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Late Summer 2015

Bailey’s Rites/Rights of Passage Summer Program a Great Success!

Our largest group to date: nearly fifty young people ages 8 to 18 enjoyed six weeks of self-exploration through

dance, music,visual arts,  cooking, weaving, writing, meeting new people, visiting new places

and creating a great final performance!!


Support Bailey's Café on Indiegogo!



Upcoming Events

Monthly Open Mic

Saturday, August 29th, 3 PM to 6 PM

Hosted by WBAI Journalist & Musician

King Downing

A *Music for the People Event

*Music for the People is a collaboration between: Fiery Strings Company, Clifton Anderson Quartet, Arts & Education Continuum, Bailey’s Cafe & Feel the Music

Bailey’s Rites/Rights of Passage After School Program

Begins Early October

More Information Coming Soon!!

Visit New Places – Meet New People – Dance Sing Act Create – Make Music – Write – Garden – Challenge Yourself – Be a Leader – Explore & Grow


March 2015

Despite the snowstorm outside my window, we all know spring is just around the corner and so is our move into our first real home!

We will begin to settle into our new space–324 Malcolm X Boulevard, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn–in the middle of March.  There are events with couple of our collaborating partners this month–see the side bar, but our Grand Opening will take place Saturday, April 25th, 3 PM to 6 PM.  We hope you will be able to join us!

In the meantime we have started an Indiegogo Campaign to raise the necessary funds for the renovation and furnishing of the space.  Please go to http://baileyscafe.org/indiegogo/ to learn more about the campaign, check out our perks, make a donation, and spread the word!

It isn’t too early to sign up for our summer Rites/Rights of Passage Program for young people ages 10 to 17.  Check out the side bar for details.

We look forward to seeing you at our future events. Please contact me at [email protected] for more information on any of our programs or how to get involved.

Thank you for supporting our work.


October 2014

We are happy to share that our programs are going strong and we more than doubled our number of participants as we continue to grow our Rites of Passage and intergenerational programming.

Check out the photos below to see what we have been up to.

Other news: Bailey’s Board of Directors has two new members: Ron Pierce, Senior Producer at PBS and Alexander White, Principal, Gotham Academy for the Professional Arts. Both Alex and Ron bring a wide range of expertise and knowledge and are excited to be part of the team. We are looking forward to working with them as we continue to build Bailey’s into a dynamic, vibrant, and crucial organization.

Bailey’s Café is participating in #GivingTuesday 2014, a global call-to-action that is transforming philanthropy. Our participation is two-fold: while we’re trying to raise funds so that we can continue to give back to communities throughout New York City, we are also trying to raise awareness by promoting other organizations and causes. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook Page for ways that you can get involved in #GivingTuesday!

Looking forward to seeing you at our future events. Please contact me at [email protected] for more information on any of our programs or how to get involved.

Thank you for supporting our work.

September 2014

Fall is upon us and Bailey’s after school and community-based programs will be starting in early October. We are returning to CS21-The Crispus Attucks School for the third year offering fifth grade girls an arts and rites of passage after school program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 PM to 4:45 PM.

The high school version of our Arts Residency and Rites of Passage program will begin its second year at Gotham Professional Arts Academy on Mondays from 2 PM to 4 PM.

In collaboration with Feel the Music, we will be offering Entrepreneurship and Jewelry Making Workshops for eight weeks, beginning Friday, October 17th from 3 PM to 5 PM at the Ft. Greene Council Stuyvesant Heights Senior Center, corner of Tompkins and Macdonough. Monifa Edwards, an amazing artist who has been supporting herself by making jewelry since she was young girl will be leading the workshops. This is an intergenerational activity; all are welcome. There will be a culminating showcase and pre-holiday sale at Restoration’s Skylight Gallery on Friday, December 12th from 5 PM to 7 PM.

Our Intergenerational Choir, with Janice Pendarvis, in partnership with Feel the Music, will return this fall with a series of workshops. Specifics to be announced shortly.

Working with a talented group of teaching artists, including Mo Beasley and Kadeem Alston Roman, under the direction of Monica L. Williams, we will be taking our performance piece, As Quiet As Its Kept, to the next level of development. Young men, ages 14 to 22, will be working with the Black Veterans for Social Justice, specifically veterans of color who have experienced combat to explore ideas of rights/rites of passage and how they have tried to use military service in the US as a vehicle for Black men to prove their manhood. Workshops for the piece will begin in mid-October.

Looking forward to seeing you at our future events. Please contact me at [email protected] for more information on any of our programs or how to get involved.

Thank you for supporting our work.