Why Brooklyn? Why not Brooklyn? Brooklyn is the most populated of the five boroughs that make up New York City, with more than 2.5 million people. It has deep cultural roots, representing many distinct ethnicities. The neighborhoods within Brooklyn each have their own identity, yet have a similar feel, a vibe, a culture that unifies the residents across ethnic groups, socio-economic lines and more. The borough is expanding rapidly, becoming one of the most diverse areas in the country. Yet… it is home to more than 500,000 underserved youth, in desperate need of recreational activities and artistic opportunities. Brooklyn may be the new hotspot in NYC, but there is still great need for change.

The Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center is an answer to that need. For years, politicians and community members alike have been calling for change, saying we need to create spaces that will allow children to open their minds and flourish. Opening this performing arts center will place one of the arts’ most vivid disciplines right in the epicenter of all the growth and diversity.