2022 Calendar

WAMC@SPAC: BAM! And Then It Hit Me with Karen Brooks Hopkins

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ThursdaySeptember 296:00 PM



Please note that this event has been cancelled due to a personal family matter of one of the participants.

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Join us as WAMC’s Joe Donahue leads a conversation with author and President Emerita of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Karen Brooks Hopkins about her new memoir, “BAM! And Then It Hit Me,” a behind-the-scenes look at Hopkins’ 36 years at the iconic cultural institution, America’s oldest performing arts center. The discussion will explore leadership, innovation, urban revitalization and stories about artists and icons who inspired Hopkins throughout her career. A book signing will follow the conversation.

Program Notes

“BAM! And Then It Hit Me” is a page-turning read perfect for any lover of the performing arts. The book is filled with stories about artists and icons, and at the same time, is an inspiring and constructive read for any not-for-profit organization or local arts center detailing key strategies for institutional success. Hopkins offers hands-on practical advice on topics ranging from fundraising and leadership to how to best manage complex organizations. Visual elements from the book highlighting behind-the-scenes moments from BAM’s legendary performances over the years will also be shared with the public for the first time.


Karen Brooks Hopkins is the president emerita of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where she worked for 36 years, serving 16 as its president. As president, Hopkins oversaw the institution’s 230 full-time employees and its multiple theatres and cinemas. Hopkins has served as the chair of the Cultural Institutions Group, has been a member of the mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, the New York State Board of Regents, and sat on the Boards of the NYC & Company, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and currently serves on the Trust of Governors Island. Hopkins was presented the National Medal of the Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts organizations by the U.S. government, on behalf of BAM by President Obama in 2014. Her widely read book, “Successful Fundraising for Arts & Cultural Organizations,” is currently in its second edition. Hopkins retired from BAM in 2015 and continued to serve at several arts foundations and performing arts centers.


The Nancy DiCresce Room at The Pines@SPAC

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