Stephen Pierson Stephen moved to Brooklyn in 1998, drawn to the vibrancy of its arts community. In 2006 his passion for the arts led him to co-found Canteen, where he served as Executive Director until 2014. At Canteen, Stephen produced numerous public art shows and events, founded an arts tutoring program for at-risk youth, and published two biannual, nationally-distributed journals.

As a 16-year Brooklyn resident, Stephen has fought to keep the borough artist-friendly—both as an elected County Committee member, and as a member of Community Board 2 and its Cultural Affairs committee. Stephen is a graduate of Brown University’s Modern Culture and Media program. He currently resides in Greenpoint with his wife and two young daughters.