Announcing the Peter Jay Sharp Youth Arts Fellowship

October 21, 2011


The Brooklyn Community Foundation, through the generous support of the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Peter Jay Sharp Youth Arts Fellowship for promising Brooklyn high school students in the arts.

Ten fellows were selected from nominations submitted by Brooklyn-based arts organizations for the 2011-12 inaugural cohort. Each fellow
’s affiliated arts organization will receive $2,500 toward scholarship support for students in its programs; fellows will meet with arts executives in Brooklyn, attend professional performances and trainings, and receive expert advice and support on pursuing careers in the arts.
Peter Jay Sharp Fellows 2011-12
Pictured L to R: Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber, Kyle Gordon-Andall, Tanya Kamenskaya, Bahati Barton, Alyssa Venable, Bryan Luna, Gabby Grafakos, Isaiah Segarra, Will Suarez, and Brooklyn Community Foundation Senior Program Officer Stuart Post.

Learn more about this year’s fellows here!

Over the 2011-12 school year, the ten fellows will make behind-the-scenes visits to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn College, and the Brooklyn Museum. The first meeting of the program took place last week at BAM, where students met with BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins, toured the Peter Jay Sharp Building, and attended a performance of Symphony for the Dance Floor – part of BAM’s Next Wave series.

The Peter Jay Sharp Fellowship, seeded by a $75,000 three-year Peter Jay Sharp Foundation grant, is administered through the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Arts for All Fund.

Support the fellowship with a gift to our Arts for All Fund

We’re thrilled to help extend the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation’s generous capital support of the arts to the next generation. We want to enable Brooklyn students to dream big while gaining the knowledge and understanding of how to face the challenges ahead. We hope this fellowship will provide the access and opportunity for talented students with interest in the arts to benefit from our borough’s rich artistic resources.

-  Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber

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Hope for Brooklyn: Hope Reichbach Memorial Fund
Friends and family of Hope Reichbach, a talented and ambitious young Brooklynite who passed away earlier this year at age 22, have established a scholarship fund in her honor through the Brooklyn Community Foundation. The fund officially launched yesterday, October 20th, at a ceremony in Borough Hall Park.
Learn more here.

Hunger Awareness at Smorgasburg
Join us on at the Brooklyn Flea's weekly Williamsburg food market this Saturday, October 22nd from 10-4pm, to view the new Brooklyn Food Atlas and learn more about the many ways you can make a difference in the fight against hunger in our borough.

BAM Professional Development Program
Through our Arts for All Fund, we're supporting BAM's 14-month professional development program at the new Richard B. Fisher Building. The partnership of BAM and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center will provide professional development training and discounted theater and rehearsal studio rental to an annual selection of qualifying Brooklyn non-profit arts organizations. Applications for the first class are due December 5th!

Topping Off Prospect Park's New Lakeside
We were on hand last week to mark a milestone in the ongoing construction of Prospect Park's "green" Lakeside facility - the most significant landscape restoration and construction project ever undertaken in the park. The Brooklyn Community Foundation is proud to be a leading private funder of the project, which will is expected to be completed in January 2013 and will feature both indoor and outdoor space with two skating rinks, five additional acres to the lake, and three additional acres of parkland.