The Forum @ St. Ann’s


Launched in 2012, The Forum  @  St. Ann’s is a parish initiative that seeks to engage the wider community in conversations about art, ideas, and civic life.

Our mission is to welcome diverse audiences from New York City and beyond with thoughtful and timely programming. Organized by volunteers, the Forum has mounted a series of successful art exhibitions, film screenings, poetry and book readings, panel discussions, and recitals that have attracted significant interest and attendance.

A wide variety of artists, authors, musicians, performers and speakers, many of them Brooklynites, have welcomed the opportunity to share their work with new audiences at St. Ann’s. The program’s use of the historic church interior for a range of events, including large scale exhibitions of daring and compelling visual artwork in the sanctuary, has been embraced by our community.

Image: Artist Talk, “In the Beginning,” an exhibition by artist Athena LaTocha

Recent Events

Perfect Wave, an evening of music featuring singer songwriter Josephine Foster, percussionist Michael Zerang, musician Ka Baird and vocalist Nick Hallett.

Keeping It 100 — Challenging School Segregation,keepingit100sml a presentation of Epic NEXT’s Laundry City, written and performed by NYC public high school students, hosted in partnership with New York Appleseed and The Century Foundation.


“Queer Conflicts,” hosted in collaboration with the Bureau of General Services, Queer Division booksellers, and “When the Bell Tolls,” hosted in collaboration with Green-Wood Cemetery, panels bringing together activists, writers, and historians in two Bookend events presented as part of the 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival.

600 Highwaymen
600 Highwaymen,Summer Artists-in-Residence, including four open rehearsal showings of “The Fever,” a work in progress

Hymn to Life: Timothy Donnelly’s Epic Poem Hymn to Life Read and Sung, a work-in-progress concert version of stanzas 1-23, David Skeist, Composer, James Rutherford, Director, Laura Butler Rivera, Choreographer with Mixed Chorus. In collaboration with M-34 Productions

Facing America
Facing America: Portraits of Refugees Resettling in the U.S., an exhibition of photographs by Hidemi Takagi, commissioned by the Forum.

Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11, book launch and lecture by author Harriet F. Senie, art historian.

Past Events

Bee Space, Exhibition of Glass Works by Emma Stein, Exhibition by artist Emma Stein

Music of the Masters: Wagner, Strauss, Berlioz, Menotti, Recital by dramatic soprano Korin Kormick

Back to Life: Resurrection Reimagined, Exhibition with NYFA featuring artists Desirée Alvarez, Felix R. Cid, Jamie Diamond, Sinéad Cullen, David Sandlin, Michael Greathouse, Ellen Grossman, Katya Grokhovsky, Jen P. Harris and Hidemi Takagi

I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches, Exhibition by artist Nancy Azara

Facing America
Old Love, New Love: Songs of Romance through the Ages, a concert by vocalist Michael Winther.

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