Category Archives: Art and Culture

Tickets on sale now for Soul Nativity at HSA in Harlem

Soul Nativity

This year’s performance will feature stage direction from Alfred Preisser writer, director and producer of theatre. He has directed/produced over fifty professional shows in New York, regionally and Europe. Choreography from Tracy Jack actor, dancer, director and renowned choreographer and musical direction from Jeffrey Bolding of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Professional Guest Soloist and The Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir.

General Admission $25.00 ($26.87 w/service charge)
Seniors & Students: $15.00 with ID ($16.52 w/service charge)

Click here for more information and tickets.

 

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.