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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