A Williamsburg cultural institution scored big last week as part of an $8 million investment by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams into his cultural institutions and libraries capital budget for the fiscal year 2016.
The STREB Lab for Action Mechanics received (SLAM) $250,000 in funding for renovations, and for increasing programming and public usage.
Founded in 2003, by MacArthur Genius Grant winning choreographer Elizabeth Streb, SLAM teaches a variety of disciplines to adults and students including acrobatics, trampoline, dance, and trapeze arts, in addition to holding public performances.
“The STREB Lab for Action Mechanics has become a common ground where a community of artists creates and performs, audiences are engaged, and students of all ages and backgrounds learn new forms of action, strive for their personal best, push boundaries, and create bonds,” said Cathy Einhorn, co-managing director at STREB. “[It] has given STREB the opportunity to connect with other community partners such as St. Nicks Alliance to collaboratively create programs that impact the lives of our constituents through classes, internships, and conversations.”
The largest chunk of the $8 million purse went to the Brooklyn Public Library, which received just over $3 million for renovations to several branches in the borough.
“Borough President Adams’s support will help Brooklyn Public Library complete capital projects at five branches with urgent needs,” said Linda Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library. “We’re grateful for his leadership, and we’re eager to invest in improvements that will make our branches safer, more welcoming and better equipped to serve our patrons.”
Its all part of Adams’ continued efforts to expand on the “Brooklyn Brand,” and make it a global presence and a cultural hub for people across the world.
The announcement was made Thursday morning at SLAM’s North 1st Street location.
“Culture is what makes Brooklyn. Our diversity, our creativity, and our unique blend of lifestyles have birthed a quality-of-life that is second-to-none,” said Adams. “We have to preserve, promote, and produce high-quality cultural experiences to keep us firmly planted as the center of the cultural universe.”