Todd Triplett just needs a little cash, that’s all

The Brooklyn Paper

Todd Triplett is about to open a new art space in Fort Greene, a second try for the would-be dance impresario three years after his original venue, Amber Art Space, was closed down and seized by the city.

Triplett has found a location — a former parking garage on Atlantic Avenue — to realize his vision of a multipurpose arts and performance space for Prospect Heights and Fort Greene that he is calling “Free Candy.”

His new plan is to build three dance studios, and art gallery for exhibitions and a black box theater to show live music, dance and theater performances, all in the one-story space.

“It is like trick or treating during Halloween,” said Triplett. “You never know what you’re going to get. You stick your hand out and say, ‘Please.’”

So far, he has raised 10 percent of the money he needs to get the space running, and hopes to add more support from public officials and local organizations.

His goal is to provide a “warm, inviting location” for artists, allowing them to grow in the process.

Triplett says that dance groups have already been contacting him about reserving rehearsal space, though he hasn’t finalized his own lease yet. He takes this as a good sign that demand for an accessible arts space remains high in the burgeoning arts community near the Brooklyn Academy of Music and other venues.

“We would focus on the artist who would not be accessed through BAM, someone who is more dangerous or controversial,” said Triplett.

In this way, Free Candy is similar to Triplett’s prior effort, Amber Art Space — though he hopes it won’t end the same way.

In 2007, the city took over Amber a mere four weeks before its opening, claiming that the neighborhood around it was blighted and the building was needed as part of the BAM Cultural District plan.

Triplett and his partners had poured $1.2 million into that space, hoping to open a three-story music club on Ashland Place. But the city wanted to build a 187-unit condominium tower on the site, smashing Triplett’s dreams.

The building was never built.

“Basically, they’ve created the blight,” said Triplett. “I’ve moved on. I don’t have any anger. I just want to do it. What’s so hard about supporting the arts? Let’s just go.”

For information, visit www.freecandy.tv.

Reader Feedback

RainBermudez from The Fort. fortgreen says:
it is long over due for something like this.YES YOU CAN! Brooklyn Believe's in you Todd.
Aug. 23, 2010, 12:23 pm
Melissa from Clinton Hill says:
I know that there are so many people who would absolutely LOVE to see this sort of project come to fruition. But it won’t be realized if folks sit around waiting for every one else to support it. We’ve gotta put our money where our mouths are when it comes to the arts. This will serve as an incredible space, with vast possibilities, for artists and art aficionados. It’s evident that Todd has been working diligently for years to create this and we’ve got to support those like him, those with a dream and the guts to make it happen!
Aug. 23, 2010, 12:42 pm
Rawiya from Williamsburg says:
this is awesome! i would totally move to ft greene for this. best of luck to todd; hope this project gets all the support it needs & deserves.
Aug. 23, 2010, 2:07 pm
laurie from nyc says:
Absolutely amazing and absolutely needed.
Aug. 23, 2010, 2:11 pm
AB from BK says:
Nurture the creative spirit. Support Free Candy.
Much respect, Todd.
Aug. 23, 2010, 2:44 pm
Keith from Brooklyn says:
This something really ground breaking. It could be the beginning of a bigger movement. The arts in Brooklyn have been overlooked for so long. This will be a great injection into an already great environment.

Cheers to you Brother.... and keep pushing.
Aug. 23, 2010, 2:53 pm
Kristi from nj says:
This is exactly what BK needs. I lived in the BK area for 8 yrs and one of the reasons I moved was due to a lack of venues and orgs of this type. It provides a win win for all.
Aug. 23, 2010, 3:17 pm
Elisa from Fort Green says:
It is evident that we need this. This would be such a great opportunity for the arts to continue to thrive in Brooklyn on a more local and raw level. Make it happen!
Aug. 23, 2010, 3:46 pm
Yves 'Mr Haiti' LJ from Fort Greene says:
I just donated and will be there! Rock out!
Aug. 23, 2010, 5:08 pm
Emanuel from (Formerly of) Clinton Hill says:
Todd, I'm going to congratulate you in advance. What you are doing is amazing and much needed not just in Brooklyn but across the nation. Our creativity is as much a natural resource as land and oil. Its great to know you're a fearless conservationist. Keep it up.
Aug. 23, 2010, 8:58 pm
Ali from Memphis says:
This is great! Keep doing great things!
Aug. 24, 2010, 2:35 am
Russ from (formerly) Harlem says:
Dig. This would definitely offer another great reason to fall through the BK. Edgy art space reminiscent of lower Manhattan lofts that featured avant-garde jazz c. 1970s? It's the re-rebirth of cool. Put me down for the Free Candy experience.
Aug. 24, 2010, 9:58 am
Sarafina! says:
I'm gonna teach myself to paint just so I can be a part of this evolution......seriously I can't afford art school. But I love the idea.
Aug. 26, 2010, 2:12 pm

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