Monthly Archives: March 2009


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Child-based on the life of Ms. Dora Davis was performed at Abrons Art Center at Henry Street Settlement House, opening for Progress Theater’s Peaches. See attached news article. Under the direction of Kymbali Craig, our Creative Director, twelve young people reenacted a small snippet of Ms. Dora’s life growing up as a sharecropper’s child in North Carolina. We went on to perform this work at the Jackie Robinson Center in Harlem, the Albany Senior Center and Von King Park.

Bailey’s Café Intergenerational Oral History Project

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Begun in January 2006, our Intergenerational Oral History Project is a work in progress, which we see evolving over the next year. The full title of the project as originally conceived is: Preserving the Past: Exploring the Future: an Intergenerational Oral History Project. The basic goals are to build community, build relationships and learn about the history of Central Brooklyn, especially the neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, where Bailey’s does most of its work. This summer we ran a six-week program which included ten young people ranging in age from fifteen to nineteen and the elders (about twenty-five participated during the summer) at the Albany Senior Center. The summer program focused on the connections between the generations as we collected our own stories, the stories of the youth and the elders looking for common threads.

We began the program by allowing each young person the opportunity to share intimately the important aspects of their life, using artifacts as props for their story. Everyone had as much time as they needed as well as additional time for a Q & A. This enabled us, the core group of youth, and the two adult supervisors-Stefanie Siegel, President of Bailey’s and Kymbali Craig, Creative Director, to form a bond and gain a deeper understanding of each person’s personality quickly. The elders, on the other hand, were interviewed by the young people after we brainstormed some pivotal, open-ended questions which would help focus their stories.

How Can I Get Involved

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Having events at different locations has given us visibility and created a network of friends and supporters.  The ultimate vision is to have a building of our own.  The space will house a large communal kitchen and eating area, a media production center, as well as space for workshops, performances, study, and gathering. It will be designed, renovated and staffed by members of the community, both young and old, and it will offer a range of opportunities for self-expression, learning and service.  We will foster the ideas of self-value, community-sustainability, and entrepreneurship through our social enterprise activities.  We have located the perfect building.  Be a part of making our dream home a reality

In addition to our campaign for a  home, we have the ongoing expenses of running our programs:  salaries for teaching artists, stipends for youth,  materials, supplies, equipment, transporation and our book, CD and video projects. 

Every contribution makes our work possible and sustains our presence.




Contact Us

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Email us at:
[email protected]

(718) 670-7063

 Mailing Address:

279 Sterling Place, #3A

Brooklyn, New York 11238








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