Brooklyn Academy of Music

Karen Hopkins receiving an award from Barack Obama

Photo by Jocelyn Augustino.


Brooklyn Academy of Music is recognized for innovative contributions to the performing and visual arts. For over 150 years, BAM has showcased the works of both established visionaries and emerging artists who take risks and push boundaries.

America’s oldest continuously operating performing arts center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) opened in 1861. Over the years, BAM has hosted thousands of legendary artists from all disciplines including Enrico Caruso, Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Rudolf Nureyev. BAM is known for its international and contemporary programs in all performance disciplines, including its signature endeavor, the annual Next Wave Festival. Its education programs reach more than 33,000 students, teachers, and families annually through in-school, after school, weekend, and summer programs. Since 2010, BAM has produced DanceMotion USASM in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, sending American dance companies all over the world for performances, cultural exchange, and educational opportunities. Led by Chairman Alan Fishman and a dedicated board of trustees, BAM has spearheaded the creation of the Brooklyn Cultural District, helping to redefine and enliven its neighborhood.