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.

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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 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.

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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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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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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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Press Alert: NoMAA Technical Assistance Institute 2012 to Host Experts on Arts Marketing and Law

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) invites artists and arts organizations to the NoMAA Technical Assistance Institute 2012, a one-day conference on 20 October 2012 designed to examine common issues in the arts and to share some of the fundamental steps to creating and sustaining a career as an artist and to developing and running a successful arts organization.

Media Contact: Sandra A. Garcia-Betancourt, +1 212 568-4396

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) invites artists and arts organizations to the NoMAA Technical Assistance Institute 2012, a one-day conference designed to examine common issues in the arts and to share some of the fundamental steps to creating and sustaining a career as an artist and to developing and running a successful arts organization.

This year’s NoMAA Technical Assistance Institute speakers and presenters are Carla Lynne Hall, a Musician and Online Marketing Specialist; David Kitto, VP of Marketing and Sales at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC; Sergio Muñoz-Sarmiento, Artist and Arts Lawyer; and Ms. Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney with Lawyers Alliance for New York.

NoMAA Technical Assistance Institute will be held on Saturday 20 October, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Malcolm X & Dr. Berry Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center, 3940 Broadway, New York, NY 10032.

The cost per person is $25 including NoMAA Membership. This event is free for current NoMAA Members and includes breakfast, lunch and networking session.

NoMAA Technical Assistance Institute 2012 is possible thanks to the support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), New York Community Trust, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Lawyers Alliance for New York.

For reservations, e-mail  or call +1 212 568-4396.

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