Peter Jay Sharp Fellows participate in a movement workshop at the new BAM Fisher Building.
Announcing the 2012-13 Peter Jay Sharp Youth Arts Fellows
Brooklyn is one of the world’s great artistic communities. Every year, more and more people in the arts are migrating here and making it their home. But for generations, Brooklyn has also produced great artists—young people with big talent and big dreams who got their start in our borough.
In the past, they might have sought the bright lights of the island across the river. But today, Brooklyn is center stage. And we want to ensure that our creative young people—the next generation of Barbras, Buscemis, and Basquiats growing up in Brooklyn's rich mosaic of culturally and economically diverse neighborhoods—have every opportunity to connect with all the incredible professional artists and cultural resources Brooklyn has to offer.
That’s why we are thrilled to announce the second cohort of our Peter Jay Sharp Youth Arts Fellowship, comprised of ten gifted high school students from across Brooklyn—Bed-Stuy and East New York to Midwood and Sheepshead Bay—representing a diverse cross-section of local nonprofit youth arts programs including Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, Brighton Ballet, Groundswell Mural Project, Noel Pointer Foundation, and Girls Write Now.
Top row from left: Kasiem Walters (Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn), Shelise Taylor (Dancewave), Mercy Carpenter (Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls), Tabia Smith (Noel Pointer Foundation), and Nelson Perez (Brooklyn Conservatory of Music). Bottom row from left: Fabio Gomez (Groundswell Community Mural Project), Theo Perevalov (Brighton Ballet Theater), Krissy Daniels (Girls Write Now), Faith Robinson (Reel Works Teen Filmmaking), and Rahiem Williams (Brooklyn Youth Chorus).
Through a generous gift from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, each Fellow’s youth arts organization will receive $2,500 to support scholarships for students in its programs.
Over the school year, Fellows will participate in one-of-kind experiences at world-renowned arts institutions in Brooklyn, going behind-the-scenes to meet with performers, curators, and programmers, attend professional performances and trainings, and receive expert advice and support on pursuing careers in the arts.
Last Friday, the Fellows visited the Brooklyn Academy of Music to see the new collaboration between jazz composer Wynton Marsalis and the Garth Fagan Dance Company, Lighthouse/Lightning Rod. Prior to the performance, they met with Suzanne Youngerman, BAM's director of education and family programs, and participated in a movement class at BAM Fisher to learn more about Fagan’s choreography and inspiration.
In November, fellows will head to Williamsburg to meet with choreographer Elizabeth Streb and participate in a S.L.A.M. (the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) class and see a performance.
"After I found out I got the fellowship, I felt excited that I was finally going to be able to take long-term classes in music which I otherwise would not have gotten a chance to participate in. I always loved singing and wanted more training but could not afford it. With the help of the Peter Jay Sharp Youth Arts Fellowship, I get to have this experience."
– Peter Jay Sharp Fellow Mercy Carpenter
The Peter Jay Sharp Youth Arts Fellowship is administered through our Arts for All Fund, which promotes access and affordability throughout the borough’s vibrant creative community.
You can lend your support to young artists in our borough by making a gift to the fund here.
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