Red Hook profile: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

Promoting art in the Red Hook community

It’s pronounced bee-wack, and it’s Brooklyn’s largest artist-run organization, housed right in Red Hook, in a massive, brick-walled Civil-War style warehouse. In fact, our partner the O’Connell Organization owns this waterfront building and provides BWAC with the 25,000 square-foot space rent-free to allow the nonprofit to focus on promoting artists and heightening accessibility to arts for the community.

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BWAC’s space is endless (one could easily spend a few hours in there) with most of the original 19th-century woodwork to go along with the trademark iron shutter windows that line the building (see left below).

bwac buildingBWAC has three annual exhibitions – spring, summer, and fall – and displays every type of medium in its galleries. The current summer exhibits are “Black and White,” a national juried art show, and “Summerscapes,” a showcase of over 200 local artists.

Enjoy a taste of BWAC’s offerings here – but art is always better in person. The galleries are open every weekend, with live music every Sunday. Free, with donation suggested. Learn more about BWAC here.


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