The HeART of BAX has stayed steady. And that HeART beats because of you.

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December 2020

Dear Friend of BAX,

What a year this has been! As I enter my 6th month as BAX’s Executive Director, I feel more confident than ever in artists’ unique ability to confront struggle and uncertainty with innovation and inspire new ways of coming together.

As a community — artists, students, families, faculty, staff, and board — we create a hub for creativity and exchange. Despite the social distance and significant daily shifts within the social and political landscapes, the heart of BAX is a place that engages anti-racism and social justice with fortitude, imagination, and collaboration. And that heart beats because of you.

There is something magical about BAX. I have connected with many of you over the past few months. When asked what that magic was, your heart softened, a smile crossed your face, but it was hard to capture the BAX essence in words. One of our Artists in Residence came close when he recently shared:

“BAX has not only supported me in my creation process as an artist, it has given me the space to grow closer toward my greater purpose. It is and continues to be a place where I am given permission to transform and to do it boldly, without worldly expectation. BAX is a sacred home to me, it acts as a palace, a sanctuary for my own (as well as for the communities) spiritual revelation.” —Johnnie Cruise Mercer (BAX AIR 2019-2021)

We are proud of our ability to quickly pivot programming online in light of Covid-19 to include youth classes, performances, and artist residencies. We are excited about new programming like Practice Lab, highlighting creative processes at the intersection of arts and social justice and centering a disability lens. Despite our successes, our prolonged closure has resulted in a significant loss of earned income revenue that we rely on to sustain our organization and the artists, families, teaching artists, and staff we support. If we are to continue to weather this crisis, we need your support today.

“BAX is a safe haven and a creative space for the community. Nurturing [children’s] creativity is a much needed outlet, now more than ever.” —BAX 2020 Parent

With students creating alongside working artists, BAX is a community unlike any other. We are heartened by your support, with new hope for our democracy, and that we will not only persevere but thrive because of you. Please help us sustain and maintain this important creative oasis.

Thank you for believing in BAX. As the year comes to a close, please consider a donation to help sustain the wonderful work we do together. Your contribution will have an immediate and significant impact on BAX as we work together to survive this pandemic and grow to see a brighter 2021.

With Gratitude,

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Kara Gilmour
Executive Director

PS Please help us meet our $50,000 match which we began in March – we are halfway there! Double your support today and help us raise $25,000 by December 31.

PPS Save the date for BAX’s 30th Birthday Celebration on 3/30/21 – more exciting details to come!


If you prefer to mail a check please make it payable to Brooklyn Arts Exchange and mail to:

BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange
PO Box 150615, Brooklyn, NY 11215-0615
We are grateful for your support!
All donations to BAX are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.