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NoMAA’s Technical Assistance Institute 2019

Community, Displacement, and the Arts: 400 Years to the Future

Professional development & networking for the creative and civic minded

NoMAA’s TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE INSTITUTE 2019 – Curated and produced in collaboration with Women of Color in the Arts

Keynote Speaker: Manuela Arciniegas, Director of the Andrus Family Fund + Founder of Women’s Legacy Ensemble

Artmaking station sponsored by BLICK art materials

Pay what you wish – Suggested donation: $35 in advance, $45 at the door. / Includes lunch
Get Tickets HERE

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center
New York, NY

As we mark the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving to the shores of Jamestown, Virginia, as a nation, we finally have begun to face this centuries-long legacy of inequality. Despite an imbalance in power and systemic and structural barriers, the arts have kept our communities thriving. But as artists and cultural producers are displaced by high rents and gentrification, what does this mean for our ever-evolving communities? What role does the arts have in helping to dismantle structural inequities and sustain community? How can and how does the arts galvanize the power of the people to affect change? This full day symposium will begin to grapple with these questions while providing participants an opportunity to connect, vision, and build for the next 400 years.



11:00am – Welcome + Land Acknowledgements
11:15am – Introductions + Grounding
11:45am – Keynote by Manuela Arciniegas, Founder of Legacy Women + Director of Andrus Family Fund
12:15pm – Panel Discussion – Existence and Resistance: Black Women Propelling The Arts + Community Forward
1:30pm – Networking Lunch
2:00pm – Community Movement Workshop presented by Milteri Tucker of Bombazo Dance Company
2:15pm – Panel Discussion – In the Face of Gentrification: Displacement and Its Impact on the Arts
3:30pm – Film Screening: In The Face of What We Remember
presented by While We Are Still Here
3:45pm – Visioning for the Future + Community Art Project
5:00pm – Networking Happy Hour

We define technical assistance as the transmission of knowledge, experience, and expertise to tackle problems, big and small, within the arts sector and the world. We believe that robust conversations, sharing and learning with peers, and deep, critical conversations begin to give us the tools we need in order to work collaboratively, think proactively, and build our shed of practical instruments to sharpen our intellectual hardware for the future.

Existence and Resistance: Black Women Propelling The Arts + Community Forward
400 years of oppression have led to the systemic inequities we see today – from unequal distribution of wealth trickling down to inadequate resources for our cultural institutions to the appropriation of our land and cultural products for economic gain. While these injustices have certainly contributed to the destabilization of communities, building and maintaining creative capital have been key to helping historically disenfranchised communities survive. Black women, in particular, have always been at the center of this movement of (re)stabilizing communities, taking the lead as artists, activists, cultural workers, and organizers. Hear how Black women of the Diaspora are continuing to propel the arts field forward and helping our communities to not only survive, but, to thrive.

  • Tasha Douge, artist, activist, and cultural producer
  • Karen Taylor, founder, While We Are Still Here
  • Melody Capote, executive director, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
  • Sarita Covington, co-founder, ACRE (Artists Creating Real Equity)

In the Face of Gentrification: Displacement and Its Impact on the Arts
While the arts and artists have often been exploited for the sake of gentrification, history has shown us that the arts have been integral in helping to amplify social issues and mobilize communities. So the arts have also been a catalyst and critical component in the struggle against gentrification and, effectively, displacement – its prominent byproduct as experienced by many historically disenfranchised communities. It is clear that gentrification disproportionately affects artists and cultural creators but in what ways has displacement affected the arts sector? And what can artists and cultural institutions do to authentically help empower communities, mitigate the effects of displacement in the face of gentrification, and build for the future?

  • Nadema Agard, visual artist + Director of RED EARTH STUDIO CONSULTING / PRODUCTIONS
  • Sita Frederick, artist + director of Community Engagement at Lincoln Center Education
  • Yin Kong, director, Think Chinatown
  • Elena Martinez, co-director, Bronx Music Heritage Center
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Welcome Haven – Bollard Beautification Unveiling

Come for the unveiling of the Bollard Beautification Project, painted by local artist Emely Pérez and administered by NoMAA. Emely’s project isInspired by the Welikia Project, which catalogs the original ecology of Manhattan.

Welcome Haven will include: apples, apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, fruit infused water.
info: gca@cmu.columbia.edu

A special THANK YOU to:
Blick Art Supplies
Dianna Douglas, Volunteer at J Hood Wright Park
Chris Whitney, Friends of Inwood Hill Park

Photos by Max Newirth

WELCOME HAVEN Fun activities!

Columbia University Irving Medical Center has partnered with the New York City Department of Transportation Plaza Program in their efforts to create neighborhood plazas and transform city streets into vibrant, social public spaces. The NYC Plaza Program is a key part of the City’s effort to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk of quality open space.

Under this partnership CUIMC will oversee the implementation of Haven Plaza. Haven Plaza is an interim pedestrian plaza located on Haven Avenue between Fort Washington Ave and 169th Street that opened to the community on July 1, 2019. Haven Plaza, will be one of 73 plazas across New York City, aiming to provide and expand green open space, enhance pedestrian mobility, and increase community engagement for the 15,000 individuals that use this corridor on a daily basis. The plaza is much more than a campus center, it is a community space to be enjoyed by neighborhood residents and visitors.

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FALL FEST at Sherman Shriek! Park

NoMAA presents a free workshop: Gratitude Cards with Evelyn Suero / NoMAA presenta un taller gratuito: Tarjetas de Agradecimiento
Presented by New York Restoration Project, the afternoon will include face painting, poetry, portrait drawing, mask and puppet making, a magic show, musical performances, and more.
Sherman Creek Park, 10th Ave, Dyckman St and Harlem River Dr

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Halloween Serigraph Printing with Reynaldo García Pantaleón & Students of Gregorio Luperón High School

NoMAA presents a free workshop – Serigraph Printing Session with Reynaldo García Pantaleón
Come trick or treat in Workspace offices. A spooky time will be had by all.
Workspace 5030 Broadway @ 214 St, 6th Floor Pantry NYC

Trick or Treat @ 5030 Broadway
NoMAA presents a free workshop – Serigraph Printing Session with Reynaldo García Pantaleón & Students of Gregorio Luperón High School
Come trick or treat in Workspace offices. A spooky time will be had by all.
Workspace 5030 Broadway @ 214 St, 6th Floor Conference Room NYC

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CENSUS 101 WORKSHOP – Make Manhattan Count

Want to learn more about the importance of the 2020 Census and/or producing a program to bring awareness?
Join us for a workshop on Census 101.

Led by Sarah Malaika, Partnership Specialist / New York Regional Office at U.S. Census Bureau
5030 Broadway @214 St – 6th Floor Conference Room

Free. SPACE IS LIMITED – RSVP through EVENTBRITE required.

The census is much more than just a head count. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned. It also helps us see how our communities have changed over time. That’s why an accurate count is so important.

New York City must achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census. We have a creative plan to boost participation and are proud to have been awarded a Make Manhattan Count grant by Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President to put it into action.

Look for NoMAA’s open call for promotional graphics and one minute videos to encourage census participation at www.nomaanyc.org

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Open Call- Haven Plaza public art $7000 award

Columbia University Irving Medical Center in partnership with NoMAA (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance) invites artists to submit proposals that creatively address ways to cover 26 bollards (cement blocks 57”L x 30”H x 22”W) and the immediate walkways located at two entrances of Haven Plaza. The design must take into consideration the proximity to the Columbia Medical Center Nursery School as well as reflect the diversity of the uptown community.

One artist or team will be selected. Proposals should include a detailed budget that covers artist fees and materials. Total award will be $7,000 for the selected proposal. Artwork must be completed by September 26, 2019. The official unveiling of the project will take place during the Haven Plaza Health Fair on September 28. We invite the selected artist to lead an artmaking workshop.

NYC based artists are eligible to apply.
Northern Manhattan artists strongly encouraged to submit proposals.


  • Deadline: September 8, 2019, midnight.
  • Notification: week of September 9, 2019.
  • Install: weeks of September 16 and 23 and fully completed by Thursday, September 26, 2019.
  • Official unveiling: September 28, 2019 Noon until 5:30pm, as part of the annual Health Fair.


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UMEZ Arts Engagement & Creative Engagement Information Session 2020

RSVP on Eventbrite
Information sessions are offered in locations across Manhattan for artists, groups, and non-profit organizations interested in applying to our grant programs. Sessions include a review of the guidelines and useful information to help you put your best foot forward.

This session will cover UMEZ Arts Engagement and Creative Engagement and will be held in English and Spanish consecutive.

Note about who is required to attend an information session:

  • For UMEZ Arts Engagement, first time applicants are required to attend.
  • For Creative Engagement, first-time applicants and applicants who have not attended an information session for Creative Engagement in 2016 or later are required to attend.

Hosted in partnership with Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) and Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura.

For information regarding accessibility, please contact CreativeEngagement@lmcc.net, UMAE@lmcc.net or 212-219-9401 x 119.

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