December 2014
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Buy your tickets NOW!

Saturday, December 13 @ 5:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday, December 14 @ 5:00pm

Gowanus Arts – 295 Douglass Street (between 3rd & 4th Avenues)

ADVANCED TICKET SALES ONLY: $20 Adults and Children (seated on chairs) / $5 Children (who can sit on floor; babies and small children who can sit on a lap come free.)

One of STH’s most uplifting events of the season is here!  Get into the holiday spirit at STH’s annual “Student/Faculty Benefit Concerts” where Spoke’s talented students, faculty and staff of all ages  showcase a little something they have been working on this fall. There are three different shows, and seating is limited, so buy your tickets now!

All proceeds from these benefit concerts  go toward supporting STH’s scholarship program, all of our ongoing community dance, art and fitness programs for children and adults, and defraying the production costs of our free LOCAL PRODUCE festivities in our local community gardens in June.


Donations of baked goods, treats and other edible concoctions are needed for our bake sale and refreshment stand at the Student/Faculty Benefit Concerts.


We need volunteers to help with concessions, box office, ushering, set-up and clean up on the days of the shows.

Contact to join our merry band!


Order your new STH 2015 Calendar NOW featuring YOU and YOURS dancing, painting and having a grand old time with family and friends at one of Spoke’s many spectacular community events this past year.


For as little as $10 a month, you can support your favorite local community arts organization. Receive great benefits including special discount pricing for classes, camps, shows at Gowanus Arts and more!

Learn more about membership


Have a business, upcoming event or program you want to promote?

STH's 2015 Performance Season will feature over 30 mostly family friendly indoor and outdoor shows of all genres this year - thus, your ads can reach over 10,000 upbeat, culturally aware and active Brooklynites and visitors in 2015. 

For further details on advertising, please contact:


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On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, STH will take part in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Join the movement and consider making a donation to STH on this special day.


Genuine Aromatherapy

for the Holidays

with Dolores Natividad  

Join yoga teacher, exercise physiologist, and personal trainer, Dolores Natividad, for this one-evening workshop on holiday stress reduction and self-care through Aromatherapy. Learn about the healing properties of different oils and how to use them yourself. Make your own personalized winter moisturizer to take home and a chance to win free products.

Tuesday, December  2, 2014 at 7:00pm
STH Re:Creation Center - 748 Union Street @ 6th Avenue -  Park Slope
Advanced tickets online $20 | At the door $25 | Cash Bar

Spoke the Hub @ Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Sunday, December 7, 2014
10:30–11:15 a.m.
& 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
FREE with general admission
Action Heroes Movement Class
(3- to 5-year-olds)

Kids, bring your Superman capes and your Catwoman ears and join STH teaching artists Mark Lamb and Stephanie Franck in two action-packed winter frolics.

Note: Wear loose, comfortable clothes and bare feet. Space is limited. First come, first served.

Sign up in the Visitor Center starting at 10 a.m. >>>For more information



JANUARY 2 - 4, 2015

Start your New Year off right with a rejuvenating weekend of Dance,Yoga, Fitness, and Meditation classes lead by some of STH’s favorite teachers, Dalienne Majors, Lori Jorgensen, Mina Hamilton, Joan Arnold and Karen Munson.

Enjoy a three course meal and dance party on Saturday night overlooking the Hudson River and explore the beauty of the Hudson Valley winter wonderland on your own in the afternoons. Space is limited, so register now! 

For complete schedule of events and further details and lodging options, please contact


“Learn Something New!”

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Gowanus Arts – 295 Douglass Street (between 3rd & 4th Avenues)

Workshop Registration:
December 5th - January 8th

Who says you can’t teach an old goat - or young kid - new tricks?

Come “Learn Something New!” this year at STH’s annual CAPRICORN’S BIRTHDAY BASH on Sunday afternoon, January 11th at Gowanus Arts while celebrating the birthdays of STH’s local goats.

"Renaissance Goat " 
by Leonardo de Capricornus

In lieu of presents for the birthday celebrants, please register for a workshop and donate online by January 8th to take a workshop in SILK SCREENING with Jess Poplawski, SUSHI MAKING with Chef Sung Uni Lee or KNITTING with Jennifer von Graevenitz for example, and the birthday goats will donate all workshop proceeds to Doctors Without Borders this year to help fight the ebola epidemic.The afternoon workshops will culminate with birthday cake and a champagne toast (naturally), and maybe even some homemade Sushi.

Workshop size is limited, so please register online beginning December 5th when we will have our complete workshop elective list ready for you. Workshop registration deadline is January 8th.


Thursday - Saturday January 22-24 @ 7:30pm

Gowanus Arts – 295 Douglass Street (between 3rd & 4th Avenues)
Advanced tickets online $20 | At the door $25
Cash Bar

Warm your hands as well as your hearts at STH’s annual WINTER FOLLIES, where anything goes and over 35 different performers/performing groups offer up 5 minutes of whatever it is they do best.The audience then votes on whose work they would like to see more of in 2015.The “People’s Choice” artists receive 50 hours of free rehearsal time as well as a fully produced concert of their own work at the Gowanus in the fall.

And, please join us after the show on Saturday Jan. 24 at 9:30 pm for a dance party with live music by Art Lillard's “Heavenly Big Band”. The band will also be releasing their latest CD “Certain Relationships” and will have copies available to be signed and purchased. Admission for Art Lillard's Big Band and Dance Party only: $10 at door.

Winter Follies winners will also be announced at the after party, so come cut up the Winter Follies rug with us!

President’s Week Multi-Arts Day Camp:

“Making & Breaking: THE NEWS”

Calling all reporters, journalists, newscasters, photographers
and citizen kids of this great city!

FEBRUARY 16-20, 2015

Two Sections:  Grades 1st - 3rd and Grades 4th - 6th grade
Early Bird Discount Registration Deadline: January 30th  
Join STHs President's Week Camp: MAKING & BREAKING: THE NEWS and learn about writing, reporting and presenting the news digitally and "live" ... 
This year’s President’s Week camp line-up includes:
INTERNAL NEWS with Kat Stansell
Using creative movement and meditation, our roving reporters will explore and report on the "internal news" gathered from inside their intuitive dancing bodies and minds. 

CURRENT EVENTS with Deepali Srivastava (4th - 6th graders)
Writing, reporting and putting together a "newspaper" or digital publication on issues important to our intrepid reporters will be "the assignment". 

LIVE ACTION NEWS with Sarah Dankhe (1st - 3rd graders)
Reporting from our “on-site” correspondents will be video answers to Dear Abby questions and “Kids-Eye-View” editorial commentaries (Andy Rooney style) on things that matter most to kids. 
BREAKING THE NEWS - Flash! This Just In --
with Laura Livingston & Mike Durkin of Freestyle Repertory Theater
Fun, imaginary news "scenes" to be invented, dramatized and reenacted, as well as live, news desk broadcasts complete with news anchors, interviews and commercials from our sponsors. Presented by the STH's President's Week News Team - back to you Diane.


STH is putting together its third mighty GOWANATHON for March 2015, a multi-arts "art-a-thon" where arts enthusiasts of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in an inspirational month of dance, theater, music, arts, crafts, poetry, and multi-media performances to help raise money for STH’s upcoming GOWANUS ARTS building makeover - read all about it below. Our first goal is to raise $150,000 for a new stairwell - won't you help?  Here's how:

STH  is currently seeking proposals from professional artists and craftspeople of all genres to lead/present informal classes, intensive workshops, open rehearsals, installations, performances, showcases, film screenings, improvisations, wine and food tastings, or other participatory hybrid "events" that have no name...what could you imagine doing in one of our spaces that might draw an audience? In exchange for your presentation, we plan to let artists "bank" their input and artistry now for use of one of our "new" spaces when the renovation is complete (ie if you are a performer, you might barter for a certain number of future free rehearsal hours, or an evening performance of your work; or, if you are a visual artist, you might barter for an exhibition space for a solo show of your own work, and so on.)

Nothing is set in stone yet and we love, love, love invention, imagination and unique artistic proposals. You might also just opt to be part of a shared performance showcase, or want to present a whole hour concert of your own work -- so pitch us your ideas now!  Please contact with your proposals and for further information on the space exchange "barter" option we would like to offer all artists for their help in the building's fundraising efforts.

Festival of the Performing Arts 

Call for Performers and Teaching Artists


STH is now accepting proposals from Brooklyn-based performance and teaching artists of all genres for outdoor, participatory, family friendly arts workshops and site specific performances to be presented in several of Park Slope’s most luscious community gardens throughout the Spring and Summer of 2015.

Please send a one page proposal of what you would like to create/present for:

a) the Garden of Union (must be site specific)

b) Greenspace @ President Street (must be site specific)

c) a small stage in front of the Old Stone House on 3rd Street (could be site specific if you wanted to stage work in or around the Washington Park playground in front of  the Old Stone House, or  if you have work that would fit better on a small, more traditional platform stage.) 

Please send a one page proposal of what you would like to create/present in, on or for --

As of November 1st, the GOWANUS ARTS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT has formally launched! This new, million dollar plus “makeover” of the current Gowanus Arts building, a 15,000sf former 1880s soap factory which has served as home to STH and dozens of other artists of all stripes since 1985, is in desperate need of a new stairwell and facelift as well as a general restructuring to meet the needs of artists and community residents in the next millennium.

In addition to installing a much needed new stairway, the proposed building improvements include:

GROUND FLOOR: Plans include a new, expanded, ADA compliant theater/community event space; a community art gallery and artists’ collective under the direction  of print maker and teaching artist, Gail Flanery; a studio art teaching space; and a new, lobby and box office area. Peter Karl Recording Studios will also continue on the ground floor.

SECOND FLOOR: Brooklyn Music Factory’s newly expanded music school, practice rooms, and new music performance space will take over 3,000sf of the 2nd floor (headed by Nate Shaw and Peira Monester); artist Dale Williams and photographers Marc Goldberg and Jaime Bermudez will also continue working out of their 2nd floor studios. Additionally, a 1,600sf green roof and terrace will be added and accessible to all 2nd floor tenants and guests.

THIRD FLOOR: SPOKE THE HUB will continue our dance, theater, art and wellness programs in two expanded and improved studios on the third floor, plus a new lounge area outfitted with a community kitchen, headed by natural foods expert and teaching artist, Chef Sung Uni Lee; additionally, a 4,400sf green roof we have dubbed “The Gowanus Sky Farm” is being designed by Gwen Schantz of the Brooklyn Grange where Spoke hopes to grow fresh produce for their upcoming cooking classes and catered events.

Want to help? Here’s how --


We invite donors with big hearts and deep pockets to name this baby!

For a $500,000 contribution or more, we will name our new 2,000sf theater and event space after you, your family, or a loved one;
For a $100,000 we will name our new 2nd floor green roof, garden and terrace after you, your family, or a loved one;
For $ 50,000 contribution, we will name our new community kitchen after you, your family, or a loved one;
For $25,000 contribution, we will name our new 3rd floor lounge after you, your family, or a loved one;
For $ 10,000 contribution - don’t laugh - we will name a rest room after you - after all, where would we be without rest rooms (and a sense of humor?);
For $5,000 contribution, we name a step in our new “Stairway to Heaven" after you.


Elise Long, Founder/Artistic Director of STH, in collaboration with Claire Weissberg of Claireware Pottery on Union Street, will create two new community mosaics next year, one on the front facade of the STH Re:Creation Center on Union Street, and the other somewhere within the new Gowanus Arts complex on Douglass Street.

For a contribution of $1,000, Clairewaire will make you an original name tile you can designate for placement in either arts center’s new community mosaics. 

For a contribution of $1,500, you can have your name tiles embedded in both arts centers as a memorial to your generosity for posterity.

Every little bit helps. Brick by brick. Tile by tile. We thank you, in advance, for your continued support and patronage.

Spoke the Hub is a tax-exempt, 501c3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


STH is currently gathering “our people” together to build the new, improved Gowanus Arts center. Former dancer and CetraRuddy architect Ceacy Cooke will be donating her services to design the plans for our new arts center. 

We are currently seeking a general contractor and an expediter/code expert who would be willing to donate and/or barter some of his/her services, and we are extremely interested in hiring women in the trades to work on this project with us. We hope to have plans ready for bidding soon. 
Additionally, we will be seeking: 
  • Demolition Crews
  • Electricians
  • Carpenters
  • Plumbers
  • Masons
  • Metalworkers/Welders
  • Solar Installation Experts
  • Landscape Designers
  • Stained Glass Artists
  • Sculptors
  • Painters
  • Craftspeople of every ilk
  • Farmers and Garden Stewards

If you - or someone you know - fits anywhere in this description and might be interested in being part of this exciting re:creation, please contact



STH is seeking individual artists, performance groups, certification programs or continuing education programs to rent our studio spaces in the evenings and weekends during the summer months of July and August. We welcome proposals from local or visiting freelance professionals or organizations - from our Brooklyn ‘hood, across the country, or around the world -  who might need an annual New York City summer retreat, classroom space, rehearsal, performance and or teaching space to run your workshops, certification programs, or other summer adult intensives. (Yes, our spaces are air-conditioned!) Please send inquiries and proposals to  and forward to others who might like to explore this summer space partnership now for next summer. » Find Out More

*Discount lodging options will also be available for out-of-towners at several new, local hotels in the area.


Gowanus Arts – 295 Douglass Street (between 3rd & 4th Avenues)

Private work space with kitchenette on 3rd floor available for 6 month lease, month to month thereafter. Perfect for artists, writers, craftspeople, meetings and small classes. Apr. 11' x 13'. Shared bathroom. $475 a month, includes utilities. Two months security. Absolutely no smoking. Available January 1st.

Ground floor artist's work space and enclosed parking space available for short term rental. This 600 square foot (10' X 60') raw space with 12'-14' high ceilings is perfect for artists, sculptors and carpenters, and it is possible to park your car or truck inside the space as well. Six month lease and then month to month thereafter. $1,000 per month with utilities included (industrial gas space heater and 220 electric.) Two months security deposit. Shared bathroom. Absolutely no smoking. Available December 1st.

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