Among the more fun things I covered this week was the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Artists Ball at the Brooklyn Museum. While the media was only invited to the cocktail reception and not the dinner and auction, the drinks and finger food were great, and there was an interesting array of costumed performance artists working the large room. In particular, I really enjoyed the ones dressed in full-body, head-to-toe in knit sweater material and communicating only through sign language.
The social soiree and fundraiser that celebrates Brooklyn’s creative community also brought out many of the borough’s top artists and well-to-do and movers and shakers. This included the city’s First Lady Chirlane McCray, who raised her kids in Park Slope, not far from the museum on Eastern Parkway.
“The Brooklyn Museum is a very important cultural institution. It’s like a home where all the local artists can come and get a viewing and get inspiration. Its a great resource. They can come see other artists. There’s so many great programs here to inspire people,” said McCray. “It’s also wonderful for the kids. I brought our kids here for the programs on Saturdays where they could create things. They also have great parties and the museum is very community friendly.”