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“My Favorite Place is…”

FREE Children’s Art Studio with Guest Teaching Artist Leticia Perelstein

Saturday, April 7th

1:30-3:30pm

In this workshop, children will get a chance to explore their neighborhood and imagination as teaching artist, Leticia Perelstein, leads the group on a short meditative sensory walk to explore the idea of favorite places, which will lay the groundwork to create Romare Bearden-inspired collages using construction paper and oil pastels.

Open for all ages up to 13.

 

 

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Know Gays Aloud

Opening Reception: Friday, March 23, 7-11pm

Open Gallery Night: Friday, April 13, 5:30-8pm

Closing Reception: Saturday, June 16, 7-11pm

Art for Change is pleased to present Know Gays Aloud featuring artists, D. Shayne Aldrich, Ryan William Turley, Christopher Udemezue, Micaela Anaya, Michael J. DiRaimondo, Darlene Ascbacher, Olivia Frazao, Paul Baker Prindle, Felipe Baeza, Rory Golden, Rochelle Williams, Nicole Goodwin, Ivan Velez and Cecilia Givens.

Closing Dialogue participants: Brandon Lacy Campos,  Charles Ryan, Kenyon Farrow, Max Gordon, Yolo Akili, Sage Harlem Center

 

The LGBT community has struggled to ensure equality of their civil liberties for over three decades. Though there has been significant progress in obtaining equal rights in the United States, such as the recent vote that passed a marriage equality law in New York, violence still persists against the LGBT community especially in minority populations. The increase in hostility towards the LGBT community in the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Africa has led to a rise in murders and teen suicides, notably for the transgendered. In Puerto Rico, even though murders of transgendered are becoming more frequent, the government is seeking to take these crimes off of the list of hate crimes, further justifying these acts of violence. This exhibition aims to expose the violence and prejudice that LGBT communities of color have endured through systematic cultural and religious persecution. Art for Change seeks work that reacts to this injustice.

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Cute as a Button!

FREE Children’s Art Studio with Guest Teaching Artist Jonette Jameson

Saturday, February 4th

1:30-3:30pm

Artist Jonette Jameson will teach button-making at the next Children’s Art Workshop. Come to the Art for Change gallery at 1699 Lexington Avenue (lower level) for a fun afternoon of storytelling, singing, dancing and art making! Children will create and take home their very own button expressing their uniqueness and collectively sharing and celebrating the uniqueness of others.

 

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Workshops of Resistance

In collaboration with the Museum of Art and Design

Thursday, Nov. 17th, 6-8pm

Art for Change is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Museum of Art and Design in hosting “Workshops of Resistance”. On November 3rd, November 10th, and November 17th, AfC and MAD Musuem will host drop-in workshops on protest organizing and artistic practice. These workshops will examine demonstrations as a form of resistance. Demonstrations often call to mind marches, rallies, and boycotts, but demonstrations also take many artistic forms, such as strategic public art, poetry, dance, performance art, and music, among other art forms.

Each workshop will be lead by a different artist: on November 3rd, Kathleena Howie Garcia will lead us in developing our Art in Protest; on November 10th, Kira Neel will lead “Surprise: The Performance Protest’; and on November 17th, Sarah Nelson Wright will help participants explore the “Practice of Public Intervention.”

These workshops will explore various artistic forms of demonstration, provide a history of artistic contribution to demonstration, and encourage audience participation in the learning process through hands-on art-making or participatory activities.

Find out more about the Workshops of Resistance and the Museum of Art and Design HERE.

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Dismissed:

Opening Reception: Friday, November 18, 7-11pm

Closing Reception: Friday, February 17, 7-11pm

 

Art for Change is pleased to present Dismissed featuring artists, Jamie Kelty, Sally Hogarth, Megan Klim, Tomo Mori, Kate Fauvell, Rosanna Bump, Junior Targét, and student artwork from Promise Academy II in Harlem and Maspeth High School in Queens.

Education, that which should be a right is often times a privilege. In this show, we asked artists to consider the disparities that exist in our education system through the lenses of class, school districts, and race. School budgets based on property taxes in some areas are one example of the stratification of schools based on class. Furthermore, the achievement gap between minority students and their white counter parts increased in recent years due to the reliance on standardized testing and the ever uncertain budgetary constraints. Indeed there is a need for educational reform to a system that was developed to reflect white middle class values, instead of the culture where the school is embedded. In fact the development of East Harlem as a community embodies these varying disparities within its educational system.

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Don’t Miss…

The First Annual International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival acknowledges the presence & contributions of Puerto Ricans in Spanish (East) Harlem. It seeks to audiences on the richness of the Puerto Rican community; what Puerto Rican culture and identity is about and how it is expressed in every facet of life, including the arts. This festival was created with a sense of purpose and urgency towards the goal of giving tribute to Puerto Ricans while celebrating the richness of Puerto Rican cultural traditions, creative expressions and contributions to the welfare and growth of the United States.

To Purchase tickets online: www.iprhff.eventbrite.com

ART OF PROTEST: LIVING WAGE ARTS WORKSHOP III!

with guest teaching artist Lady K-Fever

Wednesday,November 9th, 5 – 9pm

Art for Change, in collaboration with Living Wage NYC, is pleased to present Art of Protest: Living Wage Arts Workshop! Explore the growing movement for living wages through art forms rooted in protest.

Art for Change, in collaboration with Living Wage NYC, is pleased to present Art of Protest: Living Wage Arts Workshop! Explore the growing movement for living wages through art forms rooted in protest.

Join us any time between 5-9PM at to create banners, costumes and other props to be used during the Living Wage Rally on November 21 at the Riverside Church.

This is the last of a three-workshop series to collectively create a public art piece that will expose and engage New Yorkers to the plight of low-wage workers across New York City.Graffiti artist Lady K-Fever (Kathleena Howie-Garcia) facilitates as we draw from experience and creatively develop the concepts, form and objectives that will guide our process.

Hear first-hand from retail workers and learn about Living Wage NYC campaign for legislation to establish a living wage of $10 per hour for workers at city-subsidized developments. NYC spends over $2 billion annually on subsidies for new shopping centers, stadiums, and property developments to create new jobs, yet these jobs are often low-wage retail jobs whose workers continue to rely on food stamps and lack health insurance.

About the Artist:

Lady K-Fever (Kathleena Howie-Garcia) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in NYC whose work has been exhibited over 15 years throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2003, she became the first Canadian female invited to paint at the legendary Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem, NY. Her graffiti work is featured in Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents and Burning New York: Graffiti NYC. Her photography and writing has been published globally, including New York Post and Backspin magazine in Germany. She has curated exhibitions at Bronx Museum of the Arts and Aurora Gallery, NY. In 2010, she co-founded SAME DIFFERENCE artist collective. She is recipient of the Arts-in-Education Grant from Bronx Council on the Arts (2007-2009). As a teaching artist, she currently works with Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Urban Arts Partnership, and Laundromat Project.

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COMMUNITY DIALOGUE:

Local Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito with artists Tanya Torres & Tara Parsons

Monday, November 7th, 6:00PM -7:00PM

 

Meet District 8 Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito as she holds a dialogue with artists, Tanya Torres & Tara Parsons. Born in New York City from Puerto Rican parents, Ms. Torres is an artist and writer who celebrates life, nature and joy through her work. Ms. Parsons, on the other hand, creates installations, sculpture, and participatory art projects that challenge audiences to become part of the creation process, and engages viewers through action. In distinct ways, they represent the artistic and cultural diversity of women artists working in East Harlem.

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Giving Thanks-A Chain for Change

FREE Children’s Art Studio with Guest Teaching Artist Marissa Guttierrez-Vicario

Saturday, November 5th

1:30-3:30pm

Workshop participants will be invited to explore the Story of Thanksgiving, through sharing their family traditions and learning more about the first Thanksgiving, and how it changed America. Participants will create a Thanksgiving Chain, and THANKSGIVING “charms” made by each of the participants.

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Millenial Yell: Artist Dialogue and Closing Party

Saturday, October 22, 7-11pm

Inspired by the Middle East uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia and the DREAM Act movement in the U.S., Millennial Yell! explores the distinct characteristics of new waves of socio-political movements sweeping across the globe sparked by youth of the millennial generation.

Ironically, the end of the show coincides with the one-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests, indicating the importance of this exhibition and foreshadowing the role of the Millennials, our twenty-something years old generation, in leading social and political change in the future.

  • How are the youth of the millennial generation redefining activism and revolution?
  • How preference for individual action among today’s young people would change the traditional institutions of the socio-political systems in the U.S.?
  • Are these movements engaging all social classes?Or, are these sporadic fads of the technological savvy educated middle class?
  • Race, religion and class played vital roles in shaping the revolutions of past generations. Would these concepts fuel the fights of the Millennials or are there going to emerge new ideals?

The dialog seeks to further discuss these and other questions and to celebrate current youth-led movements such the current OWS with live performances and music. Joins us for a fun inspiring night of art and social justice!!!!!

 

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ART OF PROTEST: LIVING WAGE ARTS WORKSHOP!

with guest teaching artist Lady K-Fever

Thursday, September 29, 6:30-8:30pm

Art for Change, in collaboration with Living Wage NYC, is pleased to present Art of Protest: Living Wage Arts Workshop! Explore the growing movement for living wages through art forms rooted in protest.

This is the first of a three-workshop series to collectively create a public art piece that will expose and engage New Yorkers to the plight of low-wage workers across New York City. Graffiti artist Lady K-Fever(Kathleena Howie-Garcia) facilitates as we draw from experience and creatively develop the concepts, form and objectives that will guide our process. This project is rooted in the power of community to act as the conscience of a society when leaders and institutions accept and enable unjust conditions. In collaboration, we will use the tradition of protest art to inspire change.

Hear first-hand from retail workers and learn about Living Wage NYC campaign for legislation to establish a living wage of $10 per hour for workers at city-subsidized developments. NYC spends over $2 billion annually on subsidies for new shopping centers, stadiums, and property developments to create new jobs, yet these jobs are often low-wage retail jobs whose workers continue to rely on food stamps and lack health insurance.

Throughout History, street art has been used as a social and political tool of protest, as a platform for dialogue and tool to enhance activism. Help brainstorm artistic responses to raise public awareness of economic development policies that have failed too many New Yorkers!

About the Artist:

Lady K-Fever (Kathleena Howie-Garcia) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in NYC whose work has been exhibited over 15 years throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2003, she became the first Canadian female invited to paint at the legendary Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem, NY. Her graffiti work is featured in Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents and Burning New York: Graffiti NYC. Her photography and writing has been published globally, including New York Post and Backspin magazine in Germany. She has curated exhibitions at Bronx Museum of the Arts and Aurora Gallery, NY. In 2010, she co-founded SAME DIFFERENCE artist collective. She is recipient of the Arts-in-Education Grant from Bronx Council on the Arts (2007-2009). As a teaching artist, she currently works with Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Urban Arts Partnership, and Laundromat Project.

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Global Masks!

FREE children’s art studio with guest teaching artist Victor Honigsfeld

Saturday, October 1st

1:30-3:30pm

Art for Change Gallery

1699 Lexington Ave(btwn. 106th & 107th St.)

Basement Level

Children will work with artist Victor Honigsfeld to create their own masks while learning about the roles of masks in other cultures (Africa, Japan, Indonesia, etc.) Fun for the whole family!

To sign up please contact Kathleen at: kathleensowle@aol.com

About the Artist:

Victor Honigsfeld is a fine artist who works mostly in oil paint and charcoal. Finding inspiration in people, he paints portraits, nudes and also still lifes and landscapes. Also, skilled as a teacher, he works with adults and young people passing on his knowledge and ideas. Victor studied studio art in NY at The Art Students League and in France at L’Ecole Albert DeFois. His work can be viewed at victorhonigsfeld.com

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Art of Protest: Living Wage Arts Workshop

FREE! With guest teaching artist Lady K-Fever and Living Wage panel

Thursday, June 23rd

6:30-8:30pm

Art for Change, in collaboration with Living Wage NYC, is pleased to present Art of Protest: Living Wage Arts Workshop! Explore the growing movement for living wages through art forms rooted in protest.

Create your own art using Street Art techniques such as stenciling, wheat pasting, and grassroots graphic design with Graffiti artist Lady K-Fever (Kathleena Howie-Garcia)!

Hear first-hand from retail workers and learn about Living Wage NYC campaign for legislation to establish a living wage of $10 per hour for workers at city-subsidized developments. NYC spends over $2 billion annually on subsidies for new shopping centers, stadiums, and property developments to create new jobs, yet these jobs are often low-wage retail jobs whose workers continue to rely on food stamps and lack health insurance. Street Art has been used as a social and political tool of protest throughout history, as a platform for dialogue and tool to enhance activism. Help brainstorm artistic responses to raise public awareness of economic development policies that have failed too many New Yorkers!

This workshop is in conjunction with “Faces of the Economy” art exhibition at Art for Change, which deconstructs our economic structures to explore current pressures such as outsourcing of jobs overseas, lack of an adequate living wage against rising housing costs, and low job security.

Lady K-Fever (Kathleena Howie-Garcia) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in NYC whose work has been exhibited over 15 years throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2003, she became the first Canadian female invited to paint at the legendary Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem, NY. Her graffiti work is featured in “Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents” and “Burning New York: Graffiti NYC.” Her photography and writing has been published globally, including the New York Post and Backspin magazine in Germany. She has curated exhibitions at Bronx Museum of the Arts and Aurora Gallery, NY. In 2010, she co-founded SAME DIFFERENCE artist collective. She is recipient of the Arts-in-Education Grant from Bronx Council on the Arts (2007-2009). As a teaching artist, she currently works with Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Urban Arts Partnership, and Laundromat Project.

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East Harlem Children’s Book Festival

Saturday, June 25th

11am-3pm, PS72/Lexington Academy

(104th and Lexington)

This one-day event features authors, storytellers, and readings all day long. Produced by La Casa Azul Bookstore, the East Harlem’s Children Book Festival is a celebration of children, families, community, and literacy. The festival offers a sampling of books for the entire family! Local organizations will be on hand with fun, kid-friendly activities and crafts.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Ve como los libros cobran vida!

Conoce a tus autores favoritos, escucha lecturas de libros, participa en actividades de arte y compra tus libros favoritos! Padres, ninos, maestros y cualquier otra persona enamorada de los libros para ninos estan invitados a celebrar las culturas diversas con autores, ilustradores y artistas.

La entrada es gratuita y abierta al publico.

Participating organizations: PS 72/Lexington Academy, El Museo del Barrio, The Museum for African Art, Association of American Publishers, and Art For Change

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“Inversion of the Baby Snatchers”

A reading of Ed Malin’s new play at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity

Friday, June 17th at 3:30pm

Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street@ Lafayette

About, “Inversion of the Baby Snatchers”

Some babies put up for adoption in third-world countries are taken from their parents illegally. Join computer programmers and Star Trek fans in California and Mumbai as they work together to fight the bad guys. For more information: www.planetconnections.org

Donations benefit Art for Change!

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SUPER SABADO! Around the block from El Museo

Saturday, June 18th

2-6pm

Once again Art for Change is happy to participate in El Museo del Barrio‘s Super Sabado: Around the Block from El Museo!

Join us for an outdoor art workshop for kids, “Where I’m From!  Mixed-Media Collage for Kids.

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Superheroes of East Harlem

A project by Radio Rootz of People’s Production House, in collaboration with The Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation, Art for Change, El Museo del Barrio, and Harlem Biennale

Saturday, June 18th

3-5pm

“Superheroes of East Harlem” is a teen multimedia project initiated by People’s Production House that involves 135 ninth graders from East Harlem Innovation High School as the creators of audio and silkscreened portraits of local superheroes whose vitality and contribution to the community helps keep in check the neighborhood’s urban ills. Those interviewed were asked about the context and superheroes that shaped their work and include community leaders such as Ray Rivera (Welfare Poets), Earline Fischer, an organizer from Community Voices heard, Deidre Hollman from the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, the poet Jesus Papoleto, Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito and more.

These portraits cover present a bright alternative to the maligned and blighted image of East Harlem that the media typically propones. A listening event for “Superheroes of East Harlem” will take place on Saturday, June 18th, 2011, 3-5 pm at Art for Change and in conjunction with El Museo del Barrio’s “Super Sabado” free Saturday event.

This event will feature journalists, local community leaders in dialogue with the students and their work. In accompaniment will be a live screenprinting workshop by Juan Martinez where attendees can print their own portraits of their local superheroes.

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It’s El Barrio Week!

June 1st-14th

El Barrio Today Arts Cluster and the East Harlem Restaurant and Bar Association bring you “El Barrio Week” June 1st to the 14th, 2011 – 14 Days of Fun, Flavor, Art, Culture and Tradition in El Barrio! So click to learn how Spanish Harlem kicks off the summer with cool events and hot nights in our museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, parties, and outdoor festivals.

Check out our Arts Cluster page or visit www.elbarriotoday.org for a full listing of El Barrio Week events.

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Garden Art Show, Music, & Food Tasting

It’s El Barrio Week!  Come outside and kick-off Summer in Style!

Thursday, June 9th

5-8pm, Modesto Flores Garden(104th & Lexington)

Enjoy local restaurant food tastings, a show by talented emerging artists, and El Barrio musical stylings at Modesto Flores Garden summer kick-off event! Free.

Check out our Arts Cluster page or visit www.elbarriotoday.org for a full listing of El Barrio Week events.

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Artist Q&A and Open Air Studio

With artist Yasmin Hernandez

Friday, June 10th

5-8pm, Modesto Flores Garden(104th & Lexington)

Artist Yasmin Hernandez answers questions about her newest project, “Soldaderas,” a mural in progress located in the Modesto Flores Garden.

After the Q&A portion of the evening, guests are invited to enjoy food tastings courtesy of East Harlem Cafe and music as Yasmin continues work on the mural during an Open Air Studio session.

For more information on Yasmin Hernandez and the “Soldaderas” mural project please visit our mural page or go to www.yasminhernandez.com.

Check out our Arts Cluster page or visit www.elbarriotoday.org for a full listing of El Barrio Week events.

Check out Yasmin’s latest blog entry about the mural http://rebelarte.livejournal.com/

 

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AFC at Museum Mile!

Stop by the AFC table right across the street from El Museo!

Tuesday, June 14th

6-8pm

One day a year, for the past 32 years,nine of the country’s finest museums, all ones that call Fifth Avenue home, collectively open their doors from 6pm – 9pm for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration. This traffic-free, music- and art-filled celebration fills the street and sidewalks of Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th street, the mile now officially designated asMuseum Mile. Over 50,000 visitors attend the festival annually.

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Scary Movie Night: Corporate Monsters!

Thursday, May 12th, Film starts at 7pm

Open gallery-6:00-7:00pm

Inside Job provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse.

Art for Change is pleased to present Scary Movie Night: Corporate Monsters in conjunction with its current exhibition, Faces of the Economy, which deconstructs our economic structures to explore current pressures such as outsourcing of jobs overseas, lack of an adequate living wage against rising housing costs, and low job security, see our gallery page for more information.

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“Her in Hero” Workshop

Art for Change in partnership with Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp’s Domestic Violence Project

May, 2011

Art for Change presented the “Her in Hero” workshop for Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation’s Domestic Violence Project in collaboration with artists Elizabeth Bisbing and Leslie Madigan, and art therapist Elaine Shor. The “Her in Hero” workshop, in conjunction with other activities celebrating the month of Mother’s Day, highlighted women heroes to reinforce positive self-images of mind and body and define self-acceptance. Women’s activities, interests, and body images were explored by creating personalized cards using collage and design techniques. Participants translated visually their individual experiences as well as solidarity within the group to build on cultural heritage, reflect on losses they have endured through both domestic violence and immigrating to a new country, and reinforce hope they have retained. Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation’s Domestic Violence Project offers counseling and legal services to approximately 300 survivors of domestic violence each year, many of whom are immigrants, and seeks to empower and stabilize individuals through education, healing, and holistic programming.

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NYU Conference:

“Trade Up: Strategies for Pro-Poor Economic Development!”

Art for Change previews Faces of the Economy!

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Art for Change previewed selected artworks from its upcoming exhibition, Faces of the Economy, at New York University’s IPSA (International Public Service Association) “Trade Up: Strategies for Pro-Poor Economic Development” Conference. The conference explored the impact of expanded international trade regimes on the well-being of the world’s poor. Through conversations led by various experts, participants examined the players, dynamics, and the stakeholders of the current trade regime in both developed and developing countries. Participants will learn about different strategies to make the current trading system work for the world’s poor. For more information on the conference, please visit: http://www.wagneripsa.org/annual-conference.html

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RENEW

A conversation about gentrification, displacement, and rent regulation

Presented by Art for Change, Tenants & Neighbors and Heather M. O’Brien

Saturday, March 26th

Forum: 5:30-7pm

Reception to follow with DJ and refreshments!

Art for Change Gallery

1699 Lexington Ave(btwn. 106th & 107th St.)

Basement Level

RENEW is a project that begins a dialogue around ideas of displacement, specifically with regard to the rent laws in New York State. The work is a collaborative effort between the artist Heather M. O’Brien and Tenants & Neighbors, a non-profit organization that harnesses tenant power to preserve at-risk affordable housing and to prevent the displacement of low and moderate income people from their homes and communities.

On March 26, 2011, from 5:30pm to 7pm, Art for Change, Tenants & Neighbors, and Heather M. O’Brien will host a forum at the Art for Change gallery in East Harlem. The forum will be an opportunity to discuss and engage with issues surrounding the rent laws in New York State and the fight to preserve rent regulation. The forum will feature several panelists from Harlem and other neighborhoods in NYC who will discuss current issues concerning the possible expiration of the rent laws on June 15, 2011 and what the change could mean for local communities and tenants; several short videos will also screened. The RENEW installation will also be on view. The piece consists of a highly nuanced, multi-media timeline that looks at the struggle for rent regulation from the 1970s to the present, including documents and photographs from the Tenants & Neighbors archive, and audio recordings of tenant leaders and organizers; the work concludes with a contemporary participation montage that highlights the need for solidarity and unity among many different kinds of tenants.

For generations, New York’s tenants have been fighting to preserve rent stabilization and tenant rights against efforts by the organized landlord lobby to weaken tenant protections. This coming year is one of the most important years in that fight because New York’s rent laws, which allow for the continued existence of rent stabilization and rent control in New York City and its suburban counties, are set to expire on June 15, 2011. If the rent laws are allowed to expire, over a million units of rent regulated housing could be converted to market rate or luxury housing, and the tenants who live in those apartments would lose protections from speculative rent increases and from baseless or retaliatory eviction. This could end up changing the face of our communities and eroding our rights.

The forum will be followed by a reception for Art for Change and the New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition, to help them raise the money they need for their campaign to defend and strengthen the rent laws. The reception will feature light refreshments and music by DJ Sabine Blazin.

For more information about RENEW please visit: www.renew2011.tumblr.com

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Finding Funding & Resources for Your Art

FREE Seminar at Art for Change Co-Presented by NYFA

Thursday, February 17th 6-8pm

RSVP: http://2011findingfundsresources.eventbrite.com/

1699 Lexington Ave, between 106th and 107th Basement Level

As part of its 2011 Cultural Community Events, NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Project is pleased to co-present this seminar with Art for Change. This seminar provides a tailored overview for immigrant artists seeking to find grants as well as other resources to support their creative careers.

About the Presenter: Haowen Wang is the Program Manager of Grants & Services at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). Prior to joining LMCC, Wang worked as General Manager at the theater company Ping Chong & Company as well as the Asian American Arts Alliance where he implemented a two-year regrants program serving Manhattan Chinatown artists and art groups and administered other programs that serve NYC-based Asian American artists and art groups.

Questions? Contact Karen Demavivas, Program Officer for the Immigrant Artist Project, at kdemavivas@nyfa.org or 212-366-6900 x249. www.nyfa.org/immigrantartists

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OUT OF THIS SPACE!

FREE Social Justice Art Workshop for Adults

Presented by Art for Change in collaboration with The Create Collective and artist Carlos Sandoval De Leon

Friday, February 25th 7-9pm @ the Art for Change Gallery

In this workshop, we will discuss the way socio-economic contexts can be registered in form. Specifically, we will explore politics versus personal space and how we can respond to/re-imagine these frameworks through the visual arts. De Leon will describe his experience of working with homeless LGBTQ youth at the Ali Forney Center. De Leon will invite participants to add to the “Out Of This Space” sculpture, originated by the clients of Ali Forney, which addresses the relationship between object and creator: How does the displaced homeless “queer”, and/or immigrant artist claim or imagines space in sculpture? Participants will be asked to draw, write, and/or collage on materials to be incorporated into the sculpture. This exercise begins an on-going creative exchange addressing the importance and the possibilities of inclusion in space.

Carlos Sandoval De Leon was born in 1975 in Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He has exhibited at El Museo del Barrio (New York), RUSH Arts (New York), Teri and Donna (Miami, FL), Artist Space (New York), Scaramouche (New York), and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art

(Newark, NJ). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. De Leon works across various formats, including performance, sculpture, sound, drawings, and photography.

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Social Justice and the Art of the Pinata

FREE Children’s Art Workshop with guest artist Marissa Gutiérrez-Vicario

Saturday, March 5th 1:30-3:30pm

RSVP to RSVP to Leslie Marrero: lesjacs@gmail.com or 917-951-9924

1699 Lexington Ave, between 106th and 107th (Basement Level)

Piñatas hold a rich story-telling tradition, popularized by Mexican culture and having originated in China. In this creative arts-focused workshop, Art for Change participants will first be exposed to a brief explanation and history of the piñata, followed by a construction of their own miniature piñata. Also as a part of this workshop, children will have an opportunity to address one major human rights/social justice/community issue they are most passionate about or feels most affects them.

Find out more on our WORKSHOPS page.

Participants will be presented with an assortment of different images* from magazines, print-outs, and/or drawings and from this selection, will be asked to choose which issue interests them the most. Following this, participants will be asked to construct their own piñatas and

include the selected image somewhere on the piñata. At the end of the workshop session, children participants will be asked to share their piñatas, the image they chose, and talk about what they would like to do to address this issue and make a change in their homes/ schools/ communities/ world.

*Students are welcome to bring an image from home to the workshop

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“Her in Hero” Childrens Art Workshop, FREE

with guest teaching artists Elisabeth Bisbing and Leslie Madigan

Saturday, February 5th

RSVP: claudia.plaza13@gmail.com

1699 Lexington Ave, between 106th and 107th                                               Basement Level

This class is created to build leadership skills in a safe creative environment, promoting critical thinking and understanding of social issues, and acknowledgement of self- interest and identity. This class was designed and created by working artists; professionals in their field.

What this will bring to each child: exposure to specific women, their accomplishments, education and lives. This program is designed to lay a ground work of information about women as heroes; to influence these girls and to reinforce a positive self image of their minds and bodies. Self acceptance is being defined in this age group, and the influence of mass media is not always a positive or a realistic presentation of real people. The women chosen for this project come from varied backgrounds and ethnic origins-also many shapes and sizes –we are presenting a broad role model list to encourage value assessment in young girls.

In using women from a broad range backgrounds and accomplishments this project strives to bring an element of humanity and connection to each woman hero; re-enforcing the belief that everyone can make a difference in the world. Definitions of words relating to human rights, social justice and creative process are discussed in the circle as they relate to the heroes.

The art making techniques taught are collage, basic composition, design and color. The completion of the card made by layering paper and patterns of color and designing the background will give an overall introduction to these techniques.

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Art Opening: (dis)located

Friday, January 14, 2011, 7pm-11pm

Live performance by Hector Canonge and guest DJ Sabine Blazin!

Art for Change is pleased to present (dis)located, a group art exhibition featuring artworks by Hector Canonge, Helen Dennis, Cecilia Givens, Jocelyn M. Goode, Hayat Gul, Marissa A. Gutiérrez-Vicario, Harry Jean-Pierre, Miatta Kawinzi, Caitlin Masley, Cecilia Moreno-Yaghoubi, Jasmine Murrell, Ibou Ndoye, Sarah Nelson Wright, Heather M. O’Brien, Sa’dia Rehman, and Christina Stahr, with homeless LGBT youth art projects presented by The Create Collective.

The exhibition focuses on the concept of displacement as it functions locally to exclude various groups of people. Being physically apart or away, being disrespected through criticism, being dislocated emotionally by existing social structures, or being removed from zones of familiar location all reflect situations of dislocation.

(dis)located explores psychological and emotional trauma created by the constraints of exclusion as a product of homelessness, sexual orientation, immigration, economic status, political affiliation, religion, gentrification, and ethnic or racial identity. Residents forced out of their neighborhoods due to gentrification and rising rents, LGBT cut off from their own culture, disparate generations segregated from each other by violence and drug epidemics, Muslims isolated by rising anti-Islamic sentiment, and political refugees negotiating a new homes all highlight common threads of moving and exile. Highlighting the similarities between the experiences of “exiles” in order to foster connections between seemingly disparate people, the ultimate aim of this exhibition is to open a dialogue to collectively empower newly built coalitions and lead to further activism.

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Santa’s Art Auction!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

at Swift Hibernian Lounge/ 34 E.4th Street @ Bowery, FREE ADMISSION

6pm: Art Preview/7pm: Live Auction with Santa!

All proceeds will benefit Art for Change’s First Saturdays Childrens’ Art Workshops taught by dedicated teaching artists at Art for Change Gallery in East Harlem on the first Saturday of every month, which are free and open to the public.

Creative workshops allow youth and families in East Harlem to engage in art together and carry on East Harlem’s rich cultural heritage, as well as strengthen critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills, bridging cultures and inspiring positive change in individuals and communities along the way. Give the gift of art this holiday season and help support art among youth in East Harlem!

* ALL art is generously donated by local artists*

Art for Change HOLIDAY ARTISAN FAIR

Saturday-Sunday, December 11-12, 2010 / 12-6 pm

at AFC Gallery, FREE ADMISSION

Art for Change is pleased to present its first Holiday Artisan Fair, showcasing unique wares from emerging artisans. Come and support local vendors in this festive holiday market filled with useful and decorative gifts for the East Harlem community and beyond—just in time for holiday shopping. Stay tuned for more details!

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“ROOTED IN ANCESTORS: HONORING THE DEAD”

Artist Workshop with Chicano Artist Jane Madrigal

Friday, November 12th, 7pm

 

Lecture and Workshop Fee  10$

The origins of ancestor worship can be traced back to indigenous cultures whose earth base religion or spirituality was rooted in honoring the spirit of the land (mother earth) and ancestors (the dead). It is founded on the belief that the dead live on and are able to influence the lives of later generations. Our dead ancestors have special powers to influence the events in our life and control our well-being. Protection of the family is one of their main functions. They are intermediaries between the living and the divine powers, and can communicate through dreams and by possession.

The traditional Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos honors the dead (ancestors) through the gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have passed on to the spirit world. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private home altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

This 2-hour workshop led by renowned San Antonio artist Jane Madrigal will discuss the traditions of ancestor veneration and its importance in cultivating family loyalty and continuity of the family lineage. Participants will receive the cultural knowledge and understanding of Dia de los Muertos and the historical connection to the ancestors. They will receive information on basic home altar-building requirements used in creating traditional altars for the dead. The workshop will conclude with a sugar skull painting session where participants will be able to decorate their own personal sugar skull in remembrance of a departed love one.

The workshop will begin with a short documentary on altars followed by a lecture and discussion about honoring our ancestors and why we celebrate Dia de los Muertos, which includes a presentation on traditional Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico. Participants will be provided with one large sugar skull to decorate, as well as an assortment of royal icing, glitter glue, sequins, beads, and flowers. Extra sugar skulls can be purchased for $5 each. For more information on the artists, please visit http://www.facebook.com/jane.madrigal.

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ARTCRAWL HARLEM AT ART FOR CHANGE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13

BUY TICKETS HERE: http://www.artcrawlharlem.com/

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Belly Dance in El Barrio: ZIKRAYAT

Friday, September 24, 8pm

with special guest vocalist Adam Chawad and live music!

Art for Change is proud to host Zikrayat open its fall season with this exciting belly dance extravaganza featuring: Dancers Mariyah, Jaida, Yowalka, and Sherine. Special Guest Vocalist Adam Chawad and live music!

Zikrayat’s beautiful and talented Belly-Dancers will give solo and group performances to a selection of Egyptian classics and lesser-known songs. This show also features guest vocalist Adam Chawad, performing with Zikrayat for the first time!

Zikrayat is a New York City-based Arabic music and dance group unique in presenting the classical and dance repertories of the Arab World side-by-side. Led by violinist, composer and vocalist Sami Abu Shumays, and dancer Dameshe Shumays, Zikrayat also features vocalists Salma Habib and Salah Rajab, and a talented lineup of acoustic instrumentalists and Egyptian-style dancers. Zikrayat specializes in rare and lesser-known repertory from the “Golden Age” of Egyptian cinema, especially from the 1940′s 50′s and 60′s, and has developed a multi-media show, based on film clips from the period synchronized with live music and dance performances.

For more information, classes, and bookings: zikrayatmusic.com

To see performance videos: youtube.com/user/zikrayatmusic

For more information about Moustache: moustachepitza.com/moustachepitza_east_harlem.shtml

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Art Workshop: How to Design to fight Anti-Immigrant Hate

Friday September 17th, 7pm with artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez

2082 Lexington Ave. at 126th Street

 

When it comes to immigrants, much of the public dialogue is laced with myths, stereotypes, hate and fear of the unknown. But there is tremendous power in using human stories to give fresh dimensions on reality and dynamically reframe the immigration debate while stirring emotional resonance in viewers. Art can play in key role in sharing these stories. In this workshop, participants will review successful graphic art campaigns and learn how to design visually engaging posters that offer a positive view of immigrants. The workshop will be taught by artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez, and will incorporate graphics from the book Reproduce & Revolt.

Favianna Rodriguez is an artist-entrepreneur who has helped foster resurgence in political arts both locally and internationally. Named by UTNE Magazine as a leading visionary artist and changemaker,” Rodriguez is renown for her cultural media projects dealing with social issues such as war, immigration, and globalization, as well as for her leadership in establishing innovative institutions that promote and engage new audiences in the arts. In 2001, Rodriguez co-founded the EastSide Arts Cultural Center in Oakland, California. In 2003, she helped established the Taller Tupac Amaru print studio to promote the historical practice of socially-engaged printmaking. Additionally, Rodriguez is co- founder and president of Tumis Inc., a bilingual design studio that serves nonprofits all over the United States. As president of Tumis, Rodriguez travels extensively to consult with organizations interested in using visual communications and new technologies to promote community building and social change. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a U.S.-based, nationwide organization dedicated to the political empowerment of Latinos via the internet and mobile messaging.

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Family Day: Arts Workshops and Short Films for kids

Saturday September 25th, 10am

2082 Lexington Ave. at 126th Street

 

The art workshops will be coordinated by Art for Change educators in collaboration with Gateway exhibit participating artists. Drawing and learning from the themes of the exhibit, children will create their own art projects.

Snacks and Refreshments will be provided.

Film Screenings

* Iker Stubborn Hair

* Clankety Clank

* Nine Magic Numbers

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Screening: The Other Side of Immigration

Thursday September 30th, 7:30-9pm with filmmaker Roy Germano

2082 Lexington Ave. at 126th Street

 

“There are inevitably real people behind the strident slogans and ideological labels in today’s immigration debate. Roy Germano’s The Other Side of Immigration does more than any other work to give people otherwise disparaged as ‘threatening’ and ‘illegal’ a human face and to reveal the devastating personal effects of U.S. immigration and economic policies on our closest neighbors.”

-Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University

The Other Side of Immigration is an award-winning documentary based on interviews with men and women in the Mexican countryside. The film explores why so many people leave small Mexican towns to work in the United States and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. By understanding “the other side” of the story, we’ll begin to think about new and more creative ways that the U.S. and Mexican governments can work together to solve our undocumented immigration problem. Roy Germano holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin, where he received the university’s highest honor for a graduate student. Dr. Germano has conducted extensive research in the Mexican countryside with support from the National Science Foundation. His dissertation advances a unique theory about the billions of dollars Mexican immigrants send home every year. The Other Side of Immigration grew out of Dr. Germano’s research. This, his first film, has screened at dozens of universities, conferences, and film festivals in the U.S. and Europe since 2009. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at the New School in New York City and frequently speaks about immigration issues at universities and conferences around the country.

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Gateway: An Artistic Response to the Immigration Crisis

Opening Reception September 9th 5:30-9pm

September 5th-30th

Art for Change, is pleased to present “Gateway: An Artistic Response to the Immigration Crisis”, a group exhibition installed over 14,500 square feet, showcasing artworks by international and national artists Patricia Cazorla, Esperanza Cortes, Aissa H. Deebi, Roberto De Jesus, Laura F. Gibellini, Marissa A. Gutiérrez- Vicario, Alejandro Endoke Makuendo Guzman, Gabriel Pacheco, Tara Parsons, Michael Pribich, Elisa Pritzker, Gabriel Reese, Christina Stahr, The Border Project and Nancy Saleme, with a special installation by Michael Sherman. Evolving from Art for Change’s 3rd Annual Hacia Afuera Public Arts Festival held on August 28-29, this exhibit will be on display through the end of September at the Harlem Gateway II Building on Lexington Avenue and 126th Street. Through drawings, sculptures, and site-specific installations, artists explore historical and contemporary narratives within immigration, including: acculturation; gentrification; economic inequality; discrimination and racism; the “culture of exile” and plight of refugees; immigration policies, regulations and reform; and the controversial roles played by politicians, activist groups, and privatized media.

This program is made possible by the Art for Change founders collective, Art for Change volunteers, Materials for the Arts, ddm Development Services, and The Fund for Creative Communities and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant programs of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

 

A special thanks to Nicholas Arture, Cecilia Ortega, Melanie Reyes, Michael Sherman, Bill Bragin, Camino Public Relations, Nina De Martini-Day, State Senator Jose Serrano’s office, Councilmember Melissa Mark Viverito’s office, The New York Immigration Coalition, New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs and all the artists who are kindly participating in this exhibit.

 

The programs of Art for Change are supported by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Materials for the Arts, the founders collective and the many committed volunteers who make our programs possible.

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HACIA AFUERA: Taking Back Our Streets Through the Arts

AUGUST 28-29, 2010 / 12–5pm

 

Hacia Afuera is made possible with support by Mount Sinai Hospital, Community Board 11, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Hope Community Inc, Nuyorican Poets Cafe and Taller Boricua. The programs of Art for Change are supported by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Association of Hispanic Arts, Council member Melissa Mark Viverito, Materials for the Arts, the AFC founders collective and by a group of committed volunteers.

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Art for Change and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe present:

Hacia Afuera DOWNTOWN

Featuring DJ BlackTyAffair, La Bruja, and Los Chamanes

August 28th, 6-9pm

Nuyorican Poets Cafe

236 East 3rd Street Between Ave B & C

Reverend Pedro Pietri Way

New York City

$15 advance/students/East Harlem residents & Hacia Afuera volunteers, $20 door

Please join us as we bring Art for Change’s 3rd Annual Hacia Afuera public arts festival downtown with a fundraiser at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café.

Hacia Afuera, is a weekend-long outdoor festival celebrating art, music, food, and performance in Spanish Harlem’s streets and public community spaces.

With hacia afuera downtown, Art for Change is proud to kick off a great new partnership with the Nuyorican Poets Café, in service of our common mission to create a forum for artists traditionally under-represented in the mainstream media, and bring innovative and inclusive art + performances to our communities.

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Come Play! Harvest Home 104th St. Play Street

FREE art making for kids Thursday Sept. 2nd, 10-12pm

104th Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Each week, we offer an arts workshop for youth as part of a collaborative effort to create more safe spaces to play on the streets in East Harlem. Our popular weekly arts workshops are being offered in conjunction with Harvest Home Farmers Market and a wide range of programmed physical activity for youth coordinated by Transportation Alternatives and the Strategic Alliance for Health.

Bring the kids and stop by!

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July 31st at Parkside Lounge: Featuring Nick Panasevich and Machina Mono!

8:30pm-10:30pm $15 suggested donation

@ Parkside Lounge 317 E. Houston Street (Between Aves B & C) www.parksidelounge.net

Nick Panasevich

Singer-Songwriter Nick Panasevich follows in the tradition of Randy Newman and The Band – artists who express a reverence for early American music while still saying something new. Combining Gospel and barrelhouse blues piano with songs full of nostalgia, Panasevich creates joyful music rich with connections to the music of an earlier time.

www.nickpanasevich.com

Maquina MONO

Bilingual Latin Rock With Horns. A six-piece band: drums, bass, guitar/vocal, sax, trumpet & backing vocal. From New York City,we play a range of music: rock, funk, reggae, and r& b, all arranged to fit our Latin rock sound. Listen and Dance!

www.maquinamono.com

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Rubio Entertainment and open Sky Artworks present:

Celebrating Diversity: Benefiting AFC and Maldef

August 2nd

SmithsNYC (44th and 8th Ave), 7-10pm

Help children affected by American immigration policy and enjoy great atmosphere, great food, good people, poetry and music all at the same time!

Hosted by Genesis Be.  Poetry and music by Mercedes Martinez, Shisty Nice, Auzriel and more!

$10 suggested donation

All proceeds benefit families being affected by SB1070 law in Arizona and the Hacia Afuera community arts festival!

http://www.maldef.org/

http://www.openskyartworks.com/

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Blossom ~ En Flor

A permanent, site-specific, Public Work by Lina Puerta

June 25th, 2010, Modesto Flores Community Garden, Lexington Ave. between 104th and 105th St.

Arranged with brightly colored mosaic tiles and dedicated to the women of the community, “Blossom”, in Spanish “En Flor”, Sprouts from the middle of the garden representing earth’s fertility fused with that of women. This is depicted through a set of three flowered stems that suggest fallopian tubes and from which water flows out of. Blossom, is located inside the Modesto Flores Community Garden, the heart of Spanish Harlem and home to many long time community residents and a platform for cultural manifestations.

A labor of love, Lina Puerta has struggled during the past four years to finish the work in an environment of depleting funds for art and cultural activities. We are proud to celebrate her work, and are eager to share Blossom with the community. The unveiling ceremony will be attended by many local leaders, activists, and residents of the community.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Art, administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, administered by AHA and through generous contributions by Ann Sacks Mosaics, Laticrete International, Shamas Contracting Corporation, Art for Change and Hope Community, Inc.

More info at linapuerta.net

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PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCE

“Sunshine,” a cantastoria

FREE!

Saturday, June 12

2:30pm

Governors Island, NYC… a free, short ferry-ride from lower Manhattan!

Click here for directions.

“Sunshine,” is a participatory performance, or cantastoria, that tells the story of the Screechies and the HupHups, two fuzzy ethnic groups who occupy the same fictional planet. When one group decides they want all the warm sunshine for themselves, the delicate balance of life is disrupted. This story, created by Art for Change artists and educators, invites the audience to come together in art-making, while considering the causes and effects of immigration, the sharing of resources, and how we can work together to address common problems, and improve the quality of life for everyone.

Inspired by the amazing work of the Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover, VT!

 

FIGMENT is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines. For more information please visit: http://figmentpro ject.org/2010/

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POETRY UNLEASHED!

SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCES, DANCE PARTY, & FUNDRAISER

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010

SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCES: 7-9PM

DANCE PARTY WITH DJ: 9PM-12AM

Art for Change is excited to present an inspiring evening of spoken word performances by  internationally-renowned poets Eliz Robert and Sheri-D Wilson from Montreal, local NYC poets  Patrick Mathieu, Austin Alexis, Rita Hickey, John Maney, and other surprise guest  performances, followed by a dance party with DJ!

$20 Suggested Donation includes: Spoken Word Performances, DJ, Dancing, Open Bar, & Great Art!

For more information on the event, please contact Harry Jean-Pierre at hjpierre@gmail.com or 917-224-7300.

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AROUND THE BLOCK FROM EL MUSEO

Super Sabado at El Museo del Barrio

FREE! HANDS ON WORKSHOP: Postcard Printmaking Workshop

On May 15th Art for Change led a postcard printmaking workshop as part of  El Museo del Barrio’s Super Sabado! Participants made their own print design postcards using styrofoam, pencil and ink. In addition, on display was an interactive art installation project, Citizen of the World.  The Citizen of the World project seeks to celebrate the cultural diversity of our community and explore the issue of immigration through the creation of interactive art installation suitcases.