For over twenty-one years, we've hosted First Saturdays—monthly evenings of free programming welcoming visitors from central Brooklyn and beyond—at the Museum. We're continuing our commitment to bring art and culture to you. That's why we've taken the celebration online! Join us for art-making, performance, and music, as we gather virtually with neighbors and people across the world to share the connective power of art and the vibrant creative community of Brooklyn.
As always, our First Saturday programming is free and open to all.
Virtual First Saturdays: Pride!
Join us on Zoom for an exciting lineup! Check back for the link.
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*6–6:30 pm Hands-On Art: Grab some paper, bowls, and paintbrushes or Q-tips as your art-making tools, and create an inspirational painting using food coloring and baking soda (or use black tea or coffee for a monochrome approach).
6:30–7 pm Teen Talk and Poetry Reading: Teen staff in InterseXtions (our paid teen internship in queer art history and community programming) discuss their work in LGBTQ+ art and activism.
*7–7:20 pm Music: Palehound's Ellen Kempner performs songs from the band's recent album Black Friday, which meditates on friendship, gender, and queer romance.
*7:30–8 pm Book Talk: Authors Meredith Talusan and Zaina Arafat read selections from their debut memoirs, Fairest and You Exist Too Much, followed by a conversation about the writing process and how migration, gender, and queerness intersect in their respective stories.
*8–8:15 pm Happy Hour: Bartender Ronny Jaramillo uses Perrier to mix up special cocktails and mocktails for Pride. Presented in partnership with The Norm restaurant and Great Performances Hospitality Group.
*8:15–8:30 pm Dance: MBDance Artistic Director Maria Bauman-Morales presents excerpts from Desire: A Sankofa Dream, a new work that explores imagination as a mechanism of Black queer survival.*
8:30–10 pm Music: Close out the night with beloved Brooklyn collective Papi Juice, known for centering queer and trans people of color in nightlife, as they host DJ sets from Oscar Nñ and Adam R and a performance by 2019 Drag Queen of the Year West Dakota.
*MBDance is supported by the Urban Bush Choreographic Center Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).