Now in its 7th year of operations and recently moved into a state of the art building, ARTs EAst New York– a non-profit organization that encourages multi-disciplinary arts amongst youth to address socioeconomic issues of the East New York community– will hold its first annual celebration and fundraising gala on Thursday November 17, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Talib Kweli
Photo: Dorothy Hong

Headlining their inaugural event is hip-hop artist Talib Kweli. Hosted by News 12 Brooklyn anchor Asha McKenzie, AENY’s gala will honor Manuel Burgos, chief executive officer, By The Numbers Consulting Services; Duane Kinnon, president & CEO, The Kinnon Group, LLC; and Ella J. Weiss, former president of the Brooklyn Arts Council.

The office of New York Senator Roxanne Persaud will give welcome remarks as AENY also celebrates AENY Executive Director Catherine Green’s 40th birthday.

“We’ve made great strides, but there is so much more work to do. Our 1st Annual Gala will showcase our passionate work as an organization thus far and galvanize our village of supporters to reinforce our future in our goal to raise $100,000,” said Green.

“We are enthusiastic to honor Ella and Manuel who represent a few of AENY’s original village of supporter’s and Duane, someone we have long admired as an advocate for arts and education in East New York and Brownsville.”

Manuel Burgos

Manuel Burgos is a 2016 Award of Excellence honoree because he is a strong advocate of community-based arts programming and as his firm employs a number of East New York residents. Through his company “By The Numbers Consulting Services” Burgos promotes opportunities for minority and woman-owned businesses and local hiring at construction projects.

Duane Kinnon,

Duane Kinnon was selected as an honoree because of his dedication to education and youth development, having held positions in executive management with national nonprofit organizations including the Salvation Army and the Boys & Girls Club of America.

Ella J. Weiss receives the Award of Excellence honor for her commitment to the borough of Brooklyn. During her 16 years as President of the Brooklyn Arts Council, she tripled its budget, brought fiscal stability to the arts council and supported ARTs East New York’s mission and programming via grant funding and sponsorship year after year.

Ella J. Weiss

The gala kicks off at 6:30pm at BAM’s Fisher Building, in the Hillman Studio, on the 4th floor, located at 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Brownsville Multi-Services, Con Edison and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation support AENY’s 1st Annual Gala.

Persons unable to attend the gala can support digitally by visiting to make an online donation. For more information visit or call 718.342.4528.



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