The Brooklyn Commune is a grassroots initiative originally organized by Culturebot.org and The Invisible Dog Art Center to educate, activate and unify performing artists of all disciplines to work together towards a more equitable, just and sustainable arts ecology in America.
If economics – specifically the economics of the cultural ecosystem – is a creative design problem to be collectively solved, then artists should come together to solve it.
While originally sited in Brooklyn, the project is inclusive of all NYC and aspires to develop a vision with national relevance.
The Brooklyn Commune started with The Brooklyn Commune Project, which was structured as an iterative, collaborative public research & visioning process investigating the economics of cultural production in the performing arts.
The project’s goal was to create an artist-driven vision of a healthy arts ecosystem in America and to bring artists, institutions, administrators and funders together for mutually respectful, open, non-hierarchical discourse around difficult topics such as resource allocation, capital, value, labor, aesthetics, diversity, equity, inclusion and quality of life.
The events and research were documented and disseminated iteratively here and culminated with the publication of our report “The View From Here” which was launched in January 2014 coincident with The Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference in NYC.
The Brooklyn Commune is predicated on the following ideas: