Open Call: Make Manhattan Count – 2020 Census PSA

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), in partnership with the Manhattan Borough President Office’s Make Manhattan Count Initiative, seeks PSA (Public Service Announcement) video submission of 30 seconds to 2 minutes to encourage participation in the 2020 Census.

(application form below)

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Open Call – Women in the Heights: Creating for the Future

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), in partnership with Broadway Housing Communities and The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling is seeking submissions for “Women in the Heights: Creating for the Future”.

March is Women’s History Month and women around the world are leading the way to a better future for all. This year, we invite artists to submit works that reflect and inspire empowerment and change. The 10th anniversary of the Women in the Heights exhibition will be held in a historic year in the USA, with the upcoming Presidential Election and the celebration of the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage.

Eligibility: Open to self-identified women artists working or residing in El Barrio, Inwood, Washington Heights or Harlem. Above 110th Street on the West Side (west of 5th Ave) and above 96th Street on the East Side (east of 5th Ave).

Wall-hung works in all fine art media will be considered for the exhibit, maximum width of all artworks is 36” (including frame).
Written/spoken word works (maximum 250 words) must be presented printed and framed as per framing guidelines.

Curated by Andrea Arroyo

Submission Deadline: January 30, 2020
Notification: February 7
Delivery of accepted works at the Rio II Gallery, 583 Riverside Drive (@ 135th Street): February 24 & 25, 10am-5pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5, 6-8pm
Exhibit dates: March 5 – 31
Artist Talk, Workshop and Closing Reception: March 31
Pick-up of work: After the closing March 31 or April 1-2

ACCEPTED WORK (please read and follow the instructions carefully):
Participating artists must provide all of the requested materials by the dates indicated above.
All artwork must be ready to hang.
All artwork must be presented in a professional manner (including: professional-grade framing, matting and display materials.) All works must have hanging wire attached to the back (at least 2” below top edge of work,) no other hanging hardware will be accepted (The gallery has a railing system with rods and hooks, no picture hanging hooks or nails will be used on the walls).
All work must be labeled on the back with artist’s name and title.
All artwork must be available for exhibition for the duration of the show.
Sales of artworks are not conducted by NoMAA. However, a price list will be available, and artists will be contacted directly by interested buyers. We suggest a donation of 15% of the sale to NoMAA to help sustain our gallery.
Images of the artwork may be used by NoMAA for promotion of the exhibit (for non-commercial purposes only).
Artists will be encouraged to participate in an artist talk.

Please note that Broadway Housing Communities has insurance coverage for the Rio II Gallery, 583 Riverside Drive. There is however no FINE ARTS insurance for individual pieces.

If you have any questions, call (212) 567 4394 or email

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Arrival Stories / Historias de llegadas – Open Mic

Open Mic. Micrófono Abierto

Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Buunni Coffee – 4961 Broadway, New York, New York 10034

A celebration of our immigrant stories through community art-making and an open mic! Storytelling, music, poetry, art, and everything in between. All languages welcome!

Hosted by Reza Salazar, with art-making facilitated by Josefina Hernandez.

Food and drink will be available for purchase from Buunni before the event.

This event is part of Uptown Reads, for which the 2019 selection is Angie Cruz’s Dominicana, a novel that was inspired by the arrival story of the author’s mother to Washington Heights.

Presented by Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) and Word Up: Community Bookshop – Libreria Comunitaria, in collaboration with Buunni Coffee Inwood, NYC Small Business Services/Neighborhood 360, and Washington Heights BID.

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

December 7, 2019 – NoMAA presented a day of professional development & networking for the creative and civic minded.

Curated and produced in collaboration with Kaisha S. Johnson of Women of Color in the Arts – (WOCA)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Manuela Arciniegas, Founder of Legacy Women + Director of Andrus Family Fund

ARTMAKING STATION sponsored by Blick Art Materials

Existence and Resistance: Black Women Propelling The Arts + Community Forward
– Tasha Douge, artist, activist, and cultural producer
– Karen D Taylor, founder, While We Are Still Here: Preserving Harlem’s History
– Melody Capote, executive director, Caribbean Cultural Center (CCCADI)
– Sarita Covington, co-founder, ACRE (Artists Creating Real Equity)

In the Face of Gentrification: Displacement and Its Impact on the Arts
– Nadema Agard, visual artist + director of Red Earth Studio Consulting Productions
– Sita Frederick, performing artist + director of Community Engagement at Lincoln Center Education
– Yin Kong, director, ThinkChinatown
– Elena Martinez, co-director, Bronx Music Heritage Center


400 Years of Inequality:
Black Women Built That:
Art in the Face of Gentrification:
Untangling Gentrification and Displacement:
Artists Guide to Not Being Complicit in Gentrification:
Gentrification as Cultural Appropriation, Art and Culture as Resistance:
Protecting A Borough’s Cultural Identity by Building Community:
Resources for Community Organizing:
Current exhibit at The Loisaida Center:
GoGo: The Official Music in Washington, D.C.  WDC

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2020 Census NEWS

The US Census Bureau is hiring in Upper Manhattan! Come speak with Census recruitment officers and apply for Census taker and administrative positions. Starting pay rate is $25 per hour! RSVP
The US Census Bureau is hiring in Upper Manhattan! Come speak with Census recruitment officers and apply for Census taker and administrative positions. Starting pay rate is $25 per hour! INFO / RSVP – click on flyer
Oct. 30, 2019
By Rachel Holliday Smith READ – click image
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announces the Complete Count Committee and Manhattan Counts Funding Initiative INFO – click image
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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.
Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM
5030 Broadway, 6th Floor Conference room

Led by Sarah Malaika, Partnership Specialist / New York Regional Office at U.S. Census Bureau

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

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Haven Plaza Bollard Beautification Project by Emely Perez

Haven Avenue between Fort Washington Ave and 169th Street

Emely Perez is a Washington Heights based artist whose work explores the relationship between nature and cultural identity. At Haven’s Plaza, her goal is to activate public space with illustrations of the native wildlife of Upper Manhattan in order to encourage environmental awareness and conversations about the places we share. The project is inspired by the Welikia Project, which catalogs the original ecology of Manhattan.

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.

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

WELCOME HAVEN Fun activities!

Read the Manhattan Times article by Greg McQueen in the October 20, 2019 edition
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Halloween Serigraph Printing with Reynaldo García Pantaleón

Trick or Treat @ 5030 Broadway
NoMAA presents a free workshop / taller gratuito – Serigraph Printing Session with / con 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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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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