Dine-around & Legacy Dinners

Dine-arounds are informal no-host dinners, many combined with a tour, program, or visit to an arts venue or studio. All groups will meet on the second floor promenade at 6:30 pm, at the Marriott and head out by foot, subway, or cab to their destination.

Staten island Ferry Trip, Dinner and Studio Visit

Organized by Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island,
Melanie Franklin Cohn, Executive Director

Take a narrated ferry ride across New York Harbor, followed by a studio visit & dinner with Staten Island artist, Tattfoo Tan. Guests will participate in Tattfoo’s project Tea-pi and end with a group photo shoot by the artist. Food will be ordered from the local Indian restaurant Dosa Garden.

Meet at the Marriott 2nd Floor Promenade at 6:30 pm

Dosa Garden
Price point: $25
Limit of people: 15

Reception and Video Installation at the Vilcek Foundation Gallery

Organized by the Vilcek Foundation, Anne Schruth, Events and Programs Assistant

Join the Vilcek Foundation for drinks and hors’oeuvres and viewing of a premiere video art installation, Circumplex, the work of independent video artist Kai-Duc Luong. This video diptych journeys into the world of emotional extremes expressed by a man and a woman as they try to reach each other across a gap of miscommunication, represented by the space between the opposing screens on which each appears. Drawn in part from his own interpersonal struggles and successes, and loosely constructed around the eight bipolar emotions charted by psychologist Robert Plutchik, Cambodian-born Luong invites the viewer to participate in the emotive struggle of this couple–shifting back and forth between anger and fear, joy and sadness, trust and disgust, anticipation and surprise.

The Vilcek Foundation aims to raise public awareness about the important contributions of immigrants to science, the arts and culture in the United States.

Meet at the Marriott 2nd Floor Promenade at 6:30 pm

Vilcek Foundation
167 East 73rd Street
Limit of people: 30

Tour DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and dine at RICE

Organized by the Brooklyn Arts Council, President, Ella J. Weiss

Join a guided tour of Select Dumbo Galleries and dinner at RICE. Organized by Brooklyn Arts Council President, Ella J. Weiss. Ms. Weiss will escort the dine around guests down to Dumbo either on foot (weather permitting) or by subway. Dumbo is a vibrant arts centric waterfront neighborhood with spectacular views of the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge and of course the Manhattan skyline.

The guided tour includes four prominent Dumbo arts spaces:

  • The Watermill Center, showcasing the work of their summer artists-in-residence
  • Smack Mellon is Ellen Driscoll’s installation FASTFORWARDFOSSIL: Part 2 and Fernando Souto’s photographic series The End of the Trail
  • BAC Gallery features Surfacing Beneath, a site-specific installation by Lisa Kellner
  • A.I.R. Gallery with solo exhibitions by Ann Schaumburger and Taryn Wells as well as a group show titled, “Locks in Translation,” curated by JoAnne McFarland.

Meet at the Marriott 2nd Floor Promenade at 6:30 pm

81 Washington Street
Price Point: $25
Limit of People: 10

Breaking Bread with Emerging Grantmakers

Organized by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Michael Bigley, Program Officer

This dine-around will be a convening of those that consider themselves emerging, which can include younger grantmakers or those that are new to the field (within five years). Regardless of classification, all are welcome to partake in a conversation about the challenges and opportunities that emerging grantmakers face, while dining at RICE a trendy New York eatery featuring rices and entrees from around the world.

Fort Greene is listed on the New York State Registry and on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood is named after an American Revolutionary era fort built in 1776. Fort Greene contains many superb examples of mid-19th century Italianate and Eastlake architecture, most of which is well preserved. It is also home to several important cultural institutions including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Music School, The Paul Robeson Theater, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), UrbanGlass, 651 Arts performing center for African-American presenters, and The Irondale Center.

Meet at the Marriott 2nd Floor Promenade at 6:30 pm

166 Delkab Avenue
Price Point $25
Limit of People: 12

Tour of Brooklyn’s historic Victorian Flatbush and dinner
at the Farm on Adderly

Organized by the Independence Community Foundation, Stuart Post, Program Officer

We’ll take a short subway ride to Victorian Flatbush, the largest concentration of free-standing Victorian homes in the United States, for a brief walking tour through this bucolic and completely unexpected NYC neighborhood (think Knoxville: Summer 1915); our tour will be led by Robin Redmond of the Flatbush Development Corporation. (With a bit of luck, Robin will get us to see the interiors of one or two of these landmarked homes.) Dinner will follow at The Farm on Adderly, which features seasonal American fare.

Meet at the Marriott 2nd Floor Promenade at 6:30 pm

The Farm on Adderly
1108 Courtelyou Road
Price Point: $35
Limit: 15

GFEM’s Meal, + Meaty Discussion: RiP: A remix manifesto

Organized by Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media, Alyce Myatt, Executive Director

In order for arts and culture, science and technology and, therefore, humanity, to evolve we need to build on what’s gone before. But what happens when accessing the past becomes illegal? Does innovation cease? Does humanity devolve? Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative, and potentially illegal world of mash-up media (while enjoying pizza and pop or even a beer). Join GFEM’s screening of RiP: A remix manifesto in which web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, serve as your digital tour guides on a probing investigation into how culture builds upon culture in the information age. We’ll explore what’s at stake and where you fit in to ensure we have an innovative future rooted in our creative past and present.

6:45 pm
Marriott Hotel South Tower, Brooklyn Comedians room
Price Point: $10.00
Limit: 20

Private Tour of the Brooklyn Historical Society and Dinner at Jack the Horse Tavern

Organized by the Brooklyn Historical Society, Deborah F. Schwartz, president and
The Henry Luce Foundation, Ellen Holtzman, Program Director for American Art

Brooklyn Historical Society president Deborah Schwartz will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of this beautiful, landmark structure in the heart of historic Brooklyn Heights, showcasing its rich collection of paintings, historic documents, books and maps, along with Brooklyn-themed ephemera. We’ll then proceed on foot to dinner at nearby Jack the Horse Tavern, a highly regarded local restaurant serving “upscale American.”

Meet at the Marriott 2nd Floor Promenade at 6:30 pm

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street

Jack the Horse Tavern
66 Hicks Street
Price Point: $45
Limit 15

GIA’s Indigenous Resource Network Informal Dinner

Organized by Tommer Peterson, Deputy Director for GIA

This will be an informal meeting of GIA’s Indigenous Resource Network to talk about future plans, dreams, tell stories, and catch up during this busy year. All are welcome. Dinner will be a Henry End Restaurant, a short walk form the conference hotel and a Brooklyn foodie legend. In addition to their regular menu, in October they will also be offering a variety of American game dinners including pheasant. elk, antelope, rattlesnake, wild boar, and reindeer.

Meet at the Marriott 2nd Floor Promenade at 6:30 pm

Henry End Restaurant
44 Henry St. Brooklyn Heights
Price Point: $25
Limit: 12

New Arts & Culture in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Organized by Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund,
and Jonah Bokaer, Founding Director of Chez Bushwick

Reign locally crafted foods in the royal dining caves of Northeast Kingdom. After croquettes and cocktails, we cross the street for post-dinner conversation and sweets in the new gallery of Jason Andrew’s Norte Maar—an intimate contemporary and community arts venue. The evening will then include a special presentation by the Youth Culture Lab of CAPITAL B, presented in The Bushwick Starr theater. CAPITAL B is administered by Chez Bushwick.

Meet at the Marriott 2nd Floor Promenade at 6:30 pm

Northeast Kingdom
18 Wyckoff Avenue
Price Point: $30
Limit 15

Legacy Dinners

Conference goers have the opportunity to participate in intimate dinner salons with four of New York’s long-time cultural leaders. Space is limited to 8 participants per dinner. Cost per person is $50.

Legacy Dinner with Harvey Lichtenstein – SOLD OUT

Retired since 1999, Harvey Lichtenstein was the long-time leader of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Lichtenstein began working with the then-obscure BAM in 1967. BAM’s goal under Lichtenstein was to make a desirable place for artists and performers outside the downtown area of Manhattan. Thanks to his efforts, the institution blossomed and has grown to become an internationally-recognized institution.

Meet GIA Host Ann McQueen, Boston Foundation, at the Marriott
2nd Floor Promenade at 6:30 pm

Quercy Restaurant
242 Court St., Brooklyn

Legacy Dinner with Tina Ramirez

Born in Venezuela, the daughter of a Mexican Bullfighter and granddaughter to a Puerto Rican educator, Ramirez founded Ballet Hispanico in 1970. Tina Ramirez once told her Spanish dance teacher that she “wanted to be just like her,” and that she did—setting aside a successful performing career to continue the educational legacy of her retiring Spanish dance teacher and mentor, Lola Bravo, in 1963. This laid the foundation for the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance, which provides children today with the same well-balanced training of classical, contemporary and Spanish dance that Ms. Ramirez enjoyed as a young adult. Ms. Ramirez’ lifetime work as a professional dancer, educator and producer earned her a 2005 National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest cultural honor.

Meet GIA Host Janet Rodriguez, Jpmorgan Chase, at the Marriott
2nd Floor Promenade at 6:30 pm

Palo Santo
625 Union Street, Park Slope
Brooklyn, NY

Legacy Dinner with Howard Dodson, Jr.

Since 1984, Dodson has served as chief of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the world’s leading and most prestigious repository for materials and artifacts on black cultural life. In the spring of 1991, the Center celebrated its 65th anniversary with the opening of the newly expanded complex, which included an auditorium, an exhibition hall, the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division, and much-needed additional space for acquisitions. Dodson told American Visions that “there has been the recurring question of the role educational and cultural programs and exhibits play in the life of an institution like this. We see our interpretive programming as a means of focusing attention on the collection and on the issues and themes in the African and African-American diasporan experience.”

Meet GIA Host Klare Shaw, Barr Foundation, at the Marriott
2nd Floor Promenade at 6:30 pm

149 Broadway
Brooklyn, New York

Legacy Dinner with Ellen Stewart

Ellen Stewart is the Founder and Director of the La MaMa E.T.C., the theatre that began in October 1961, and to this day continues to be of great importance to world culture. To date, La MaMa E.T.C. has presented more than 1,900 productions. Its resident theatre troupes have performed throughout the world. Ms. Stewart was instrumental in introducing to America some of the world’s most influential artists and is proud of La MaMa’s long heritage as an international theatre, having hosted artists from more than seventy different countries. Stewart has lectured widely, and is a visiting professor of the Institute of Drama in South Korea and is a long-standing member of the Seoul International Theatre Institute.

Meet GIA Host Kevin Bitterman, Theatre Communications Group, at the Marriott
2nd Floor Promenade at 6:30 pm

Queen Restaurant
84 Court Street, Brooklyn Heights
Brooklyn, New York