Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) strives to enrich the quality of life throughout Brooklyn by fostering, encouraging and promoting the arts through service and support to artists and arts organizations.
Founded in 1966, BAC is the umbrella for Brooklyn’s range of cultural groups and individual artists working in the visual, performing, media and literary arts. BAC helps Brooklyn’s artist population–from the experimental to those preserving and evolving traditions of cultural heritage–create and present their work. BAC ensures that thousands of people throughout Brooklyn have access to a variety of free arts programming each year. Our programs are essential to the livelihoods of thousands of artists, creative professionals and arts organizations across the borough.
BAC takes a leadership role in creating an environment conducive to the arts by providing grants, resources, referrals, networking opportunities, seminars, performances, screenings, exhibitions and other activities that support and encourage the arts. These efforts ensure that Brooklyn’s ever-expanding cultural community remains a strong and vital part of the borough’s social and economic fabric.
Current programs and support services include the Community Arts Regrant Program, Professional Development Seminars for the Arts, Arts in Education, BAC Folk Arts, Scene: Brooklyn, Independent Film and Media Arts and BAC Gallery. BAC also offers technical assistance to individual artists and art organizations.