The Brooklyn Museum and the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation’s Social Justice Fund have partnered together for a new 10-month program, the Brooklyn Arts Leadership Collaborative.
The Brooklyn Arts Leadership Collaborative will support the leaders of eight arts organizations led by people of color based in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn organizations are:ARTE (Art Resistance Through Education), Black Girls Sew, Brooklyn United Music and Arts Program, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, ¡Oye!, Black Trans Femme Artist Collective, Rooted Theater Company and Redhawk Council.
The Collaborative will kick off in October 2023 and will provide critical support to the inaugural cohort of arts organization leaders, including holistic leadership development and assistance in building programs to achieve their social equity goals. Each organization will receive a grant of $25,000 from SJF.
“Our goal with this Collaborative is to create a sustainable framework of support for art leaders across the borough,” said Clara Wu Tsai, founder of the Social Justice Fund in a press release. “Brooklyn is home to a vast and rich history of art in every form. Supporting the institutions that grow, honor, and sustain these artists is critical to ensuring that Brooklyn continues to be a renowned creative hub.”
Cohort leader Robyne Walker Murphy will design and facilitate the Collaborative based on the cohort’s needs and priorities.
Workshops will cover topics such as strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, program development and board governance. The Collaborative will go beyond traditional training with sessions dedicated to health and wellness practices.
“The Collaborative is designed to foster skills and knowledge building, and provide networking opportunities to help cohort members build and sustain thriving, impactful organizations,” said Laval Bryant-Quigley, Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships, Brooklyn Museum.
“These organizations have managed to consistently punch above their weight even with the obstacles and inequities they confront, including a scarcity of resources. We’re excited to work with them to identify ways we can all do even more to achieve our goals.”