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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 the staff and volunteers at St. Ann’s, the Forum has mounted a series of successful art exhibitions, film screenings, poetry and book readings, panel discussions, and recitals that have drawn significant interest and attendance. Forum programs have attracted a number of individuals and non-profit groups, from Brooklyn and beyond, with which St. Ann’s has partnered on presentations.

Our near neighbors and members of the wider Brooklyn and Greater NY community have embraced the Forum’s use of our historic sanctuary for staging programs of interest to them. The Forum hosted a presentation on school segregation that featured young members of Epic NEXT sharing their story through drama; book readings featuring authors of newly published books in collaboration with the Brooklyn Book Festival, an exhibition of photographs of newly arrived refugees in the US in conjunction with a local refugee resettlement office, and evenings featuring musical performances and poetry readings by Brooklyn artists.

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Past Events

“Landscape of Paradise: Golden Floating Path.” Exhibition by Scherezade Garcia. Photos here.

From the Inside Out: America’s Broken Criminal Justice System. Discussion by activists and experts Yusef Salaam, Marlon Peterson, Heather Ann Thompson, and James Forman Jr. Presented in collaboration with Dear America.A Bookend Event of the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival

The Scribe of Siena, Author Melodie Winawer and Scholar Neslihan Şenocak in Conversation. A Bookend Event of the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival

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, 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,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: 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.

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

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