Culture Window @ The Jewelbox - Three Friday Nights of Live, Free Performance in Downtown Brooklyn
Glass front studio space to be transformed into enchanting jewel box
April 13, 2021
As the city makes a cautious return to live performance, two Downtown Brooklyn staples – The Actors Fund Arts Center and Brooklyn Ballet — present Culture Window @ the Jewelbox with three Friday evenings of dance, music and storytelling. Designed to be viewed safely from the street and intended as a colorful revivifying moment of pride and connectivity for the neighborhood, these free evening programs span the world of live arts from classical piano to folk dance.
More than one year after the closure of all performance venues in New York City, these vibrant and varied evenings, funded through the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, bring together artists from across the borough to share their work with a live audience, many for the first time since the shutdown. With the parking lane on Schermerhorn Street closed to traffic and available for the audience to view from in a socially-distanced manner, viewers will enjoy a different program each Friday night from April 16th to April 30th. Program highlights include pianist Simone Dinnerstein, the multi-disciplinary Brooklyn Ballet, The Knights orchestra, Girl Be Heard theater and activist group, and City Stompers Appalachian clogging.
Part block party, part cultural happening, Culture Window @ the Jewelbox will be free and fun for the whole family to enjoy. Caribbean food and snacks will be available for purchase from Norm’s Bkn Jerkmobile.
The Jewelbox is located at Brooklyn Ballet studio,160 Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn. This is a free non-ticketed event for all ages. Accessible by the A, C and G trains at Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets; 2, 3 at Hoyt Street; F, N, R, and W at Jay Street-Metrotech; and the 4 and 5 at Borough Hall.
Culture Window @ the Jewelbox is made possible by a grant from the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, a partnership with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) and Dumbo Improvement District as part of New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
The Actors Fund Arts Center is a performance venue and rehearsal space located in the lobby level of The Schermerhorn in Downtown Brooklyn. The venue is operated by The Actors Fund in collaboration with Breaking Ground. The mission of The Actors Fund Arts Center (AFAC) is to serve as a resource for Brooklyn-based artists and arts groups to aid in the development and sharing of their work, as well as a venue for integrating the residents of The Schermerhorn with the surrounding community through the arts.
Part of New York State’s approach to create vibrant neighborhoods and boost local economies, Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) investments are a crucial part of the State’s strategy to revitalize communities. DBP and Dumbo partnered with Borough President Eric L. Adams on the winning 2018 proposal, which awarded $10 million to a range of projects including the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund. In the first four years of the DRI, the State has committed $400 million to invest in downtowns that are ripe for revitalization and have the potential to become magnets for redevelopment, business, job creation, greater economic and housing diversity, and opportunity.
Brooklyn Ballet’s programs are made possible in part by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Council Member Alan Maisel, Council Member Stephen Levin, Council Member Robert Cornegy, and Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Sills Family Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Anonymous,, The Howard Gilman Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Curtis W. McGraw Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The John N. Blackman Foundation, Con Edison, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, One Brooklyn Fund, Liberty Property Maintenance, Alloy, iStar, Miami Foundation, The Dorsey and Whitney Foundation.