Dumbo Innovators Meet-up: Jane’s Carousel

The DUMBO Innovators Meet-Up is a monthly series highlighting innovative companies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. At this lively mixer event, meet your neighbors and experience the vibrancy this community has to offer first-hand. 

The event will take place in the IFP Media Center lounge. Free beer will be provided courtesy of Sixpoint Brewery. Free sandwiches will be provided by Bread & Spread. Register for free here.

DUMBO has long been home to individuals and companies with equal parts creativity and business acumen. Each month, we’ll be shining a spotlight on the vanguard, cutting edge companies and people who call DUMBO their home. During a brief moderated discussion, industry leaders in storytelling, media, and tech will share their philosophy around innovation: what it means for their company, and how to approach innovation in business as well as in life. 

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Networking / Free Beer + Food!

7:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Q&A discussion with Jane's Carousel's Jane Walentas

7:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Networking / Free Beer + Food!


Jane's Carousel was built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. This beautifully restored ride is located in Brooklyn Bridge Park and is open year-round. The talk will feature Jane Walentas, who is responsible for the 25 year restoration of the magnificent, hand carved 1920’s carousel known as “Jane’s Carousel”. Situated in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the carousel is nestled between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in an exciting pavilion designed by the acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel. Donated to NYC by Jane & her husband David in 2011, the carousel operates under Jane’s direction as a non profit.

Jane worked in her DUMBO studio to restore the 48 carousel horses to their original glory herself, working first only with a carpenter and later, a team of artists to bring the carousel to life. She worked on and oversaw every detail of the restored carousel.  

The carousel now stands as a treasured landmark in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Jane is also the Executive Director of the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program,  which awards rent-free non living studio space to 17 visual artists for year long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Developed for artists, by artists in 1991, the Walentas’ took over the program with new sponsorship and commitment from the Walentas Family Foundation, continuing the legacy of founder Marie Walsh Sharpe.

Jane worked for many years as an Art Director in Advertising Design, with numerous design positions on major consumer brands. She worked mostly in the cosmetic industry for Elizabeth Arden, Avon and for many years at Estee Lauder. She moved to New York after working for an Advertising Agency, Testa Publicita, in Torino, Italy. Originally from Teaneck, N.J., Jane graduated from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia in 1966 with a BFA in Advertising Design and received an MFA in Printmaking from NYU in 1985.

For years, Jane participated with her husband David and their son Jed in pioneering the development of the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Jane serves on the Board of Directors of Moore College of Art where she has established 10 fully endowed 4 year Visionary Woman Scholarships, an endowed Scholarship & International Travel Fellowship in addition to an endowed Faculty Chair.

She also sits on the Board of FAPE (Foundation for Arts and Preservation in our Embassies).

Jane lives, works and plays in DUMBO with her husband David.