Premised on the belief that the arts are an effective vehicle for social transformation, Hook Arts Media® unites artists and community members as co-creators in dynamic cultural activities.

Our Story

Originally known as Dance Theatre Etcetera, Hook Arts Media achieved national acclaim for making the arts a critical component of urban renewal and recovery efforts in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Dance Theatre Etcetera was noted for its groundbreaking site-specific dance productions and performing arts education programs. As the organization evolved, we rebranded to reflect our focus on creative learning for community change, incorporating 21st-century technology into arts education programs.

Hook Arts Media’s in-school multidisciplinary programs primarily serve NYC transfer high schools. Our community filmmaking programs pay young people as they create original films while improving their media literacy. All of our programs help young people develop the skills and knowledge they will need for college and/or the workforce.   

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Hook Arts Media: Through the Years

25 Years of Changemaking Through the Arts



Founder and Executive Director, Martha Bowers, conceived of and choreographed On the Waterfront, a site-specific dance performance featuring more than 50 Red Hook community members.


Dance Theatre Etcetera and Dancing in the Streets produce the Young Peoples Performance Festival, the precursor of the annual Red Hook Fest.

1994: Getting Official

1994: Getting Official

Dance Theatre Etcetera is officially incorporated.

Mid 90s

Hook Arts Media is a lead member of the Red Hook Partners, an association of local businesses, school, and cultural organizations working together to further urban renewal efforts in Red Hook.


Martha Bowers choreographs Safe Harbor, a site-specific performance designed for the Red Hook waterfront featuring a cast of professional artists and Red Hook locals.

2001: Safe Harbor Goes to Ireland

2001: Safe Harbor Goes to Ireland

Bowers's award-winning site-specific dance piece goes to Cork, Ireland.



Hook Arts Media shifts mission and primary activities to focus on arts and media education while continuing to produce Red Hook Fest and other events. Hook Arts Media is on the design team for the new South Brooklyn Community High School.


Martha Bowers choreographs the award-winning site-specific production Angels and Accordions at Green-Wood Cemetery 2004-2010.

2007: A New Home

2007: A New Home

The O’Connell Organization honors Hook Arts Media with rent-free office space in recognition of its community service.

2012: Superstorm Sandy

2012: Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy strikes Red Hook. Hook Arts Media becomes a vital part of recovery efforts and joins the Red Hook Coalition.

2018: 25 Years Strong

Dance Theatre Etcetera officially becomes Hook Arts Media and celebrates 25 years of uniting artists, educators, and communities to build a more just and joyful world!

Support Our Work

Whether you’ve come here to support Hook Arts Media’s free public events like Red Hook Fest, our filmmaking programs, or media and arts education programs in NYC schools, your donation today will help us serve NYC’s young people, community members, and educators. For more than 25 years, Hook Arts Media has proudly supported and served thousands of New York City youth. Our students have gone on to become educators, producers, filmmakers, and activists. Throughout our programs, they thoughtfully and critically engage with the realities of injustice and inequity, and they learn to show up and show out to facilitate the sustainable change they want to see in their communities. Join our efforts to show up and show out for our young people. Support Hook Arts Media to help us sustain our support in the future movers, shakers, and leaders of our city.

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