[I’m counting down to the release of the Brooklyn Spaces book by doing one mini-post per day, sharing teasers of some of the places you’ll find in it.]
“Everyone in the neighborhood knows, if you need something, come to FiveMyles,” says Hanne Tierney, founder and artistic director of the Crown Heights gallery, performance venue, and community gathering space. Hanne opened the 1,500-square-foot nonprofit gallery, which is dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging, under-represented, and minority artists, in a former garage in 1999. FiveMyles presents six formal exhibitions each year, and close to half the artists shown are African American. “We’ve always stood with Africa, East Africa in particular,” Hanne says. “And it’s very exciting for the kids in the neighborhood to see contemporary work from Africa.
This year, a 172-unit luxury condo will open two doors down from FiveMyles, which Hanne fears could mark the end for the community. But she continues to fight for her neighbors: screening documentaries, hosting talks, writing letters to Albany about police harassment, and, of course, curating more and more exhibits, showing the work of more and more artists. “Hanne is so important to this community,” says Francelle Jones, whose work has been featured in the gallery. “She brings people together, and she allows people who live in this neighborhood to feel as though they’re still part of something. That’s so important.”
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