Crown Heights art gallery FiveMyles was selected as one of 15 recipients of the Destination>Brooklyn mini-grant to advance cultural tourism across the borough.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Brooklyn Arts Council Executive Director Charlotte A. Cohen announced on Tuesday the 15 local arts and culture organizations chosen to receive a total of $22,500 in mini-grants.
"Brooklyn has long been a destination for the best in artistic experiences, and our Destination>Brooklyn mini-grants have given residents and visitors alike a greater awareness of opportunities that may go under the radar," said Adams.
The grant program, now in its fifth year, supports the promotion of local arts groups to a broader audience through the creation, production and distribution of print promotional materials, and is funded by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and NYC & Company Foundation. Obie Award-winning gallery FiveMyles is a well-deserving recipients as cultural space dedicated to advancing the public interest in innovative experimental art.
The gallery, which was funded in 1999, provides space for under-represented, emerging and well-established artists to present their work in solo and group exhibitions. Exhibitions are often inspired by art rooted in non-Western cultures and have included photography and video from East Africa and contemporary Native and Caribbean art. Place, personal vision, politics, identity and experimentation are an integral part of programming, emhasizes FiveMyles in its mission statement.
The Crown Heights institution is now gearing up to celebrate its 20th anniversary and just released the 2019 program. Highlights of the upcoming year include a magical light maze installation by Barbara Campisi and an anniversary exhibit curated by Councilmember Cumbo.
BAC Executive Director Cohen noted the importance of supporting Brooklyn's tourism industry by highlighting the power of arts and culture in attracting visitors from around the globe.
"Destination>Brooklyn grants are instrumental in helping arts organizations across Brooklyn attract audiences for their work," said Cohen. "The funding that BAC provides through our partnership with Borough President Adams and NYC & Company Foundation makes sure that visitors and residents know about Brooklyn's extraordinary cultural offerings."
Other Central Brooklyn organizations to receive a Destination>Brooklyn grant include The Afro-Latin@ Project, which organizes an annual festival in Downtown Brooklyn; The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music, an organization based in Ditmas Park working to preserve the reggae art form and its traditional message of healing and unity, and the Fulton Art Fair, an annual exhibition of visual fine art based in Bedford Stuyvesant.