Yvonne Shortt at Queens Museum
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Yvonne Shortt at Queens Museum

Queens Art Intervention: Dwelling
Dec 11 2017-Jan 19 2018

Four years ago Yvonne had the idea of sharing some of her funding with other artists to create more impact in more places in Queens. Queens Art Intervention, QAI for short, was born.

QAI consists of artistic interventions that happen between the artist and the community every September over one or two weekends. This December, QAI 2017 is going from the streets of Queens to the Queens Museum.

The interventions are commissioned and based on Yvonne's Fellowship project, Women Who Build-Artists Who Own. The project included a collaborative design and build of a mobile tiny house that upon completion was transformed into a tea and Zen garden catalyzing conversations around feminine dwelling.

The Museum exhibition will highlight the research project and commissioned interventions with interactive installations that extend the work, impact, and longevity beyond the streets of Queens.

Saturday December 16 from 2-4pm: Opening Reception & Dialogue
Saturday, January 6th from 12-4 there will be several workshops at the Queens Museum presented by the QAI community.

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DISGUISE-A-RAMA
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

DISGUISE-A-RAMA

Help us raise funds for the nuts and bolts of our organization this year at our costume-making benefit! Costume and fabric artist extraordinaire Michael DiPietro is bringing together a group of fabulous costume artists to help you create your best, most creative Halloween costume EVER.

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Reimagining Dominican Independence 7/15/1865
Jul
15
4:00 PM16:00

Reimagining Dominican Independence 7/15/1865

  • 6 Brighton Beach Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11235 United States (map)
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As part of Clarivel Ruiz's project, Dominicans Love Haitians Movement, this Saturday Dominican and Haitian artists will share their work that responds to and reimagines the celebration of The Dominican Republic's independence from Spanish governance.

On July 15, 1865, the Dominican Republic liberated itself from the governance of Spanish rule, 373 years after Columbus' landfall on the island. In this first wave, indigenous people died due to extreme brutality, enslavement and illness. On the anniversary of the day of independence, Clarivel invites participants to remember this history, the continued liberation from imperialistic rule, and the creation of an unknown future.

For more information, visit the event facebook page

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Black Girl Project: Emotional Emancipation Circle Facilitator Training
May
12
to May 13

Black Girl Project: Emotional Emancipation Circle Facilitator Training

Emotional Emancipation Circles are a collaborative between the Community Healing Network (CHN) and the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi). They are "self-help support groups in which we, Black people, work together to overcome, heal from, and overturn the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority: the root causes of the devaluing of Black lives."

As an ally to the Community Healing Network, The Black Girl Project is conducting a 2-day facilitator training that will prepare participants to lead trainings in their respective communities. EE Circle workshops and trainings are “within-group” gatherings designed to equip members of the Black community to establish and maintain Emotional Emancipation Circles. The workshops and trainings focus on the underlying principles of emotional emancipation that should inform any effort aimed at improving conditions in Black communities and the specifics of Emotional Emancipation Circles, and how they can be used to help promote personal and community healing and transformation.

The training dates and times are Friday, May 12th, 7-10pm and Saturday, May 13th, 1-8pm.

For each workshop and training, CHN and ABPsi seek participants who are committed to emotional emancipation for themselves and their families and communities, willing to become advocates and champions for the idea of emotional emancipation, and willing to mentor others to help build the global movement for the emotional emancipation, healing, wellness, and empowerment of Black people. Participants are required to attend each session and each session begins promptly at the scheduled time.

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Dominicans Love Haitians Movement: Film Screening and Panel Discussion:
Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Dominicans Love Haitians Movement: Film Screening and Panel Discussion:

Clarivel Ruiz has organized a free film screening and panel discussion geared towards junior and high schools, as part of her project Dominicans Love Haitians Movement

She will be showing Deported, a film that follows members of a unique group of men in Haiti: criminal deportees from North America. Since 1996, the United States has implemented a policy of repatriation of all foreign residents who have been convicted of crimes. Every two weeks, about 50 Haitian nationals are deported from the United States; 40 percent are convicted legal residents who completed their jail sentence in America. To a lesser extent, Canada applies a similar policy.

Through the portraits and interviews of four deportees in Haiti and their families in North America, DEPORTED presents the tragedy of broken lives, forced separation from American children and spouses, alienation and stigmatization endured in a country they don't know and don't understand. A new life begins for these deportees in an environment that is both completely unfamiliar and quite hostile. Many no longer have family on the island and speak little, if any, Creole. Some struggle with addiction and others are coping with mental illness. Most have very limited financial means with which to manage any sort of reintegration. And Haitians are generally less than welcoming. They know that these North Americans have committed crimes and view them with suspicion.

DEPORTED, winner of Best Documentary Award at the Vues D'Afrique International Film Festival, goes far beyond the borders of Haiti and addresses the global issue of migratory policies.

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Lise Brenner with Atlas Obscura
Apr
9
1:00 PM13:00

Lise Brenner with Atlas Obscura

Lise partners with map scientist Stuart Lynn to present History Hidden in Plain Sight: Bushwick Scavenger Hunt.

Buy tickets here! *$25

First gathering at NURTUREart, the scavenger hunt starts with an overview of Bushwick's history and a survey of the changing face of the neighborhood through historic maps. Then, everyone sets out with notebooks and pencils (and no phones!) to hunt and gather markers of the everyday, the legendary, and the unusual.

Finally, the group will convene at Lantern Hall to have a drink, eat, share discoveries, download the data collected, and create a new collective map of the places participants have found. Prizes will be given! Categories to be determined! Everyone will win!

This workshop is part of a series of public programs organized for The Archive of Affect, an exhibition of Fellows projects at NURTUREart.

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Lise Brenner of Vox Populi
Apr
8
1:30 PM13:30

Lise Brenner of Vox Populi

Lise Brenner will lead a writing and drawing observational walk in the area around NURTUREart using tools from Vox Populi, a project that took an intimate, resident’s-eye look at the Dutch Kills neighborhood of Long Island City.

This workshop is part of a series of public programs organized for The Archive of Affect, an exhibition of Fellows projects at NURTUREart.

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"I'm Good You Smile": Say What?! Street Harassment Event
Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

"I'm Good You Smile": Say What?! Street Harassment Event

Salvador Muñoz and Ranjani Chakraborty will be presenting their workshop, "I'm Good, You Smile" as part of their fellowship project, Say What?! Street Harassment Intervention Strategies. Coinciding with Anti-Street Harassment Week, the event will lead participants in making art, speaking up, and connecting with other women, queer, trans and gender non-conforming people who experience street harassment. They will have screen printing, de-escalation skills sharing, and opportunities to plug in to local organizing.

Learn more on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1815171585473868/

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Dances for Solidarity Performance
Apr
7
7:30 PM19:30

Dances for Solidarity Performance

In coordination with the Dances for Solidarity installation in the exhibition, Sarah Dahnke and her team of collaborators will perform choreography co-created through written correspondence with incarcerated individuals in solitary confinement. The free world DFS team have sent the dates and times of performances to their incarcerated collaborators so that, if they wish, the individuals in solitary confinement can perform in their cells in coordination with the performance on the outside.

This is one of a series of public programs organized for The Archive of Affect, an exhibition of Fellows projects at NURTUREart. 

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Olaronke Akinmowo with Free Black Women's Library
Apr
2
12:00 PM12:00

Olaronke Akinmowo with Free Black Women's Library

Olaronke Akinmowo will activate Free Black Women’s Library, a radical mobile library and interactive biblio installation that focuses exclusively on the literary output of Black Women, highlighting authorship that is often ignored. The pop-up library hosts readings by authors, and the public is invited to bring books written by Black Women to trade or donate.

There will be a special conversation and reading with Angela Flournoy, who is the author of The Turner House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times notable book of the year. Angela will read excerpts from the novel and take part in a conversation around her writing and the power, magic and importance of archiving our stories. Library opens at noon and the conversations will began at 2p.

This workshop is part of a series of public programs organized for The Archive of Affect, an exhibition of Fellows projects at NURTUREart.

 

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The Workers Art Coalition
Apr
1
3:00 PM15:00

The Workers Art Coalition

The Worker’s Art Coalition is a collective of union workers who come together to demonstrate how art can build and strengthen labor movements. 

After a brief introduction to their work, members of the Workers Art Coalition (WAC) will invite the audience to engage in conversation using prompts from questionnaires that were distributed to union workers as part of Illuminating History, WAC's latest project. The conversation will touch on the relationship between work, art, and life.  After the conversation, a short selection of audio clips from the Illuminating History interviews will be played to represent the voice of the workers and the essence of the archive. 

This workshop is part of a series of public programs organized for The Archive of Affect, an exhibition of Fellows projects at NURTUREart.

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Black Girl Museum: Inaugural Session
Mar
25
2:00 PM14:00

Black Girl Museum: Inaugural Session

Black Girl Museum is a trauma-informed public-participatory workshop and maker space that takes the form of a healing circle. Understanding that Black women, girls, and femmes have been looked over, left out, and marginalized in museum spaces, Black Girl Museum turns the idea of museum spaces and cultural institutions on its head by recognizing that we are individually, and communally, our own museums with storehouses of knowledge(s) and practices.

Over the course of the workshop, participants are walked through the 4 major points of the Bantu-Kongo cosmogram, and at each point, instructed on sound and movement and their relationship to releasing trauma. Participants are then placed in pairs/small groups, and following seven essential cues, each group/pair are given time to engage collectively on each cues’ applicability to their lives.

Participants are then given a variety of materials to choose from to create art and make meaning of their experiences. The session concludes in a gallery showing and artist talks by participants.

RSVP Required

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VIP Preview Opening for The Archive of Affect
Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

VIP Preview Opening for The Archive of Affect

Join us to get an early glimpse of The Archive of Affect, an exhibition of Fellows' projects at NURTUREart! The funds raised will support the free public programs that will take place throughout the duration of the show. Each ticket includes food, drinks, guided tours by artists of their projects, and a special performance by Sarah Dahnke and Dances for Solidarity of choreography created by individuals in solitary confinement.

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Dances for Solidarity Exhibition
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Dances for Solidarity Exhibition

As a Partner in Residence at Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Sarah will be exhibiting ephemera from her project Dances for Solidarity, and will be performing with her collaborators for the opening.

The exhibition will be on view from October 2t-October 30th.

Dances for Solidarity is also seeking dancers and performers for the development of a new work this fall. Interested parties should email Sarah at dancesforsolidarity@gmail.com

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Free Black Women's Library at Wendy's Subway Reading Room
Oct
1
to Oct 29

Free Black Women's Library at Wendy's Subway Reading Room

Ola Ronke has been granted a month long residency at Wendy's Subway, a non-profit library and writing space located in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The Free Black Women's Library will be up every Saturday this month from 12-5 p.m. Join Ola for book trading, readings, discussions, film screenings, writing workshops and literary fun.

Opening Party, October 1st, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wendy's Subway
379 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Closing Event, Oct 29: Black Literary Cospay/Costume Party featuring the amazing DJ Reborn on the wheels. 
Visit the event facebook page for more information

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Sep
21
6:30 PM18:30

Opening Flow with Mugwort

Wednesday September 21st
6:30-9:00 p.m.

Join Corinne Cappelletti and Eva Perrotta for the last in their series of monthly Eco Dance Labs. Their workshops guide participants in an interactive walk that explores the complexity of Brooklyn-dwelling plant species in relation to our own human bodies. 

RSVP here to secure your spot! Limited to 10 participants.

Email rooderel@gmail.com for more information.

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CULTURE PUSH BENEFIT
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

CULTURE PUSH BENEFIT

It’s that time of the year again! On June 22nd we will gather to celebrate our 7th Annual Benefit!

This year the festivities will take place at our favorite LES spot, Casa Mezcal. Fun, food and beverages will be provided so the only thing you need is a positive attitude and desire to learn. We hope to see a bunch of familiar faces as well as many new ones so please tell your family and friends. This year's Benefit will be a push to raise funds for the Fellowship for Utopian Practice.

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Free Black Women's Library- Foodie Edition
May
1
12:00 PM12:00

Free Black Women's Library- Foodie Edition

Spring is here and this month's edition of the Free Black Women's Library is celebrating food!This month's pop up features amazing author and chef Nicole Taylor. She will share insight on the importance of eating local, as well as treats and tips from her gorgeous new cookbook "The Up South Cookbook." Nicole will also be leading a cooking demo and food tasting session.

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