The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance (DBAA) was founded in 2010 to connect Downtown Brooklyn cultural organizations to enable collaboration, share information, and facilitate joint advocacy, and to discuss and address issues affecting artist communities and cultural organizations in Downtown Brooklyn.

Our membership cohort currently includes 50 organizations ranging from the largest and oldest cultural organizations in the area, to the newly formed and recently transplanted to Brooklyn, spanning the visual, performing, literary and media arts. Our structure and activities are designed to be at once a forum for networking, communication, and support among arts and cultural organizations and a voice for the arts and culture in larger civic, urban planning, and community conversations.

DBAA’s membership area encompasses the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District in Fort Greene, the Downtown Brooklyn Business District, and areas that are adjacent to these particularly dense hubs of activity. Members include every presenting arts venue situated in the Brooklyn Cultural District as well as smaller community-based groups, internationally known dance and theater companies, exhibition venues dedicated to visual art, craft, and history, organizations that offer arts education, studio/rehearsal space, and services to artists, among others.

Collectively, our members serve more than 5 million individuals annually, including 82,000 school-aged children who participate in educational programs, and generate more than $200 million annually in economic impact.

DBAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by member representatives and charged with being responsive to the needs and interests of its members.