NEW! Brooklyn Events

From Arts and Theater, Sports and Wine Tasting, there are so many Brooklyn events to choose from.

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Jun
1
Mon
Join us for endless summer fun and learning at the NY Kids Club Day Camp! @ New York Kids Club Brooklyn Heights
Jun 1 – Aug 29 all-day
Join us for endless summer fun and learning at the NY Kids Club Day Camp! @ New York Kids Club Brooklyn Heights

Join the NY Kids Club for an unforgettable summer of Storyland Adventures! Campers will explore Dr. Seuss’s classic “Horton Hears a Who!”, jump into Roald Dahl’s timeless “James and the Giant Peach”, and experience Neverland with the mischievous Peter Pan, the Lost Boys and the beloved Wendy Darling. Many other all-time favorites will be explored, as children participate in art, gymnastics, creative movement, science, sports, cooking, karate, and yoga.

Registration is available on a week by week basis, 2, 3 or 5 days per week, 9:00-12:00 or 9:00-3:00.

Summer Camp is an independent participation program, and all children need to have participated in some drop off program prior to attending camp.

Space is very limited! Sign up today at our www.nykidsclub.com or call us at 718-228-0800.

Science classes at the NY Kids Club are fun AND educational! @ New York Kids Club Brooklyn Heights
Jun 1 – Aug 29 all-day
Science classes at the NY Kids Club are fun AND educational! @ New York Kids Club Brooklyn Heights

Science at the NY Kids Club provides an active and hands-on approach to exploring various branches of science through experiments that will instill a sense of excitement in our young scientists as they explore the world around them.

Children can look forward to:
-Learning new concepts
-Developing new vocabulary
-Increasing their confidence in learning through the scientific method

Each class highlights a specific branch of science and will introduce significant scientists in these fields as the children work individually, with lab partners and as a team to apply the lessons they’ve learned to real world problems.

Register online at www.nykidsclub.com or call our location at 718-228-0800. Space is very limited.

Sign up before June 1st and receive 5 FREE open play passes with your registration!

Jun
30
Tue
Adult Ed at BRJC—Women & Jewish Law @ Bay Ridge Jewish Center
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm

Tuesday, June 30 @ 7:30PM at Bay Ridge Jewish Center, Fourth Avenue & 81 Street, Brooklyn. Come to learn about how Jewish Law regarding women has evolved over time. Questions: 718-836-3103 or office@brjc.org.

Jul
5
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Jul 5 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Jul
6
Mon
K.S. J.A.M.M. Dance Troupe’s Summer Dance Camp @ K.S. J.A.M.M. Dance Troupe
Jul 6 @ 8:00 am – Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm
K.S. J.A.M.M. Dance Troupe's Summer Dance Camp @ K.S. J.A.M.M. Dance Troupe

K – 8th GRADE SUMMER DANCE CAMP
Monday, July 6, 2015 – Friday, August 28, 2015
8:00am – 6:00pm
(Weekly Payments Due EVERY Monday)
(Lunch & Snacks included; Summer Dance Camp includes weekly trips)

Arts & Crafts, Games, Trips

DANCE CAMP COST
$150.00 per week

DANCE CAMP DESCRIPTION
K.S. J.A.M.M. Dance Troupe will have Dance Camp for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade during New York City Department of Education’s school breaks and summer month.

The Dance Camp is designed for students new to dance and students who’ve taken classes throughout the school year to promote physical and mental health as well as building a healthier immune system. Each session will provide students with an energetic, motivational and fun program that combines learning new choreography while working on flexibility, stretching and technique in Ballet, African & Hip Hop.

As an extension to the academic classroom, students will learn terms and techniques through lessons, demonstration and execution of choreography. Lessons are developed using the New York City Department of Education’s Blue Print curriculum, which provides a standards-based rigorous approach to teaching the arts. In addition, certified teachers will assist students with completing their school break assignment packets.

ABOUT K.S. J.A.M.M. DANCE TROUPE:
K.S. J.A.M.M. Dance Troupe was founded in 1988, at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, by Kashani Stokley and his youth counselor Stan Morse. Mr. Morse encouraged him at the age of 12, to share his passion for dance with other youth in the community. Since then, we’ve produced 26 annual recitals, offered classes to over 600 students and have been exhibited in the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society and the Society for Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford Stuyvesant’s traveling exhibit “The Crown Heights History Project” in 1994.

Our mission is to provide youth and young adults from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of self-expression and self-development through exceptional dance, choreography and costuming. The Troupe’s name was established in 1994, by taking the first initial of each of the original members’ name:

K.ashani S.helly J.aphia A.frica M.alesha M.elanie

Our 10-month instructional cycle provides weekly Saturday classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, African and Hip Hop dance for students 3 years old through adult. By studying, creating & observing dance, students build
their technical and expressive skills. These skills help students understand the significance of dance in their own and other cultures. In August 2014, we opened a dance studio at 347 Nostrand Avenue in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. We have 3-dance studios that offer children & adult classes, camps, workshops, and studio rentals for rehearsals, auditions, meetings, events and workshops.

The culmination of the year’s work is presented in an annual 2-hour recital with live musicians, professional lighting, sound, videographer and photographer. The audience consists of an average of 700 family members, friends, guests, city, state & local representatives and funders.

This (event, program, project) is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

The Williamsburg Spelling Bee @ Pete's Candy Store
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm
The Williamsburg Spelling Bee @ Pete's Candy Store

A real adults-only spelling bee with a kinder and gentler three-strikes-you’re-out policy, and a fun, not-too-competitive environment. Winners receive nerdy
prizes and a spot in the annual Finals. Words start out easy, and all spelling bees (up to the season finals) are open to everyone.

With host & singer b-o-b-b-y-b-l-u-e & education author j-e-n d-z-i-u-r-a

Signup begins at 7 (limited to first 16 contestants)

B-E-E at 7.30 No cover.

Jul
11
Sat
Adam Traum and David Bennett Cohen Live at The Jalopy (w/special guest Tal naccarato) @ The Jalopy
Jul 11 @ 8:00 pm

Join Adam Traum and David Bennett Cohen for a night of Americana roots and blues at the Jalopy. Adam Traum is the son of Greenwich Village folk pioneer and music educator Happy Traum. the younger Traum who is based in Northern California continues the family tradition while putting his own stamp on the music he grew up with as a songwriter and purveyor of roots music.

David Bennett Cohen is a New York-based pianist and guitar player who was a founding member of the Blues Project and Country Joe and the Fish. Traum and Cohen played a successful show in Berkeley, California in late 2014 and the two will be joining forces again for an evening of music in Brooklyn.

Traum grew up in Woodstock, N.Y, and this is his debut performance in New York City. He brings his country blues-inflected music with a singer-songwriter sensibility which is highlighted by Cohen’s soulful blues chops. Traum will also be doing a workshop on blues guitar with a flat pick earlier in the day.

Opening the show will be Tal Naccarato, a skilled country blues player.

Jul
12
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Jul
13
Mon
The Shakespeare Playground presents HAMLET, a summer theater camp for kids! @ Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – Jul 17 @ 1:00 pm
The Shakespeare Playground presents HAMLET, a summer theater camp for kids! @ Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

The Shakespeare Playground
Brooklyn’s ‘hottest’ summer presents HAMLET theater camp for kids* for ages 8-13

July 13 – 17
Monday–Friday
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“To be or not to be…” Kids explore Shakespeare’s great ghost story (and the inspiration for Disney’s The Lion King) in a supportive ensemble setting. Using theater games, improvisation, costumes, props, and stage fighting techniques, students rehearse scenes from this tale of betrayal, revenge, and conscience for a final performance for friends and family. No previous experience necessary. $325. Limited space. Some scholarships available.

*The Shakespeare Playground, directed and developed by professional actor/director/educator Renée Bucciarelli–now assisted by swordswoman Miranda Knutson–was dubbed the ‘hottest’ kids’ summer theatre program by The New York Post in 2000.

MBC Vacation Bible Schoole @ Metropolitan Baptist Church
Jul 13 @ 6:30 pm – Jul 17 @ 9:00 pm

Fun for all ages 4 through adult! Enjoy music, crafts, exciting bible stories, games and much more. Join us the week of July 13 from 6:30PM – 9:00PM.

Jul
19
Sun
2015 Brooklyn Walk Now for Autism Speaks @ Prospect Park
Jul 19 – Jul 20 all-day

Walk Now for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest grassroots autism walk program, is Autism Speaks’ signature fundraising and awareness event, taking place in communities across the United States, as well as in Canada. Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum and local businesses and companies that employ those on the spectrum, this successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.

Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Jul 19 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Jul
24
Fri
TROMADANCE 2015 @ The Paper Box
Jul 24 – Jul 25 all-day

See Description on website
Tromadance.com

Jul
26
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Aug
2
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Aug
9
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Aug 9 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Aug
16
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Aug 16 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Aug
23
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Aug 23 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Aug
30
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Aug 30 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Aug 30 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Sep
6
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Sep 6 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Sep
12
Sat
7th Annual T.E.A.L Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer @ Prospect Park
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am
7th Annual T.E.A.L Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer @ Prospect Park

Come celebrate Ovarian Cancer Awareness month by participating in the annual ®T.E.A.L. Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer. On Saturday September 12th, 2015 ®Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer also know as ®T.E.A.L. will be hosting its 7th Annual ®T.E.A.L. Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Every year at the ®T.E.A.L. Walk/Run thousands of participants, supporters and volunteers gather at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn to take a united stand against Ovarian Cancer and celebrate those who have been touched by this devastating disease.

The ®T.E.A.L. Walk/Run is currently the largest Ovarian Cancer Walk in New York City. The money raised goes directly towards Ovarian Cancer research and awareness programs that work towards the goal of ending Ovarian Cancer. ®T.E.A.L. is a grassroots 501C3 not-for-profit organization founded by two sisters from Brooklyn, with the mission to promote public awareness and education of the signs, symptoms and risk factors of Ovarian Cancer, while providing support to survivors and raising funds for research in order to find the cure for Ovarian Cancer. There is no screening test for Ovarian Cancer, and it is the leading cause of death among gynecological cancers.

Through the annual ®T.E.A.L. Walk/Run and other events throughout the year ®T.E.A.L. has raised over a million dollars benefiting Ovarian Cancer research and awareness programs. Help this local not for profit spread awareness, fund research and save lives by participating in the Walk or 5K Run. The event is a family-friendly day in the park with festivities such as face painting, educational booths, live stage performances, and guest speakers.

Additionally, ®T.E.A.L. will host a special Survivors’ Ceremony on the day of the Walk/Run that will honor those who have fought and are still fighting this devastating disease, as well as Memory and Honor activities to honor those we have lost the battle against Ovarian Cancer. Supporters and participants can walk individually or in teams. Registration is currently open to everyone at tealwalk.org/register

Sep
13
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Sep 13 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Sep
19
Sat
WIPEOUTRUN New York 2015 @ Aviator Sports and Events Center
Sep 19 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
WIPEOUTRUN New York 2015 @ Aviator Sports and Events Center

Finally the opportunity to run the Wipeout course is available to everyone! From the producers of the hit TV show Wipeout comes WIPEOUTRUN! Crash, smash and splash your way through a 5k course with 12 larger-than-life obstacles including the infamous Big Balls, Sweeper, Wrecking Balls, and Happy Endings!

Check out the obstacles and register at wipeoutrun.com before the price increases! Save $5 with code HELLO5!

This is an untimed event open to anyone from couch potatoes to track stars 18 and up.

Chado: The Way of Tea @ Zen Center of New York City
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Chado: The Way of Tea @ Zen Center of New York City

The Japanese tea ceremony merges the sophisticated aesthetic of the Zen arts and careful attention to detail with the ordinary act of making a cup of tea. Tea ceremony developed in close association with Zen, and it emphasizes awareness, tranquility, and the interrelationship of host and guest. For those who are new to meditation practice, tea ceremony can be a path to entering the larger universe of Zen and its arts. For those who practice zazen, tea ceremony offers an incisive opportunity for expressing the mind of Zen in everyday activity.

This daylong retreat will be a comprehensive introduction to tea ceremony, including demonstrations, participation, tea drinking and discussion. At the heart of it will be the appreciation of this very moment, and the joy of sharing that with others. Hobai is a gifted storyteller, and is adept at infusing his teaching of tea with stories of the great tea masters of the past, as well as his own experiences as a student of tea. His love of tea ceremony is infectious, and is an important aspect of what he has to offer.

This program is for anyone interested in the Zen arts, in Japanese culture, in a practice to help focus and concentrate the mind, or in the taste of tea. No prior knowledge of tea ceremony is required, and those who are already familiar with tea ceremony are welcome to expand and deepen their understanding in this program.

A kanji retreat will be happening at the same time as this tea retreat. In the afternoon, participants in the tea retreat are invited to join the calligraphy program and learn about calligraphy used in the tearoom, if they choose. And those in the calligraphy retreat are invited to join the tea program and share a bowl of tea.

Ink, Paper, Brush: An Introduction to Kanji @ Zen Center of New York City
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ink, Paper, Brush: An Introduction to Kanji @ Zen Center of New York City

Many of us are intrigued by Chinese characters, or kanji in Japanese, and feel drawn to their fluid lines and striking beauty, as well as their richness of meaning. Whether we’ve appreciated the dynamic calligraphy of ancient masters, or simply wondered about these characters as we encounter them in our Buddhist practice, for most of us, kanji remain elusive and mysterious. Learning to write characters with a calligraphy brush is a wonderful way to get to know kanji, and so deepen our appreciation of this ancient Zen art.

By using brush calligraphy as a base, this workshop will help provide a basic understanding of some of the common kanji found in Zen practice. Beginning with some of the simple characters that appear frequently, we will examine not only the brushwork but also the structure of kanji, their evolution over time, and some examples of their use in Buddhism, especially by some of the great calligraphers such as Dōgen, Ikkyu, and Hakuin. There are three common styles of calligraphy—formal, semi-cursive, and cursive—and we will learn how to write all of these for a number of kanji. In the afternoon, we will also explore zengo, the expressions used in tearoom scrolls.

It has been said that calligraphy is all about becoming a certain movement, to be repeated ad infinitum, yet each time fresh and unique. With this in mind, we will practice letting our bodies and minds harmonize with ink, brush, and paper, expressing creatively within this classical form and discovering the natural joy and serenity of calligraphy practice.

A tea retreat will be happening at the same time as this kanji retreat. In the afternoon, participants in this calligraphy retreat are invited to join the tea ceremony program, if they choose. And those in the tea ceremony retreat are invited to join the calligraphy program.

Sep
20
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Sep 20 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Sep 20 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Sep
27
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Sep 27 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Oct
4
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Oct 4 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Oct
11
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Oct 11 @ 11:00 am

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Oct
18
Sun
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Oct 18 @ 11:00 am
Waterfront Walks: A Guided Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

There is more to Brooklyn Bridge Park than meets the eye! Join our docents on a free tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Nov
7
Sat
The Craft of Pure Sound: Making & Playing the Shakuhachi @ Zen Center of New York City
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Craft of Pure Sound: Making & Playing the Shakuhachi @ Zen Center of New York City

The shakuhachi—Japanese bamboo flute—has been intimately tied to Zen meditation and practice since ancient times. Over a thousand years later, its haunting sounds still communicate an ethereal truth, and its mystery and naturalness draw us in. Making and playing your own shakuhachi flute can be deeply gratifying, offering students an intimate approach to exploring this Zen art.

In this workshop, flute-maker Perry Yung will guide participants in crafting a functional and relatively well-in-tune shakuhachi with their own hands. Starting with raw bamboo, participants will drill, cut and refine the blowing edge (or utaguchi angle) and tune tone holes. The rest of the day will be dedicated to practicing making sound on the shakuhachi, exploring the range of tones as Perry introduces the basics of how to play. He will close the day by sharing some of his own playing, offering a brief, informal concert.

Nov
21
Sat
Coming to Life in Paint with Ross Bleckner @ Zen Center of New York City
Nov 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Coming to Life in Paint with Ross Bleckner @ Zen Center of New York City

When is the last time you picked up a paintbrush and let it move, unhindered, across a white expanse? Or dipped some bristles in a blot of crimson to explore what moves within you? From the cave art in Lascaux to the finger paintings of a three-year-old, painting touches our primal urge to express.

In this retreat, Ross Bleckner will lead us into the realm of paint as a means of self-expression, guiding us as we experiment with color, form and texture. Whether we’re complete beginners or have been painting for decades, our journey this weekend will be one of fresh discovery. We’ll dive into the work of opening ourselves up, using zazen and the creative process to help us come out of our shells, see through our habits, and loosen our hold on our conditioned responses. Taking up painting as a practice, we’ll allow for the possibility of connecting to our creative spark. And once the ball gets rolling, it will be unstoppable.

In his own art-making, Ross has drawn inspiration and motivation from the world outside his studio, creating paintings in response to the AIDS epidemic and using art therapy to heal former child soldiers in Uganda. What happens when we tear down the walls and let all of our lives into our creative process? When we wield a paintbrush in this spirit, allowing our internal, personal feelings and perspectives to mix with the rubble and dross of circumstances, a wondrous alchemy occurs.

About the Instructor: Ross Bleckner received his Bachelor of Arts degree from NYU and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. He is well known for his large-scale paintings and his works have been shown in esteemed public collections throughout the world, including MoMA, MoCA, Astrup Fearnley, Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Mr. Bleckner is also recognized as the youngest artist ever to have had a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Mr. Bleckner has taught at many of the nation’s most prestigious universities, is on the board of the Community Research Initiative on AIDS (CRIA), where he served as president for ten years, and was recently named a Goodwill Ambassador by the UN.