As artists reach out to their own networks to encourage visitation during the open studio weekend, GO staff and Neighborhood Coordinators are also working hard on outreach. In an effort to reach potential voters, we’ve been looking at established programs that have a strong presence in Brooklyn neighborhoods whose members may have an interest in participating in GO.
Walk NYC is a natural fit; run by the NYC Parks Department, Walk NYC encourages participants to meet up at NYC Recreation Centers and walk to various venues to get fit and see their city at the same time. I first took note of the program after seeing large groups of people in blue t-shirts show up at the Red Hook Community Farm to purchase produce and take in cooking demos, as seen below:
As it turns out, Walk NYC runs weekend walks in several neighborhoods (Red Hook, Sunset Park, Downtown Brooklyn) where we have a large concentration of registered artists. Elizabeth Keating and Kendra Koch have been running this program at NYC Parks and were psyched when we reached out to them. They’ve been helping us helping us connect to walk leaders and, also, other program leaders at the Parks Department who are working in even more Brooklyn neighborhoods. It’s likely you’ll start seeing GO postcards in many Brooklyn Rec Centers and find these groups venturing out to see artist studios on September 8-9.