NoMAA Newsletter – 28 November 2013

NoMAA workshops and other happenings :: local events :: events around town :: opportunities

Opening of the exhibition “Spirit of Community – Artists of Washington Heights and Inwood,” 5 December 2013. | Petition to help the Taller Latino Americano from closing after 35 years. | Arts Stroll 2014 poster contest. Deadline: 10 January 2014. Read the entire issue »

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Call for applications: Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award 2014

The Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award is granted annually to one emerging artist who submits the most compelling proposal for an outdoor sculpture in a New York City park. The location changes annually and is determined based on the site’s visibility and proximity within a neighborhood underserved by public art. Application deadline: 13 January 2014.

The Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award is granted annually to one emerging artist who submits the most compelling proposal for an outdoor sculpture in a New York City park. The location changes annually and is determined based on the site’s visibility and proximity within a neighborhood underserved by public art.

Deadline: 13 January 2014
Installation: July 2014 (subject to change)

For full details and application guidelines, visit the NYC Parks & Recreation website.

Clare Weiss (1966–2010) was the Public Art Curator for New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation. During her tenure she curated more than 100 outdoor public art installations throughout the city and organized complex, thought-provoking and visually compelling thematic exhibitions for the Arsenal Gallery. Clare’s passion, humanity, energy, courage, and collaborative zeal were valued by all who knew her.

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Call for submissions: 2014 Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest

NoMAA is pleased to announce the Uptown Arts Stroll 2014 — an annual arts festival featuring more than 170 arts and cultural events across Washington Heights and Inwood — and is calling for submissions of artwork for the poster contest. Deadline: extended to Friday 21 February 2014.

Andrew Short, Uptown Arts Stroll 2013 poster contest winner
Andrew Short designed the winning poster for last year’s Uptown Arts Stroll 2013. (Photo: Robin Elisabeth Kilmer/The Manhattan Times.)

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the 2014 Uptown Arts Stroll — an annual festival featuring more than 170 arts and cultural events across Washington Heights and Inwood during the month of June.

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

  • Northern Manhattan’s dynamic and diverse arts and culture scene, and the local milieu, including but not restricted to nature and historic spaces.
  • Include “Uptown Arts Stroll, June 2014” in the design.

Eligibility

  • Artist must be a resident of Washington Heights or Inwood.
  • Artist may submit only one (1) image for consideration.

Submission Requirements

  • Entry must be emailed no later than Friday 21 February 2014 by 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • Entry must be a high-resolution (300 dpi only) JPG or PDF file without the artist’s name.
  • Entry must be submitted via e-mail to
  • E-mail entry must include:
    • Artist’s full name (first and last)
    • Artist’s brief bio or artist statement
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • E-mail
    • Art work title and media

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 reflect the elements below and identified above:

  • Northern Manhattan’s dynamic and diverse arts and culture scene, and the local milieu, including but not restricted to nature and historic spaces.
  • Include “Uptown Arts Stroll, June 2014” in the design.

SELECTED FINALISTS AGREE TO:

  • Bring a hard copy of the image (it should not include artist’s name), on foam or paperboard 24 inches by 18 inches, to exhibit at the NoMAA Artists’ Salon where the winning image will be selected by community vote.
  • Agree for their images to be utilized via social media to promote community vote for the poster at the NoMAA Artists’ Salon.

SELECTED WINNER AGREES THAT:

  • The selected image will be used in the poster that will represent and promote the 2014 Uptown Arts Stroll (please include the festival name “Uptown Arts Stroll, June 2014” in your poster design). Your name should not be in the design. NoMAA will work with you to include additional text in the Uptown Arts Stroll poster, such as dates, contact information, sponsors, etc.
  • Allow image to be used 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 2014 Uptown Arts Stroll
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Exhibitions: ‘Latin Roots’ and ‘Spirit of Community’

In honor of the first anniversary of the Community Matters NYC initiative, Community Works NYC, The Interchurch Center, Harlem Arts Alliance and NoMAA are pleased to present two special exhibitions. Dates: 2 December 2013 – 24 January 2014. Opening reception: 5 December.

Exhibitions: Latin Roots and Spirit of CommunityIn honor of the first anniversary of the Community Matters NYC initiative, Community Works NYC, The Interchurch Center, Harlem Arts Alliance and NoMAA are pleased to present two special exhibitions.

Opening Reception: Thursday 5 December 2013, 5 p.m., with a special guest performance by multiple Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché.

Location: The Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115

Exhibition dates: 2 December 2013 – 24 January 2014

Spirit of Community: Artists of Washington Heights/Inwood, features the work of eight artists, all of whom illustrate the timeless role the arts play in shaping, informing and documenting culture. The artists are: Andrea Arroyo, Felipe Galindo, Chris Garcia, Kathleen Granados, Rosa Naparstek, Rene de los Santos, Diana Schmertz and Lisa Turngren.

Latin Roots: Washington Heights/Inwood honors four local activists and celebrates the neighborhood’s distinct cultural and historical importance. It includes a pictorial timeline on the community’s rich history. They are: Sandra A. Garcia-Betancourt (Executive Director & CEO of NoMAA), Edilio Paredes (Pre-eminent bachata musician), Moises Perez (community leader) and Rosa Romero (Executive Director of the Dominican Women’s Development Center).


Community Works is an award-winning nonprofit arts organization dedicated to building bridges between diverse cultures and neighborhoods, enriching the arts curricula in public schools and bringing the arts to underserved populations. CW is active in every borough of New York City and has provided dynamic learning and cultural experiences to over 3 million people.  Community Works’ historical and artistic exhibitions celebrate neighborhood heroes, culture and history, highlight issues of social justice, and feature the work of emerging and mid-career artists.

This event marks the first anniversary of the Community Matters NYC initiative, a presenting program of Community Works. Community Matters NYC is the first and largest network of major anchor institutions and community partners to honor and celebrate Upper Manhattan’s rich history, culture, traditions and connections to the global community through performances, exhibitions and public programs.

The Interchurch Center is the home to over 80 not-for-profit agencies, which are ecumenical, educational and eleemosynary in nature.  The Center operates as a cooperative; offering programs and services that support tenant agencies and the community, with opportunities for networking and cultural exchange.

Harlem Arts Alliance is a network based arts service organization comprised of established and emerging visual and performing artists, art lovers, businesses and organizations that serve the arts and culture community in Harlem and the Greater New York City area.

The mission of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance is to cultivate, support, and promote the works of artists and arts organizations in northern Manhattan. Since its inception, NoMAA has successfully partnered with local businesses and institutions to promote collaboration with artists and arts organizations in an effort to revitalize the cultural life and effect change in our uptown communities. NoMAA has implemented programs designed to strengthen the professional capacity of the artistic community in Washington Heights and Inwood. These programs are: the NoMAA Creative and Capacity Building Grant Program, the Technical Assistance Program, the Uptown Arts Stroll, the NoMAA Gallery and the Artists Salon.

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Exhibition: TokoNoMAA – Stories of Home in the Heights

TokoNoMAA: Stories of Home in the Heights is a NoMAA–MoMA multidisciplinary project that features an installation based on the concept of the “tokonoma,” the focal point of the Japanese home, in which a simple but beautiful object is being placed for contemplation. Dates: 20 November – 20 December 2013. Opening reception: 20 November.

TokoNoMAA: Stories of Home in the HeightsTokoNoMAA: Stories of Home in the Heights is a NoMAA–MoMA multidisciplinary project that features an installation based on the concept of the “tokonoma,” the focal point of the Japanese home, in which a simple but beautiful object is being placed for contemplation. Using scrolls, the artists interpret various meanings of “home” through photography, painting, drawing, sculpture.

Location: Taszo Espresso Bar, 5 Edward M Morgan Pl, New York, NY 10032

Dates: 20 November – 20 December 2013

Opening reception: Wednesday 20 November 2013, 6–8 p.m.

Participating artists: Yael Ben-Zion, Daya De La Rosa, Ferlaisa Gomez, Denise laurin-donatelle, Joiri Minaya, Tamara Rose and Gesche Würfel.

Cost: Free and open to the public

For more information, contact Denise Laurin-Donatelle, [reveal e-mail].

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Opportunity: Sugar Hill Apartments Lottery

Broadway Housing Communities is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 98 affordable housing rental apartments under construction at 404-414 West 155th Street in the historic Sugar Hill section of Upper Manhattan. Application deadline: 3 January 2013.

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Broadway Housing Communities is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 98 affordable housing rental apartments under construction at 404-414 West 155th Street in the historic Sugar Hill section of Upper Manhattan.

To submit a lottery application online, please go the NYC Housing Connect website at nyc.gov/housingconnect.

To receive a paper application by mail, please send a self-addressed 66¢ stamped envelope to:

Sugar Hill Apartments
c/o Broadway Housing Communities
10 Fort Washington Avenue, PH
New York, New York 10032

To download a paper application online, please go to our website at bhc.org.

Application deadline: 3 January 2014
Mailed applications must be postmarked by 11:59pm of the deadline date.

Broadway Housing Communities is dedicated to creating affordable housing, education and cultural arts opportunities.

  • 124 affordable apartments, 98 through NYC Housing Connect online lottery
  • The Sugar Hill Museum Preschool, an onsite early childhood education center
  • Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling
  • Not-for-profit rental space and underground parking
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At the Crossroads of Art and Activism

The current show at Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), “Immigrant Too,” features the work of local artists who are all from different countries. This past Thurs., Oct. 31st, a discussion explored the overlap between being both an immigrant and an artist. Led by curator Gabriel de Guzmán, it was a frank and intimate conversation about the struggles and complexities of both.

Story and photos by Sherry Mazzocchi. Reprinted with permission from The Manhattan Times.

The lives of artists and immigrants resonate with each other.

They often consider themselves as outsiders who don’t feel at home anywhere and use creativity and resourcefulness to survive.

“Immigrant Too” was curated by Gabriel de Guzmán (left), and Angela Fernández, Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, participated in a forum on the exhibit.
“Immigrant Too” was curated by Gabriel de Guzmán (left), and Angela Fernández, Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, participated in a forum on the exhibit.
The current show at Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), “Immigrant Too,” features the work of local artists who are all from different countries. This past Thurs., Oct. 31st, a discussion explored the overlap between being both an immigrant and an artist.

Led by curator Gabriel de Guzmán, it was a frank and intimate conversation about the struggles and complexities of both.

In the work Fourth of July, two Mexican men look at fireworks through a hole in a border fence. The fence’s red stripes and the white sparks against blue sky resemble an American flag.

Artist Felipe Galindo said he created the work on a deadline. At the time, he wasn’t sure if he wanted them to cross. “They are contemplating—they are not crossing,” he said.

But in an animated version of the work, a coyote appears and says that for a certain amount of money they can get in a truck and cross the border. The truck resembles a slave ship with skeletons. Coyotes, or smugglers, often put a lot of people in trucks, and sometimes abandon them and the people die, said Galindo.

They decline the coyote’s offer. Instead, they find a boat, the Flor de Mayo. It has no oars, so the women extend their traditional Mexican dresses like sails. It arrives in Manhattan.

“I gave them the image of the Mayflower,” he said. “So we are all in the same boat.”

Immigrants and artists are often in the same boat when it comes to money.

Renata Stein had financial problems when she first arrived in the U.S. Art supplies were too expensive so she used found objects in her work. “Being able to use detritus was a lifesaver,” she said.

Immigrants are resourceful, said Angela Fernández, Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR). Many arrive with little money or knowledge of the language. “The level of creativity required to survive can be compared to an artist’s level of creativity,” she said.

Yet creativity and resourcefulness can only take you so far. Many artists and immigrants have low incomes, which makes gentrification a threat. Escalating rent drives both types of people out of neighborhoods they once called home. “New York is a great city,” said Sandra García-Betancourt, NoMAA’s Executive Director, “if we can afford it.”

Artists and immigrants both enrich the greater culture, but in different ways, said Rosa Naparstek. Immigrants are outsiders who are usually trying to find a way in. Yet artists tend stand apart from society.

Artists Andrea Arroyo, Leandro Cruz, Lina Puerta, and Felipe Galindo.
Artists Andrea Arroyo, Leandro Cruz, Lina Puerta, and Felipe Galindo.
“Each has a sensibility that has something to contribute to the collective,” said Naparstek, “An immigrant tries to acclimate and assimilate. But they are also bringing in a cultural diversity of ideas that enrich.”

Like many immigrants, artists often don’t feel at home where ever they are. It is a kind of limbo, said Betancourt. “As an artist, do you feel that you belong to any place? Do you have to?”

Artists change perspectives, and so do immigrants when they cross borders. Yael Ben-Zion said her identity shifts when she goes back and forth from Israel to the U.S. “It’s very liberating, actually, because I feel that I don’t belong. It gives me the freedom to do whatever I want.”

Fernández said immigrant’s rights are under threat and thousands of families feel the pain of having a loved one detained or deported. She talked about the Dream 30, a group of immigrants who left the U.S. and returned. While some of them have been released, at least one has been deported. Others are sitting in detention, and have commenced a hunger strike to call attention to their plight.

Not all immigrants are activists and not every artist is political. Yet sometimes the politics is not overt.

Andrea Arroyo’s abstract images reflect the hundreds of dead people found at Arizona border crossings each year.

People don’t always see her activism, she said, but social justice issues inform her work.

“As an artist you just try to create the best work. Sometimes they don’t marry. Sometimes they do.”

It is important to be an activist, said Naparstek, but fundamental change needs to happen at a deep level.

Just going to demonstrations isn’t a solution, she said.

”It has not satisfied the profound changes that need to happen in all of us—to start the kind of change that will actually alter the consciousness that can alter the way we are in the world.”

Among the artists included in the “Immigrant Too” exhibition are Grace Aneiza Ali, Andrea Arroyo, Javier Ávila, Yael Ben-Zion, Pablo Caviedes, Leandro Cruz, Francisco Donoso, Alexis Duque, Felipe Galindo, Peter J. Hoffmeister, Rafaela Luna, Javier Maria, Michelle Melo, Joiri Minaya, Rosa Naparstek, Lina Puerta, Renata Stein, and Hidemi Takagi.

The exhibit is at the NoMAA Gallery, located at 178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th Street), 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10040 until November 21st, 2013.

The gallery hours are Mon–Fri, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., or by appointment (please call +1 212 568-4396).

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NoMAA Artists’ Salon/Potluck – I Am New York: Juan Rodríguez

Food and conversation with interactive theatrical reading. “I Am New York: Juan Rodriguez” imagines the story of a free man of mixed-race origin from Hispaniola who, in 1613, became the first “immigrant” of NYC. Date: Wednesday 13 November 2013.

I Am New York: Juan Rodríguez
Image: I Am New York: Juan Rodriguez, graphic illustration by Delano Franklin.
Food and conversation with interactive theatrical reading. “I Am New York: Juan Rodriguez” imagines the story of a free man of mixed-race origin from Hispaniola who, in 1613, became the first “immigrant” of NYC. With Maija Garcia and Armando Batista of Organic Magnetics.

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

Location: NoMAA, 178 Bennett Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10040

Bring your favorite dish!

RSVP:

For more information on the reading, visit the Organic Magnetics website.

Organic Magnetics

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