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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

 

Harlem wins big in Citizens Committee for NYC Love Your Block grants

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Love Your Block is a special partnership between Citizens Committee for New York City and NYC Service that provides a unique opportunity for city residents to transform and beautify their neighborhoods. In 2013, 50 grassroots groups were selected to receive a $1,000 grant and access to City services in order to beautify their communities!

Harlem winners include:

Casa Frela Gallery, East 110th Street Tenant’s Association, Herb Gardeners’ Association, Lewis and Clark Urban Discoveries, Manhattan Alternate Learning Center at High Bridge, Project Harmony, P.S. 102 Jaques Cartier.

For a full list of winners in all neighborhoods:http://citizensnyc.org/programs/grants/love_your_block.attachment/2013-lyb-3988/2013%20LYB%20Grantees.pdf

Pledge Your Support for the Harlem Art Festival

The mission of the HarlemArtsFestival is to produce an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival in June of each year at the newly renovated Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, free and open to the public, showcasing local performers and visual artists to inspire and nourish the artistic community in Harlem.

This year’s festival is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, on June 29th and 30th!

They seek artists from all disciplines to apply via their  website and submit their work, where a committee of established artistic presenters from Harlem with backgrounds in music, dance, theater, and visual arts will help select the artists that will perform each year.

This project will be part of Harlem’s addition to the larger, citywide commitment to provide free art in the public parks during the spring and summer months.

COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS & JOINT PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

“This annual multidisciplinary event, the Harlem Arts Festival, will highlight the value of the arts to our city and the community. It is in true Harlem fashion to provide entertainment and enlightenment to visitors and residents alike. The Harlem Arts Festival is a fitting addition to the rich artistic history and cultural splendor that is so intrinsic in our community.”

- Senator Bill Perkins

They have already received pledged support from the following individuals and organizations from within the community, and would love your support too:

• Clyde Valentin: Executive Director of the Hip Hop Theater Festival
• Grace Aneiza Ali: President of Of Note Magazine Associate Director of the Dwyer Cultural Center
• Harlem Park to Park
• Homer E. Cook: Community Outreach Coordinator for the Global Technology Preparatory School & The NYC Department of Education
• Jan Willem Van Bergen: Board Member Adarsh Alphons Project
• Larry Scott Blackmon: Deputy Commissioner of Community Outreach, City of New York & Recreation
• Lawrence Rodriguez: Executive Director of Casa Frela Gallery
• Laura Greer: Programming Director from The Apollo
• Saundra Heath: Executive Director of Heath Gallery
• Senator Bill Perkins: New York State Senate, 30th District
• Simone Eccleston: Programming and Arts Education Manager of Harlem Stage
• Sidney Grant: Artistic Director at Ballroom Basix

Pledge you support on Kickstarter today!

Apply to participate today!

See Living in Color during Harlem Pride month

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By HarlemCondoLife
June is Pride Month. Let me be more clear, it is Harlem Pride Month and that’s when there are an array of special events dedicated to the LGBT community. One event opened this past weekend hosted by the Casa Frela Gallery called Living in Color, a unique exhibition and performance installation celebrating both Harlem Pride and the pride of LGBT artists of color throughout New York City.

Living in Color features an exhibition of photography, acrylic paintings, ink drawings, mixed-media, water colors, collages and even a toy theater. The exhibit opened on June 11 and will run daily from noon to 4 p.m. through June 30.

General viewing of the exhibit is free. On June 18, the performances are ticketed. It is $15 general admission and $20 for artists wishing to illustrate female and male live models during a two-hour drawing session. Check for updates on the Casa Frela Gallery website.

A portion of the proceeds from the performances and from the sale of the exhibited art will be donated to charities that support educational opportunities for communities of color and/or provide therapeutic support for LGBT youth of color.

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