiding her daughter's hair.
This pervasive stoop culture as a mutual gathering place and one where creativity often is birthed was one of the motivations behind the development of the STooPS Bed-Stuy.
Founded in 2013 by Brooklyn-based dancer and facilitator Kendra J. Ross, STooPS has become a way to connect artists to community through curated performances, community building activities, educational workshops and an art crawl.
This year's STooPS Art Crawl will take place Saturday August 5, from 1:00 - 6:00pm and Sunday, August 6, from 2:30 - 7:30pm, featuring more than 20 artists across a variety of disciplines. STooPS connects with homeowners and businesses throughout the historic Bed-Stuy neighborhood to transform stoops, sidewalks and storefronts into artistic spaces, attracting nearly 1,000 attendees.
This year's performance artists include Aleijuan Afuraka, Babay L. Angles, Clarivel Ruiz, Lisa Sikorski, Najee Omar, and students from The Brooklyn Music School's Summer Vocal Arts Program and the Noel Pointer Phantazia String Ensemble.
The event will also feature a Kiddie Korner with storytime, mural painting and puppet-making.
Mark your calendars, grab a friend, a neighbor or come by yourself and experience Bed-Stuy's sidewalks as a runway and window to your community's unique art and creativity, live and on display from the STooPS!
For more information on the 2017 STooPS Art Walk and additional programming, go here.