Community gardens are a place for gardening, getting to know your neighbors, and, it turns out, filmgoing.
BAM and the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) are bringing the arts to community gardens with their “Arts In the Gardens” series of shows in Bedford-Stuyvesant from now through August. The free shows will include live music, movies, and more.
“Making the arts accessible is integral to BAM’s mission,” said BAM President Katy Clark.
Greene Acres Community Garden (322 Green Avenue, between Classon Avenue and Franklin Avenue) will host Garden Grooves at 6pm on August 6, with folk artist Jessica Carvo and soul artist Jhevere.
Jane Bailey Memorial Garden (327 Greene Avenue, between Classon Avenue and Franklin Avenue) will host a pair of classic movies each featuring Sidney Poitier, with western Buck and the Preacher at 8pm on August 24 and Paris Blues at 8pm on August 31.
Target Community Garden (931 Bedford Avenue, between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Avenue) will host a pair of classic movies. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers will be screened on August 10 at 8pm, while the Kirk Douglas flick Young Man With A Horn will play on August 17 at 8pm.
Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Garden (95 Malcolm X Boulevard, between Lexington Avenue and Greene Avenue) is a bit further away, but it’s worth the trip for a pair of live concerts. Starting at 6pm on July 23, Soul Understated will bring their mix of funk, jazz and R&B to the garden alongside Michael Hill’s Blues Mob. 13th Amendment and Digital Diaspora will play the garden on August 20 from 6pm to 8:30pm.