Ever wonder what inspired Giuseppe Verdi when he wrote his epic opera Aida back in the early 1870’s? His set decorations and storyline were drawn from information supplied by his colleagues at the time including Auguste Mariette. The textual and visual resources they used are now considered to be among the rarest treasures held in the Brooklyn Museum’s Wilbour Library of Egyptology such as this image here from the Description de l’Egypte.

On March 19th we are going to have a rare opportunity to learn what inspired Verdi and to hear from two experts in the field: Dr. Edward Bleiberg, head of the Brooklyn Museum’s department of Egyptology and Will Brand, a Verdi scholar from the Metropolitan Opera. This event, produced in collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera, is being held to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Wilbour Library of Egyptology. Come join us!



Deirdre Lawrence

Get ready… The Brooklyn Artists Ball  returns April 15! Our annual fundraising gala celebrates the Borough’s creative community and proceeds from the event will support the Museum’s extensive collection and further bolster our dedication to enhancing the visitor experience, as well as our commitment to excellence in education and services to the community.The occasion is also used to acknowledge people who have made strong contributions to the Museum as well as the contemporary art world as a whole.  

The Ball will once again feature artist-created immersive table environments at which guests will dine. However, unlike years past which tapped a new crop of artists each time, this year we’re welcoming back previous Artists Ball participants  to create larger scale installations for the evening’s festivities. 

In the coming weeks we will be spotlighting the Brooklyn artists who are creating environments especially for the event. Stay tuned as we roll out details about this year’s honorees, a new exhibition, and the Dance Party!



The We Are Wakanda community is growing, but we’re still in the business of heroes. We’re still all about the people who inspire us to be greater and push us toward a better future. I think each person you see in the gifs above has done or is currently doing that in their own way, but they’re just some of the people who represent what #WeAreWakanda is about. There are plenty of you out there who have talent and work hard, but lack a platform to showcase your work.

Since we began I’ve been using our Instagram to offer that platform for artists. My goal is to expand to all forms of art and media, including: music, film, literature and more. Over time we will build a community that learns from, shares with, and supports each other.

For that to happen, we need to get bigger in a lot of ways. If you’re reading this, you can help make that happen! Here are the 2 most important things you can do:

1) Spread the word! Reblog this (shout-out some of your heroes if you see them in the gifs above!), share the link somewhere else, tell a friend, whatever you can do!

2) Pick up some WAW merch! We’ve been running a Teespring that’ll help fund some improvements to the website as well as the creation of a more permanent shop that will feature art, media and literature from up-and-coming artists/writers! The campaign ends in just a few days, so get your orders in now!

We Are Wakanda is still a one-man show for now, so I’m getting all of these things going as fast as I can. Your support of the Teespring and this idea in general is definitely speeding things up and I couldn’t be more grateful. I look forward to the future!