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EVENTS

Live Music Performance: Original Music by Rachel Stern
Sunday, November 2, 4:40 pm
Local singer/songwriter Rachel Stern, will play acoustic guitar and sing original songs with folk and alternative influences. Musical influences include Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, and Bob Dylan. Learn more: www.soundcloud.com/rachelstern5

Gallery Talk: Gentrification From the Inside Out
Jan Rosenberg, "Mayor of Ditmas Park"
Sunday, November 9, 4:40 pm
This talk will focus on the gentrification of the Ditmas Park neighborhood as an example of a positive outcome driven by "locals," and how commercial revitalization can help shape a neighborhood. Jan Rosenberg, a career Sociology professor, transformed a research sabbatical into an active quest to enhance Ditmas Park, her own neighborhood. Jan founded Friends of Cortelyou in 2001 to improve the commercial strip of Cortelyou Road. Fueled by her passion for reinvigorating the neighborhood, she opened Brooklyn Hearth Realty in 2004. The bold move from academic, to activist, to entrepreneur has made her a neighborhood celebrity and spokesperson, sometimes called "the mayor of Ditmas Park." Learn more: www.brooklynhearth.com.

Gallery Talk: Public Art as Activism in Plain Sight
Amy Kisch of AKArt
Sunday, November 16, 4:40 pm
In recent years, a returned 'sexiness' of public art has highlighted a space for contemporary artists to present art as activism in plain sight. How do reimaginations of public and gallery spaces engage and transform communities, to deepen and broaden the creative dialogue? What impact does this have on an artists' market values and on collection values?
Amy Kisch is Founder + CEO of AKArt—an independent curatorial platform and art advisory. Ms. Kisch previously ran Sotheby’s Preferred worldwide VIP program for their top clients. Prior to that, she worked winning consignments from the company’s major clients and concurrently held the roles of Executive Director and Corporate and Community Liaison for the Williamsburg Gallery Association. Her work is underscored by her efforts to support a community-wide approach to the arts—providing democratization and access within the art world. Learn more: www.akart.com.

Young Artists @440: Pretty Gritty
Sunday, November 23, 4:40 pm
Led by Vicki Behm and Susan Greenstein, 440 Gallery members
This hands-on art workshop is open to children from ages 4 to 12, with supervision by a parent or guardian. We will find beauty in ordinary things in the gallery by drawing and painting them with a new appreciation of their colors and shapes, and looking at how the light and shadows make interesting patterns.