Thank you to all those who came to the Prospect Park Picnic House to celebrate BAX’s 20 years of arts and artists in progress.
Three generations of BAX Board members: Deborah Schwartz, President (1999-2007); Steven Flax, treasurer (current); Marya Warshaw, Founder and Executive Director; Regina Hawkey, President (1991-1999). Not pictured: former board presidents Maurine Knighton (2007-2009), Jane Friedson (2009-2010), and Oli Fein (2010-present)
BAXco members: Anna Vomacka, Ariel Dineen, Isabel Cruz, Kyra Zimmerman, Maya Gonzalez, Rose Allen, Clea Howard. Not pictured: BAXco Co-Directors, Beth Bradford and Pene McCourty
2010/11 BAX Artists In Residence: Luciana Achugar, Catharine Dill, Dan Fishback, Levi Gonzalez and Mina Nishimura. Not pictured: Jenny MaryTai Liu
Longtime advocate and supporter, representing District 39 in Brooklyn, City Council Member, Brad Lander.
Representing Brooklyn girls all over the world, theater artist Mike Albo had the audience in stitches.
Mutual admiration – Marya Warshaw presents Gus Solomons jr with the 2011 BAX arts and artists in progress award for a performing artist.
Leslie Strongwater, recipient of the 2011 BAX arts and artists in progress award for an arts manager , delivered one of the most memorable lines of the evening: “The arts will not disappear into nothing. The arts will disappear into everything.”
While receiving the Honorary award for long standing theater/dance partnership between the Brooklyn New School (BNS) and BAX, with José Joaquín García as lead teaching artist , José sang and danced into our collective hearts. He told a story about a teacher who told him that he could sing and dance. He told us that he believed that teacher. Well, José ... so do we.
The evening’s hosts, Christalyn Wright and George Emilio Sánchez lead the room in singing “Happy Birthday” to BAX, accompanied by Bob Goldberg on the accordion.
BAX’s birthday cupcake tower was as beautiful as it was delicious. Thanks to our season long cupcake sponsor, Sweet Cheeks Brooklyn. Happy Birthday to BAX! Happy Birthday to you!