The BAM Cultural District is the area roughly bound by Flatbush
Avenue, Fulton Street, South Oxford Street, and Hanson Place,
serving as the home to more than 40 vibrant Brooklyn-based arts
groups working in all disciplines, from dance to music to the
visual arts and more. The district is regarded as a national model
for how cultural institutions and organizations of different sizes
can contribute to the ongoing vibrancy of a community.
In addition to being a destination for contemporary arts and
culture, the plan for the BAM Cultural District includes dynamic
commercial and residential activity, with innovative architecture
linked by a series of distinctive, public open spaces. Amenities,
including restaurants, cafes, retail, and parking, will make the
neighborhood a thriving urban and cultural center.
The BAM Cultural District will also include the conversion of
underutilized city-owned properties into affordable performance and
rehearsal spaces for a diverse array of visual, performing, and
media nonprofit arts groups.
The first phase of the BAM Cultural District's development
involved the renovation of the 80 Arts-James E. Davis Arts
Building, which was completed in Summer 2004, becoming the
district's first completed project. The 30,000-square-foot building
is home to 12 diverse nonprofit arts groups, all benefiting from
below-market rent and shared amenities. The second phase of the
master plan includes a number of new venues for arts
organizations, including the BAM Fisher, Theatre for a New
Audience, BRIC Arts, and UrbanGlass. Future phases of development
include residential and commercial development, public open space,
a cohesive streetscape, and outdoor programming.
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership for more information.