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Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark – screening and panel discussion

FREE and open to the public

2pm screening of documentary bilingual (English/Spanish) with subtitles
3pm panel moderated by: Charlie Vázquez

A moving portrait of the strength, spirit and resiliency of the Puerto Rican people.

FREE and open to the public
RSVP www.nomaanyc.eventbrite.com
September 23, 2018
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
898 St. Nicholas Avenue @ 155th St NYC

Watch the trailer

2pm screening of documentary bilingual (English/Spanish) with subtitles
3pm panel discussion on the intersection of arts and disaster relief

moderated by: Charlie Vázquez
panelists: (bios below)

  • Gabriel Rivera (Associate Producer & PACE student)
  • Arnaldo J López, PhD (Managing Director, Pregones / PRTT)
  • Mónica Tavares (Hispanic Federation)
  • Reverend Dr. Damaris D. Whittaker and Sabas Hernan Flores Whittaker (Fort Washington Collegiate Church)

A moving portrait of the strength, spirit and resiliency of the Puerto Rican people. This documentary is a production of students at PACE University PACE docs, led by Maria Luskay, EdD.
A special thanks to Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, Latino U College Access and Prof Luskay.

Award winner at the Best Shorts Competition, Silver Award at the Spotlight Film Awards and a selection at Mindie – Miami Independent Film Festival.

September 23 is the last day of RELATIONAL UNDERCURRENTS: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago exhibit at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, showcasing Caribbean artists

Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark – Panelist Bios

Gabriel Rivera served as associate producer on the documentary film Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark. He was one of eighteen student filmmakers from Pace University PACE DOCS who traveled throughout the island to chronicle and tell the stories of the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane María. Gabriel is of Puerto Rican descent and has family in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of Pace where he attained his Masters in Media and Communications. Gabriel is currently an intern with the ABC program 20/20 and a freelance assignment desk editor with News 12 The Bronx and Brooklyn.

Arnaldo J. López is an arts manager and development strategist with a Ph.D. in Latin/o American Literatures and Cultures from New York University. As Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s first Development Officer, and now its first Managing Director, he plays a key role in planning and fundraising for year-round arts programs in The Bronx and Manhattan. Mobilizing support for peer networks on the island, the company’s Hurricane María Relief Drive for Artists in Puerto Rico raised and distributed more than $100,000 in the form of no-strings, emergency micro-grants to practitioners of all creative disciplines. A second wave of support is underway.

Charlie Vazquez is an author and cultural consultant from The Bronx. He was one of dozens of artists who contributed original written and visual works to create the graphic novel collection Ricanstruction, organized by artist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, the creator of La Borinqueña. To date, the anthology has raised over $150,000. Charlie served as the director of the Bronx Writers Center at Bronx Council on the Arts for nearly five years and was a festival coordinator for Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra, which celebrated Puerto Rican literary culture and history, hosting award-winning authors and poets from around the world in public school classrooms in Puerto Rico and Uptown New York City.

Reverend Dr. Damaris D. Whittaker is a United Church of Christ (UCC) minister. She was the first woman to serve as Senior Minister of the historic First Church of Christ, UCC, in Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Whittaker is a public theologian at Ft. Washington Collegiate Church. She is deeply passionate about social justice advocating for racial justice, LGBTQ equality, immigration reform, women’s leadership, universal healthcare, and affordable housing. Dr. Whittaker believes she has been called to break down silos and sees intersectionality of faith as a place she can affect change. Dr. Whittaker is originally from Humacao, Puerto Rico and is married to Sabas Whittaker.

Mónica Tavares is the Vice President of External Affairs at Hispanic Federation. She was previously Chief of Staff in the Office of Communications and External Affairs at the New York City Department of Education (DOE). Wheen Ms. Tavares was the Acting Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), she managed One NYC One Nation, a two-year, $1 million civic engagement initiative designed to increase the participation of immigrants in New York City’s civic life. She was also the Bronx Borough Director/Latino Liaison for the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit and for eight years did community and government relations at El Museo del Barrio, the city’s leading Latino cultural institution.

Sabas Hernan Flores Whittaker was born in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. He recently published two books: Faith in the Field and Canto al Emigrante en Voz Latina. He’s participated in four humanitarian trips to Puerto Rico, aiding in the repairing of roofs and homes. Sabas is a holistic gardener and donated various organic seeds from his garden to Casa Solidaria, via Proyecto Matria, overseeing the planting of them in the mountains of Miraflores, Orocovis with a youth group. These efforts will stimulate pollination, enhancing natural growth usually provided by bees wiped out by the hurricane. Ft. Washington Collegiate Church’s mission is not only to repair homes but to stimulate economic activity by purchasing all materials from locally-owned businesses on the island, such as in Humacao and Orocovis.

Collective States

NoMAA invites the community to move together in a dance improvisation interacting with the natural environment. Come gather with your neighbors in a meditative exploration of the environment. Playfully connect to each other through movement and a final musical dance jam.

A Movement Improvisation
Sunday September 16, 3pm (rain date: Monday, September 17, 6pm)
FREE No dance experience needed!
Location: Inwood Hill Park, Muscota Marsh (Indian Rd and 218th St)

NoMAA invites the community to move together in a dance improvisation interacting with the natural environment. Come gather with your neighbors in a meditative exploration of the environment. Playfully connect to each other through movement and a final musical dance jam.

Mónica Robles, local artist, will offer artistic verbal interpretation in English and Spanish for people with visual impairment or who just want to experience the event with narration. Mónica will be at 218th Street and Indian Road at 2:30 pm to welcome anyone visually impaired.

Call for “Persuasive Visions”

“Persuasive Visions” is the 5th edition of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA)’s public art initiative.
Guest curator Stephanie Lindquist.

Made possible with support from SBS/N360 Grant, ConEdison and NYC Parks and Recreation.

$1300 artist fee will be awarded to 2 selected submissions for a site specific installation in Inwood Hill Park on the theme of “Persuasive Visions”. NYC based artists are eligible to apply. Northern Manhattan artists strongly encouraged to submit proposals. Deadline: Aug 24

Persuasive Visions is the 5th edition of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA)’s public art initiative. Guest curator Stephanie Lindquist.

$1300 artist fee will be awarded to 2 selected submissions for a site specific installation in Inwood Hill Park on the theme of PROPAGANDA. NYC based artists are eligible to apply. Northern Manhattan artists strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

Timeline:

Deadline: Aug 24
Notification: by Sept 10
Install: by Oct 31
Artist Talk: Nov 4 TBC

Made possible with support from SBS/N360 Grant, ConEdison and NYC Parks and Recreation.

Uptown Arts Stroll in Patch.com

Uptown Arts Stroll To Showcase Local Artists for the 16th year
This year’s month-long arts festival will kick off May 30 with a celebration at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling.


Uptown Arts Stroll To Showcase Local Artists for the 16th year
This year’s month-long arts festival will kick off May 30 with a celebration at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling.
article HERE

2018 Uptown Arts Stroll on BronxNet – OPEN with Daren Jaime

OPEN host Daren Jaime sits down with Joanna Castro Executive Director of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to discuss the 2018 Uptown Arts Stroll happening throughout the month of June.

OPEN host Daren Jaime sits down with Joanna Castro Executive Director of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to discuss the 2018 Uptown Arts Stroll happening throughout the month of June.

2018 Uptown Art Stroll Honorees

For 16 years, outstanding people and organizations have been honored during the Uptown Arts Stroll. In 2018 the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance is pleased to recognize the talents and contributions of Kim Hamilton, Director of Hamilton Landmark Galleries; Victor LaValle, award-winning author; Rosa Naparstek, artist and Director of Artists Unite; Coogan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Washington Heights, and Indian Road Café in Inwood.

For 16 years, outstanding people and organizations have been honored during the Uptown Arts Stroll. In 2018 the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance is pleased to recognize the talents and contributions of Kim Hamilton, Director of Hamilton Landmark Galleries; Victor LaValle, award-winning author; Rosa Naparstek, artist and Director of Artists Unite; Coogan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Washington Heights, and Indian Road Café in Inwood.

Kim Hamilton

Kim Hamilton
Kim Hamilton

Kim Hamilton is Director of Hamilton Landmark Galleries, a contemporary art gallery operating in Harlem since 1997. A self-taught visual artist and urban farmer, Ms. Hamilton was raised to be an activist, picketing against the centralization and segregation of New York Public Schools in 1962 as a second grader with her mom and siblings. In 1992 she went on to help write Procurement Policy and Rule #52 that implemented the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Program for city contract officers. Ms. Hamilton has secured work for dozens of entrepreneurs and small businesses through the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp programs, Medgar Evers College partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Community Trust, and Bronx Council on the Arts Development Corp’s Art Handlers’ Training and African Burial Ground Projects.
As a current member of National Conference of Artists New York chapter, Ms. Hamilton continues her mission to present fine art, develop contemporary artists, and document fine art collections in a self-sustaining and eco-friendly urban environment.

Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle
Victor LaValle, photo by Teddy Wolff

Victor LaValle is the author of seven work of fiction and one comic book, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer. His most recent novel, The Changeling, was named one of the 10 Best Book of 2017 by Time Magazine, USA TODAY and the New York Public Library, among others. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award and many more. He teaches writing at Columbia University and lives in Washington Heights with his wife and two kids.
www.victorlavalle.com

Rosa Naparstek

Rosa Naparstek
Rosa Naparstek

Rosa Naparstek’s artwork explores the emotional roots of the world we create personally and politically and the connection between art (the aesthetic experience) and its power for personal/political transformation. She present her work in conjunction with “Circles of Engagement”, a community building process she helped develop that allows participants to explore their own feelings and deepen connections with one another. Naparstek came to America as a young child, a refugee of WW II. As a student, she was a political activist and became an attorney in furtherance of social and political change. Rosa is a co-founder of the Uptown Arts Stroll, and has participated every year. She is a founder and director of Artists Unite, an arts organization which has organized the MTA-Artists Unite Subway Elevator Poster Project for ten years, the only community art project of its kind in the city.

Coogan’s

Coogan's owners: Peter Walsh, David Hunt and Tess O’Connor McDade
Coogan’s owners: Peter Walsh, David Hunt and Tess O’Connor McDade

Peter Walsh, David Hunt and Tess O’Connor McDade are the owners of Coogan’s, the Washington Heights equivalent of Rick’s Place in Casablanca, a neighborhood saloon with an Irish feel and a multicultural clientele. Situated on Broadway off 169th Street, Coogan’s décor and menu reflect the community’s diversity and surrounding institutions. Since 1985, politicians have broken bread and made deals and on any given day doctors in white coats sit across from workers in hard hats at lunch while actors and musicians blend with local residents to celebrate the evening.
Next door to the Armory Track, home to the National Indoor Track Hall of Fame and the Millrose Games, Coogan’s has forged a partnership that receives international attention. Peter Walsh is the founder of the Coogan’s Salsa, Blues and Shamrocks 5k run, which for 15 years has raised funds for the children running at the Armory, and along with his partners they have made Coogan’s the community center of Northern Manhattan.

Indian Road Café

Indian Road Café, Jason Minter

Jason Minter spent 18 years in the production end of the film business, the last ten years on The Sopranos. The idea for the Indian Road Café was conceived in 2007 with his childhood friend Jason Berger. They lamented the fact that Upper Manhattan had few spaces and outlets for local artists and musicians to display and perform their work. In 2008, Minter and his friend teamed up to find an appropriate space to open an eclectic neighborhood café. For the past ten years, Indian Road Café has showcased visual and performing artists of many different mediums on the very last corner of Inwood. More than a few published books have been written within the café’s confines, and Indian Road Café has served as a set for movie, film and TV shoots. Indian Road Café was also the first (and still perhaps the only) restaurant in Inwood to source the majority of its food from farms in New York State, and organically in origin when possible.