Council Member Cumbo Announces $17.1M for Arts Education in Brooklyn’s Cultural District

Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo (center) joins NYWC Founder & Executive Director Aaron Zimmerman and NYWC Program Director Nancy Weber for the 11th Annual Fort Greene Summer Literary Festival on August 22.

Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo (center) joins NYWC Founder & Executive Director Aaron Zimmerman and NYWC Program Director Nancy Weber for the 11th Annual Fort Greene Summer Literary Festival on August 22.

NEW YORK, NY – New York City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, a Member of the Committees on Youth Services and Cultural Affairs, announced on Wednesday that the 35th Council District will receive a total of $17,115,000 million in funding for after school arts programming and cultural institutions through a collaboration between Council Member Cumbo, the New York City Council, Mayor de Blasio, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

“In communities across this city, there is no greater way to bring the diverse communities of New York City together than through the arts. I am proud to be able to work with my partners in government to bring resources to so many incredible and deserving organizations that make Brooklyn, New York the greatest place in the world for cultural creation and exchanges,” said Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo.

The Brooklyn Music School, Girl Be Heard Institute, Scenarios USA; Irondale Productions, Inc., the Noel Pointer Foundation, NY Writer’s Coalition, The Brooklyn Steppers, Inc.; and the University Settlement Society of New York, Inc. were allocated $20,000 under the Cultural After-School Adventures Program initiative. The additional projects are as follows: BRIC – $130,000; Brooklyn Museum – $3 million; Gallim Dance Company, Inc. – $82,000; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) – $3,500,000; Prospect Park Alliance – $3,200,000; Brooklyn Academy of Music, Inc. (BAM) – $500,000; Issue Project Room – $250,000; Brooklyn Botanic Garden – $1,000,000; Brooklyn Navy Yard – $2.5 million; Fort Greene Park – $1.5 million; Irondale – $60,000; Dancewave – $320,000; and Theatre for a New Audience – $913,000.

“I am proud to join with Council Member Cumbo to increase funding for Brooklyn’s after school arts programs. Furthermore, I commend the many arts institutions and non-profits for their efforts to cultivate a child’s mind to think creatively,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “Brooklyn is the center of the arts universe, and our residents create beauty in art every day from the inspiration of our multi-cultural neighborhoods. Art should be accessible for all, and that is especially true for our children. Considering that art does so much to shape a creative, problem-solving young mind, we should do everything we can to foster children to create art. These after school programs will have a lasting impact on maintaining our status as a world class arts city.”

“Council Member Cumbo understands, perhaps more than any other elected official, that art is essential to the human experience. The Council Member’s continued support of our free creative writing programs, including the Fort Greene Literary Festival, will allow us to harness the power of writing to heal, transform, build community, and create audience for New Yorkers from all walks of lives. NY Writers Coalition is proud to work with Ms. Cumbo to honor the lives and stories of our city’s most vulnerable residents, especially young people growing up in increasingly challenging times,” said Aaron Zimmerman, Founder and Executive Director, NY Writers Coalition, Inc.

“Council Member Cumbo really gets it.  She understands the needs of arts and cultural groups at such a high level that you feel like you’re working with a partner not a politician.  She shares Irondale’s belief that the arts educate, enable social change and make a quality of life difference in our community.  The funds she has provided for capital expenses and after school programs help us reach so many people of all ages.  She is a game-changer for artists, for kids, for audiences of all ages,” said Terry Greiss, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Irondale Productions, Inc.



New York City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo represents the 35th District, which covers Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Fort Greene and Prospect Heights. She serves as Chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues and a member of several committees: Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations; Finance; Higher Education; Public Housing; and Youth Services. Council Member Cumbo is also a member of the Women’s Caucus; the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus; and the Jewish Caucus.