Black Artstory Month 2018

Thu, Feb 1st, 2018


Join us as we celebrate Black Artstory Month 2018 on Myrtle Avenue in February.

We are proud to present the 6th Annual Black Artstory Month, SANKOFA: GO BACK AND GET IT, February 1-28. The month-long event series and Artwalk named this year by artist Ramona Candy, speaks to the notion that sometimes the best way forward is by stopping to reflect in order to be informed, empowered and inspired by individuals, stories and lessons of the past. FREE events take place every Friday evening and include everything from visual art, to poetry readings, to storytelling and more. Featuring the work of 10 Brooklyn-based visual artists, Black Artstory takes place at 6 businesses along Myrtle Avenue and at a variety of venues including Ingersoll Community Center, Leisure Life NYC, Five Spot Soul Food, and Brooklyn Navy Yard’s BLDG 92.

The month also includes murals painted on Myrtle Avenue storefront windows by six different visual artists. Click here to view a map of the mural locations.

SANKOFA recognizes the arts’ ability to act as a medium and conduit to expose, question and inspire when other forms of communication or action fall short. Themes include: dialogue, genealogy, inheritance, ancestors, tradition, lineage, liberation, and power.


The Share Series, Fri. Feb 2, 7pm
Theater, dance, music & spoken word
Location: Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Ave

The SHARE! Series will launch MARP’s Black Artstory Month. All performances will be curated by Brooklyn’s first Intergenerational Community Arts Council. Free theater, dance, music, spoken word and food will be shared around this year’s Black Art Story Month theme: Sankofa, or “Go back and get it”.

Featuring performances by Hip Hop artist Orphan Squala accompanied by violinist, Majid Khaliq, spoken word artists Najee Omar and PhyaStartah, Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet Dance Theater, The Konstruction Company, Singer Mijori Goodwin and other fantastic local talent. 

University Settlement’s SHARE! Series is an ongoing, mobile performance event that brings artists of all ages and stages of development together on one equal platform. It’s a time to testify, witness and connect with the artists in your community. All performances will be curated by Brooklyn’s first Intergenerational Community Arts Council. Curated by Brooklyn’s first Intergenerational Community Arts Council, a joint initiative of BRIC and University Settlement

Literary Heroes, Fri. Feb 9, 7pm
Location: Leisure Life NYC, 559 Myrtle Ave *
Curated by Suhaly Bautista-Carolina in partnership with WILLOW BOOKS
A celebration of past literary heroes, bringing their voices into the present. Poets: Roberto Carlos Garcia, Keisha-Gaye Anderson, Sokunthary Svay, and Randall Horton will read pieces by poets whose work inspires them & also share their own works.

Our History, Our Pride: Hindsight is 20/20, Fri. Feb 16, 7pm
Portrait art & storytelling
Location: Locals, 332 Myrtle Ave
Curated by Ramona Candy
Exhibition of 20 collage sketches by artist (and accidental historian) Ramona Candy depict individuals who have made unique contributions and have amazing stories. Actor, storyteller, playwright Daniel Carlton will join Ramona with original stories and spoken word. Attendees will have an opportunity to create their own collaged short stories based on the life of someone in their immediate history.

Currency | Current See, Fri. Feb 23, 7pm
Live art & conversation
Location: Brooklyn Navy Yard Bldg 92, 63 Flushing Ave
Part of Reparations365–a multi-genre series on the topic of reparations for Black Americans . Visual artists, movers, neighbors, and activists gather to explore flow, value, and exchange , rooted in the understanding that our current monetary system in the United States was founded and resourced by the free labor of enslaved Africans, and this system continues to thrive at the expense of Black lives, socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, and our collective humanity in the U.S. and beyond.

Participants will have the opportunity to illuminate more humane and sustainable ways to develop and engage in currency systems.  Special guest participants will set the tone for creative response and the amplification of Black voices. Curated by JACK.

*Space is limited / Arrive early

Please RSVP via our Eventbrite pages.

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