Alexis Agliano Sanborn wins the 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest

Alexis Agliano Sanborn of Washington Heights was the judges’ choice out of 40 entries as the winner of the 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest. Ms. Sanborn’s artwork showcased the elements of Northern Manhattan’s diversity, inclusiveness and dynamic cultural arts scene. She will receive a $1,000 honorarium and exclusive graphic representation on Uptown Arts Stroll publications.

Uptown Arts Stroll 2017 poster contest winner Alexis Agliano Sanborn
Uptown Arts Stroll 2017 poster contest winner Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Photo: Chris Whittaker.)

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Contact: Joanna E. Castro, Acting Executive Director, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, (212) 567-4394, [click to reveal email]

New York, 20 March 2017 — Alexis Agliano Sanborn of Washington Heights was the judges’ choice out of 40 entries as the winner of the 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest. Ms. Sanborn’s artwork showcased the elements of Northern Manhattan’s diversity, inclusiveness and dynamic cultural arts scene. She will receive a $1,000 honorarium and exclusive graphic representation on Uptown Arts Stroll publications.

Ms. Sanborn is a founder’s committee member of the Washington Heights and Inwood Food Council and a board member of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. She received a Master’s degree from Harvard University and works as a Program Coordinator at the U.S.–Asia Law Institute at New York University and the Wa-Shokuiku Project: Japanese-inspired Food Education.

“The first time I visited New York, I came to the Cloisters and knew that I was somewhere magical,” said Ms. Sanborn, who grew up in suburban California. She feels a remarkable sense of comradery, an abundance of greenery, vigor and passion uptown. Ms. Sanborn added, “To win this prize is a reflection of everything I have ever felt and known about my neighborhood; I am humbled and grateful for the support, understanding, and dedication of my community.”

Ms. Sanborn has been painting her entire life and was always drawn to the natural world. Northern Manhattan, with its abundance of trees, vistas, winding paths and mysterious stairways, has always charmed her and, consequently, is her favorite part of the city. This winning artwork is a result of the love of greenery and adventure, with the thriving sights, smells, and sounds of uptown culture reminiscent through our multi-cultural and multi-ethnic background.

Joanna E. Castro, Acting Executive Director, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, said, “We received 40 very strong poster submissions from local artists for the 15th annual Uptown Arts Stroll, so the panel’s decision was not easy. We congratulate Alexis for best capturing the 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll’s theme of diversity, inclusiveness and dynamic cultural arts scene of northern Manhattan.”

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) is a non-profit arts service organization whose mission is to cultivate, support and promote the works of artists and arts organizations in northern Manhattan. NoMAA facilitates the creation of new works by both emerging and established artists, encourages public dialogue, engagement, and collective reflection around issues that affect upper Manhattan’s cultural community.

Pizza Haven at 4942 Broadway and West 207th Street, Ms. Carole Mulligan of Inwood, the Calabar Gallery in Harlem, and anonymous donors generously provided the $1,000 honorarium.

The opening celebration of the 15th Uptown Arts Stroll in Washington Heights–Inwood, and for a third consecutive year in West Harlem, is on Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 6–8:30pm, at the United Palace on Broadway and West 175th Street. The kickoff will exhibit local artists and performances at the majestic United Palace, originally the Loew’s 175th Street Theatre, the last of the “Wonder Theatres” erected between 1925 and 1930.

The Uptown Arts Stroll is a month-long arts festival from 31 May to 30 June 2017, that spotlights performances and exhibitions by the rapidly growing Northern Manhattan arts community, from West 135th Street to West 220th Street. The Uptown Arts Stroll started in 2003 as a one-day volunteer-organized event and is produced annually by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance since 2008. For more information about the Uptown Arts Stroll, please see www.artstroll.com.

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NoMAA NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program

NoMAA presents the Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, an intensive, multi-day professional development opportunity that delves into the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts. Application deadline: 29 March 2017.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts’ State and Local Partnerships program, is pleased to announce the second year of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, a series of professional development programs for the arts communities in New York State conducted over a three-year period.

NoMAA presents the Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, an intensive, multi-day professional development opportunity that delves into the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts.

Topics to be featured include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material will be drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook, “The Profitable Artist” (Allworth Press, 2011).

The Boot Camp’s structure is a blend of formal lectures, breakout groups, and one-on-one meetings. Participants work through a flexible and dynamic “action plan” that provides a blueprint for their future project, career, and business goals.

There is no charge to participate in the Artist as Entrepreneur Program. Artists interested in attending are required to apply, and participants are selected by a panel review process. Artists of all disciplines and career stages are encouraged to apply.

All programs are offered free-of-charge to participants.

Apply here »

Deadline: 29 March 2017

Location: Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance5030 Broadway, New York, NY 10034

Program dates: 28–30 April 2017

Meet & greet: Friday, 28 April, 6–8pm

Workshop sessions:

  • Saturday, 29 April, 10am–4pm
  • Sunday, 30 April, 10am–4pm

Attendance is mandatory to all sessions, please check your calendar before applying

Eligibility:

  • Open to artists in all disciplines and career stages
  • Artists living and working in New York City**

Guidelines
For the application we ask you provide:

  • Your long terms goals and why you are interested in applying to this program.
  • A narrative bio of your professional career
  • A link to your website or online presence
  • Work samples

*First-time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal.
**Priority will be given to artists in the North Manhattan area; however, the program is open to artists throughout New York City.

Notification: On or before 7 April 2017

On selection into the program, artists will be asked to pay a $25 program deposit, which will be automatically refunded if artists attend all sessions. If a family or medical emergency prevents attendance, this would be considered an exception to the rule.

Questions: [ click to reveal email ]

This program is made possible through New York State Council on the Arts, State and Local Partnerships, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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NoMAA exhibition: Women in the Heights – Disruption

In celebration of Women’s History Month, NoMAA presents the exhibition “Women in the Heights – Disruption,” featuring the work of 28 women artists of Uptown Manhattan. Curated by Andrea Arroyo. Dates: 10–30 March 2017. Opening reception: Friday 10 March. Artists talk and workshop: Wednesday 22 March.

Women in the Heights 2017, postcard (front)

In celebration of Women’s History Month, NoMAA in partnership with Broadway Housing Communities and the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling present the exhibition “Women in the Heights – Disruption,” featuring the work of 28 women artists of Uptown Manhattan. Curated by Andrea Arroyo.

Location: Rio II Gallery, 583 Riverside Dr (at 135th St), New York, NY 10031

Dates: 10–30 March 2017
Gallery hours: Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; free and open to the public

Opening reception: Friday 10 March 2017, 6–9pm

Artists talk: Wednesday 22 March 2017, 6–8pm

Participating artists: Beatriz Albuquerque, Karen Berman, Susan Bresler, Amara Clark, Rose Deler, Diane Drescher, Sharese Ann Frederick, Julann Gebbie, Xóchitl Gil-Higuchi, Michelle Orsi Gordon, Wilhelmina Grant, Dianne Hebbert, Maggie Hernandez, Fernanda Hubeaut, Anna Lambert, Lilia Levin, RoughAcres/RL McKee, Alexandra Momin, Nancy Palubniak, Lysander Puccio, Leticia Quezada, Nancy Rakoczy, Diana Schmertz, Adrienne Stamler, Renata Stein, Rachel Sydlowski, Yasuyo Tanaka and Yona Verwer/Katarzyna Kozera.

Artists talk and workshop

On Wednesday 22 March 2017, 6–8pm, join the artists of “Women in the Heights – Disruption” as they share their processes and visions, followed by the workshop titled “Facing today’s challenges as artists and citizens.” This workshop is appropriate for emerging and mid-career artists of all disciplines.

The artists talk/workshop is FREE and open to the public. RSVP ►

Women in the Heights 2017, postcard

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