Lady Liberty is hanging, actually reclining, in Harlem these days. In fact, she’s going to be stretching out and making herself comfortable for a few months-until April 2022. Reclining Liberty, the name of the art installation, really gives the appearance of her getting ready to chill…hmm well… sort of maybe take a nap in the park. Can’t blame her. Don’t we all feel like that sometimes.
Reclining Liberty is a 25 foot long sculpture by Zaq Landsberg. It’s very impressive to see from afar and up close! I took a ton of pictures of Reclining Liberty because it was truly a joy to see-especially since it’s right here in my neighborhood of Central Harlem!
If you get a chance, go see the installation at 120th Street and Morningside Avenue! It will be worth the visit!
The ninth annual Harlem Art Walk Tour (HAWT™) will happen once again in October. The event kicks off with an Artist Reception on Friday, October 11 from 7:30-9:30 PM at Artist & Craftsman Supply, 2108 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. The actual walking tour, which is free, takes place the following day Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 from noon to 6pm at more than forty venues throughout Central Harlem.
Casa Frela Gallery, located at 47 West 119th Street, is the cornerstone of the event, and the starting point where Guidebooks and information will be distributed to tour participants. The tour will feature the work of more than 60 artists living and working in Harlem, as well as environmental tours and workshops, and educational outreach.
The Hunter College East Harlem Art Gallery is offering A FREE Family Art Workshop today, July 27 for families with young people from pre-school aged through high school. During the workshop, participants will work with visual artists and ARTS interns from STUDIO IN A SCHOOL for sessions in art-making. The workshop starts at 11 am and runs to 3 pm. Attendees can join up to 2 pm. See details below.
When: Saturday, July 27
Time: 11am to 3pm
Location: Hunter College East Harlem Art Gallery
The Silberman Building, 2180 Third Avenue, NYC (Corner of 119th Street)
What will be offered at the event?
– Workshops in Collage Making, Drawing, Paper Sculpture, and Stamping,
– Gallery tours of Studio in a School’s student art exhibition, Portraits: My City, Myself
How to Register:
You can register by email or in person
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This Saturday, July 13, is the GreenThumb Summer Festival at Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza on 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. the program starts at 11 am, but the festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm
This day long celebration will serve to recognize urban farming and the GreenThumb community gardens across New York City. Radio Station WBLS 107.5FM will broadcast from the site and will be accompanied by activities on the plaza. Additionally, there will be face painting, arts and crafts, food demonstrations, and a full size garden on display courtesy of the Urban Garden Center.
On Saturday evening, it is opening night of The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which starts at 7:30 pm at The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt. Morris Park West and 122nd Street. Opening Night is free. Performances of the show runs through July 30 on Tuesdays through Sunday at 7:30 pm.
For opening night, the play will be followed by a 9:30 pm cast party at Settepanni, 196 Lenox Ave. (at 120th Street).
There is so much happening on June 9 in Harlem, there’s absolutely no time for church. Unless you prefer the church of the outdoors, music or brownstone tours. Decisions, decisions. What to do in Harlem on June 9? Here’s some ideas:
Sunday, June 9 is Green Gym Day – a day to celebrate outdoor fitness in our parks! The Friends of Morningside Park will be leading a hike/walk through Morningside and St. Nicholas Parks. It starts at the park entrance at 110th and Manhattan Avenue at 10:30 am and it ends at the Hamilton Grange at 141st Street at noon. Here is a link to the hike route.
For more than 23 years the community of Mount Morris Park has been opening doors and inviting fellow New Yorkers from across the island and visitors from around the world into the beautiful homes located in Harlem. This year’s tour around the Mount Morris Park section of Harlem will feature homes, churches and even an iconic funeral parlor with a nationwide reputation and a remarkable example of Tiffany glass work. For more information on the events of the day, details on how to order tickets and directions to the Mount Morris Park Historic District, visit www.mmpcia.org.
The seventh annual Mafrika Music Festival is also happening June 9 in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. The program starts at noon, runs till 7 pm and it’s FREE to the public. Enter Marcus Garvey Park at 120th street and 5th Avenue in Harlem. As always, this event has involvement from Yatenga French Bistro and Bar and ShrineNYC.
And last, but certainly not least, Maysles Documentary Center will be holding an Education Open House from 1-2 pm at their Lenox Avenue location between 127th and 128th Street. Parents and youth from 7 to 17 years old are invited to come learn about upcoming summer film programs for the youth.
Building on the momentum from their inaugural year, the Harlem Arts Festival will hold their second annual fundraising gala on Wednesday, May 29 at MIST Harlem, a local cultural entertainment center located near 116th Street and Lenox Avenue. The fundraising event is an opportunity for the organization to raise money and awareness about the talent that will hit the festival stage in June through preview performances.
The Harlem Arts Festival has also formed a new partnership with MIST Harlem that will create opportunities and provide an ongoing platform for local artists. While both organizations are fairly new to the Harlem community, they share a vision of creating a central hub for artists to create, experiment and interact with new and existing forms of art in their own backyard.
In addition to hosting this year’s fundraising gala, MIST Harlem will serve as the backdrop for a new open-mic jam session event series hosted by the executive committee of the Harlem Arts Festival.
American Ballet Theatre and Harlem School of the Arts‘ Dance Department have formed a unique training partnership, which will incorporate ABT’s National Training Curriculum in HSA’s dance curriculum.
Beginning Fall 2013, ABT will train HSA’s dance faculty in the principles of its National Training Curriculum. The establishment of an ABT Certification for HSA will provide a comprehensive training program in ballet for all HSA dance faculty, including student exams to evaluate teachers and students, refresher courses and mentorship. The partnership will be introduced to the Harlem School of the Arts community of dance families and students on Tuesday, May 21 at HSA’s Theater, 649 Saint Nicholas Avenue with a lecture- demonstration presented by the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre.
As a part of the training partnership between American Ballet Theatre and the Harlem School of the Arts, JKO Principal Franco De Vita will conduct master classes at HSA throughout the year and serve as advisors to HSA faculty in order to effectively integrate the new ballet curriculum into HSA’s diverse offering of dance technique including jazz, tap, modern, African and hip hop.
Interested in learning more about this partnership, contact Ruth Gilwit at email@example.com.
After I posted about the Harlem Focus event by Cooper-Hewitt, another design event happening in Harlem was sent in to share. On May 11, Harlem’s Breadbox Studio will be providing “a demonstration of Maker Bots and 3D Printing machines, and a talk by young TOY designers.” The event is free to the public and it starts at 6 pm. BreadBox Studio is located at 1844 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
According to Dexigner, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum will launch a programming series this Spring called the Harlem Focus. The first installment is May 8 from 6:30 to 8 pm at their new Harlem location, 111 Central Park North and Lenox Avenue. Harlem Focus will highlight “designers, architects and artists whose work engages and affects the local Harlem community.”
The museum will feature a series of talks curated and led by architectural consultant and Harlem historian John Reddick at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center.
Interested in attending? Tickets are $10 for non-members and free to members and students. Click hereto purchase tickets.
According to Our Uptown Family, Breadbox Studio in Harlem is having a FREE BYOE (bring your own eggs) high-tech egg-decorating event for kids this Saturday, March 30, from 10 am to 3 pm.
Toy inventor (and father of two boys, ages 6 and 2 ) Joe Masibay will be using his EGGBOT machine to draw amazing designs on eggs. He’ll also have his 3D printers churning out some cute little bunny toys. Sounds like a fun time for kids and parents. See all the details below:
1844 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (btwn 111th/112th)
High tech egg decorating
Saturday, 3/30/13, 10 am to 3 pm