Smith Street Mural Project Ribbon Cutting

Friday November 2nd 2018 12pm - 2pm. Come celebrate this beautiful contribution to the neighborhood.

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Court-Smith BID Formation Effort and the Invisible Dog Art Center are thrilled to join forces and present a commissioned site-specific art installation by NYC-based artist Magda Love, named ‘In Unity There is Strength’.

In a permanent and common effort to revitalize Smith street and the neighborhood, these two local and active organizations have offered curatorial advice, space and financial support to the artist in order to create a unique mural made up of 6 monumental panels displayed from 250 to 254 Smith street.

A ribbon cutting to introduce the mural to the public will be held on November 2, 2018 at 12PM. The BID Formation Effort Steering Committee will lead the event along with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and will welcome New York City council member Brad Lander as well as the artist, gallery owner and local area businesses.

In a thoughtful statement, artist Magda Love speaks about her project:

“This mural wishes to celebrate the history and the heritage of our beloved borough. A visual ode to Brooklyn, to their residents that come and have been coming since the 1800s from all different parts of the globe. Our neighborhoods filled of joy and stories of unity, diversity, and community has made Brooklyn a beautiful, unique place to live and to visit. Its residents have been enjoying learning about each other, becoming more cultured, more loving, more united, more engaged in their communities. We know our strength is diversity.

This art piece is a homage to the beautiful and rich legacy of our communities, our landmarks, our parks, our coastlines. Brooklyn has earned a very special place in the hearts of its residents, and I am honored to celebrate through public arts how fortunate I am to call again, Brooklyn, my home.”

‘In Unity There is Strength’ by artist Magda Love is in viewing until the end of the year with possible extension.

 

MAGDA LOVE

Magda Love is a talented artist and a determined social activist. Her vibrant paintings and murals aim to inspire people to recognize the value in shared personal experience and emotional connectivity. Based between New York and Miami, Magda literally paints the town. When she’s not toppling large walls you can find her beautifying smaller white ones, in some of the world’s most interesting galleries.

Magda’s unique perspective and thirst for colorful expression is rooted firmly in her upbringing in Argentina. With a school teacher mother and a sculptor father, the give and take between learning and teaching was ingrained, as was the necessity and majesty of personal expression. Magda Love’s prodigious output and ever-blossoming talent continue to flourish. In 2015 she was invited to give a mural painting demonstration on stage at TedX Fulton Street. She is currently working to finish the largest mural in NYC history.

Magda Love utilizes her work to promote love and community. She is determined to raise about social and environmental issues. She has worked with organizations such as Street Art for Mankind where she was selected to speak at the United Nations headquarters to share her experience while working with sex trafficking victims in Cambodia as part of Together 1 Heart and Beauty for Freedom. She is an ongoing collaborator with educational institutions such as City As School-High School, where she teaches workshops and mentors students. Her myriad of public and private murals includes recent shows at the iconic Extra Butter gallery on the Lower East Side and landmark South Street Seaport.

Magda Love has been awarded with multiple residences such as the Gowanus Print Lab in Brooklyn and Graffiti World in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. She was also a selected artist by the Rockaway Artist Alliance, in partnership with MOMA Ps1 and National Endowment of the Arts, to create a mural at Fort Tilden National Park. Love was recently featured in a new series Red Bull Documentaries Mavens, focusing on inspiring narratives of powerful influencer women making marks in their communities through the realms of arts and entertainment.

Magda Love’s work has been featured in Gothamist, MTV, MSN Latino, NY Ink, Red Bull TV, Complex Magazine, The Source Magazine, Mass Appeal, Vibe, Hypebeast, TimeOutNY, Bustle, Juxtapoz, Artnews, Brooklyn Street Art, 12oz Prophet, Street Art NYC, Sun Sentinel, Miami Art Scene, Miami New Tiems and many others, as well as the documentary films Artphibia, 12 Canvasses and Art is Life.

More about Magda Love: http://magdalove.nyc/                 

Gallery of Photos showing this project in process:
https://kathilittwinphotography.pixieset.com/smithstreetmurals/                 

 

Court-Smith BID Formation Effort is a group of local property owners, business owners, and residents who have banded together in order to establish a Business Improvement District on Court and Smith streets in the Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens neighborhoods of Brooklyn. BIDs exist all across New York City in order to deliver services above and beyond what are provided by the City. A BID along Court and Smith streets will help create a cleaner, better cared for, more vibrant, festive, greener and safer neighborhood. Your support is crucial to establishing the BID so that we may continue to have a positive impact on our neighborhood for years to come. Learn more at www.courtsmithbid.com                 


The Invisible Dog Art Center opened in October 2009, a raw space in a vast converted factory building with a charmed history and an open-ended mission: to create, from the ground up, a new kind of interdisciplinary arts center. Over the last two years, over 50,000 people have attended our events: visual arts exhibits, dance, theater and music performances, film screenings, literary arts and poetry readings, lectures and community events. Invisible Dog is also the work space of 27 artists in residence.


The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is the largest and fastest-growing Chamber of Commerce in New York. It was named 2017 Chamber of the Year by the Business Council of New York State. The Chamber promotes economic development across the borough and serves as an advocate for its member businesses. Its mission is to promote a healthy and robust business environment throughout Brooklyn. The Chamber celebrated its centennial in 2018.


Contacts Press – Information


Court-Smith BID
Saloni Sharma - Acting Director, Court-Smith BID Formation Effort
courtsmithbidsc@gmail.com
917-586-7300

The Invisible Dog Art Center
Lucien Zayan, Director
lucien@theinvisibledog.org
347-609-3290

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Meredith Daniels - Vice President, Communications
mdaniels@brooklynchamber.com
718-875-1000 x111

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Bastille Day on Smith Street July 16th 2017

Bastille Day on Smith Street is a highlight on the summer calendar. There are actually two celebrations, one in front of Bar Tabac and the other down the street a bit at Provence en Boite. Both have live music, delicious food & beverages and they both even have petanque tournaments. The streets are alive with everyone enjoying a summer day. It's fun to watch the games or hang with friends. We'll see you next year, n'est pas?

23rd Annual Smith Street Fair sponsored by South Brooklyn Local Development Corp.

Sunday was the scene for the annual Smith Street Fair sponsored by South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation. There was something for everyone. Hungry? They had crepes, Italian and German Sausages, empanadas, grilled corn, arepas, Paella, fruits and refreshing beverages. Wanna shop? There were dresses, straw hats, baskets, jewelry, trinkets, flowers and bonsai, T-shirts, rugs and if that wasn't enough live music and cocktails. The Textile Arts Center had a silkscreen display and other crafty activities for the kids. The day wrapped up with Salsa music outside of El Nuevo Cibao and Ponce De Leon Federal Savings Bank. I know I missed a bunch too. Erica Stoltz has continued the tradition that her mother Bette Stoltz started 23 years ago. Thanks to everyone who has kept this fair going. See you next year.

Model Block - It's Better with a BID!

On Saturday the Court Smith Bid Steering Committee held a model block event. We wanted to get the word out about our ongoing efforts to create a BID, business improvement district. Starting on Smith Street in front of Stinky Bklyn we gave out free ice cream from Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, had a team of guys sweeping and doing clean up. There were some beautified tree pits and planters and the steering committee was there taking ballots and surveying what the residents want from the BID. We then moved over to Court St. in front of Runnin' Wild Kids Shoes and met some more neighbors. Hope you had a chance to stop by, say hello, and also enjoy a delicious ice cream courtesy of the steering committee. Caleb Caldwell Photography from The Brooklyn Paper stopped by to report as did Naomi Choy Smith of News 12 Brooklyn. Wow we made local media!