Friday, September 27th, marks the kickoff of the 17th annual DUMBO Arts Festival, a three-day celebration of the creative arts Brooklyn, New York. Attendance at the festival, which will feature work from over 300 artists, is expected to top 200,000 visitors. Works by local, national, and international contemporary artists will fill upwards of 50 venues including parks (See: Brooklyn Lawn Quilt), alleyways (See: Dandelions), bridges (See: Sodwalk), exhibition spaces (See: Strings), and even the East River (See: Ship of Tolerance).
The DUMBO Arts Festival is not only a showcase for the creative community within and beyond DUMBO, it is also an exemplary case of successful partnerships in arts and business. The Presenting Sponsors of the DUMBO Arts Festival are AT&T and Two Trees, two organizations with impressive track records of support for arts and culture.
Two Trees, a New York-based real estate development firm, is the founding sponsor of the DUMBO Arts Festival. The company states, “From building lobbies to building neighborhoods, art and culture have been integral to the Two Trees family and corporate philosophy.” Over several decades, Two Trees has led the development of the DUMBO waterfront as both a residential neighborhood and a hub of creative and tech industries. It also provides grants and rent subsidies for artists and arts organizations.
When David Walentas, the founder of Two Trees, first purchased a large chunk of DUMBO real estate, he envisioned the development of a flourishing, vibrant creative community. By providing continued support for the arts in DUMBO, Two Trees is able to further this vision and to maintain the character that has helped DUMBO to become a highly desirable commercial and residential neighborhood for renters and buyers.
AT&T, another notable supporter of the arts, returns for the third year as a Presenting Sponsor of the Festival and will be hosting the AT&T Festival Lounge. Set in a former restaurant and boasting outstanding views, the Lounge will feature interactive artworks that explore the intersection of music and technology. This sponsorship offers AT&T, a company that values and supports innovation and creative design, an opportunity to engage with festival goers in an area of New York that has been dubbed the new “Tech Triangle”.
AT&T has demonstrated a commitment to the arts, particularly in New York City, through their support of the DUMBO Arts Festival and other arts events, such as the High Line Open Studiosand the Tribeca Film Festival. The continued joint sponsorship from these two major corporations enables the DUMBO Arts Festival to, once again, stand out as a highlight amongst the lineup of New York City arts events.
For more information about the DUMBO Arts Festival, which takes place September 27th–29th in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Brooklyn, check out DumboArtsFestival.com.