Gala 2019

We are thrilled to announce our 11th Annual Gala! This year’s theme. "Small is All" is from the groundbreaking book Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown. We are celebrating 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.

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. A dedicated supporter of BFS, he has worked over the years on projects to redesign the school to best suit our growing student body.


Gala 2018

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View photos from our Grow Love 2018 Gala.

Gala 2017