As Quiet as It’s Kept (AQAIK)

An exploration of home, community service and legacy.


Bailey’s Café and producing artistic director, Monica L. Williams in collaboration with artists Zoe Flowers, Michael Hill, Anna Pond, DJ Reborn, Kadeem Alston Roman and Robyn Twomey presents As Quiet As It’s Kept (AQAIK), a series of multi-discipline performance installations based on the stories of Black Veterans and long-time residents of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn examining home, community and honor while expressing hopes for belonging in a rapidly changing neighborhood.

Bailey’s Cafe commissioned Monica L. Williams to be the artistic leader of AQAIK in 2015. She was already consulting for the organization exploring different development options and referring artists to AQAIK. Her leadership tenure started with community conversations – Bailey’s always leads with community.

Monica has been working in the genre of ‘performance installation’ since 2013 with her own project, LoveHustle, and proposed it as a genre for Bailey’s Café.

Monica curated four artists from within Bailey’s community (Kadeem, Anna, Zoe, Michael) and two Brooklyn artists who are her long-term collaborators and bring increased visibility (Robyn T, DJ Reborn) to work with her on the development of AQAIK into a performance installation.

Over the past 5 years, Monica has worked closely with Bailey’s founder and Executive Director to research the community, secure funding, create a project team infrastructure and, most importantly, turning community conversations into pieces of art in collaboration with our installation artists.

As Quiet As It’s Kept first performed at Bailey’s Cafe in 2017.

In 2020-21 we will be premiering the next phase of AQAIK and delving deeper into ideas of home, community, identity and honor and how they shape a rapidly changing neighborhood.

Learn more about upcoming AQAIK events.

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