Join us at these events around NYC during January Festival season to learn more about BKCP, pick up literature (or a button!), meet BKCP team members and make new friends!

Events at APAP require conference registration, events at Under The Radar/The Public* and other venues are free and open to all. We hope you will join us and stay tuned for updates!!


9:00AM-9:25AM: Imagine A World That Operates Differently Than This One

Presenting the Brooklyn Commune Project Report!

What are the financial realities and logistical challenges to placing the arts at the heart of community development?  How can we better quantify the value of artists and their creative work as community assets as well as artists’ personal investments of time, labor and resources in the production of their work? How can we share this knowledge for the betterment of the field as a whole?  Learn how one grassroots initiative, The Brooklyn Commune Project, is bringing artists and arts stakeholders together to gain knowledge and propose new strategies around the intersection of creativity, innovation and economics; diversity, social values, and quality of life.

The Mercury Ballroom at the New York Hilton Midtown [APAP Registration required]

12PM-1:30PM: Performance, Technology & The Ever-Emerging Now

Join Culturebot and special guests for an open, participatory discussion on the rapidly evolving field of art/tech collaboration. How are artists, scientists and technologists working across boundaries to share expertise and develop new models for creating and engaging with performance.

Participants as of December 17, 2013 include: Joel Slayton (Zero1 Biennial), Kamal Sinclair (Sundance Festival/New Frontiers), Gunalan Nadarajan (University of Michigan, School of Art & Design), Alicia Gibb, Yehuda Duenyas, Joe Diebes, Miwa Matreyek & Chi-wang Yang (Cloud Eye Control), Bill O’Brien & Michael Orlove (National Endowment for the Arts)

The Public Theater [General Admission, Free]

4:00PM-4:50PM: The Emerging Role of the Citizen Critic

Since the demise of traditional arts journalism and the rise of blogging and social media, the arts writing landscape can seem daunting and unmanageable.  The concept of “critical horizontalism” and the emerging role of the citizen critic reflect the intersection of journalism, arts and citizenship around performance venues as civic space.  This session will explore how presenters are transforming themselves into “engagers” and audiences into communities.

Participants as of December 17, 2013 include: Ron Berry (Executive and Artistic Director, Fusebox Festival – Austin, TX), Julie Potter (Writer in Residence at the ODC Theater, YBCA:You Senior Program Manager at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts –SF, CA), Anna Drowzdowski (Editor at ThinkingDance.net, Programming Director at Christchurch Neighborhood House – Philadelphia, PA) and Jeremy M. Barker (http://deeplyfascinating.org/).

The Mercury Rotunda at the New York Hilton Midtown [APAP Registration required]


12PM-1:30PM: Diversity and Multiculturalism In A Global Context

Join Culturebot and guests in a freeform conversation about the past, present and future of multiculturalism in a global world. How are different countries addressing issues of diversity while negotiating aesthetic and cultural differences? How do we, as artists and presenters, create meaningful contexts and conversations around the work itself?

Participants as of December 17, 2013 include: Erwin Maas, Gabri Reid, MK Wegmann (National Performance Network), Nora Chipaumire, Nike Jonah & Hassan Mahamdallie (Creative Case for Diversity/UK) Monique Martin, Baraka Sele, Jonas Hassen Khemiri

The Public Theater [General Admission, Free]


LAUNCH PARTY | Monday, January 13 @ 7pm | Free

Celebrate nine months of hard work and important research. We’ll present the paper and share music, wine & beer. Learn more about what our research has revealed & how you can join in!

University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, Manhattan


12PM-1:30PM: Playwrights In Collaborative Processes

From Caryl Churchill and Joint Stock to Anne Washburn and The Civilians, the role of the playwright in collaborative processes has been both creatively compelling and logistically complicated. What are the rewards and challenges of the playwright working in collaboration with directors, actors and ensembles; what questions arise about authorship, ownership and what defines “a play”? Join Culturebot and a collection of creative theater-makers for a fun and freewheeling discussion of the past, present and future of the playwright.

Participants as of December 17, 2013 include: David Mendizabal, Harry Rivers, Deborah Stein, Suli Holum, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Eric Ting, Paul Lazar

The Public Theater [General Admission, Free]


12PM-1:30PM: American Theater & The Aesthetics of Democracy

The early 20th century gave birth to a national Little Theater movement that rejected the hegemony of commercially-driven New York City shows and embraced a more community-based, locally responsive model of theater. This grew into today’s regional theater system, one that is increasingly removed from the everyday lives of many communities. As a new generation discovers the values of Little Theater, how will this shape the future of American Theater? Join Culturebot and friends for a lively discussion.

Participants as of December 17, 2013 include: Morgan Jenness, Jan Cohen Cruz, Sue Kessler, Abigail Browde (600 Highwaymen) and Jess Chayes & Nick Benacerraf (The Assembly)

The Public Theater [General Admission, Free]

TIME TO COMMUNE | Sunday, January 19 @ 3pm | Free

With one eye towards the past and one eye towards the future, join us to discuss the major revelations from the paper and its implications for our community going forward. As the BKCP to shift its form, we want to understand what we’ve learned, what we should learn next, and why.

Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen St., Brooklyn

* “Scanning The Landscape” discussions at Under The Radar use a format inspired by Lois Weaver’s “conversation as performance” model The Long Table, which is informal, participatory & nonhierarchical. Special guests are invited to “seed” the conversation but you are invited to take a seat at the table and join in!



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