Special Events

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The Salon @ Spoke the Hub

The Salon @ Spoke the Hub is a  cultural “gathering” where artists of all stripes, at all stages of their careers, share their works-in-progress in an informal and supportive setting.

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WOW (WORKS ON THE WALL) ART EXHIBITS

The walls of the Spoke the Hub Re: Creation Center host a new changing solo visual art exhibit every 4-6 weeks entitled “Works on the Wall” which features the art of local painters, photographers, printmakers and multi-media artists. Exhibit requests are reviewed throughout the year. Artists should be aware that the space is an active one, filled with children and adults 7 days a week, thus content should be considered before applying. To apply, artists should send a resume, a hardcopy “portfolio” of current work or website address, and an SASE for return of materials to: Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center, 748 Union Street, Brooklyn 11215.

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GOWANATHON

Come immerse yourself in an inspirational weekend of dance, theater, music, arts, crafts, cabarets, and multi-media performances to help raise funds for your favorite artists, community groups, and neighborhood arts centers.

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CAPRICORN’S BIRTHDAY BASH

Capricorns are a resourceful and tenacious bunch of do-gooders by nature, but they also like to party down (and since so many Spoke the Hubbers have birthdays on either side of New Year’s, we thought we would throw ourselves our own party and raise money for a worthy cause in lieu of presents!) Past parties have raised thousands of dollars for Heifer International, Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn and The Consolation Center Haiti.

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NEW YEAR’S “RENEWAL” RETREAT IN RHINECLIFF, NY

Jump start your New Year with a rejuvenating weekend of lively Dance, Yoga and Fitness Classes taught by some of Spoke the Hub’s favorite teachers!

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Union Street Film Series

Screening of independent short, feature, experimental, documentary, dance, comedic and narrative films.

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RECYCLED FASHION SHOW AND HIGH TEA

Spoke the Hub’s semi-annual “Recycled Fashion Show and High Tea” provides all clothing wearers with the opportunity to purge their closets and turn their tired fashion rejects into someone else’s high fashion fireworks. It’s fun, it’s funky and it’s ecological! Come watch your old duds spring back to life again on the Brooklyn catwalk, complete with music, super models from the ‘hood, and delicious tea and crumpets. At the end of the show, all garments are up for grabs at rock bottom prices! Proceeds go to benefit Spoke the Hub’s annual Local Produce Festival of the Performing Arts.

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HERE COMES THE SUN: Yoga Fundraising Event

Inspired by the Global Mala Project, this sun salutation marathon raised money to buy new yoga equipment for the new Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center this year. Call for future marathons.


MILES OF TILES: Community Mosaic Project

The “Miles of Tiles” Community Mosaic Project began in 1985, when Elise Long and friends founded the Gowanus Arts Exchange. The colorful, crazy-quilt mosaic which greets you at the threshold and threads throughout the halls of 295 Douglass Street is the result of 25 people’s first tiling efforts on one industrious weekend.

Since that time, Long has created whimsical mosaics in foyers, showers, on walls and across floors, indoors and out-of-doors, on both the East and West coasts, in addition to directing community tile projects which involve dozens of men, women and children collaborators. See latest community mosaic projects adorning the “new” STH Re:Creation Center on Union Street! Call to be put on a future tile tag team phone roster.


PEACE FINDING AND KEEPING: A Day of Workshops For the Whole Family in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Launched in 2008 on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday we hold a day of participatory workshops for children and adults focused on how to create and nurture peace within in order to extend it toward others and in the world at large. Events include workshops in Yoga, Meditation, Non-Violent Communication, Big Heart Drumming, a Theater of Change Presentation, lectures, films, and silent meditation/prayer.

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POTLUCK/SINGALONG with Barry Oreck and Friends

During the aftermath of the 9/11 devastation in 2001, many members of the Spoke the Hub community expressed a need to come together, grieve, and share each other’s company. Folksinger and dancer Barry Oreck brought his guitar, Cory Munson brought her fiddle, and musicians Doug Pierson, Jody Kruskal and David Goddy joined them in leading friends and neighbors in song. This impromptu gathering proved such a heart-warming success that it has become a regular irregular communal affair at Spoke the Hub since that time. Singalongs begin with a potluck/social hour around 6:00 pm and conclude with about two hours of singing -everything from the Grateful Dead to Italian Art Songs. Bring food and drink, instruments, and sheet music to share if you have a favorite musical request. Call for upcoming dates.