Happy Birthday, Heart of Brooklyn!
Brooklyn, NY – Today Heart of Brooklyn (HOB), a partnership of the leading cultural institutions in central Brooklyn, marked its 10th anniversary with a celebration and press conference at Grand Army Plaza. Community members and cultural partners joined HOB to celebrate the milestone, including Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park and Prospect Park Zoo. Children from P.S.9’s glee club gave their first public performance, singing “Happy Birthday” to the cultural partnership. To kick off its landmark year, Heart of Brooklyn announced a Free Sunday in the Heart of Brooklyn in summer 2011, and the release of its 10th anniversary publication, a look back at its first decade.
“Heart of Brooklyn has clearly demonstrated the value of collective planning and action,” said Heart of Brooklyn Founding Director Ellen F. Salpeter, who highlighted the partnership’s achievements in youth development, neighborhood revitalization, cultural tourism, collaborative marketing and research, advocacy and leadership since its founding in 2001.
At Heart of Brooklyn’s founding, Commissioner Kate Levin of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, stated, “We look to you as an example of what can be accomplished with collaborative efforts and shared vision.” Now more than ever, the Heart of Brooklyn partnership is a key strategy to address the challenges posed by the constrained funding climate.
In 2010, Heart of Brooklyn received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama, and launched Building Strong Community Networks, a national research project examining factors that encourage or inhibit meaningful collaborations between cultural institutions and their communities.
"The renaissance in Brooklyn's cultural and community life, propelled by the smart, energetic leadership of Heart of Brooklyn, has exceeded all of our expectations since we encouraged the collaboration among these cultural and educational powerhouses a decade ago. We are thrilled with its accomplishments and look forward to the Heart of Brooklyn's continued success," said Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber at today's press conference.
Assistant Commissioner Jeremy Waldrup of the New York City Department of Small Business Services presented the organization with a giant heart in recognition of Valentine's Day, stating, “The City of New York is truly in love with the Heart of Brooklyn, and this year, on your 10th year anniversary, I’d like to ask the Heart of Brooklyn to be the City of New York’s Valentine.”
2011 will be an exciting year on the cultural campus, with a Free Sunday in the Heart of Brooklyn on August 7, when admission will be free to all six of the cultural institutions in the partnership; the newly printed 10th anniversary publication, available for download on HOB's website; “10 Things to do in the Heart of Brooklyn” trip guides published throughout the year; the return of Jazz: Brooklyn’s Beat, a six-part summer jazz series; and BCAP Summer Camp, the youth development program that gave rise to Heart of Brooklyn.
Learn more about Heart of Brooklyn on the web, at www.heartofbrooklyn.org or download a copy of our 10th Anniversary Publication at www.heartofbrooklyn.org/ten.
Heart of Brooklyn (HOB) is a partnership of the leading cultural institutions located near Grand Army Plaza in central Brooklyn: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park, and Prospect Park Zoo. Heart of Brooklyn encourages tourism and learning by making its world-class collections and historic treasures more visible and accessible. As an integral part of Brooklyn’s renaissance, Heart of Brooklyn is committed to strengthening the future of its neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.heartofbrooklyn.org.
Support for Heart of Brooklyn's 10th anniversary publication provided by: Bank of America, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Taproot Foundation, Woodman Creative and member institutions.
Heart of Brooklyn is sponsored by The Achelis Foundation, Bank of America, Berkeley College, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cashin Family Fund, Con Edison, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Goldman Sachs Gives, Harry Chapin Foundation, Ingrassia Charity Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Liman Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Grid Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Councilmember Letitia James, New York City Department of Small Business Services, New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Senator Eric Adams, Offensend Family Foundation, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, The Pumpkin Trust/Carol F. Reich, Taproot Foundation, TD Bank, TD Charitable Foundation, Time Out New York, Youth America, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin, and the generosity of individuals and member institutions.