Summer 2018

Our summer arts-based rites of passage program ended on August 17th with our culminating performance.  Thirty-two young people ages 9 to 24 participated in the six-week, free program, engaging in focused practice in an artist discipline, exploring self-identity, leadership and ideas about sisterhood and brotherhood and exploring cultural sites around the City.

Special thanks goes to our amazing teaching artists and staff:  Ben Allen, Kadeem Alston-Roman, Priscilla Amado, Angela Bell, Jerbean Gilkes, Brittany Grier, Jamyra Salley and Marienne Thomas.  And to our special guests:  Curtis John, founder of Luminal Theater, for offering your excellent coming of age film festival “Midday Ramble;”  Shawnee Benton, co-founder of SOW Leadership Development Institute, for the amazing workshop you facilitated with our young women and staff; Aurelie Harp, founder of the Womanity Project, for your insightful workshop on gender; Desmond Seymour, certified doula, for our workshop on manhood; Camille A. Brown & Dancers for piloting your program Black Men Moving with us; Dana Hanchard for the incredible tour of the Inwood Forest; and Erica Thomas Collier, founder of Billy’s Light, for your workshop on Reiki and the Chakras.  And to Danny Glover for stopping by to say hello!

Check out the photos below and in our Gallery.
































Read more

Stertil-Koni News: Lifting Up the Arts and Supporting Community-Building at Bailey’s Cafe in NYC

Stertil-Koni, one of our corporate supporters, just published the following press release regarding their recent generous donation to our summer program.


Press Release

Stertil-Koni Lifts up the Arts and Supports Community-Building at Bailey’s Café in New York For Immediate Release:

STEVENSVILLE, MD June 28, 2018 – Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni once again has made a $10,000 donation to Brooklyn, New York-based Bailey’s Café, a 501(c) (3) charity dedicated to providing creative and collaborative environments to community members in the Central Brooklyn area as well as communities across New York City.
The group is especially well-known for bringing its vision to life through partnerships with local leaders and inter-generational volunteers – all focused on community-building through service and the arts.

As the organization’s founder and director, Stefanie Siegel, notes: “We believe in nurturing and guiding individuals in their pursuit of self-knowledge through acting, video making, 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.”   Added Stertil-Koni president, Dr. Jean DellAmore, “It’s an uplifting mission that is indeed making a positive difference in the lives of so many. That’s why Stertil-Koni – a company that is also dedicated to the lifting process – in our case large trucks and buses – is so proud to have helped Bailey’s Café bring to fruition its beautiful location where people can come together and express themselves through art, dance, writing and more.”  In addition, support from Stertil-Koni benefits year-round activities at the Café, including after-school programs, summer camps, and art programs for young people, as well as fostering platforms focused on community-building and inclusiveness.

Young people demonstrate a “tree pose” (yoga position) with their eyes closed, during Bailey’s Café’s six-week free arts-based rites of passage summer program for young people ages 9 to 19. The lessons focus on specific artistic disciplines and explore self-expression, creativity, self-discipline and confidence building.


In making today’s announcement, Siegel emphasized: “Stertil-Koni has supported Bailey’s programming for four years. They have been tremendous to the Café, helping us to reach new heights in our mission to provide an inclusive and safe place for multiple generations to express themselves and grow as artists. We are honored to have them as a member of Bailey’s Circle of Angel Donors and look forward to continuing to build our partnership.”  Concluded DellAmore, “Stertil-Koni is delighted to join Bailey’s Café in its journey of developing artistic talent and inspiring change through the arts. It’s a noble mission with real-world benefits for people living in the greater New York area.”

About Stertil-Koni
Stertil-Koni is the market leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts, notably bus lifts and truck lifts, and proudly serves municipalities, state agencies, school bus fleets, major corporations, the U.S. Military and more. Stertil-Koni’s breadth of products meets all ranges of lifting needs and includes portable lifts such as mobile column lifts, 2-post, 4-post, inground piston lifts, platform lifts, and its axle-engaging, inground, scissor lift configuration, ECOLIFT. The company’s innovative, inground telescopic piston DIAMONDLIFT is now available with an optional Continuous Recess system, ideal for low clearance vehicles. Stertil-Koni USA is headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland with production facilities in Europe, The Netherlands, and in Streator, IL.
Contact: Paul Feldman, [email protected], 410-643-9001

Read more

Kadeem Alston Roman Bailey’s First Program Director

We are excited to announce the appointment of Kadeem Alston Roman, dancer, choreographer, actor, to Program Director.  Kadeem has been a teaching and performing artist with Bailey’s since 2013 and over this time he has grown; not only through his work at Bailey’s but through the refocusing of his own company Full Force Wellness and Dance Repertory as well as serving as a teaching artist with The Brooklyn Friends School, Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center,  and Camille A. Brown & Dancers.  Kadeem has already jumped into his new position by assisting in revamping our summer arts-based rites of passage program as well as assisting with the decision making process for the development of our new website with Delta.NYC.

Being able to appoint Kadeem as Program Director is a significant first step toward creating the means for our constituents, participants and teaching artists to move into senior leadership positions. We are grateful to the generous support of the Community Church of New York Ethelwyn Doolittle Justice and Outreach Committee for making this possible.

Read more