Brooklyn Free School grants scholarships to nearly all students, a courtesy thanks in major part to your support of our annual Gala.

We are thrilled to announce our 11th Annual Gala on Thursday, March 28th, at The Loft at Pier A Harbor House. This year’s theme "Small is All" is from the groundbreaking book Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown.

Come and celebrate with us the idea that even the smallest of acts can have far-reaching, positive consequences.


Gala 2019: Small is All
Thursday, March 28th
The Loft at Pier A Harbor House

Previous Galas have welcomed the participation of over 100 local businesses and community leaders, raising critical funds in a single evening that sustain our diverse community and help support various school initiatives throughout the year.

Proceeds from the Gala support our unique sliding-scale tuition program, allowing over 90% of our students to receive subsidized access to our day school program.

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Our 2019 Honorees

We are excited to welcome Adrienne Maree Brown, Anastasia Higginbotham & Anaelechi Owunwanne as this year’s honorees!

Adrienne Maree Brown is the author of the groundbreaking book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit. The theme for the Gala comes from Emergent Strategy, which BFS staff read together: “Small is All. (The large is a reflection of the small.)” Though ms. brown cannot attend, she is recording a video message that will be played during the Gala.

Anastasia Higginbotham is the author and illustrator of the first children’s book to center racism as a problem of whiteness. She dedicated Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Dottir Press, 2018) to the Brooklyn Free School as it was the first place she and her family were called to engage with whiteness as a way to dismantle white supremacy. Not My Idea is the fourth book in Higginbotham's Ordinary Terrible Things series, which positions kids to understand their own experiences of divorce, death, sex, and race. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner Jon Luongo and their sons, who are both longtime students of the Brooklyn Free School.

Anaelechi Owunwanne is the founder of Freeform Deform, an architecture firm committed to the use of design to enhance all aspects of everyday life. He is an American born Nigerian graduate of Cornell University with 15 years experience working on projects in New York City, Miami, Texas, Jamaica, Nigeria, and Tanzania. As a former Senior Project Manager at Gene Kaufaman Architects he has worked on half a dozen hotels located in NYC, and as a designer at Alayo Architects notable projects include the Setai Hotel Miami, and Vendome Condos in Dallas TX.