Third Annual SummerFest at the Urban Academy of Arts and Letters

The Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters, a third-year public middle school in Fort Greene, invites families and community members to attend its 3nd Annual SummerFest! on Saturday, June 19th, from 12:00 to 3:00pm at 225 Adelphi Street, Brooklyn, NY.Free and open to the public, SummerFest! invites all to this outdoor festival to celebrate students, summer, and community!  Area families, businesses, and organizations will have the chance to celebrate the season and learn more about Arts & Letters’ efforts to provide high quality public middle school choice for Brooklyn families. SummerFest! will include an exhibition of student artwork, student performances, face painting, and games for all ages.  In addition, a diverse array of area restaurants will be featured in the “Taste of Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Food Fest,” including Bacchus, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Choice Restaurant, Graziella's, General Greene Restaurant, Habana Outpost, La Villa Pizzeria & Restaurant, Mega Bites, Olea Mediterranean Taverna, Ruthie’s Restaurant of Brooklyn, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie, Sugarcane and other area favorites. Representing an array of ethnic cuisines, participants will feature child-friendly selections and unique hors d'oeuvres to tempt palates! The Brooklyn Steppers will provide a toe tapping performance that is sure to get the crowd moving. Raffle items will include a "Family Admission to the High School Short List Workshop," designed for Brooklyn parents and students to help them identify a short list of "good fit" public high schools to tour in the fall. "So much of the work that we do with kids in middle school at Arts & Letters is building community, and teaching kids what that really looks and feels like, in our school, in our neighborhoods, in New York City, and beyond,” says Arts & Letters Principal Allison Gaines Pell. “SummerFest! is a day to share our mission and talents with our Brooklyn neighborhood and to learn more about who they are, as well, so that we can build our community." Welcoming its first 6th grade class in September 2006, Arts & Letters embraces the philosophy that in the best upper grades schools, students are transformed from children who have benefited from a general education to young men and women who have discovered their unique gifts and voices and are prepared to put them to use in the world. Through rigorous academic study, dynamic arts partnerships with NYC organizations, and a sharp focus on the creative communication strategies students need to succeed in college and in life, Arts & Letters will graduate tomorrow’s “ones to watch,” individuals who communicate and lead with courage, confidence, creativity, and clarity. For more information about SummerFest! or Arts & Letters, please view  For information about how to support SummerFest!, please contact Patrick Raymond, Arts & Letters Community Coordinator, at (718) 222-1605 x3043 or