Bowery Arts and Science, Ltd. (BA+S): Our mission is to encourage cooperation among and advancement of poets, performers, writers, producers, publishers and others engaged in artistic activities; to develop and produce works by emerging poets and performers for performance on stage, television, film and other media; to conduct tours and hold exhibitions; to promote the study, improvement and advancement of the arts.
We are proud of our place in the lineage of populist art: the Yiddish theater, burlesque, vaudeville, beat poetry, jazz, and punk that gave the Bowery its name. To that end BA+S is dedicated preserving and advancing the arts and culture of New York City’s Bowery.
BA+S is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1995. Our first project was the award winning PBS series, “The United States of Poetry.” We are dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the oral tradition of poetry via live readings, media documentation and creation, and to elevating the status of poetry to that of its sister arts.
Our mission includes a strong educational component, introducing all manner of poetries including American Sign Language poetry to students of all ages; the preservation of endangered languages via the valuation of the poetry of these cultures; and the infusion and integration of poetry with other arts and into the daily life of the community.