Brooklyn—Not Just a
New York City Borough
BROOKLYN is a new arts district in the quaint coastal city
of Wilmington, NC.
It’s early evening. You walk up the steps of an 1888 Victo- rian Style Cathedral. Just about the last thing you’d expect
to discover is a hip, boutique concert hall.
Inside this iconic church, the ceiling peak is roughly 50
feet tall with white fabric showcasing a dazzling light show.
The stage equipped with musical instruments is on the alter
where Presbyterian ministers gave their sermons. The choir
balcony is the “best seat” in the house (there are no bad
Musicians take the stage, the sanctuary goes dark, music fills the air, colors flash on the fabric ceiling and you’re
dancing to the beat. You feel as if you are on stage with
the performers. You’ve just encountered one of the “
hippest” new concert venues in the South—The Brooklyn Art
Center (BAC). Mary Chapin Carpenter performed here in
2011 and called it the find of the summer.
All of the “guts” of the 124-year-old church were replaced
with new plumbing, wiring, bathrooms, sound system and
lighting system. The character of the building remains—old
floor joists were used to make the stage’s facia boards. Much
of the original glass and stairwells remain, making for a
truly unique experience.
The audience consists of baby boomers, teenagers and
everyone in between. The venue is inspirational and intimate. The BAC is also a perfect spot for a wedding.
BAC Executive Director, Richard Leder said, “In many
ways, we’ve far exceeded our expectations. Within eight
months, we’ve hosted 18 national touring concerts, five
charitable events, 30 weddings and opened a skateboard
park. We are looking to increase the amount of nation-