We’re kicking off our new season of Target First Saturday next week. We have been working on an exciting lineup of programs for months, and can’t wait to get started. Before we begin, we wanted to bring everyone up to speed on some changes.
If you’ve been to one of these monthly events, you know that we’ve been seeing more attendance than ever at First Saturday. You, the visitors, have really brought this event to life, making it such a vibrant part of Brooklyn, and that’s been amazing to see. We have to acknowledge, however, while the attendance is growing, our building is staying the same size, and we’ve run into some challenges with capacity crowds and traffic flow throughout the building.
What does that mean for the event? Well, essentially it means that we are going to put the dance party on hiatus for the time being. This was not a decision we made lightly. We had a lot of discussion with staff and community members to get additional input. Since we made the decision, we’ve seen visitor feedback come in on both sides. Some people are looking forward to a new experience and excited for the change, while others are really sad to see the dance party go.
With this change, we’ll be introducing different kinds of programming, and watching the traffic flow to ensure that each visitor’s experience is the best possible. You’ll see new things like artist-led participatory activities, site-specific performances, and intimate issue-driven discussions. What won’t change is what’s at the heart of First Saturday, and that’s the community. You. The museum will still be a place to see and be seen, to meet people, and to network. We’ll continue to showcase Brooklyn-based talent, tons of live music, hands-on art making for kids and adults alike, gallery tours, films, curator and artist talks. There will be five floors of activities and programs that bring the Museum to life.
As we move forward with these adjustments, we are listening to your feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to tell us your thoughts about the programming changes, and look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions to the months ahead.
Elisabeth Callihan is the Manager of Adult Programs at the Brooklyn Museum where she oversees the Target First Saturday series, among other evening and weekend programs. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Evansville and an MA in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute London. She lives in Gowanus with her husband and awesome dog Gus.