This Year’s DUMBO Dozen
On Monday night, the DUMBO Improvement District gathered to celebrate a very eventful year and honor some very impressive DUMBOnians with Magic Feather Awards + the crowning of 2014’s DUMBO Dozen.
Magic Feather Awards: The coveted Magic Feather Awards went to David, Jane and Jed Walentas for the family’s long list of community contributions – including the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program, more than $200,000 in grants to Neighborhood Schools in NYC, funding and commissioning public art throughout DUMBO, sponsorship of the DUMBO Arts Festival for the last five years and the donation of Jane’s Carousel to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
DUMBO Dozen Awards: Honoring 12 individuals and organizations who create amazing things while calling DUMBO home, the 2014 DUMBO Dozen Awards went to….
- Automatic Studios / Che Chisholm: Named as one of the “30 Best After School Programs For Kids” by Time Out New York, Automatic Studios is a fantastic DUMBO-based program teaching kids to become filmmakers.
- BioLite: As of this year, BioLite camp stoves can be found in REI, LLBean, EMS, BassPro, Montbell, Field & Stream, Cabela’s and around the world. This year, BioLite BaseCamp went on to be one of the most successful campaigns in Kickstarter history in just 30 days, joining the ranks of projects that crossed the $1M dollar mark. BioLite also won the Fast Company Innovation By Design Award in the Social Good Category for HomeStove work in India and Sub-Saharan Africa
- Brooklyn Arts Council: In 2014 alone, BAC awarded over 160 grants totaling nearly $300,000 to artists and arts organizations in Brooklyn. BAC’s searchable online Brooklyn Artist Registry and Directory of Brooklyn Arts Organizations provide more than 6,600 artists and 975 cultural groups/businesses. BAC’s Creative Coalitions program combines community organizing and technical assistance to build arts infrastructure and spur community development in Brownsville, East New York, and southern/eastern Bushwick.
- Brooklyn United: Brooklyn United is a culture-led, results-driven digital agency. Their broad range of clients includ Brooklyn’s first public graduate school for filmmakers: the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, non-profits including Leveraging Investments in Creativity and GiveDirectly, AT&T AdWorks featured at Advertising Week and Cannes, education clientele including Wellesley College, Knox College, American University in Cairo, and Columbia University and DUMBO denizens Guerin Glass Architects and Alloy Development.
- Inaba: Architectural design firm Inaba had an epic 2014. They received several awards for Red Bull Music Academy including: AIANY Design Merit Award ; Architizer Architecture + Workspace A+ Award; International Association of Lighting Designers Award of Excellence; GE Edison Lighting Merit Award; Core 77 Design Merit Award. They completed Red Bull’s NY Offices, won a design competition for the Flatiron BID, completing a public art installation in Flatiron Plaza, and Principal Darien Williams was selected as Finalist in Curbed National’s Young Guns Awards.
- Folioleaf + Master Projects – Todd Masters: Todd now holds two gallery spaces in DUMBO. One host shows for Folioleaf, an online platform to that provides collectors of affordable fine art editions by the art world’s rising stars. The other, Masters Projects, actively represents an international group of contemporary artists who are regularly included in various international art fairs, many of whom have gone on to be included in prestigious museum collections.
- John Ensor Parker: Local artist John Ensor Parker is a rock star of the projection world – presenting work from Dallas to a solo show in Barcelona to the rotunda of the Guggenheim and working with brands from Tiffany & Co to Martha Stewart. DUMBO has long been the beneficiary of his amazing talent, and this year, John’s piece as part of the New York Festival of Light captivated.
- Red Antler: Aside from solidifying its DUMBO roots by quadrupling its space at 20 Jay, opening a co-working community, and building an in-office bar, branding company Red Antler spent 2014 partnering with some of the world’s most exciting startups. They helped launch Aloha, a healthy living company; worked with Tyra Banks to create a brand, packaging, and e-commerce experience for her new cosmetics line; built a new identity for Foursquare; and launched Casper, a direct-to-consumer mattress brand that hit its first year sales projections in two months.
Frank Riley / Norton Edwards: Production company Norton Edwards has emerged as the go-to firm for high quality major productions in New York City public spaces. Frank has orchestrated everything from art installations to large scale Superbowl events for clients from our very own DUMBO Arts Festival to ATT, Bank of America and One Bryant Park.
Dread Scott: Local artist Dread Scott has been making waves with his interdisciplinary art around the world. n 1989, the entire US Senate denounced Dread Scott’s artwork and President Bush declared it “disgraceful” because of its use of the American flag. His art has been exhibited/performed at MoMA/PS1, Pori Art Museum (Finland), BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and galleries and street corners across the country. He is a recipient of grants form Creative Capital Foundation and the Pollock Krasner Foundation and his work is included in the collection of the Whitney Museum. This year, Scott performed “On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide” with More Art at the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge.
DJ Kai Song: This year, 10 year old DJ Kai (son of Randi Song – owner of DUMBO’s Half Pint Citizens) became the youngest DJ to perform at Pacha NYC, hosted his first radio show, which was broadcast on KTU here in NY and 37 radio stations globally, won a competition to become the opening DJ at the Thank You Festival in Maryland, DJing alongside Tiësto, Above & Beyond and Krewella and became an ambassador for the Childhood Foundation.
Trunk: DUMBO’s fabulous indie fashion HQ, Trunk celebrates its 5th year this year going strong with amazing fashions outfitting some of New York’s most stylish. Owners Natasha, Radka, Aimee have created a warm and welcoming space for friends, neighbors and visitors from around the world.