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

PANEL DISCUSSIONS
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

RESOURCE LIST
As recommended by Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA)
400 Years of Inequality:
http://www.400yearsofinequality.org
Black Women Built That:
https://nwlc.org/blog/black-women-built-that-activist-queens-featuring-elaine-brown-opal-tometi/
Art in the Face of Gentrification:
https://shelterforce.org/2017/07/21/art-face-gentrification/
Untangling Gentrification and Displacement:
https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/8/1/untangling-gentrification-and-displacement
Artists Guide to Not Being Complicit in Gentrification:
https://hyperallergic.com/385176/an-artists-guide-to-not-being-complicit-with-gentrification/
Gentrification as Cultural Appropriation, Art and Culture as Resistance:
https://shelterforce.org/2017/08/23/cultural-ramifications-gentrification-new-orleans/
Protecting A Borough’s Cultural Identity by Building Community:
http://nycitylens.com/2018/02/bronx-art-vs-gentrification/

Resources for Community Organizing:
https://www.racialequitytools.org/act/strategies/community-organizing

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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 https://neighbors.columbia.edu/events/census-2020-harlem-recruitment-day
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
NYC CENSUS SCAM FIGHTERS GEARING UP FOR 2020 BATTLE
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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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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Haven Plaza Bollard Beautification Project

Columbia University Irving Medical Center has partnered with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) NYC 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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Open Call – Haven Plaza public art – $7000 award

APPLY BELOW
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.

TIMELINE

  • 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.

FREE ONLINE APPLICATION

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LMCC – UMEZ ARTS ENGAGEMENT info session


With support from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council – LMCC’s UMEZ Arts Engagement program provides technical support to applicants and awards of up to $10,000 to enhance the diversity and frequency of arts and cultural presentations in Upper Manhattan.

Monday, August 5, 6:30PM
Dominican Commission of Culture
541 West 145th St
Hosted in partnership with Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura.
Esta sesión será en inglés y español consecutivos.
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Fundraising Fundamentals with LMCC

The LMCC 2019 Fundraising Fundamental series is hosted in Partnership with Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA)

The LMCC 2019 Fundraising Fundamental series is hosted in Partnership with Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA)
Workshops are free, but space is limited and registration is required for each workshop on a first-come, first-served basis.

Budgeting 101
Thursday, August 1, 6:00PM Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center
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Grantwriting Basics for Artists
Thursday, August 15, 6:00PM at Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center
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Work Samples Do’s and Don’ts
Thursday, August 29, 6:00PM at Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center
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NoMAA Inwood Banners 2019

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance will showcase two of the 2019 Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest finalists as part of NoMAA’s Inwood banner program. The two local artists are Sirin Thada and Emely Francesca Perez.

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance will showcase two of the 2019 Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest finalists as part of NoMAA’s Inwood banner program. The two local artists are Sirin Thada and Emely Francesca Perez.

Thanks to funding from Small Business Services/N360 Grant and the Washington Heights Business Improvement District, NoMAA is again (first time was in 2016) showcasing work by uptown artists with banners placed throughout Inwood.

Learn more about the Sirin Thada and Emely Francesca Martinez here:

Emely Francesca Perez
Emely Francesca Perez
I was raised in Mexico City. I moved to the US when I was 15. Being the daughter of Mexican and Korean parents I have always been exposed to various cultures. My work focuses on the shared characteristics of different cultures, my childhood, and my life in New York. Living in Washington Heights I have explored the community and found inspiration for my artwork. I hope the banners encourage people to see more of their neighborhood and engage with the art community here.

Sirin Thada
Sirin Thada
Northern Manhattan is officially “home” for me and my husband, and we’ve been here for a total of almost a decade. We love Inwood for many reasons, which I wanted to celebrate in the artwork: spectacular birding, the last old growth forest in Manhattan, and most importantly, todos mis vecinos who brighten my day and are the heart of this neighborhood. I chose an old-fashioned woodblock style as a nod to the past, as this neighborhood has so much history to discover. From the ice age-era glacial potholes, to the Lenape rock caves, Inwood marble outcroppings, and a few traces left of what were once gilded-era mansions — I am very grateful to be a part of this vibrant community, y les agradezco mucho!

 

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