Technical Assistance Workshops, May–June 2017

Are you participating in this year’s Uptown Arts Stroll? Looking to fine tune your marketing skills online and in person for the Stroll or another program? NoMAA is offering a set of free workshops in May and June. Space is limited. Must RSVP.

Are you participating in this year’s Uptown Arts Stroll? Looking to fine tune your marketing skills online and in person for the Stroll or another program? NoMAA is offering a set of free workshops in May and June. Space is limited. Must RSVP.


Led Black’s Social Media 101

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 6–8pm | RSVP »
CLOTH Technology Center, 2113 B Amsterdam Ave (at W 165th St), New York, NY 10032

Social media has changed, literally, everything. It has toppled governments, upended regimes and cast much-needed light on atrocities across the globe. Events that take place halfway around the world are beamed almost immediately to our computer screens and smartphones with a speed that borders on the magical. Led Black’s Social Media 101course will focus on Twitter and Instagram and will empower artists to expand, engage and cultivate their audience. Led Black’s beginner social media class distills his almost decade-long knowledge of social media to simplify the sometimes-mystifying social media landscape. The class will provide tips, tools and insights for artists to connect meaningfully with their followers.


Photoshop and Digital Work Flow with Alexis Ruiseco (bilingual)

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 6–8pm | RSVP »
CUNY in the Heights, 5030 Broadway (b/w W 213th and W 214th streets), New York, NY 10034

En Foco, in partnership with NoMAA, is pleased to present a bilingual workshop for emerging and established photographers in digital editing and production. We will be discussing the process and advantages of using layer masks for enhancing images. Topics covered will include dodging and burning, color correction, and organization to create productive workflow using Bridge, Photoshop, and Lightroom. This workshop is essential for emerging photographers who want to learn new techniques and for established photographers who want to brush up on their knowledge.


Explore Your Photographic Voice: Portfolio Review with Fabiola Jean-Louis and Tone Taghon

Tuesdays, 13 and 27 June 2017, 6–8pm | RSVP »
CLOTH Technology Center, 2113 B Amsterdam Ave (at W 165th St), New York, NY 10032

A picture is worth a thousand words: what will yours be? Join us in this two-day artist workshop conducted by renowned artist Fabiola Jean-Louis, and Tone Taghon, owner of Uptown Printing Studio and Color Expert. The workshop is ideal for all artists, from beginner to advanced, who want to grow, express and explore new ways to see their art.


What’s Your Story? Numbers Never Lie: Grantwriting with Jana La Sorte

Tuesday, 14 June 2017, 6–8:30pm | RSVP »
5030 Broadway (b/w W 213th and W 214th streets), 6th Fl conference room, New York, NY 10034

Ambassadora, in partnership with Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), is pleased to present “What’s Your Story? Numbers Never Lie,” a grantwriting workshop for emerging artists and nonprofits that focuses on the critical budget narrative. Once you have the story narrative of who you are and what you’re asking for and why, it’s vital that you create a clear budget narrative that matches and supports your compelling story narrative. We will discuss finding grants, the components of grants, crafting grant applications with the majority of our time spent on crafting the budget. This workshop will be friendly to even those who are afraid of budgets!


The Art of Speaking in Public with Armando “Mando” Batista (bilingual)

Monday, 26 June 2017, 6–9pm | RSVP »
Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, 530 W 166th St (at St Nicholas Ave), New York, NY 10032

This is a bilingual workshop for those who are interested in developing their social skills. You will participate in exercises, practices, and scenarios that will help you become a confident speaker. This is not a conventional public speaking class. You will not learn about formal and informal speeches, elocution, persuasion or diction.

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Drag Bingo @IndianRoadCafe – Fundraiser for Uptown Arts Stroll

Join us for a meal, drink or dessert and bingo! Benefitting NoMAA Uptown Arts Stroll, Thursday, April 27, 8pm – Drag Bingo @IndianRoadCafe.

Funds raised that evening will help underwrite the cost to us of performances at the Uptown Arts Stroll opening on Wednesday 31 May 2017, 6–9pm, at the United Palace.

Bingo cards are $3 each and four cards for $10. Prizes include dinner for two at the Indian Road Cafe, the Garden Cafe, 809 Restaurant and Lounge, gift certificates to ChocNYC, and two tickets to UP Theater Company’s next show “Lost/Not Found,” 3–19 May.

Your support on April 27 will be greatly appreciated and we hope that you will join us on that evening at the Indian Road Cafe.

Date: Thursday 27 April 2017, 8pm

Location:
Indian Road Cafe
600 W 218th St (at Indian Rd)
New York, NY 10034
(212) 942-7451

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Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance announces Uptown Arts Stroll opening night performers

The 15th annual Uptown Arts Stroll opening reception will feature performances by the Harambee Dance Company, musicians of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra and singer-songwriter Victor Rosso at the landmark United Palace on Broadway and West 175th Street on Wednesday 31 May 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release

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

New York, 20 April 2017 — The 15th annual Uptown Arts Stroll opening reception will feature performances by the Harambee Dance Company, musicians of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra and singer-songwriter Victor Rosso at the landmark United Palace on Broadway and West 175th Street on Wednesday 31 May 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

“Our opening night showcases three outstanding northern Manhattan talents that enrich the community’s cultural arts scene, and we are thrilled that they will join us at the United Palace to kick off the 15th Uptown Arts Stroll,” said Joanna E. Castro, Acting Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.

Uptown Arts Stroll 2017

The Harambee Dance Company pulls together the essence of African and African-American dance and music presenting if from an innovative and exciting new contemporary perspective. Artistic Director and resident choreographer Sandella Malloy developed a high-energy repertoire of African-based movement, modern dance forms, live percussion and original music, with vibrant costumes into captivating performances reflecting the majesty of the African Diaspora.

The Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra (WHCO) is a communal listening experience that celebrates diversity, engenders civic awareness and enriches lives. More than classical music, the WHCO strives to connect the best art across genres and cultures. Their home is Fort Washington Collegiate Church who partnered to present the orchestra’s second season in 2016–17. The WHCO, composed of professional musicians from Upper Manhattan, will produce nine concerts this year featuring its fine musicians who will present solo recitals and chamber music to the neighborhood.

Victor Rosso is an uptown singer-songwriter who started performing at age 14. After touring with renowned artists in Cuba along with his band of musicians, Victor moved to Cancun, Mexico where he found depth and inspiration in folkloric and traditional Cuban sounds mixed with organic and electro-acoustic music. Inspired by the Caribbean Sea and nature, Victor performed weekly to audiences of all ages on the shores of the beach and in jazz clubs throughout the city of Cancun. Driven by his family and university studies, he moved to Washington Heights where he works on various music projects and is a producer for other local musicians. Mr. Rosso’s Caribbean inspired music is performed weekly in Washington Heights-Inwood and elsewhere.

The Uptown Arts Stroll is a month-long arts festival from 31 May to 30 June 2017 that showcases performances and exhibitions by the rapidly growing Northern Manhattan arts community from West 135th Street to West 220th Street. It will include the very popular Open Studios in West Harlem and Washington Heights on Sunday 10 June, and in Inwood on Sunday 17 June, 1–6pm.

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. The printed guide (20,000 copies) will be distributed by the Manhattan Times and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance starting in mid-May, and for more information on the Uptown Arts Stroll and the online guide, which will be continuously updated, please see www.artstroll.com.

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Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to honor Elvis Nolasco, Patricia Cruz, Liz Ritter and Maggie Hernández-Knight at the Uptown Arts Stroll opening on May 31st

Washington Heights native and award winning actor Elvis Nolasco, the Executive Director of Harlem Stage and Aaron Davis Hall Patricia Cruz, the Chair of Community Board 12’s Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee Elizabeth Lorris Ritter, and uptown artist, dancer and entrepreneur Maggie Hernández-Knight will be honored at the opening reception of the 15th Uptown Arts Stroll on Wednesday, May 31st, from 6:00 to 8:30pm at the United Palace on Broadway and West 175th Street.

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release

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

New York, 4 April 2017 — Washington Heights native and award winning actor Elvis Nolasco, the Executive Director of Harlem Stage and Aaron Davis Hall Patricia Cruz, the Chair of Community Board 12’s Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee Elizabeth Lorris Ritter, and uptown artist, dancer and entrepreneur Maggie Hernández-Knight will be honored at the opening reception of the 15th Uptown Arts Stroll on Wednesday, May 31st, from 6:00 to 8:30pm at the United Palace on Broadway and West 175th Street.

The acting career of Elvis Nolasco started in a small theater room at George Washington High School and has included critically acclaimed roles in the hit comedy I LIKE IT LIKE THAT with Rita Moreno and Lauren Valez, and IN SEARCH OF A DREAM the number one grossing independent Latino film. Mr. Nolasco is cast in the ABC hit series AMERICAN CRIME by John Ridley and has appeared in several Spike Lee films.

Patricia Cruz recently completed a $26 million campaign to restore Harlem Stage, a 30-year old arts institution, and has raised millions for arts programming as the Executive Director of Harlem Stage and Aaron Davis Hall since 1998. Ms. Cruz led the campaign to renovate the Gatehouse, a 100-year old landmark, adjacent to Aaron Davis Hall, which was completed in 2006 and serves as a community catalyst.

A community dynamo and 34-year Washington Heights resident, Elizabeth Lorris Ritter is the Chair of Community Board 12’s Parks & Cultural Affairs Committee. Ms. Ritter was an early supporter of funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, which created the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. She currently serves as UP Theater Company’s Board President, and is the founding President of the Hudson Heights Owners Coalition.

Maggie Hernández-Knight developed a passion and her well-known signature skills as an abstract artist at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Born and raised in Washington Heights, the founder of JourneySpace, a studio that offered a wide variety of dance and movement classes, Ms. Hernández-Knight recently opened ButterflyMyst LLC and offers art-making workshops and a unique style of ballet barre.

Joanna E. Castro, Acting Executive Director of NoMAA said, “Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance is proud to announce the honorees for the 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll. The honorees are four outstanding individuals whose home and work are inspired by the cultural richness, diversity and inclusivity 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.

The Uptown Arts Stroll is a month-long arts festival from May 31 to June 30, 2017 that showcases 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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