I invite you on Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th for a weekend of arts, culture, food, and fun at the second annual Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Weekend. This block party-style event celebrates the extraordinary creativity and spirit of Brooklynites whose diverse work excites our imagination and brings us closer together as One Brooklyn. We are excited to engage our cultural institutions — such as the Brooklyn Aquarium, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Jewish Children’s Museum, and Prospect Park Zoo — in this true community effort.
We will start the weekend on Saturday, June 10th, with our Movie Night Under the Stars, held outdoors behind the Brooklyn Museum. The evening will begin at 6:00 PM with activities including balloon art, face painting, puppet making, and refreshments. On Sunday, June 11th, in partnership with my colleagues State Senator Jesse Hamilton, City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and district leaders Geoffrey Davis and Shirley Patterson, we will host the festival portion of the weekend along the Eastern Parkway corridor that stretches from Flatbush Avenue and Grand Army Plaza to Washington Avenue. We are grateful for our sponsors, without whom this celebration would not be possible, notably Affinity Health Plan, AlphaCare, Broadway Stages, Emblem Health, Fidelis Care, HBO, Investors Bank, National Grid, and NYC & Company Foundation.
Our festival will feature fun activities for the entire family! The world-famous Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch in Grand Army Plaza will be the site of a day-long dance party with a high-energy lineup of DJ entertainment. The Children’s Playground in Dr. Ronald McNair Park will be home to a near-endless lineup of interactive activities, including bouncy houses, ball pits, ice cream social, martial arts and skateboard demonstrations, a gaming truck for kids of all ages, and much, much more! Three different stages in front of our cultural institutions will showcase diverse performances of music and dance. Local vendors sited along Eastern Parkway will offer a tasty array of cuisines as well as original art and handcrafts.
Finally, I am excited to host a “Welcome Back to Brooklyn” ceremony that will bestow engraved pavers along the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s famed Celebrity Path, as well as “keys to Brooklyn,” to two world-famous sons of our borough: multi-platinum hip-hop star Fabolous and groundbreaking abstract artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Honoring local luminaries is one of the great privileges we have as Brooklynites, deepening our pride in the Brooklyn that we love and share.
Join me and the communities of One Brooklyn as we enjoy the Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Weekend!
Eric L. Adams