Brooklyn, NY — The Brooklyn College Community Partnership (BCCP) will host a launch party for the Brooklyn College Art Lab (BCAL) on Saturday, December 17, from noon to 4 p.m. The Art Lab is an innovative site for after-school arts programs at Brooklyn College, located in a space that once served as a gymnasium. The BCAL is open to students participating in The Community Partnership’s after-school programs Mondays through Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“BCAL is a wonderful addition to our after-school programs,” says BCCP Executive Director Nancy Romer. “It allows the high school students we work with to explore their various skills in a safe environment. And, most importantly, because they were so involved in its creation, they see it as their space. They feel a sense of ownership.”
High school students participated directly in the re-design plans drawn by award-winning architect John Cleater. Final touches were added by the Community Partnership staff, led by BCAL site director José Rodríguez and Steve Ausbury, director of The BCCP Arts Network, a network of teaching artists who infuse the arts into all of the organization’s after-school sites.
The reconfigured space includes a fifteen computer digital video and graphic design lab; pop culture-inspired cut-out shapes in the walls; a mobile stage that can be disassembled into six sturdy tables; mobile bleachers; a sound studio for DJs, recording, and an in-house radio station; four large mobile walls that allow for personalized classrooms; and a multi-room student lounge.
The December 17 launch will include live performances and film screenings of student-created work from youth who attend Bushwick, Erasmus Hall, George Wingate, and Prospect Heights Campus High Schools, and New Utrecht and Paul Robeson High Schools.
The Brooklyn College Community Partnership’s educational and youth development approach has made a positive impact on Brooklyn youth since 1994. By combining the resources of the College, seven after-school programs, and a network of artists, the BCCP develops committed relationships between Brooklyn College and the communities and youth of Brooklyn reaching over 1500 students each year through academic enrichment, college prep, multi-media arts, internships, and community service projects.
Fro more information, visit the Brooklyn College Community Partnership’s Web site, www.thebccp.org, or call Jack Shuler, Director of Development and Communications, Brooklyn College Community Partnership at (718) 951-5015 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.