Bailey’s Cafe Connecting the Generations to Make a Better World.
We believe in nurturing and guiding individuals in their pursuit of self-knowledge through writing, service, cooking, music, dance, and fine arts. We aim to create an atmosphere of collective awareness, respect and responsibility, built on the talents and resources of the community.
Recent Events and Projects
Bailey’s Cafe Precious Pearls Program at CS21 The Crispus Attucks Elementary School
Precious Pearls, our all girls program, is currently taking place at CS21 in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn. We are working with a group of 25 fifth grade girls on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3pm to 5pm. The girls are working on becoming leaders in their school and neighborhoods. They are addressing issues of bullying, body image, and self-esteem. We are exploring music, acting, writing, reading and the visual arts to expand our sense of what is possible for ourselves, our communities, our world.
Bailey’s Cafe Community Legacy Mural Project is Finished!
What began as a school community’s desire to save the legacy of its school–Paul Robeson High School– has now expanded into a community mural project, capturing not only the legacy of Paul Robeson but also expressing our community’s stories of struggle and rebirth, growth and challenge. The mural will be on the beautiful back wall of the Church of St. Luke’s and St. Matthew’s, 520 Clinton Avenue, between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn–the mural wall faces Vanderbilt. Take a minute to slow down and check it out. Spring 2014, we will have a “Ribbon-Cutting” Ceremony to celebrate.
After a successful seven-week pilot Arts Residency during late fall 2013, we will be returning to Gotham in the Spring semester to offer students instruction in music, dance, theater, poetry/spoken word and the visual arts with our cadre of great teaching artists. Along with the arts, we will expose participants to meditation, yoga, energy work and other methods of gaining and increasing focus, concentration and reflection.
Community Service Projects Bringing Youth and Elders Together
Throughout the year, Bailey’s hosts Mix and Mingles at local senior centers and other venues. These events include story sharing, dancing, arts and crafts and sharing a good meal. But most importantly they are opportunities for our youth and elders to mingle, be surprised by a connection, learn about life from a different perspective, finding another trusting adult, make a new friend.
1) Relationships are Key: positive, reciprocal relationship building is a primary part of our process. They are key to individual healing, creativity and community building.
2) Intergenerational Matters: in our work and relationships we are always striving to find new ways to “bridge the gap” between all generations and to break down barriers that prevent us from building healthy, peaceful communities.
3) Everyone’s Story Counts: story sharing is fundamental to our creative work; it is a tool for gaining understanding of ourselves, others and the world around us.
4) Environment Matters: we respect and nurture our surroundings, the ones we find ourselves in and the ones we create.
5) Practice Non Violence in Our Speech and Actions: we strive to model non violence in our work and relationships, between staff, participants, community and our environment.