To be globally acknowledged as the twenty-first century's preeminent center for progressive performing, cinema, and media arts, and to create a distinctive environment for an inspirational and transformative aesthetic experience.
About the Organization:
America's oldest performing arts center in continuous operation, the Brooklyn Academy of Music originally presented amateur and professional music and theater productions, and it was home to the Philharmonic Society of Brooklyn. Today BAM is a thriving urban arts center recognized for innovative dance, music, theater, music-theater, and opera programming. It identifies and supports the work of ground-breaking artists with its Next Wave Festival, established in 1983. The Brooklyn Philharmonic is its resident orchestra.
BAM's current programming consists of the Next Wave Festival each fall; a spring season of opera, theater, and dance; a comprehensive education and humanities program dedicated to bringing the arts into the lives of young people and to provide students with the same caliber of challenging work that it offers adults; along with a number of community programs. BAM also has BAMcaf�, a restaurant and live music venue, and a four-screen cinema with one screen devoted to repertory classics and special festivals, with frequent guest speakers.
BAM is funded primarily through foundations, and also receives support from corporations and the government.