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The Brooklyn Commune Global Congress


The Brooklyn Commune Global Congress will be a three-day participatory event sharing the findings of eight months of collaborative research. Participants will work collectively to develop a platform of positions and recommendations for creating a sustainable performing arts ecology. The Congress is the culmination of an eight-month investigation of the economic dilemma of the performing arts, the challenges facing artists and the corrosive impact of ongoing systemic dysfunction on the ability of artists to maintain viable creative lives in the city.

This artist-driven convening is meant to bring artists, administrators, institutions, funders, and other cultural thought leaders together to collectively envision arts and culture sector that is healthy, diverse and sustainable.  The goal of the Congress is to identify meaningful, actionable solutions to systemic challenges, and to identify pathways toward a vibrant, dynamic, inclusive and resilient future for arts and culture in NYC and America.

The event opens for registration on Friday, November 22 at 6pm followed by a performance from Montreal-based musician Jordan Officer, a keynote address by a very special guest, introductory statements by Brooklyn Commune research coordinators and a presentation of the findings from the 2013 Performing Arts Census.

Saturday will consist of a series of participatory programs including a Labor & Value Seder using a “Haggadah” based on Baumol & Bowen’s seminal 1966 study “Performing Arts: The Economic Dilemma”, a Long Table discussion on race, gender, and privilege called “The Uncomfortable Conversation” and an open conversation among independent producers, curators and self-producing artists about the economics of working outside of institutions.  Saturday will culminate in an evening of performances curated by CATCH at 8pm.

The Congress continues on Sunday, November 24 at 11am with a working session on artists, real estate, finance and the law, featuring a panel of professional attorneys. It will conclude with a collaborative creation and design program to assemble a final working draft of The Brooklyn Commune Project’s research paper to be published and distributed in January 2014 during the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference in NYC.

Other programs for the Congress are in development will discuss funding, philanthropy and foundations and aesthetics. For more information please go to

Dates + Times
Friday, November 22 at 6pm
Saturday, November 23 at 8pm
Sunday, November 24 at 11am

Dailey passes free
$10 weekend passes@ 
Catch tickets@

Main Space
51 Bergen St

Earlier Event: November 16
Ready Made Flea
Later Event: November 22
Jordan Officer