The Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's Skylight Gallery features year-round exhibits of established and emerging artists of African descent, such as painter James "Jimmy" Green, sculptor Chief Komalafe and painter Jewel Golden. Designed by the illustrious architect I. M. Pei, the main gallery houses the Abra-Ka-Zebra gift shop which features works of artisans such as the ceramists Noel Copeland and Onaway Millar. The Restoration Dance Theatre offers regularly scheduled, professionally taught classes in African, Caribbean, jazz and modern dance by scholar-instructors such as Youseff Koumbassa and Marie Brooks. Classes are offered from October through June. For the last decade, the Marie Brooks Pan Caribbean Dance Company has been the guest resident company at Restoration. Known for their Caribbean and African dances and signature colorful swirling skirts, the group performs at dozens of community events annually.
The Billie Holiday Theatre, the jewel of Restoration, produces a 36- to 40-week season, including three major productions. Home of Brooklyn's only professional black repertory company, the theater is where film and television producer Samuel Art-Williams, actor Samuel Jackson and T'Chnia Arnold of the sitcom Martin spent part of their early careers.
Restoration's Youth Arts Academy, which teaches art creation and appreciation generally, goes into public schools to perform works of drama or dance. Dance performances are complemented by workshops that teach African, Caribbean, modern, jazz and tap dance techniques. Student tours of the Skylight Gallery and group rates for performances at the Billie Holiday Theatre are also available.
School Admission: $650
School Program Location: At facility only