Karen Brooks Hopkins’ memoir of her 36 years at BAM (The Brooklyn Academy of Music), America’s oldest performing arts center, is a wild ride! BAM…and then it HIT me is filled with stories and photographs of unlikely theatrical productions entertaining and sometimes difficult celebrities, guidance on fundraising and leadership, the glory of the arts, and the evolution of Brooklyn, the coolest neighborhood on the planet.
BAM…and Then it HIT me
September 1, 2020
Courtesy of Karen Brooks Hopkins
- Can you recall your first live theater experience? What do you remember about it?
- How do you react when you see or experience an artistic event, such as, a show or exhibition that makes you uncomfortable or challenges your values?
- When did it “hit you?” The show that blew your mind and stays with you always.
- How do the arts organizations in your neighborhood impact your life and your community?
- Do you consider yourself an artist?
- Do you support the arts? Why or why not?
- Did you grow up in a Jewish home that valued creativity and the arts? How did it shape your life?
- What role do you want the arts to play in your children’s education?
- Have you found the issue, organization or cause you know will be your life’s work? How does it feel to dedicate yourself fully to that specific thing or place? Is it a burden or a joy, or a bit of both, to commit yourself to success at this level?
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