In 2010, The New York Magazine declared Bay Ridge one of the most livable neighborhoods in New York City; occupying the 12th position in their top 50 most satisfying places to live. I was very pleased with the high ranking Bay Ridge received on the list regarding housing cost, schools, safety, diversity, and health and environment; however, our neighborhood's creative capital ranked very low. As a visual artist, I want to collaborate in increasing the creative capital and the resources available to sustain and expand the arts in our neighborhood, as creativity exists in our area, but it needs to be recognized, promoted, and integrated into our community.

Brooklyn Museum has organized, Go, an Open Studio event where more than 1,800 artists will open their studios to the community for only two days on September 8th and 9th, 2012, from 11am to 7 pm. After visiting at least five studios, community members registered as voters will nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Brooklyn Museum in December 2012.  With only ten registered artists in the neighborhood, Bay Ridge artists have little chance to be selected for the Museum exhibition and it will take a lot of community involvement to make this possible. I am inviting you to be part of this event: visit each and everyone of the registered Bay Ridge artists and help us spread the word. If we are not chosen to participate in the show, at least we will connect with our neighbors as  visual artists, and by doing so we will help create creative capital in our community.

Thank You,

Soraya Marcano



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