Video: Local Artists Hold Benefit For Haiti

Those who’ve been reading Sheepshead Bites for a long time know that one of our pet peeves is the lack of art and music in Sheepshead Bay. Scratch that – it’s not so much the lack of those things as the absence of any organization or infrastructure to promote cultural activities in the neighborhood. One thing we’ve learned here is that there’s an abundance of creative, talented people in our ‘hood, but there’s no local outlets.

Wait, scratch that, too. There is Arthur Melnick and the Brooklyn Streetcar Artists’ Group (BSAG). We first told you about BSAG last September, when they held their first exhibit at Coney Island Hospital, featuring 49 installments from 22 local artists.

Melnick, the group’s director, and the BSAG coalition returned to Coney Island Hospital on June 4 with a larger exhibit. The opening featured performances from musicians and a silent auction to raise funds for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The exhibit remains open to the public on the second flood of the hospital’s main building until the end of the summer.

Over this one we’re feeling pretty silly. Here we are, constantly complaining that we need more outlets, and when Melnick invites us to the opening it ends up falling through the cracks. So to Melnick, BSAG and our readers, we apologize. Above is a video report produced by Bay Currents in lieu of our own coverage.


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