April 2014
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Small Classes - Master Teachers - Cool Studios - Mega FUN!

CAMP GOWANEE: Multi-Arts Day Camps

for Pre K, K-1 & 7- 12 years! July 7 - August 29 

Save 10% if you register before April 28th

Half Day Camp  (9:00 am-12:00pm) for Pre-K & K-1:

July 7-11 ERIC CARLE WEEK! Shapes, watercolors & very hungry caterpillars
July 14 -18 UNDERWATER WEEK! Art & movement in the world of water
July 21-25 CARNIVAL & CIRCUS WEEK! Art under the Big Top
July 28-Aug 1 LEO LIONNI WEEK! Stories with Fish, Sammy & Frederick
NEW! July 28-Aug 1st 12:30 - 2PM ACTION HEROES CAMP!  Ages 3-6
Leap tall buildings & make your own super cape -  for boys only!
Aug 4 -8 FANCY NANCY WEEK! Fun with costumes, crafts & fancy talk
NEW! Aug 11-15 WILD RUMPUS WEEK! Dance, art & fun with wild animals
NEW! Aug 18-22 SANDRA BOYNTON WEEK! Create a Barnyard Dance
Aug 25-29 RAINBOW WEEK! Explore light & color through art and science

Full Day Camps (9:30-5:00pm) for 7-12 year olds:

NEW! July 7-11 WE GOT THE BEAT! Rhythm in Music, Dance, Art & Rhyme
NEW! July 14-18 PEACEFUL WARRIORS! Yoga, Meditation and Martial Arts
July 21-25 DO YOU SPEAK DANCE? The Wide, Wonderful World of Dance
July 28 - Aug 1 & Aug 4-8  MASTERPIECE THEATER! (Two Sessions) 
The classical actor's trade and training with Mike and Laura of FREESTYLE REP
NEW! July 28 - Aug. 8 DO-IT-YOURSELF DANCE,THEATER & PRODUCTION! (Ages 10+) (2- wks) with STH Founder/Director Elise Long and special guests. Students create & perform their own original work, as well as learn to design their own lights, costumes, sound scores & sets.
(Serves as prerequisite to join STH's Young Artists Dance/Theater next fall.)  
Aug 11-15 CAMP FUNNY HA HA! Stand-up comedy, clowning, cartooning, and the ol’ soft shoe
Aug 11-15 & Aug 18-22 MOVE OVER PICASSO! (Two Sessions) 
Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Multi-Media
Aug 18-29 LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! (2-wks) Digital Filmmaking and Editing
Aug 25-29 BROOKLYN FASHIONISTAS! Fashion Design, Sewing & Modeling



Take daily Modern, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop and Jazz technique classes every afternoon in August with stellar guest teaching artists. These classes are geared for serious young dancers (10+) as well as teens, college students and adults of all ages. Full schedule coming soon!


STH is seeking teenagers and college students to “work” at our exciting summer “Camp Gowanee” this year. Camp counselors can join us for the whole summer or for weekly assignments as well. Junior and senior camp counselors will help instructors in studio art, dance, drama and music classes, as well as lead games and supervise younger children at free play. Junior High-aged Counselors (ages 12-15) pay half tuition for this apprenticeship. High School-aged Counselors (ages 15-18) work in exchange for free classes. College-aged Counselors work in exchange for free classes, and a modest stipend. Please contact spoke@spokethehub.org if interested in one of these summer positions.

For more information call 718.408-3234 or email spoke@spokethehub.org

STH Summer "Camp" for Adults & Teens!


NEW! "Zombie Summer Theatre!" 
Monday - Thursday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
July 28 - August 9 

Dead tired at the end of your workday and need your spirits raised? Interested in acting and trying your hand at performance in a safe and supportive setting, or returning to acting after a long (or short) hiatus? Then join Mike and Laura of Freestyle Repertory Theatre for two enlivening weeks of “Zombie Theater” where you will explore the actor’s trade and training while breathing new life into the stories of the Spoon River Anthology stiffs, to be performed at the end of the two week session.

If your kids are also enrolled in STH’s “Masterpiece Theater” summer day camp the same two weeks, take 10% off your own registration fee!

NEW! Filmmaking Workshop for Adults
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
July 8 - August 28

NYC filmmaker Philip B. Swift offers a filmmaking workshop in Screenwriting, Video Production and Digital Non-Linear Video Editing. We'll cover all three of these in class and give you the skills necessary to take your languishing script, your amateur videos, or your video editing skills to the next level. 

Click here for Full schedule and details.

Phillip is also one of the curators of STH’s new Union Street Film Series.

For more information on these classes please call 718.408-3234 or email spoke@spokethehub.org


NEW! The Salon @ Spoke the Hub

A Monthly Evening of Writers' Readings, Plays, Poetry, Music, Film
and Informal Performance


James and Michelle Nevius
Curated by Chiwanso  Kaitano-Price & Donnaldson Brown

Date/Time: Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 7:00pm
Venue: STH Re:Creation Center - 748 Union St. @ 6th Ave. | Park Slope
Suggested Donation: $5

Cash Bar

In Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers (Lyons Press), tour guides and authors James and Michelle Nevius explore the stories of notable citizens of the Big Apple. The authors tell the stories of everyone from slave traders and long-forgotten politicians to the movers and shakers of Gilded Age society and the Greenwich Village folk scene. One part history and one part personal narrative, Footprints in New York creates a different way of looking at the past, exploring new connections and forgotten chapters in the story of America’s greatest metropolis.

"Footprints in New York" has some of the sharpest, most informative meditations on the history of the city that I have encountered in a long time." —Edwin G. Burrows, Pulitzer Prize winner co-author of Gotham.

James and Michelle Nevius have been leading historical and architectural walking tours of New York City for many years. They are authors of two previous books, Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City and Frommer's 24 Great Walks in New York.

The Salon @ Spoke the Hub is a new, once-a-month literary and cultural “gathering” where artists of all stripes, at all stages of their careers, share their works-in-progress in an informal and supportive setting. Please contact: spoke@spokethehub.org if interested in being part of an upcoming Salon.

Union Street Film Series

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 7:00pm
Venue: STH Re:Creation Center - 748 Union St.
I Park Slope
Admission:  $10 (with free popcorn!)
Cash Bar

Join us for our new monthly film screening of works by well-known and emerging documentary and experimental filmmakers, as well as short films, dance films and even a few feature flicks.

Filmmakers interested in showing their work at an upcoming screening should contact curators, Sarah Dahnke and Philip Swift

Check out BK Paper's write-up about last month’s film  â€œ The Super Cops”

As part of STH’s 2014 Gowanus Guest Room Series


a play with live music

One Show Only
 April 26, 2014 @7:30 pm
Advance Tickets: $20 Adults/$10 Students & Seniors
At the door: $25/$15 at door

“AMERICA” A cross-section of 100 years of American history is presented through the true life story of one family. Three generations give very different views of the American experience from immigrating in the early 20th Century to the recent past.

Directed by Andrea CastellettiTeatro Imperia of Italy will perform an intimate and charming English rendition of â€œAmerica”. Performing are Guido Ruzzenenti and the â€œAcoustic Duo” - Stefano Bersan and Antonio Canteri. Presented in collaboration with Carlo Adinolfi and The Concrete Temple Theater.

This event is family friendly and suitable for children ages 7 and up.

In case the snowstorm kept you away for the opening...

Works on the Wall

Solo Exhibit By Scott Pfaffman

Date/Time: Sunday, April 6, 2014 @ 2:00 - 4:00 pm
STH Re:Creation Center - 748 Union St. 

Please join us at the CLOSING reception of "Drawings After Sandy"

Come meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments at this family friendly event. Works are up for sale and will come down at the end of the reception with a percentage of sales benefiting Spoke the Hub.

Interested in presenting your own WORKS ON THE WALL solo art exhibit at Spoke the Hub in the future? Please send letter of interest and availability, plus website or portfolio information to spoke@spokethehub.org

Photo by Kyle Smith, "STH Recycled Fashion Show & High Tea" March 2014


Notes from an audience member

By Elizabeth Quincy

I was delighted to be present for Spoke the Hub's fashion show. After a long, bleak winter, I walked into a surprising and delightful blast of warmth and color. The room was garnished with multi-colored tablecloths with fresh flowers atop each. The tables they dressed were scattered along either side of the runway, and the walls, ballet barres and ladders surrounding the tables were laden with colorful CLOTHES, CLOTHES, CLOTHES -- silk, cotton, chiffon, tweed, suede, and leather -- the room was garden of delight! The young servers mingled among the tables tempting us with tantalizing treats and tea. When the show started, I was delighted to to find myself entranced by story!! Fashion, of course, but more! And yes. The very classy, well-heeled characters of these vignettes knew how to strut their stuff like the best of the runway models. I never knew how appealing a head-to-toe yellow ensemble could be - I kept my eye on a few little numbers as they made their way onto the racks as the models peeled and re-emerged transformed again and again. When it was time for us to shop, I headed straight for what I'd spotted and claimed in my mind, and with the help of my friend's good eye, was surprised to leave with a couple of tops I'd never expect to see myself in - I guess I was transformed, too - in the magical delight of the Spoke the Hub fashion show.

Original Script, Soundscore and Staging By: Elise Long
Hosts: Laura Livingston and Mike Durkin from Freestyle Rep
Models: Miriam Cabessa, Sung Uni Lee, Masia Lee, Lori Jorgensen, Mindy Toro, David Webb, Sung Uni  & Masai Lee, Liza & Reina Quinonez, Egypt & Brett Crenshaw, Kaitlin & Rachel Dostal, David & Julian Goody, Lizzi Mazel and Lynn Tollett
Tea & Cookies Baked By: Gail Flanery, Maria Kapsalis
Clothing donated by: YOU!

 Sarah Dahnke presents "Dark Dining" in the Garden of Union 2013.

Call for Performers and Teaching Artists: 

Spoke the Hub 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 Summer of 2014. 

Please send spoke@spokethehub.org a one page proposal of what you would like to create/present for:

a) the Garden of Union,
b) Greenspace @ President Street or 
c) Washington Park in front of the Old Stone House on 3rd Street. 

Please Include a one page bio or resume of professional highlights and, if appropriate, an unedited, representative audio or video sample of your work.  Modest $$ honorarium provided.

This program is supported, in part, through funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.


Spoke the Hub is honored to be a recipient of a 2014 
Park Slope Civic Council grant and will use the funds
to install a green roof at 748 Union Street, designed by Gwen Schantz of Brooklyn Grange.

But we also need to raise an additional $5,000 to cover all the remaining costs of soil, plants and the roof membrane! 
If you, or your group will donate or raise additional funds, we will name the garden after you and install a mosaic "plaque" with your name - or a name of a loved one you would like to honor- on it, with our humble thanks.

The Park Slope Civic Council awards community grants each year, funded by the Civic Council’s annual House Tour. The Council supports local organizations, as they reflect the variety of active, creative groups in Park Slope and contribute greatly to the community’s diversity and vitality.

We will need volunteers to help with the installation on June 25-26 - sign up now!

Speaking of mosaics, STH hopes to resurface the front facade of our Union Street facility this summer, and as part of the â€œfacelift”, Elise Long will create a new mosaic on the front of the building. Re-doing the facade will cost $40K. Want to make a donation to this project? For donations of $2,500 or more, we will create an original name tile to incorporate into our mosaic design, with thanks.

For further information on donating, please contact spoke@spokethehub.org.


Thursday, May 29th  | 6:00 â€“ 9:00 pm
The Park Slope Armory YMCA

361 15th Street @ 8th Avenue

Sunday, June 1 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm
STH Re:Creation Center
748 Union Street 
@ 6th Ave. 

Spoke the Hub is seeking volunteers to help us in the next few months in support of our Spring and Summer seasons. We can use help in several areas including stage crewing events, publicity and information dissemination, studio maintenance projects, digitally archiving photos and videos, and summer camp counseling. For a complete listing of current volunteer positions available, meet STH Staff at one of the above events and/or check out our new GET INVOLVED page on the Spoke the Hub website

NEW! Dance Class for People with Parkinson's 

Taught by Dalienne Majors and Eileen Thomas 

STH welcomes Brooklyn Methodist Hospital’s Parkinson’s Program to our studios! We look forward to offering these dance classes for this population starting Thursday April 10th from 2-3pm. For further information, please contact: dalienne@spokethehub.org.

STH Faculty & Staff News

Sarah Dankhe choreographs “How to Keep Your Husband Happy” starring our Sarah Pope in one of the last WAXworks performances at Triskelion before their big move to Greenpoint.Tickets available via http://www.triskelionarts.org/waxworks-at-triskelion-arts or at the door.


Kudos to Gabriella Dennery of Grace Drums*, an artist-in-residence at Spoke the Hub, for recently receiving a Women's History Award from the Brooklyn Borough President for her work as both a doctor and musician.
*Come study African inspired dance and drumming with Gabriella and Gena at STH's summer CAMP GOWANEE this July 21-25 and experience some of Grace Drums' magic!

If you love the music of Art Lillard’s Heavenly Big Band as much as we do, please use the link below to make a donation to their Indiegogo fundraiser for the upcoming CD, "Certain Relationships." Please share the link among your own network, as well. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/701467/wdgi/6567747

Gowanus Current is a documentary project by Jamie Courville and Chris Reynolds about development, diversity, and what makes a neighborhood. They have been following the changes to our area , as told through the stories of the people who live and work here. Hear what people had to say here and add your views on this complex community. Here is how.

For more on the project, please visit http://www.gowanuscurrent.com

SoHo Playhouse presents the world-premiere of Concrete Temple Theatre’s Extraordinary Extremities (formerly titled Geppetto) featuring STH’s dear old friend, Carlo Adinolfi, who designed and performs in this one man tour de force. It is a tale of resilience, adaptation and ingenuity inspired by a NPR story on Hugh Herr.  For tickets and information visit www.sohoplayhouse.com or call 212-691-1555.

Friends of Spoke the Hub purchasing tickets should use the discount code "Spoke" for performances between April 5th and April 13th receive 50% off the $45 ticket price.

Call for Artists!  "CURRENT: Gowanus"
Wednesday, May 14 - Sunday, May 18, 2014

Arts Gowanus presents the first-ever "Current: Gowanus." This curated exhibit and sale will represent the breadth and the depth of the art that is being made in Gowanus today -

Click here for more information and to submit your work for consideration. No Fee to Apply

Are You Suffering From Depression?
Free treatment for people who qualify for Columbia University Study 

The Depression Evaluation Service (DES) is a research clinic at Columbia University specializing in the treatment of mood disorders. If you have been suffering from depression and meet the criteria you can receive up to 10 months of free psychiatric treatment. For more information call 646-774-8000 or visit http://www.depression-nyc.org/study.html

Brad Lander's Participatory Budgeting Ballot 
Voting on April 5 & 6

Everyone in District 39 gets to vote on how to spend this district's money. Here's the link to the ballot. http://bradlander.com/2014-participatory-budgeting-ballot


Photo by Cecilia Schmidt, from "Developing Stories" performed at Student Faculty Benefit Concert Fall 2013

Boycott the Marriott : Latest Update

STH’s last Marriott update was in response to one of the Marriott’s Trip Advisor reviews, where a recent Marriott guest - a musician and IT engineer -- stated that the hotel’s location was a bit sketchy but the hotel itself was basically fine. Of greater concern to him, however, was that the hotel was “unfriendly to local artists” and that alone would prevent him from staying there again. In our own experience, and from the recent survey we did in the neighborhood, this is a true statement.

The Marriott General Manager’s public response to this client’s review presented a false and misleading picture of the current situation with “the small arts studio located next door“ -- meaning us, Spoke the Hub and Gowanus Arts, our 30 year old, 15,000 square foot, three story, 1880’s factory building which now houses over 12 working artists studios and serves literally thousands of children and adults every year. The Marriott GM states the hotel is “deeply rooted” and “intertwined in the fabric” of the neighborhood - they opened their doors in the summer of  2011, so even this statement is an obvious stretch - and the hotel further states it is “eager to reach a compromise” and moving forward, become a “good neighbor” to the 'little art studio' next door.

Au contraire, we would like to set the record straight:

  • There is currently no compromise or settlement offer being discussed at this time with Spoke the Hub despite what the hotel GM states. In fact, the Marriott’s owner/developer, Marc Freud of Troutbrook Co., has flatly refused to deal directly with STH Director (and building owner) Elise Long.

  • The Marriott owner has also repeatedly refused to respond to STH attorney’s proposed settlement offer, submitted to Mr. Freud and the entire Marriott International team multiple times since the Fall of 2013.

  • And STH has recently been informed that Freud/Troutbrook has actually been sneaking around behind the scenes in an attempt to see if they can divide the ownership and buy them out - a classic, developer’s “divide and conquer” tactic - which also makes the hotel’s “good neighbor” comment another Marriott charade.

But to give the Marriott the benefit of the doubt one more time, STH decided to do further fact checking to find out if our arts center’s experience with the Marriott was actually the anomaly. Perhaps other neighborhood not-for-profits and arts groups were experiencing a kinder, gentler Marriott, which is the portrait the Marriott paints of itself. So, last month, STH set out to discover if there was any truth to ANYTHING the Marriott proclaimed about their hotel in their promotional propaganda. We talked to people on the street, local residents, and long-time artists with studios all over the Gowanus, as well as sending a shout-out to everyone on our e-newsletter list -- you lot -- composed mostly of thousands of local, progressive, enthusiastic Brooklyn families, artists, arts supporters and educators. We asked if the Fairfield Marriott had benefited any of you, your organizations, or anyone you know in any way, shape, or form to date. We also sent out multiple requests to the owner, Freud/Troutbrook, and the whole Marriott team to supply us with a list of their charitable giving and in-kind contributions, particularly to our Gowanus neighborhood, from 2009-2014.

To date, we have only received two positive responses. The great majority of local residents told us they have had no interaction with the Marriott one way or another but no Brooklyn dancer, musician, visual artist, film-maker, designer, actor, educator or member of the Gowanus arts community of any stripe has responded positively so far.

The two positive responses we received were from one Brooklyn Boulders co-owner who stated BB had received “thousands of dollars” of support from the Marriott and he found them to be “a great community steward”. (Curiously, BB does not credit the Marriott as a major benefactor on their website anywhere that we can see and when asked how many thousands of dollars exactly the Marriott had donated to BB, the owner refused to respond.)

The only other positive response we received was from a spokesperson for the Friends of Thomas Greene/Douglass Street Park, who said the Marriott gave them about $1,000 for park upgrades in the past and they also have let the group hold fundraising events and meetings at the hotel pro bono.

That was it. Two positive responses. And no financial reports backing up any Marriott charitable claim to date. So much for the Marriott’s deep, community involvement, dedication to diversity, and support of the neighborhood’s rich and lively cultural scene.

Thus, STH’s Marriott Boycott continues. Watch for the return of “Developing Stories” (returning to the 3rd Avenue sidewalk in front of the Marriott this summer) and watch for the unveiling ceremony of our giant new GOT BED BUGS? banner - the design which won our fall mural contest -  to be installed later this spring.

For further information on the Marriott Boycott, or how to become involved in STH’s next series of intergenerational, sidewalk protest performances, please contact elise@spokethehub.org

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