Free health fair for artists

Date: Saturday 13 April 2013. Health screenings, health insurance, stress management workshop, prizes, giveaways, fun for the whole family.

Artists Community Health Fair flyerDate: Saturday 13 April 2013, 12–4 p.m.
Location: Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), 178 Bennett Avenue (between 189th and 190th streets), New York, NY 10040

  • Health screenings: body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose
  • Health insurance representatives available
  • 12–1 p.m.: stress management workshop
  • Prizes, giveaways
  • Fun for the whole family

For more information, call Kathy Olivo, +1 212 740-7764.
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Sponsored by: New York Presbyterian Hospital Ambulatory Care Network, NoMAA and Cornerstone Center

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Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance highlights ‘celebrations’ in 4th annual ‘Women in the Heights’ exhibition

An impressive array of unique and colorful artworks from 26 women artists in Washington Heights and Inwood is now on display at the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.

By Jheanel Walters. Reprinted with permission from the New York Daily News.

An impressive array of unique and colorful artworks from 26 women artists in Washington Heights and Inwood is now on display at the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.

Now in its fourth year, the “Women in the Heights” exhibit honors Women’s History Month each March by focusing on women’s issues and depicts the diversity of culture and experience among people uptown.

The show, curated by noted uptown artist Andrea Arroyo, had its opening reception on Thursday and runs through April 18.

NoMAA chose “Celebrations” for this year’s theme, a bid to emphasize and spotlight the artists’ personal experiences.

“There are so many celebrations throughout our lives,” said Sandra Garcia-Betancourt, the NOMAA executive director. “We hoped that this theme could encourage local women artists to address their own understanding of celebrations, and how these celebrations inform their creative process and their artistic expressions.”

The exhibition is on display at NoMAA’s Cornerstone Center Gallery, 178 Bennett Ave. An artist talk will be held on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. To RSVP for the talk, please email nomaaprog[at]nomaanyc.org.

Here, we meet several of the artists whose work is included in the show.

"Menina da Corda" by Laura Calhoun
“Menina da Corda” by Laura Calhoun

Laura Calhoun – “Menina da corda”: “This is a celebration of faith,” said Calhoun, a painter and videographer from Washington Heights. The video draws on her fond memories of the Cirio de Nazareth, a religious festival with parades that she watched as a child in Brazil.

“This is a celebration of faith,” she said. “The whole city comes together, Catholic or not, and the biggest honor is to pull the rope.”

&lquo;Trenza&rquo; by Joiri Minaya
“Trenza” by Joiri Minaya

Joiri Minaya – “Trenza”: Studying fine arts at Parsons the New School for Design, Minaya focused her video series on contemporary constructions of gender. The video on display portrays men participating in traditionally female activities, but sometimes there’s a twist: an attempt to braid the young woman’s hair, she said, can be just another attempt to trap her. “The videos are not about taking an ultra-feminist stand,” Minaya noted. “It’s more about equality and raising more questions.”

"The Cape" by Nancy Rakoczy
“The Cape”
by Nancy Rakoczy

Nancy Rakoczy – “The Cape”: For eight months, the painter and plastic weaver cut blue plastic newspaper delivery bags into strips, then glued their ends together and added 2,000 beads and 50 bells for some “bling.”

Rakoczy followed up her plastic series, “Where did I become Invisible?” with this blue plastic cape. “It’s a beautiful blue, such a shame to throw those bags out,” she said. “We almost never see the plastic that surrounds us, so I wanted to make the invisible visible.”

"Stack I–Stack IV" by Lynne Koble
“Stack I–Stack IV”
by Lynne Koble

Lynne Koble – “Stack I–Stack IV”: Interested in exploring the relationship between people and nature, Koble, a sculptor and installation artist, created these stacks out of rock forms of clay. Koble, a BFA and MFA holder, said this was just an offshoot of a much larger project. “I took actual smooth river rocks and made a mold, and from the mold I made rocks out of the clay,” she said. She later added branches that were treated to look silver.

"Making of Memory" by Kathleen Granados
“Making of Memory” by Kathleen Granados

Kathleen Granados – “Making of Memory”: “I wanted to try something that challenged my work and pushed it to the next level,” the 27-year-old FIT graduate said of her use of negative space in the crochet piece. Granados said there is also a loaded meaning in her work: she said it shows how much the women in the exhibition have to celebrate by pursuing what they want.

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Reading and talk: An afternoon with poet Jerome Rothenberg

On a rare visit from the West Coast, poetry legend Jerome Rothenberg will be giving a reading followed by a conversation at NoMAA on Sunday 17 March 2013.

Jerome RothenbergOn a rare visit from the West Coast, poetry legend Jerome Rothenberg will be giving a reading at the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) Gallery. The reading will be followed by a reception and discussion facilitated by Northern Manhattan poet and performer Jake Marmer.

Date: Sunday 17 March 2013, 2–4 p.m.

Location: NoMAA, 178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th Street), 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10040

The reading is FREE but seating is limited. RSVP:
Refreshments will be served.

Author of more than one hundred books of poetry, translations, and anthologies, Rothenberg is known for his ground-breaking contributions to global cultural movements, and engagement with ancient and contemporary Jewish poetry, tribal poetics, American Indian culture, Dadaism, and more. Read a full biographical sketch.

Co-sponsored by the Dorot Foundation, Fort Tryon Jewish Center, Word Up Community Bookshop, and NoMAA.

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Conversation and book signing: Raquel Cepeda, author of ‘Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina’

Please join us for a conversation between Raquel Cepeda, author of Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, and New York Times writer Mireya Navarro, on Wednesday 13 March 2013.

Raquel Cepeda: Bird Of Paradise (poster)
Poster
What does it mean to be Latina? Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Raquel Cepeda ponders this question in Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, her refreshing and honest exploration of race and identity in a rapidly changing America.

Please join us for a conversation between author Raquel Cepeda and New York Times writer Mireya Navarro.

Date: Wednesday 13 March 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, 3940 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

FREE admission. RSVP:

In 2009, when Raquel Cepeda almost lost her estranged father to heart disease, she was terrified she’d never know the truth about her ancestry. Every time she looked in the mirror, Cepeda saw a mystery — a tapestry of races and ethnicities that came together in an ambiguous mix. With time running out, she decided to embark on an archeological dig of sorts by using the science of ancestral DNA testing to excavate everything she could about her genetic history. read more »

Co-sponsored by: NoMAA, The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, and Word Up Community Bookshop.

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Fellowship opportunity: 2014 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowships

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is calling for entries for the 2014 NACF Artist Fellowships. Online applications are due by 3 May 2013.

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is calling for entries for the 2014 NACF Artist Fellowships. Online applications are due by 3 May 2013.

“Through the fellowship program, we hope to foster the creative voices of our indigenous artists,” said foundation Program Director Reuben Tomás Roqueñi (Yaqui/Mexican). “We believe in the beauty and inspiration of the work of Native artists and the fellowships provide a significant resource for their practice.”

The $20,000 fellowships recognize the creativity and expression of exceptional Native artists who have made significant impact in the field. American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists are encouraged to apply for this unique national fellowship honoring excellence by Native artists in six disciplines: dance, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts and visual arts.

Artists who are members of federally and state-recognized U.S. tribes, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities can review criteria in full and apply by the 3 May 2013 deadline at: http://nacf.us/2014-fellowships.

The NACF will announce ecipients in November 2013.

For questions about this opportunity, contact Program Director Reuben Roqueñi: or +1 360 314-2421.

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Call for submissions: 10th Uptown Arts Stroll Anniversary – poster contest

NoMAA is pleased to announce the Uptown Arts Stroll 2013 — an annual arts festival featuring more than 100 arts and cultural events across Washington Heights and Inwood — and is calling for submissions of artwork for the poster contest. Deadline: Thursday 28 March 2013.

Uptown Arts Stroll 2012 poster design
Last year’s poster design
Deadline: Thursday 28 March 2013 by 5:00 p.m. EST

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) is pleased to announce the Uptown Arts Stroll 2013 — an annual arts festival featuring more than 100 arts and cultural events across Washington Heights and Inwood during the month of June.

This year, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Uptown Arts Stroll. As part of this celebration, we will reflect on the Stroll beginnings and history, and the accomplishments of the diverse arts community in Washington Heights and Inwood.

To that end, for this year’s submissions for the poster contest, artists are asked to incorporate into their proposed art work the following elements:

  1. The contributions of the Uptown Arts Stroll and NoMAA to the development of the uptown arts and cultural community.
  2. Northern Manhattan’s dynamic and diverse arts and culture scene.
  3. A design that includes “10th Uptown Arts Stroll Anniversary” as the tagline.

Eligibility

The artist must reside within the generally recognized boundaries of Washington Heights or Inwood (Manhattan, north of 155th Street, river to river), and may submit only one (1) image for consideration.

Submission Requirements

Each entry must be emailed no later than Thursday 28 March 2013 by 5:00 p.m. EST to and include:

  • artist’s full name (first and last),
  • artist’s brief bio or artist statement,
  • address, phone number and e-mail.

The image for the poster contest must be a high-resolution (300 dpi only) JPG or PDF file.

Finalist and Winner Selection

A panel of distinguished judges, drawn from the local arts community, will select five finalists. Consideration will be given to eye-catching, original and unpublished images that incorporate the following elements:

  1. The contributions of the Uptown Arts Stroll and NoMAA to the development of the uptown arts and cultural community.
  2. Northern Manhattan’s dynamic and diverse arts and culture scene.
  3. A design that includes “10th Uptown Arts Stroll Anniversary” as the tagline.

FINALISTS AGREE TO:

Bring a hard copy of the image, on paper or board no larger than 9 x 12 in., to exhibit at the NoMAA Artists’ Salon, where the winning image will be selected by community vote.

In addition, the finalist agrees that his/her image be utilized via social media to promote community vote for the poster at the NoMAA Artists’ Salon.

THE WINNER AGREES THAT:

The selected image will be used in the poster that will represent and promote the Uptown Arts Stroll 2013 as well as in other publications.

NoMAA will be responsible for the additional text such as dates, contact information, etc., and should be able to use the image for publications with the following dimensions:

  • Poster: 11 x 17 in.
  • Brochure: 6 x 10¾ in.
  • Postcard: 5½ x 8½ in.
  • Other marketing materials as necessary
  • Allow for full color and B&W reproduction 

GRAND PRIZE:

  • $500 honorarium
  • Exclusive graphic representation of the 10th Uptown Arts Stroll Anniversary
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