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As cultural anchor and artistic presenter to the largest African American community in the US, RestorationART meets a profound need in a profoundly underserved community by bringing world-class theater and other artistic expressions from around the corner and around the world to Central Brooklyn. As the cultural centerpiece for Restoration, the first community development corporation in the nation, founded in 1967 through the bipartisan efforts of Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Jacob Javits, RestorationART has been a convener, incubator and change-maker leading the charge for racial equity, social justice and the presentation and preservation of Black arts and culture for 51 years. RestorationART has gone through a radical audience transformation growing audiences from 40,000 to over 81,000 in the last three years. The driving force of RestorationART’s creative complex is the Obie and AUDELCO Award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre founded in 1972 by Restoration, as a not-for-profit theatre whose mission is to present the exquisite, ever-evolving and complex diversity of voices within the African Diaspora as world-class storytelling for the community. The Billie is one of the last remaining theaters forged in the Civil Rights/Black Arts Movements and the only theatre run by people of color in the cultural mecca of Brooklyn.

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