Go Brooklyn Art!

During my first full weekend after the big move back to NYC, I had the opportunity to explore a little with my significant other. We visited the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn (or First Unitarian Universalist Society in Brooklyn; the Facebook lists a different name than the website).

First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn

The building is a beautiful old structure (Gothic Revival according to the site) that really says “church.” It is different from the somewhat more modern look to either of the two Unitarian Universalist churches I was apart of in Syracuse.

After the service, we joined several other young adults on a unique artwalk.

Go Brooklyn Art or GO is an exhibition event run by the Brooklyn Museum where Brooklyn artists open their studios to the public for one weekend (September 8-9). Before that weekend, visitors can register themselves on the GO website and during the actual art walk, they check-in to each studio they visit by using the GO app or texting the artist number to GO.

After visitors ended their individual art walks, check-ins and all, they sync their visits to the website and vote for their top three artist picks.

Whoever gets the most votes, will be included in an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in December.

We had a blast! We walked through several neighborhoods and were always surprised at the art studios and artists we found in the least expected places.

At first we were told that this was the first such art walk in Brooklyn but a closer look at the Go Brooklyn Art booklet showed this:

GO is inspired by two established programs: ArtPrize, an annual, publicly juried art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the long tradition of open studio weekends held each year in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, DUMBO, Gowanus, Red Hook, and Bushwick.

A Google search of “Brooklyn art walk” or “Brooklyn open studio weekend” produced various event results including the Arts In Bushwick: Bushwick Open Studios event and Atlantic Avenue Artwalk.

I attended my first art walk in college and it was great to attend such an event in my hometown of Brooklyn. The cell phone component added a cool tech-y aspect to the whole experience as well. A recent blog post on Brooklyn Museum’s website shows that approximately 18,000 visitors participated in GO.

I hope Brooklyn Museum decides to hold this event annually or perhaps develops it into a monthly First Friday, Second Saturday or Third Thursday event. I’d be eager to attend other events just like GO and Bushwick Open Studios!

Below are more images of the GO booklet that was distributed in Downtown Brooklyn. Click to enlarge!