Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation was founded 50 years ago in 1967 forged in the crucible of the civil rights movement and birthed in the midst of urban decay and poverty. Over the last five decades, we have witnessed despair and joy. Failure and success. Fifty years later, 2017 is a year that begins marked by uncertainty and an emerging national agenda that has left our society’s most vulnerable – the poor, immigrants, communities of color, women, Muslims – anxious about deepening injustices and inequities. 


RestorationArt – the cultural centerpiece of the nation’s first community development corporation  – looks 50 years into the future and provides a platform for the quiet dreams of thousands in Brooklyn and beyond. 


Our aim has always been – and will continue to be – to join hands with the artists and audiences of Brooklyn and beyond to mend what is broken, to restore what has been lost, and to achieve equity and prosperity for all through the power of radical storytelling through dance, theater, music, spoken word and visual arts. 


RestorationArt is a community bastion where new works and new voices are discovered, created, nurtured, performed, and presented to community members from around the corner and the world.


We make our stories. And our stories make us. Exclusion from the arts is not just a side effect of poverty: it is an integral part of what it means to be poor.