In advance of the Jan. 28 launch of the ALL ARTS broadcast channel and streaming apps, we would like to introduce our readers to members of our editorial advisory board. Below, an interview with Karen Brooks Hopkins, whom you may know from her 16-year stint as president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Name: Karen Brooks Hopkins
Organization/Title: Onassis Foundation USA — Senior Advisor
Please describe your work.
I serve as senior advisor to the Onassis Cultural Center in New York and in Athens (as needed). We create content and partner with New York City arts institutions to present events that enhance understanding of Hellenic values, generally through contemporary artistic expressions.
What excites you about ALL ARTS and what do you hope to contribute as a member of its editorial advisory board?
I hope we can discuss ways to group different kinds of programs in order to make it possible for audiences to experience artistic themes and issues in an in-depth manner.
What void do you think ALL ARTS can fill in terms of coverage of arts and culture in New York City and beyond?
Arts coverage, both news about the sector and event coverage, is sparse on TV. ALL ARTS can change that.
What was your most memorable arts experience?
“The Mahabharata” by Peter Brook at BAM in 1987. A tour de force.
What performance / exhibition / arts event are you most looking forward to in 2019?
Rufus Wainwright’s “Poses” tour and “The Lehman Trilogy” at the Park Avenue Armory.
Why is art important in today’s society and where do you see your work fitting into that purpose?
Art inspires love of learning. Art builds communities. Art welcomes visitors to see our greatest treasures in our most iconic buildings. Art promotes tourism. Art is the only thing that endures generation to generation to generation.
What’s your latest obsession?
Thinking about and building arts-centric communities.
What are you currently reading?
“4321” by Paul Auster and The New Yorker.