Category Archives: Art and Culture

MANHATTA TODAY: INDIGENOUS ART OF N.Y.C.

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An Art Fundraiser honoring Rev. Robert Chase of Intersections International and Kamala Cesar of Lotus Music and Dance and Drums Along the Hudson, to benefit Nitchen, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded to advocate for New York City’s Native American children.

OPENING RECEPTION & HONORING CEREMONY

Wednesday, October 15th, 6-9pm

Performances by Indigenous Dancers and Drummers

Suggested donation for Reception – $10

Exhibition & Art Sale continues through November 14

Gallery Hours: Monday & Wednesday 12noon-6pm; Tuesday & Thursday 10:00am-7:30pm; and Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm.

Exhibiting Artists include Nadema Agard (Cherokee/Lakota/Powhatan), Priscilla Bell (Taino), Esteban Cabeza de Baca (Apache/Navajo/Mestizo), Robert Cangiano (Maya), Khadijah Canns (Abenaki/Cherokee), Tommy Cheng (Hawaiian), Amaru Chiza (Quechua), Ermelinda Cortes (Taino), Alexie Cruz (Taino), Barbara Little Bear Delisle (Mohawk), Paul Deo (Powhatan), Shannon Flynn (Chippewa), Kae Gabrielle (Quechua/Mohawk), Guadalupe García-Vásquez (Mexica), Joseph Quillsong Gullo (Cherokee), Pamela Ifandy (InterIndigenous), Tlisza Jaurique (Mexica/Yaqui), Joseph W. Kabance (Prairie Band Potawatomi), Jesi Kelley (Cherokee/Nottoway/Seminole), Karen “Aiki” Kelley (Cherokee/Nottoway/Seminole), Towanna Miller (Mohawk), James Murphy (Cherokee), Phyllis Sanfiorenzo (Taino), Barbara James Snyder (Paiute/Washoe), Surge Velez (Taino), and Marcus Zilliox (Cheyenne/Pima/Mexica).

 

Harlem Art Walk Tour (HAWT) 2014 Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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HAWT™ Harlem Art Walking Tour, a satellite program of Casa Frela Gallery, will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2014. To commemorate this milestone, HAWT™ Artists will be featured in numerous arts and community events both in and beyond Harlem, leading up to HAWT™ 2014’s Celebration.

HAWT™ 2013 was a pivotal year, in which HAWT’s mission of weaving the art of business and the business of art into the fabric of the Harlem community, was fully realized. HAWT’s prominent presence in 26 Harlem community and arts events demonstrated HAWT’s commitment to its mission and the community in which it serves.

2013 also saw the launching of the HAWT™ Map App, QR code and comprehensive Guidebook, making the Harlem Art Walking Tour easier to navigate than ever before.

HAWT 2013 kicked off with its Artist Reception the evening before the tour, hosted by Artist & Craftsman Supply, a community-minded employee-owned company, which opened up their newest branch in Harlem in 2013. This fruitful alliance provided HAWT™ with a wonderful venue for the event, as HAWT™ artists and the community welcomed Artist & Craftsman Supply to the neighborhood. The ensuing tour was hosted by over forty venues featuring 100+ artists, while HAWT™ 2013 Educational Partner PS 149 Sojourner Truth School featured selected artwork from their student artists. Tree workshops were hosted by MilliontreesNYC, through their environmental partnership with HAWT™.

This 10th Anniversary of HAWT™ marks the fully realized vision of Casa Frela Curator/Director and HAWT™ founder Lawrence Rodriguez, who in his daily life, lives the quest of fulfilling HAWT’s mission. One of the hosting venues was the newly dedicated Walter Miller III Memorial Sculpture Garden on 13 W. 119th Street, the strip of land entrusted to Lawrence Rodriguez by The City of New York to build a garden. He did that and more, engaging artists, community members and businesses in his quest to transform a neglected piece of land into a living, outdoor gallery where the community can grow and express itself. He named and dedicated the garden to retired NY police officer Walter Miller III, a beloved and revered community advocate.

As Sonja Carter wrote in an article for the GBM News, “Rodriguez is the Pied Piper of Harlem, literally moving through the neighborhood on foot meeting and greeting new and old neighbors daily as he heralds HAWT™ throughout the haunts of Harlem. I dare you to spend a day with him – he will wear you out. But he seemingly never tires and his genuine caring for community never wanes. His mission is clear and his passion is evident.” With a core group of artists working on the evolution of the HAWT™ mission year round, and with the full backing and support of the community at large, Lawrence Rodriguez is proving that the possibilities are endless.

HAWT 2014 Information Center.  47 West 119th Street.  New York, New York 10026.  212-722-8577.  hawt@casafrela.com

 

Opportunity Charter School Students Pledge to Live Healthier and Focus on Nutrition

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Food Bank For New York City held a nutrition education summit for teens in Harlem on Tuesday, September 23, with surprise celebrity guests Keke Palmer, TV host and first African-American star of the Broadway show “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” and Brook Lopez, NBA All-Star center for the Brooklyn Nets.

The event was in support of Food Bank For New York City’s Change One Thing initiative, a social campaign that aims to guide teens toward healthier choices by changing just one thing in their diet at a time.

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“Through the Change One Thing initiative, Food Bank For New York City is able to successfully communicate with New York City students about the importance of healthy eating and the impact of positive choices in dietary selections,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank for New York City. “With the support of high-profile celebrities such as Keke Palmer and Brook Lopez, students can better relate to the message and understand that good nutrition is truly a lifelong goal.”

Held at the Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, roughly 25 students were preselected to attend based on their enrollment in the Opportunity Charter School’s culinary program, demonstrating a passion for maintaining a healthy, balanced diet. During the event, celebrities shared their healthy eating tips, and students made a pledge to commit to live healthier by making one healthy choice at a time.

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In early September, Food Bank For New York City launched the Change One Thing Back-to-School Tour, a social awareness and marketing campaign that helps guide teens toward healthier choices without breaking their budget or radically changing their diet. Students will learn about important topics like sports nutrition, super foods, how to avoid diet-related diseases, and more.

www.FoodBankNYC.org
Twitter and Instagram: @FoodBank4NYC
Hashtags #ChangeOneThing and #EATWISE.

 

 

Vote to send Ruthy Valdez to Art Basel Miami

Lost in a Lucid Dream Ruthy ValdezVote to send Ruthy Valdez to the finals for a chance to win a Solo show at Art Basel in Miami.

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin and Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation continue to partner together to showcase emerging artists.

During Artisan Series, a select group of artists will be chosen from online submissions and local art gallery events for a chance to exhibit their work at the Grand Finale event at the SCOPE MIAMI BEACH Art Show.

The creators of the top three pieces from the Grand Finale will participate in the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series Mural project in each of their hometowns, and the Grand Finale Winner will receive a solo show at SCOPE NYC in March 2015.   SCOPE Arts is one of the most important shows at Miami Art Basel.

Ruthy Valdez has made it to the semi-final round of this contest.  She needs our vote to get into the finals.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR RUTHY AND SEND HER TO THE FINALS.

You can vote once a day per entry until November 9th.

Ruthy Valdez’s has previously won another contest with Bombay Sapphire and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation this year.   The earlier contest was for the most likes and shares on Instagram, for which she ultimately won the grand prize: two tickets to Russell Simmons 15th Annual Art For Life Gala in the Hamptons.

Full disclosure: We have been huge fans of Ruthy’s work since we first encountered it at Harlem’s 67 Orange several years ago.  We finally met Ruthy  and subsequently acquired one of her works.  It delivers reflection, introspection, hope and joy each and every day.  Thank you Ruthy.

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