Community Day 2015


Produced with generous support from Blick Art Materials, Community Day is a family-friendly event for neighbors and visitors to learn more about the Bushwick community, and the many valuable services and programs that local organizations offer. Coinciding with the opening of the Bushwick Farmers’ Market season, this year’s event focuses on the intersection of Arts & Wellness.

Featuring visual art, agriculture, dance, hip-hop, spoken-word, theater, yoga, performance art, music, and much more, it is the goal of AiB to provide a space for Bushwick community organizations, artists, individuals, and not-for-profits to showcase their incredible talents and programs through interactive projects during Bushwick Open Studios.

*In case of rain Community Day will be held at Hope Gardens Community Center, 422 Central Ave.


11AM goodpark class (come and participate!)
Get outside with goodyoga in this hour-long accessible vinyasa class to start your day in the park! Beginners are welcome! Bring a mat/towel!​
12PM Pidgin Culture (live music)
A performance mixing interdisciplinary creative practice with youth and local musicians from a variety of cultural backgrounds to create a musical composition in similarity to the way ‘pidgin language’ is formed.
12PM goodfamily class (come and participate!)
Let’s play! This​ class​ is open to moms and dads with children from the ages of ​3​-​8​ years old. This creative yoga class will explore asana and partner poses with a whole lot of fun. Get ready to become a kid again with your child​!​
12:30PM Sunshine (live music)
Sunshine is Amy and Stephen Sunshine, an artistic partnership based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. They grew up listening to Indie Rock and grew out listening to Traditional Jazz, Blues and Americana. They’ve performed their music in North America, Europe and India, and independently released two albums: “Down and Up Blues” and “Sunshine Nights”.

1PM Butch and Buttercup (circus demo)
The Muse Brooklyn’s Butch and Buttercup go through life playing and joking about anything and everything. Join them as they figure out connection and communication using the abilities of the human body, mind and heart.
1:15PM Dreams in Motion (dance performance)
The dance team of El Puente Bushwick Leadership Center will be performing and holding a dance tutorial.
1:30PM Brynne Billingsley & Artists (dance performance)
“When They Set the Sea on Fire,” an environmental dance for four women, takes inspiration from spirals in both somatics and nature, evoking storms, real and dream-like. Performed by Brynne Billingsley, Jenny Campbell, Amy Larson, and Kristen Rizzuto with original music by Ratio and Visus.
2PM Arts & Literacy (dance)
The dance team at Juan Morel Campos consists of middle schoolers from the ages of 11-15. They will be presenting two performances: “Disney Mashup” and “Lion King.”

2:10PM Paper Trail by Racoco Productions (interactive performance)
In Paper Trail dancers interact with giant rolls of paper, slowly creating, exploring, and transforming an elaborate and colorful paper landscape. It’s part origami, part geology, part dance, and good for all ages!
2:30PM Jammin’ with jojo (interactive drumming!)
“Jammin’ with jojo” is a group workshop and interactive class instructed by jojoSOUL- percussionist, DJ, performer, and teaching artist.
3PM goodmoves (dance performance)
goodyoga teachers break it down in this dance yoga fusion performance. Let Sasha, Natasa, and Rebekah get you into the groove.
3:30PM Dance It Up (dance performance)
The dance team of The Beacon Center for Arts and Leadership’s will be doing a hip hop/jazz routine called “Fireworks.”
3:45PM ELM
Performance by Educated Lyrical Monsters.



11AM-1PM with Blick’s resident artist Joe Gyurcsak
Color theory and acrylic plein air demonstration

2PM Partner Acrobatics class with The Muse Brooklyn

Join us and get a sense of partner acrobatics which is a fun art in the circus world, in which people work together to build elegant structures using the human body. Enjoy playing, communicating, trusting and surprise with friends, family and neighbors.

2PM-4PM with Blick’s resident artist Joe Gyurcsak
Oil color palette mixing lesson, plus discussion on brush effects and painting demonstration



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Please join Blick Art Materials and Resident Artist and Utrecht Brand Manager Joe Gyurcsak for a discussion and Q/A while demonstrating painting techniques. Our program for artists and art enthusiasts will demonstrate the versatility and brilliance of Utrecht artists’ paints, manufactured directly in Brooklyn since 1949! Giveaways will be offered while supplies last as well as a special discount to our NYC Blick Art Materials retail locations!


We are Before it’s Gone//Take it Back (B4G), a Brooklyn wide anti-gentrification all volunteer led grassroots group. We do work around affordable housing, support for residents experiencing harassment from landlords and evictions. Basically every thing we do is focused on keeping people in their homes!!! BKROTBK ROT is a compost collection service powered by local youth in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We offer seasonal compost pick-up memberships to residents for a small fee, which helps us provide stipends to local youth who run the service. The program is designed to place youth and local residents directly into larger social and environmental justice movements by collecting organic materials from residents in Bushwick, north Bed-stuy, East Williamsburg and Ridgewood.

Brynne BillingsleyBrynne Billingsley & Artists, a NYC based contemporary dance company, creates movement landscapes that blend the visual appeal of an abstract painting with the visceral experience of a storm or a sunset.  “When They Set the Sea on Fire”, an environmental dance for four women, takes inspiration from spirals in both somatics and nature, evoking storms, real and dream-like.

Bushwick AbbeyBushwick Abbey is a queer-friendly Christian community celebrating faith, art, and justice on the L line in Brooklyn, NY. Join us every Sunday at noon at 176 St Nicholas, right at the Dekalb stop. We sing songs, read scripture, reflect on that scripture, pray together, pass the peace, and share holy communion.

Bushwick Food CoopThe Bushwick Food Coop has been serving our community with locally sourced and Organic foods since 2012. Our goal is to offer the community reasonably priced and healthy foods, especially our local produce, while at the same time backing a sustainable agriculture and food system that supports farmers and companies that are trying to grow and distribute food in an ethical and sustainable manner. We now accept EBT! We offer some of the most affordable prices in town, and this is achieved through the work of our Members. In exchange for the privilege of paying low prices—just a 24% markup above wholesale—Members contribute four hours of work per month either in-store or on a committee.


Citi Bike is New York City’s bike sharing system. Intended to provide New Yorkers and visitors with an additional transportation option for getting around the city, bike sharing is fun, efficient and convenient. A bike sharing system consists of a fleet of specially designed, sturdy, very durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations sited at regular intervals around a city. The bikes can be rented from and then returned to any station in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible points and combinations of departure and arrival. With thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations, Citi Bike is available for use 24 hours a day, all year ’round. The station network provides twice as many docking points as bicycles, assuring that an available dock to return your bike is always nearby. Citi Bike is operated by NYC Bike Share LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Motivate. Motivate is a unique company focused solely on operating large-scale bike share systems.

CoalitionCoalition for Hispanic Family Services is a multi-service, community based organization that provides support for North Brooklyn families. The Beacon Center for Arts & Leadership addresses the educational, recreational, and social service needs of Bushwick youth and their families by providing them with opportunities to create, think, communicate, and problem solve. Program activities build literacy in the widest sense of the word through creative writing, the visual arts, sports, literacy, drama, photography, video, music; creative movements such as dance, yoga, martial arts, and science through the arts. Arts & Literacy is a branch of the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services. We provide after school arts education to over 1,000 students in 10 elementary and middle schools across Brooklyn and Queens. The Hope Gardens Community Center is this year’s Community Day rain location.


The graduate art therapy program at Long Island University at CW Post has thrived in providing opportunities to use creativity to build community. This summer CW Post has developed a special class title Art Therapy and Social Action where 13 graduate students and 1 licensed creative arts therapist will be working with three modules: Bushwick Art Studios, an autism school, and a nursing facility. Students are directly applying their understanding of community and art therapy with direct application that work to understand how to build relationships.  At the end of these three modules, students will take part in a  ten-day cross-cultural immersion Nicaragua working with children.

elpuentelogoEl Puente is a community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of members (youth and adult) in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action. Dreams in Motion (of the El Puente Bushwick Leadership Center) will be performing.

goodyogalogogoodyoga has served North Brooklyn since 2009.​ Our teachings are based on the Krishnamacharya Lineage, which emphasizes safe alignment, one movement per breath and attentive instruction. goodyoga embraces beginners and experienced students alike. Safety, comfort and encouragement are at the core of our mission.  Our students consistently cite the warmth of our community, the cleanliness of our studios and the quality of our teachers as ties that bind them to their practice. We currently have locations in Greenpoint and Bushwick.

IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities—the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID.

The Living GalleryThe Living Gallery is an art gallery, music venue and event space. We also host art classes and workshops for adults and children. Our mission is to unite people and inspire understanding and communication through the arts. A program of The Living Gallery, Brooklyn Acts, a name chosen by the students, seeks to foster youth empowerment and community development through theater and performance.

Mayday Space

Mayday is a new community space just steps off the Jefferson L stop in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With your support, we are transforming the newly constructed space into a dynamic center for social justice organizing, community empowerment and creative expression. Mayday is a neighborhood resource and a citywide destination for engaging programming, dancing and other nightlife activities, and a welcoming gathering place for people to work, learn and build together.


The Muse Brooklyn is a unique artists collective, circus studio and performance venue that​ offers circus instruction and shows that focus on solid technique experienced through a sense of play; pushing physicality and creativity equally. The Muse provides high quality at affordable prices, allowing time and space for circus to prosper in busy New York City.


The NYC Department of Transportation is proud to partner with Brooklyn Community Board 4, Council Member Antionio Reynoso, Council Member Rafael Espinal, the NYC Department of City Planning, the NYC Department of Health Brooklyn District Public Health Office, and NYPD to gather information from residents of Bushwick regarding where they would like to expand the bicycle network. We will have a table set up in which people can provide input on where they ride and would like to see bike lanes installed. Following an open-data collection period, NYC DOT and NYC DCP will work closely with the community to develop a phased network plan that will be installed over several years.


Pidgin Culture is an organization dedicated to intercultural experimentation, creation, and research, founded in 2014 by Lukas Ligeti and Matt Mottel. Pidgin Culture brings together artists from different and diverse cultural backgrounds and aesthetic directions and challenges them to produce innovative, original work that could only come about through the combination of these particular cultures or individuals.


play:ground is a project working to bring an adventure playground to Brooklyn, New York in the near future. Our goal is to provide a space for children to explore the world, a safe space for building, imagining and risk taking. play:ground will be a space for children to test themselves and develop a sense of ownership and belonging which fosters long term responsibility to their community and world.

PrattLogo2015The Graduate Creative Arts Therapy Program at Pratt is a Masters program in Art Therapy and Dance Therapy that  provides a synthesis of creative, aesthetic, and psychotherapeutic theory. Courses offer a thorough theoretical framework that translate into personal and practical application through an experiential process. Artwork and movement are done in every course and are used to learn therapeutic skills. Students focus on a wide variety of populations and communities.

ProsToYouPaint Bushwick With A Racket! ProsToYou Tennis welcomes all to experience the game of tennis like never before! This pop-up tennis court will feature an interactive player mural, produced one swing at a time! With rackets and tennis balls for all ages, the entire community will get to play the tennis of art.


Racoco Productions removes the boundaries between the visual and performing arts, the audience and the performers, and the real and the imaginary. We create theatrical experiences in which movement, music, humor, emotion, and texture are inextricably linked. The body and everyday objects are compared, contrasted, blended, and confused to illustrate the inescapable messiness of existence.


Reclaim Bushwick is a Bushwick community group whose members are dedicated to winning justice from luxury developments in our neighborhood through grassroots organizing and direct action.

SOUNDWALKBushwick Soundwalk is a project of Josie Holtzman and Isaac Kestenbaum, who create soundwalks — audio pieces that are meant to be heard in a specific place, while walking.  Over the next year, they will work with Arts in Bushwick students to create a special soundwalk through interviews, research and archival recordings. The result will be an audio tour that transports listeners into different times and places, and making them see their surroundings in an entirely new way.

SpreadtheJamSpread the JAM- Professor R.G. & DJ jojoSOUL will be emceeing all day long. The duo broadcasts live weekly from Bushwick on Mondays 8pm EST, on and They also facilitate “Jammin’ with jojo” as a children’s rhythm curriculum and interactive workshop. RG and jojo are available for DJ/MC events, hosting, live musicians, theatre, comedy, and more.  Visit for info and bookings.

SunshineLogoSunshine is Amy and Stephen Sunshine, an artistic partnership based in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. They grew up listening to Indie Rock and grew out listening to Traditional Jazz, Blues and Americana. They’ve performed their music in North America (NYC, San Francisco, New Orleans, Austin, Nashville, the Carolinas, Montréal), Europe (Paris, Rome) and Mysore, India. Sunshine has independently released two albums, 2013’s “Down and Up Blues”, and this year’s “Sunshine Nights”, which features their 5 piece live band, The Knights.