NoMAA’s Technical Assistance 2020 – We Can Breathe: Healing for the BIPOC Uptown Arts Community

Presented by NoMAA in partnership with Bread and Yoga & SoHumanity, we invite you to come be a part of We Can Breathe: Healing for the BIPOC Uptown Arts Community.

Join us for a FREE 9-video series of inspirational videos centered around Black, Indigenous, people of color in collaboration with artists from the Uptown community. Black, Indigenous and People of Color, as well as allies committed to dismantling white supremacy in themselves, their work and the world who are performers and artists are all welcome!


To view the full playlist and choose what you’d like to watch next, go to the upper right corner of the window and click the three lines with the triangle to show all videos.

ABOUT THE SERIES:
In this series we use the breath, stillness and movement exploration as tools for artists and performers to access their creativity. The word inspiration literally means the drawing in of breath! As artists, this is our call to action! To be filled with so much inspiration that our art moves us and others towards change.

Tanya Birl-Torres of SoHumanity and teacher at Bread and Yoga, will lead each video, pairing movement, breath work and space for contemplation with the works of uptown visual and musical artists as a means to ground, inspire and celebrate our community.

As we process the triple pandemic of COVID-19, systemic racism and climate change, we will use this platform as an opportunity to create space for artists to process the effects of these turbulent times and to liberate their artistic voice.

The videos will be released in 3 themes, 1 per week starting November 8th! There will be a 5-minute, 15-minute, and 30-minute videos for each week. You’ll be able to access the links to the videos at the bottom of this post as we release them.

DATES AND THEMES:

  • Week One (Nov. 8): Vulnerability as Strength
  • Week Two (Nov. 15): Love as Sacred Activism
  • Week Three (Nov. 22): Power in Joy
  • LIVE Event: TBA

ABOUT TANYA BIRL-TORRES
(CHOREOGRAPHER, MOVEMENT DIRECTOR, DANCER AND YOGA TEACHER)

Tanya believes in creating spaces that move us towards curiosity and connection. She has a passion and a vision to use her artistry to blur the lines between performer and audience, teacher and student, recognizing that we are all creative by nature of being born. Tanya has spent the past decade as a Broadway dancer, movement director and choreographer working with Institutions such as the Public Theater, The Signature Theater and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival to name a few. Tanya is also a trained 500 hr RYT Yoga Teacher with Illumina Yoga and has studied at The Presencing Institute at MIT, as a systems change facilitator. She is certified in trauma informed yoga and leads workshops for yoga students, public school educators and artists on ‘Embodying Change’ and ‘Reclaiming the Rights of the Body.’ She currently teaches weekly at Bread and Yoga in Inwood and has dedicated her classes to the resistance and dismantling of white BODY supremacy in spiritual and wellness spaces.

Tanya is focused on taking powerful ideas and visions and grounding them in the body. Tanya works at the intersection of the arts, justice and systemic change teaching people how to hold difficult conversations coming up through their artistry, home and work lives and sharing how we enter into them while staying present and in the body. She believes that in itself is an act of justice. Using movement, yoga, creative connection and curiosity as a means to ground, source and embody the truth of who we are.

Connect with Tanya: SoHumanity.com | @sohumanity

COLLABORATIONS:

WILSON TORRES (PERCUSSIONIST AND WAHI NATIVE)
Wilson is a graduate of The Juilliard School M.A.P, The Juilliard School Pre College program and F.H LaGuardia High School of Music and Art (Fame). He received his B.M, M.M in Orchestral Performance from The Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Duncan Patton and Christopher S. Lamb. Broadway Credits include Tony and Grammy Award winning musical “In the Heights”, “Les Misérables” (25th anniversary revival), “Lysistrata Jones”, “The Wiz” (Encores),“On Your Toes” (Encores), “Cabin in the Sky” (Encores), “Invisible Thread” (2nd Stages) and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Tours: “Lion King” (1st National), “Lion King” (Cheetah) and “Wicked” (1st National). Orchestral credits include San Francisco Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Staten Island Symphony and Albany Symphony. Film/TV: Smash, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Oceans 8, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Fosse/Verdon, West Side Story and In The Heights. Wilson is the percussionist for Camile A. Brown and Dancers and is a proud endorser of Latin Percussion and Sabian Cymbals.

CURTIS STEWART@CURTIS.STEWART_VIOLIN

Grammy nominated violinist Curtis Stewart enjoys an eclectic career bouncing between various realms of music: from MTV specials with Wyclef Jean and sold out shows at Madison Square Garden with Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and Seal, to stints at the Kennedy center with the Jimmy Heath Big Band and performance installations at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Curtis has performed as a classical soloist at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, as a special guest soloist/curator with the New York Philharmonic, made chamber music appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Newport Jazz Festival. His ensembles PUBLIQuartet and The Mighty Third Rail realize a vision to find personal and powerful connections between styles, cultures and musics. Curtis has worked with today’s forward thinking musicians including Henry Threadgill, Jason Moran, members of International Contemporary Ensemble, Billy Childs, the JACK quartet, members of Snarky Puppy, Don Byron, Linda Oh, Ari Hoenig, Matt Wilson, among many others.

An avid teacher, he has taught chamber music at the Juilliard School, orchestra/strings/music theory at the Laguardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts for ten years, and is currently the Chamber Music and New Juilliard Ensemble Manager at the Juilliard School, in New York City. Curtis graduated magna cum laude from the Eastman School of Music with a BA of Mathematics from the University of Rochester.

DANIEL WATTS — IG/Twitter: @dwattswords
WattsWords Productions – www.wattswords.com

Daniel J. Watts is a 2020 Tony Award nominee and Outer Critics Circle Award Winner for his portrayal of Ike Turner in the hit broadway musical TINA. He has appeared in nine Broadway shows including Hamilton, Memphis, and After Midnight. He received the Barrymore Award (Peoples Light) and the LA Ovation Award (Geffen Playhouse) for best featured actor for his portrayal of Sammy Davis, Jr. in “Lights Out: Nat King Cole” opposite Dulé Hill. TV credits include Season 3 of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, Seasons 1 & 2 of “The Last OG”, “Blindspot”, & “Vinyl”.

Off-Broadway he has starred as the title character in Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Death of the Last Black Man in the Entire World AKA The Negro Book of the Dead” (Signature Theatre) & “Whorl Inside A Loop” (2nd Stage).

A play-on-words, Daniel J. Watts’ THE JAM pays homage to Watts’ great-grandmother who, after making jam from scratch, would share with others what she
was unable to consume herself. THE JAM is Watts’ continuation of that
legacy, blending elements of stand-up comedy and compelling storytelling with his
original spoken word, often set to music and/or dance. The Jam: Only Child was a wide success at the 2020 Public Theatre Under The Radar Festival and will be streamed as part of the Signature Theater (DC) 2020-2021 season.

His original work and musical collaborations are featured on Raphael Saadiq’s newest album “Jimmy Lee”, Tituss Burgess’ “Saint Tituss”, Divinity Roxx’s ImPossible, Nick Blaemire’s “Ampersand”; as a contributing artist for Armstrong Now in conjunction with The Louis Armstrong House Museum; and featured in the young adult anthology “How I Resist” edited by New York Times Best Seller Maureen Johnson for Wednesday Books/Macmillan.

Watts is an artist in residence at ASU Gammage and has also served as an adjunct professor of NYU’s Tisch New Studio.

BFA Graduate Elon University Music Theatre Program. 2011 Young Alumnus Award Recipient.

This event is made possible by ConEdison, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Manhattan Borough President Gale A Brewer & The Manhattan Community Award.

Creative Engagement Through Art

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 6:30 – 8:30pm
Inwood Center – 5030 Broadway (@214 St) 6th floor Conference Room
RSVP REQUIRED
www.nomaanyc.eventbrite.com

A Placemaking workshop with Ambassadora’s Jana La Sorte

Get an overview of the growing field and trend of creative placemaking, which connects to the desire of artists and communities to embrace art-making in hands-on and communal ways that build stronger, functional and connected communities.

The recent UMEZ/LMCC grant opportunity related to this as do grant opportunities with the city and other funders. The workshop will largely focus on creative engagement strategies that serve you, your art, your organization and the creative and citizen community at large. Local uptown arts examples will be shared. Results of creative engagement include larger audiences; more donations and purchases; more committed supporters and funders; and energized citizens who sustain the ripple effect of involvement and fully understand the importance of local arts/artists.

Arts, Community and Equity

ARTS, COMMUNITY AND EQUITY
Professional development & networking for the creative and civic minded
NoMAA’s Technical Assistance Institute 2018 – Saturday, November 3, 2018  9am – 3pm at Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center

Professional development & networking for the creative and civic minded

NoMAA’s Technical Assistance Institute 2018
Suggested Admission: $25 in advance / $35 at the door (Breakfast and lunch provided)
Eventbrite - Arts, Community and Equity

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018  9am – 3pm
Venue: Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center / 530 W 166th St, New York, NY 10032
Keynote: Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression – Ford Foundation
Moderator: Alicia Grullón
Coordinator: Charlie Vázquez
Social Media Partner: Museum Hue

BronxNet Host Daren Jaime talks with Joanna Castro,Executive Director of  NoMAA

Panels: (panelist bios below)

  • Technology: Bridges to New Engagement with Marco Castro Cosio, Lisa Daniell, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez and Monica O. Montgomery
  • Women on the Frontlines with Blanka Amezkua, Minerva Diaz, Juanita Lanzo and Yelaine Rodriguez
  • Gentrification and Cultural Preservation with Tomie Arai, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Edwin Pagan and Adrián “Viajero” Román
  • The Arts as Healing Practices with Nancy Bruning, Maggie Hernandez, Marcus Smalls and Curtis D. Young

Rocío Aranda-Alvarado / KEYNOTE
Rocío Aranda-Alvarado is a program officer at the Ford Foundation on the Creativity and Free Expression team. Prior to this she was curator at El Museo del Barrio, where she organized numerous exhibitions including Presente! The Young Lords in New York and Antonio López: Future Funk Fashion. She was also curator at Jersey City Museum, where she organized retrospectives of the work of Chakaia Booker and Raphael Montañez Ortiz. She is also on the adjunct faculty at the City College of New York. Rocío lived in Washington Heights and Inwood from 1994 to 2014.

Alicia Grullón / MODERATOR
Alicia Grullón has exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and El Museo del Barrio. She’s received grants from Department of Cultural Affairs, Franklin Furnace Archives and Bronx River Art Center for the City’s Immigrant Culture Initiative. She’s a contributing author in “Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts: But How Does it Work?” from Palgrave MacMillian. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Creative Time Reports, Village Voice and ArtNews. Grullon is an Artist-in-Residence at The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University.

Charlie Vázquez / COORDINATOR
Charlie Vázquez is an author and cultural consultant with over thirty years’ experience in the creative sector: as a musician, photographer, fundraiser, festival planner, exhibit developer, freelance editor, program manager, teaching artist and technology strategist. He’s published several books of fiction and poetry and edited four anthologies of fiction and memoir. Charlie served as festival coordinator for Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra for four years as well as having directed the BCA Bronx Writers Center for five. He lives and works in the Bronx where he discovered his love for the arts as a child.

PANELISTS:

TECHNOLOGY: BRIDGES TO NEW ENGAGEMENT

Marco Castro Cosio (NYU ITP ’10) has worked as curator of art exhibitions in New York and Mexico. He was the MediaLab director at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and worked as Visitor Experience Manager at the Queens Museum. As an artist, his project Bus Roots seeks to equip buses with a lightweight green garden. Marco was part of the UN Rio +20 and was a TED speaker-in-residence. Currently, he’s an adjunct professor at Columbia University within the School of Anthropology, a Research Fellow at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.

Lisa Daniell With a background in art and publishing, Lisa Daniell has been an organizer since 1994 and holds the role of Operations Manager of Women’s Press Collective (WPC), an all-volunteer, non-government funded membership association dedicated to organizing alternative press resources in the interest of poor and working communities. WPC places a special focus on the needs of low-paid working women. Ms. Daniell provides on-the-job training in the organizing and technical skills for building community-based media, independent of government or corporate control. WPC runs a free-of-charge Publication Benefit Program where members receive training in writing, journalism, graphic design and printing.

Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez is a Caribbean New Yorker, father, Atheist some days, Non-Theist Agnostic on others, socialist, ethical polyamorist, dropout, GED holder, autodidact, educator, debater, marijuana advocate, as well as a Hip Hop, sneaker, comic book and sci-fi loving non-Latino/a/x identifying Dominican Puerto Rican. An artist born on a military base in North Carolina in 1976, he’s taught and spoken at institutions nationally and internationally, exhibiting at El Museo del Barrio, Studio Museum of Harlem and Centro Leon Museum among others. Washington Heights resident since 1984. “My work conveys my anxiety and thrill regarding history, how that history manifests in the present, and the present’s implications for the future.”

Monica O. Montgomery, is an arts and culture consultant and diversity, equity, inclusion trainer, using a social justice framework to foster innovation and new outcomes that bridge the equity gap between people and institutions. She is the principal trainer of ‘IDEAL Culture Environments of Equity’ platform. She works internationally to facilitate diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives with clients throughout Europe, Africa and North America. She is cofounder and strategic director of Museum Hue, a multicultural force advocating for people of color in arts, culture and museums. She is currently a fellow with the Human Impacts Institute.

WOMEN ON THE FRONTLINES

Blanka Amezkua: artist, cultural promoter and educator. She was formally trained as a painter, studied in Florence, Italy, and received her B.A. from California State University, Fresno. Recipient of the BRIO award from the Bronx Council on the Arts in 2007, she initiated an artist-run project called the Bronx Blue Bedroom Project in 2008. In 2010, the project’s two-year trajectory was included in Greater New York: 5 Year Review at MoMA-PS 1 and Alternative Histories at Exit Art. Between 2010–2016 she lived in Athens, Greece. She currently runs AAA3A (Alexander Avenue Apartment 3A), an artist space on Alexander Avenue in Mott Haven, South Bronx.

Minerva Diaz was a painter with DC-9, an HVAC engineer at Disney ABC, and a road producer in the auto-industry until its collapse in 2008, which led her to pursue her passion of being an artist. It all started when then Senator Obama signed her work. Now she has a growing collection signed by other influential individuals. Her work is permanently displayed at the Rosa Parks School and the Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki, Japan. It has also been published and featured at multiple UN summits. Minerva Diaz is the Director of Operations at the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem and continues to tell visual stories through her work.

Juanita Lanzo is a visual artist based in New York City. She’s exhibited at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in New Jersey, BronxArtSpace, Wallworks and Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos in New York, as well as at Museo Contemporáneo, Caguas and Galería Francisco Oller in Puerto Rico. Her curatorial focus is on women of color and LGBTQ artists; race, gender and immigration. Lanzo has been sought for her industry expertise by Wave Hill, MTA’s Arts for Transit, Percent for Art, Center for the Book Arts and the Lower East Side Printshop. She graduated from City College of New York (MFA, 2004) and the University of Puerto Rico (BFA, 1996).

Yelaine Rodriguez is a Bronx based Artist/Curator. Founder of La Lucha: D.R & Haiti: One Island, an artist-based organization. Since 2014, La Lucha has hosted artist talks and exhibitions with the Dominican/Haitian Diaspora. Rodriguez graduated from Parsons the New School of Design in 2013 and Central St. Martins London. Rodriguez is the recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship, Wave Hill 2018 & a Fellow at Caribbean Cultural Center of the African Diaspora 2017. She has exhibited at BRAC, American Museum of Natural History, Rush Art Gallery, and El Centro Cultural de España in the Dominican Republic. She currently teaches at Parsons the New School of Design in NY.

GENTRIFICATION AND CULTURAL PRESERVATION

Tomie Arai is a public artist who collaborates with local communities to create visual narratives that give meaning to the spaces we live in. She’s designed public works for the NYC Percent for Art program, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the MTA Arts for Transit program, and for US GSA Art in Architecture. Her latest public commission will be an architectural glass mural for the new Central Subway Station in San Francisco’s Chinatown, sponsored by the SF MTA. Tomie is a co-founder of the Chinatown Art Brigade, a cultural collective that mobilizes against gentrification and displacement.

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is a writer, vocalist and sound artist. She’s the author of the poetry collection TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Her interdisciplinary work has been featured nationally and internationally. As a curator and director, she’s staged events at BAM Café, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The David Rubenstein Atrium, The Highline, Poets House and El Museo del Barrio. LaTasha has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Japan-US Friendship Commission and Creative Capital, as well as Whiting Foundation’s Literary Award. She’s a native of Harlem.

Edwin Pagan is a New York-based artist, cultural advocate, and thought leader with over 25 years’ experience in utilizing the arts as anchors for community revitalization via an approach called “Cultural Identity Reclamation”. He’s championed this since the 1990s to inform his organizing work. Pagán is program manager of Bronx Culture Collective, where he partners with South Bronx-based organizations to strengthen and unify arts resources in the region as a tool for empowerment and to collectively address the most pressing social issues in the region—including gentrification. He’s the communications and media director for Nos Quedamos.

Adrián “Viajero” Román’s work is informed by issues of race, migration and identity while exploring both the personal and historical memory of the two disparate worlds he inhabits: the tropical landscape of Puerto Rico and the cityscape of New York. His practice combines drawing, painting and sculpture within immersive installation environments composed of objects collected from different communities, from salvaged wood and window frames to historic artifacts. The result often draws upon the history and memory embedded in the objects. He’s interested in the continuity of time, and in how these interventions may bring these living histories forward to the present.

THE ARTS AS HEALING PRACTICES

Nancy BruningNancy Bruning is the author of over 20 books on health and fitness. She’s the founder of Nancy Bruning’s Nancercize, an experienced public speaker, and popular leader of outdoor fitness classes for all ages and abilities. Nancy augmented her art degree from Pratt Institute with a Masters Degree in Urban Public Health from Hunter College/CUNY. She believes that expanding and connecting our concepts of art and fitness work to benefit them both.

Maggie Hernandez-Knight Maggie Hernandez-Knight is a visual artist known for her brightly colored abstract paintings. Over a lifetime, Maggie has used her creativity to reinvent herself. Her first love was classical ballet. Alongside dance, Maggie worked primarily in banks. In the mid 90’s she landed at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she became an abstract artist. She eventually became certified as a life coach and published a book about her healing journey, The Magic of Succeeding. In 2013, Maggie left the banking world to open JourneySpace, a dance (and sometimes visual art) studio, which she ran for five years. MariposaMaggie, her current project, is built upon her foundational experiences; combining her love of the arts with personal development and community building.

Marcus Smalls is a teaching artist and youth development professional with extensive experience in training, group facilitation and curriculum development. Over the past twenty years Marcus has utilized his lifelong love of Hip Hop culture and artistic background as a writer, blogger, poet, and spoken word artist to moderate creative environments, which focus on themes of spirituality, identity and goals. Marcus is a VONA/Voices Fiction alumnus and former Bronx Council on the Arts/Bronx Writers Corps Fellow. He’s currently an Artist in Residence/Teaching Artist for Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Curtis D. Young is an advocate of youth education programs focusing on art and opportunity expansion. He joined Artistic Noise as Executive Director in 2017, after more than 10 years in education at leading non-profit organizations including iEARN-USA, where he managed U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs programs, and most recently, the Ross Institute. He obtained his B.A. in Political Science from Hampton University and completed coursework in Urban Planning at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. He serves as Board of Directors (Chair) for The Laundromat Project and is a member of NYC Community Board 12.

Technical Assistance Institute Fall 2017

NoMAA is proud to showcase and celebrate innovative, community-led arts initiatives that are working to expand arts and culture capacity and equity through cross-sector collaboration and inclusive community engagement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NoMAA’s Technical Assistance Institute: Arts, Community & Equity

Coordinator: Natalie Espino
Keynote Speaker: Monica O. Montgomery (Museum of Impact)
Moderator: Stephanie A. Cunningham
Executive Director of NoMAA: Joanna Castro

Suggested Admission: $25 online / $35 at the door
REGISTER

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance NoMAA is proud to showcase and celebrate innovative, community-led arts initiatives that are working to expand arts and culture capacity and equity through cross-sector collaboration and inclusive community engagement.

The NoMAA 2017 Technical Assistance Institute will be mini symposium organized around the general theme of alternative, community-based, arts-and-culture programming in our uptown neighborhoods. Invited panelists from various organizations working in the arts and beyond will be asked to give a brief summary highlighting examples of progress -successes and stumbles- and outlining future goals. The audience will include artists, educators, arts organizations, as well as partners in government, business, health, faith and other organizations engaged in the arts or community development. Participants will walk away with practical steps they might implement or adapt in their work as artists, educators or stakeholders in our on-going efforts to support artistic and creative experiences as essential parts of daily life and to preserve uptown’s cultural legacy.

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About Keynote Speaker /  Monica O. Montgomery:
Founding Director Museum of Impact / Strategic Director Museum Hue / Curator Upstanders Fest
Tedx Talk : ‘How To Be An Upstander’
Community Engager Every Mother Mural & #TheArtIsOursGallery in Portland
Advisor : Museums As Sites of Social Action & Museum Camp & Audience Diversity Academy
Graduate Professor : Assistant Professor at NYU & Pratt Institute / Adjunct at Harvard University
Author : Chapters in Fwd: Museums Journal & Museum in Motion & Edu-Curation in Art Museums

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Topics and Panelists:

o Arts in Partnership with Literacy and Education

Veronica Liu, Word Up Bookstore/Libreria Comunitaria
Danita Nichols, New York Public Library, Inwood Branch
Janifer Wilson, Sisters Uptown Bookstore
Charlie Vazquez, Bronx Writers Center

o Arts Equity and Accessibility and Local Empowerment

Andrea Profili, Orchestrating Dreams
Eileen Reyes Arias, Mayor’s Office for immigrant Affairs IDNYC Cultural Benefits Programs
Daniel Renner, TDF Theatre Development Fund

o Supportive and Cooperative Housing and the Arts

Ana Ofelia Rodriguez, Broadway Housing Communities (BHC)/Rio Galleries
Karisa Antonio, Lantern Community Services
Jerald Frampton, Odyssey House Art Project
Rolinda Ramos, El Barrio’s Art Space

o Building Cultural Capacity Updates, Lessons, Future directions

Perian Carson, DCLA Building Cultural Capacity Project and Culture NYC
Aaron Simms, NMAC Northern Manhattan Arts and Culture
Mino Lora, Northern Manhattan Agenda Arts subcommittee
Caron Atlas, Naturally Occurring Cutural Districts

 

Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Saturday December 2, 9am-3pm
Gregorio Luperón High School
501 W 165 St. New York, NY

NYC Department of Cultural AffairsThis program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

 

NoMAA’s TA Workshops are also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Technical Assistance Workshops, May–June 2017

Are you participating in this year’s Uptown Arts Stroll? Looking to fine tune your marketing skills online and in person for the Stroll or another program? NoMAA is offering a set of free workshops in May and June. Space is limited. Must RSVP.

Are you participating in this year’s Uptown Arts Stroll? Looking to fine tune your marketing skills online and in person for the Stroll or another program? NoMAA is offering a set of free workshops in May and June. Space is limited. Must RSVP.


Led Black’s Social Media 101

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 6–8pm | RSVP »
CLOTH Technology Center, 2113 B Amsterdam Ave (at W 165th St), New York, NY 10032

Social media has changed, literally, everything. It has toppled governments, upended regimes and cast much-needed light on atrocities across the globe. Events that take place halfway around the world are beamed almost immediately to our computer screens and smartphones with a speed that borders on the magical. Led Black’s Social Media 101course will focus on Twitter and Instagram and will empower artists to expand, engage and cultivate their audience. Led Black’s beginner social media class distills his almost decade-long knowledge of social media to simplify the sometimes-mystifying social media landscape. The class will provide tips, tools and insights for artists to connect meaningfully with their followers.


Photoshop and Digital Work Flow with Alexis Ruiseco (bilingual)

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 6–8pm | RSVP »
CUNY in the Heights, 5030 Broadway (b/w W 213th and W 214th streets), New York, NY 10034

En Foco, in partnership with NoMAA, is pleased to present a bilingual workshop for emerging and established photographers in digital editing and production. We will be discussing the process and advantages of using layer masks for enhancing images. Topics covered will include dodging and burning, color correction, and organization to create productive workflow using Bridge, Photoshop, and Lightroom. This workshop is essential for emerging photographers who want to learn new techniques and for established photographers who want to brush up on their knowledge.


Explore Your Photographic Voice: Portfolio Review with Fabiola Jean-Louis and Tone Taghon

Tuesdays, 13 and 27 June 2017, 6–8pm | RSVP »
CLOTH Technology Center, 2113 B Amsterdam Ave (at W 165th St), New York, NY 10032

A picture is worth a thousand words: what will yours be? Join us in this two-day artist workshop conducted by renowned artist Fabiola Jean-Louis, and Tone Taghon, owner of Uptown Printing Studio and Color Expert. The workshop is ideal for all artists, from beginner to advanced, who want to grow, express and explore new ways to see their art.


What’s Your Story? Numbers Never Lie: Grantwriting with Jana La Sorte

Tuesday, 14 June 2017, 6–8:30pm | RSVP »
5030 Broadway (b/w W 213th and W 214th streets), 6th Fl conference room, New York, NY 10034

Ambassadora, in partnership with Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), is pleased to present “What’s Your Story? Numbers Never Lie,” a grantwriting workshop for emerging artists and nonprofits that focuses on the critical budget narrative. Once you have the story narrative of who you are and what you’re asking for and why, it’s vital that you create a clear budget narrative that matches and supports your compelling story narrative. We will discuss finding grants, the components of grants, crafting grant applications with the majority of our time spent on crafting the budget. This workshop will be friendly to even those who are afraid of budgets!


The Art of Speaking in Public with Armando “Mando” Batista (bilingual)

Monday, 26 June 2017, 6–9pm | RSVP »
Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, 530 W 166th St (at St Nicholas Ave), New York, NY 10032

This is a bilingual workshop for those who are interested in developing their social skills. You will participate in exercises, practices, and scenarios that will help you become a confident speaker. This is not a conventional public speaking class. You will not learn about formal and informal speeches, elocution, persuasion or diction.

NoMAA NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program

NoMAA presents the Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, an intensive, multi-day professional development opportunity that delves into the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts. Application deadline: 29 March 2017.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts’ State and Local Partnerships program, is pleased to announce the second year of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, a series of professional development programs for the arts communities in New York State conducted over a three-year period.

NoMAA presents the Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, an intensive, multi-day professional development opportunity that delves into the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts.

Topics to be featured include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material will be drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook, “The Profitable Artist” (Allworth Press, 2011).

The Boot Camp’s structure is a blend of formal lectures, breakout groups, and one-on-one meetings. Participants work through a flexible and dynamic “action plan” that provides a blueprint for their future project, career, and business goals.

There is no charge to participate in the Artist as Entrepreneur Program. Artists interested in attending are required to apply, and participants are selected by a panel review process. Artists of all disciplines and career stages are encouraged to apply.

All programs are offered free-of-charge to participants.

Apply here »

Deadline: 29 March 2017

Location: Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance5030 Broadway, New York, NY 10034

Program dates: 28–30 April 2017

Meet & greet: Friday, 28 April, 6–8pm

Workshop sessions:

  • Saturday, 29 April, 10am–4pm
  • Sunday, 30 April, 10am–4pm

Attendance is mandatory to all sessions, please check your calendar before applying

Eligibility:

  • Open to artists in all disciplines and career stages
  • Artists living and working in New York City**

Guidelines
For the application we ask you provide:

  • Your long terms goals and why you are interested in applying to this program.
  • A narrative bio of your professional career
  • A link to your website or online presence
  • Work samples

*First-time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal.
**Priority will be given to artists in the North Manhattan area; however, the program is open to artists throughout New York City.

Notification: On or before 7 April 2017

On selection into the program, artists will be asked to pay a $25 program deposit, which will be automatically refunded if artists attend all sessions. If a family or medical emergency prevents attendance, this would be considered an exception to the rule.

Questions: [ click to reveal email ]

This program is made possible through New York State Council on the Arts, State and Local Partnerships, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Learn about NYFA’s Arts Business Incubator (ABI) Program

Applications for NYFA’s Arts Business Incubator (ABI) Program are now open. NYFA will be conducting several information sessions throughout NYC to give additional information on the program and upcoming opportunities. NYFA would like to invite you to attend to learn more about the ABI program in general, and the application process specifically, and to ask any questions you have.

Applications for NYFA’s Arts Business Incubator (ABI) Program are now open. NYFA will be conducting several information sessions throughout NYC to give additional information on the program and upcoming opportunities. NYFA would like to invite you to attend to learn more about the ABI program in general, and the application process specifically, and to ask any questions you have.

See the application presentation (PDF, 189KB).

NYFA ABI Information Session at Lair East
Date: 1 October 2016, 10:30–11:30am
Location: 424 Broadway, Suite 602, New York, NY 10013
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NYFA ABI Information Session
Date: 15 September 2016, 7–8pm
Location: NYFA, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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NYFA ABI Information Session, co-hosted in partnership with NoMAA
Date: 28 September 2016, 6:30–7:30pm
Location: NoMAA, 5030 Broadway, Suite 723, New York, NY 10034
RSVP: Joanna E. Castro

NoMAA Technical Assistance Workshops 2016

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) is pleased to offer the following Technical Assistance Workshops during the Uptown Arts Stroll 2016.

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) is pleased to offer the following Technical Assistance Workshops during the Uptown Arts Stroll 2016.

E-mail for more details on all the workshops.


Essentials of Grant Writing

This two-hour workshop led by grant writing specialist Melissa Sandor is a rapid-fire writing session. Participants will learn how to craft a project description that can be used to develop full grant proposals and project narratives. A brief overview of proposal basics will also be covered. Handouts will be supplied for further reading.

Date: Wednesday 8 June 2016, 6–8pm
Location: YM/YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave (b/w Broadway and Ellwood St), New York, NY 10040 (ADA-compliant)

Free! Space is limited. RSVP:


Activist Love Letters – Immigration and Heroes from Home!

An emphatic thank you for those who stand strong for their beliefs. This two-hour session explores the waves of immigration of different ethnic communities, from the era of the Dyckman family to families of the present day. We will learn about everyday people at the forefront of championing change, promoting tolerance and humanizing the immigration journey. In partnership with Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, “Activist Love Letters” offers a forum for everyday people to see themselves as movement builders learning to intersect with art, culture and history through letter writing and dialogue. Led by Monica O. Montgomery, Strategic Director, Museum Hue.

Date: Thursday 9 June 2016, 6–8pm
Location: Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, 4881 Broadway (at W 204th St), New York, NY 10034

Free! RSVP:


Tango for You 2

More than 100 years since its inception in the Rio de la Plata (River Plate), tango has a rich history with different eras and influences. Learn how it has become an international craze. Learn about its health benefits, too. Screening of the film “Tango” (1933, in Spanish with English subtitles) followed by an interactive lecture led by Polly Ferman, renowned pianist and cultural entrepreneur.

Date: Monday 13 June 2016, 6–8pm
Location: Isabella Geriatric Center, Larson Library, 515 Audubon (at W 190th St), New York, NY 10040 (ADA-compliant)

Free! Space is limited. RSVP: . More info: (212) 342-9539.


Photographs to Final Prints

A two-part workshop on the process of saving digital and instant film photographs, choosing the right media, Photoshop color settings and tools, and preparation of images for print. The workshop will also cover important factors that build a healthy relationship between an artist and printer when it comes to collaborating. This workshop is appropriate for emerging and mid-career artists/photographers. Led by fine art printer Tone Taghon and art photographer Fabiola Jean-Louis.

Date: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 June 2016, 6–8pm each day
Location: CLOTH Technology Center, 2113B Amsterdam Ave (at W 165th St), New York, NY 10032 (ADA-compliant)

Free! Space is limited. RSVP:


Best Practices in Marketing and Promotion

Join the artists of Uptown Arts Review as they share their processes and visions, followed by the workshop “Best practices in marketing and promotion,” where curator Andrea Arroyo will share the best art marketing tools, including online and hard-copy portfolios and other promotional materials. This workshop is appropriate for emerging and mid-career artists of all disciplines.

Date: Monday 20 June 2016, 6–8pm
Location: Rio II Gallery, 583 Riverside Drive (at W 135th St), New York, NY 10031 (ADA-compliant)

Free! Space is limited. RSVP:


Doctor’s Hours en Español

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), in partnership with the Sugar Hill Museum of Children’s Art & Storytelling and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, is pleased to announce Doctor’s Hours in Spanish, free one-on-one consultations, developed to serve Spanish-speaking artists of all disciplines.

Date: Tuesday 28 June 2016, 6–9pm
Location: Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, 898 St. Nicholas Ave (at W 155th St), New York, NY 10032 (ADA-compliant)

Free! Space is limited. RSVP:

Women Artists Salon – Ask a Professional

Please join the artists of “Women in the Heights – Transitions” as they share their processes and visions, followed by “Ask a Professional” where curator Andrea Arroyo will address questions on career development, professional practices and available artists’ opportunities. Date: 23 March 2016.

Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2016, 6–8 p.m.

Location: Rio III Gallery, Sugar Hill Building, 898 St Nicholas Avenue (at 155th Street), 9th floor, New York, NY

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Please join the artists of Women in the Heights – Transitions as they share their processes and visions, followed by “Ask a Professional” where curator Andrea Arroyo will address questions on career development, professional practices and available artists’ opportunities.

The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

Participating artists: Gloria Adams, Coqle Aragrev, Eileen Burgess, Amara Clark, Karin Dando Haenisch, Montserrat Daubon, Tiffany Dugan, Risa Ehrlich, Mira Gandy, Julann Gebbie, Vanessa Germosen, Xóchitl Cristina Gil-Higuchi, Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, Cynthia Hartling, Carla Hernandez, Ayo Janeen Jackson, Andrea Kornbluth, Amaryllis León, Hye Ryung Na, Rosa Naparstek, Eva Nikolova, Nancy Palubniak, Stina Petersen, Imani Razat, Sarah Rowe, Susan Stair, Yasuyo Tanaka, Ching Wen Tsai, Minerva Urrutia, Aislinn Weidele.

NoMAA Technical Assistance Institute, 7 November 2015

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance invites artists and arts organizations to the NoMAA Annual Technical Assistance Institute—a one-day conference designed to examine common issues and to share information and ideas on how to create and sustain a career as an artist, and how to develop and run a successful arts organization.

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance invites artists and arts organizations to the NoMAA Annual Technical Assistance Institute—a one-day conference designed to examine common issues and to share information and ideas on how to create and sustain a career as an artist, and how to develop and run a successful arts organization.

Date: Saturday 7 November 2015

Location: Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion, 1150 St. Nicholas Avenue at 168th Street, New York, NY 10032

Register TODAY and pay what you can online!

During this daylong conference there will be panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities for artists and arts professionals. Some of the panels and workshops are:

  • Meet the Funders: Current Trends in Community Arts Funding – Funding is key to a healthy arts organization and to the ability of individual artists to create. Leaders in government, business and foundation funding describe their granting process.
  • The Third Act: Creating after 50 – An interactive panel for individual artists and directors of arts organizations age 50 or better to explore the next chapter in their creativity.
  • Know Thyself: The Art of Self-Promotion – An interactive workshop for organizations and individual artists. Learn how to stake out your territory in a saturated market by knowing your strengths and promoting your work accordingly.

Continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided.

Registration

Submission of the registration form is required. You may register online OR by completing and submitting the Microsoft Word form; choose one option:

  • Online registration form
  • Microsoft Word form (fill, print and e-mail form to or mail to NoMAA, 5030 Broadway, Suite 723, New York, NY 10034, Attn: TAI)

Price: Pay what you can by clicking on the Donate Now button:

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Volunteers attend the conference for free! Volunteers are needed to perform a range of duties throughout the day, including note-taking, timekeeping, room set-up, food set-up and clearing, etc. Contact Gina Crusco at +1 917 748-4867 or for more information.

Questions: +1 212 567-4394 or

Program subject to change.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by Columbia University Medical Center.