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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A New Year Message From Katy Clark, President of BAM

Even for the most resolution-averse, the New Year is a time when we reflect on the past and consider our intentions for the future. At BAM, this is especially resonant as we are undergoing considerable and exciting changes.

David Binder will officially assume his position as artistic director today. The upcoming Winter/Spring Season will be the final one programmed by our legendary Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo, whose vision has guided us for 35 years. While it is difficult to imagine BAM without Joe, we are thrilled to have David join our organization. Together with BAM’s extraordinary curators led by Gina Duncan in film, and Coco Killingsworth in creative learning, David is in the midst of programming his first season.

In order to complete much anticipated changes to our campus, the beloved BAM Harvey Theater will be closed until October 2019. The renovation and expansion will create a larger lobby, house a new visual art gallery, and provide new elevators and stairs for greater accessibility.

Inclusion and accessibility are at the forefront of our priorities not just through these physical changes. This year, we began an organization-wide process to examine our own areas of bias and inequity. This process will create an even richer foundation for artistic programming that can speak to more of our neighbors in this incredible borough and beyond.

Last year I wrote of the wrenching instability facing so many in our world. Sadly that has not changed, and I believe each of us must do what we can. At BAM, we have committed to a process that will deliver greater equity in everything that we do. I hope you will join us on this journey, and I look forward to seeing you at BAM.

Wishing peace and joy in 2019.

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  1. Best of luck to you too! Hope this year will be blessed for you!

  2. Undoubtedly, Joseph V. Melillo is legendary Executive Producer. This is a serious change for Bam because Joe made a valuable impact in this company and it is very hard to imagine him to be leaving.

  3. Indeed a great new year message. Keep posting blog like this


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