DBAA focuses its advocacy specifically, and somewhat uniquely, on communicating the value of the work of arts and cultural organizations within the overall arts and community ecosystem of Downtown Brooklyn.
ECONOMIC AND PROGRAM IMPACT REPORT
DBAA’s Economic and Program Impact Report aggregates economic impact, including the total expenditures and capital investments made by our members and the number of jobs our member organizations provide, as well as the range of programming offered, total attendance, and the number of schools, students, and families served by educational programs, among other statistics. We also provide key information on aggregate income, demonstrating the role of government, philanthropic, and corporate contributions in sustaining our sector.
CONVENINGS WITH LOCAL LEADERS
DBAA hosts regular convenings featuring elected and civic officials, who are invited to speak about current policy and community initiatives. Meetings with local business leaders, including with real-estate developers and local advocacy groups, offer members the opportunity to learn about neighborhood-specific and city-wide issues that affect cultural organizations.
REPRESENTATION ON LOCAL COMMITTEES
DBAA coordinates regularly with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Fulton Area Business Alliance and others on local arts and cultural initiatives, and participates in community advisory groups, such as the 80 Flatbush Community Advisory Committee. In 2018-19 DBAA served on the Local Planning Committee for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative which awarded $600,000 for public art projects and improvements to cultural facilities for ADA compliance.
DBAA organizes panel discussions and other public presentations that showcase the work of our member organizations to neighborhood audiences.