Black Artstory 2017 - The Altar: Rituals of Healing in the African Diaspora
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Black Artstory 2017 - The Altar: Rituals of Healing in the African Diaspora

Black Artstory 2017 - The Altar: Rituals of Healing in the African Diaspora

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Myrtle Avenue

Brooklyn, NY

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We are proud to present the 5th Annual Black Artstory Month, THE ALTAR: RITUALS OF HEALING IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA, February 1-28. Our month-long event series and Artwalk explores the vital role and traditions around healing, restoration, and realignment in African Diasporic communities. FREE events take place every Friday evening and include everything from dance performances, visual art and live exhibitions to film screenings and poetry readings. Featuring the work of over 30 Brooklyn-based visual artists, the Artwalk & happenings take place at venues along Myrtle Avenue including Ingersoll Community Center, Leisure Life NYC, Pillow Cafe-Lounge, Pratt Institute and the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s BLDG 92 among others.

THE ALTAR: RITUALS OF HEALING IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA recognizes arts’ ability to act as a medium and conduit to expose, question and inspire when other forms of communication or action fall short. Themes of the month-long programming include: altar, memory, inheritance, transference, ritual, ancestors, tradition, lineage, sacred spaces, liberation, community and power. Exhibitions are curated by Suhaly Bautista-Carolina.


In addition to art installations at 15 venues along Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, the following events are taking place:

The Altar Kickoff Party with videos by BRIC) | interactive art, dance & video
Ingersoll Community Center
2/3/17, 6-9pm

177 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Co-presented by FOKUS: Art’s ability to heal is something that subconsciously exists. When we find ourselves in need for a boost or catalyst – it is often found in art. This can include turning the volume up on a song or playlist, or visiting a gallery. With this notion in mind, FOKUS is proud to present “The Healing Power of Art” as the kick-off event for Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership’s Black Artstory Month.


Healing and Self-Preservation as Resistance | film, video & performance
Pratt institute Film/Video Department
2/10/17, 7-9pm

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Co-presented by Present Futures: Healing and Self-Preservation as Resistance shares the work of Damali Abrams the Glitter Priestess, Curtis Bryant, Joseph A. Cuillier III, Dominique Hunter, Llucy Llong, Tsedaye Makonnen and Wi-Moto Nyoka, artists whose practices center on liberating the Black imaginary and challenging dominant narratives around the Black experience. Present Futures: Healing and Self-Preservation as Resistance is presented in two parts: a group exhibition at Gnarly Vines and a one-night performance and time-based art series at Pratt Institute's Film/Video Department.

This event has limited capacity. Please arrive early. RSVP does not guarantee your seat. Lineup is subject to change.


Poems About My Rights: (We Will Not Go Silently). | spoken word & poetry
Leisure Life NYC
2/17/17, 6-8pm

559 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
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Co-presented by Willow Arts Alliance: Stay tuned for event details.

This event has limited capacity. Please arrive early. RSVP does not guarantee your seat. Lineup is subject to change.


Black Artstory Closing Event, "A Seat at the Table" | art making, movement & dance
BLDG 92
2/24/17, 6-9pm
Brooklyn Navy Yard: 63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
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Co-presented by Museum Hue: Stay tuned for event details.


About Black Artstory:

Black Artstory Month is an annual series that celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made and are making within the visual and performing arts world. Coinciding with Black History Month, The Altar: Rituals of Healing in the African Diaspora will transform Myrtle Avenue into a cultural destination with window murals, art exhibits, and events featuring the work of over 30 artists. Every year the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership brings a local curator to envision the month-long celebration, make a call for artwork, and activate the main street with public art & FREE cultural programming. This year the following small businesses and local institutions serve as venues and partners, including Wray’s Seafood & Caribbean Cuisine; Leisure Life NYC; Five Spot Soul Food & Supper Club; Pillow Café-Lounge; Green in BKLYN; Gnarly Vines; Tipsy; BLDG 92 of the Brooklyn Navy Yard; Pratt Institute, and University Settlement at Ingersoll Community Center. Special guests, including: Present Futures, Museum of Impact, Dalaeja Foreman & Tiffany Johnson, and Harriet’s Apothecary.


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