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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cutting the Ribbon on the BAM Richard B. Fisher Building

Jeanne Donovan Fisher and Mayor Michael Bloomberg cut the ribbon of the BAM Richard B. Fisher Building
The brandspankin' new BAM Richard B. Fisher Building may be less than a month old but it has already opened three shows and Next Wave of Song will grace the Fishman stage before the month is out! This building is a big part of our 150th anniversary celebration, and we couldn't be prouder of the newest addition to the BAM campus. Here are some highlights, including photos of the Ribbon Cutting, Open House, and Audio Tour.

A full photo album from the event can be found here.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony took place right outside the new building at 321 Ashland Place. It began with a performance by the BAM 150s, a motley crew of members of the BAM staff who double as music professionals. 

Mayor Bloomberg did the honors along with BAM Trustee Jeanne Donovan Fisher; Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and New York City Councilmember Domenic Recchia also participated. On the artistic side, we heard from BAM favorites Jeremy Irons (the current Friends of BAM Chair, along with his wife Sinead Cusack) and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women, 2010 DanceMotion USASM artists.

Guests were then invited into the BAM Fisher for an open house to explore the building, with a free audio guide to lead the way through the many new spaces. For a visual tour of your own look through the photos below or check out the full album found here and check out the BAM Fisher pages on our website.

The BAM 150s (L-R): Robert Wood; Travis Calvert; Granville Mullings; James Vause; Sarah Mischner
(L-R): BAM Chairman of the Board Alan Fishman; NYC Councilman Dominic Recchia; BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo; Mayor Michael Bloomberg; BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins; Jeanne Donovan Fisher; Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; architect Hugh Hardy; Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women; and  New York State Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor Jeremy Irons
Entering the BAM Fisher Building through the Peter Jay Sharp Lobby with a view of the
fantastic mural by Brooklyn Artist José Parlá
Experiencing Anthony McCall's design for ECLIPSE, choreographed by Jonah Bokaer, on the
Samuel H. Scripps Stage in the Judith and Alan Fishman Space
Getting some snacks and looking at more of Parlá's work in the lower level of the Peter Jay Sharp Lobby
A look at the view through the massive windows in the Rita K. Hillman Studio
Learning in the Max Leavitt Theater Workshop with BAM Staff
Hanging out on the beautiful Rooftop Terrace and Geraldine Stutz Gardens

All Photographs © 2012 Etienne Frossard

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