Arts & Culture

Our Arts & Culture programs bring public sculpture, performances, studio art, and creative street furniture elements to public spaces, sidewalks, and businesses in the 20-block retail district of Myrtle Avenue, Fort Greene & Clinton Hill. These programs increase access to art for the entire community, while creating opportunities for both emerging and established artists and driving foot traffic to the commercial corridor.

Black Artstory Month

The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership is proud to present the 5th Annual Black Artstory Month, THE ALTAR: RITUALS OF HEALING IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA, February 1-28. The month-long event series and Artwalk explores the vital role and traditions around healing, restoration, and realignment in the African Diasporic community. 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, Black Artstory takes place at 15 businesses along Myrtle Avenue and at a variety of venues including Ingersoll Community Center, Leisure Life NYC, Pratt Institute, and Brooklyn Navy Yard’s BLDG 92.

THE ALTAR: RITUALS OF HEALING IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA 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: altar, inheritance, transference, ritual, ancestors, tradition, lineage, sacred spaces, liberation, and power.

This long legacy of healing practices are by their very existence acts of resistance, aimed at regaining equilibrium and maintaining wellness for community, family and self in the face of social structures and societal trauma. This year, artists’ interpretations of the theme speak truths about our intentions in the world.” – Black Artstory Month 2017 curator, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina.

We are thrilled to work with Suhaly, and to host a collective conversation around the theme of healing in our community. Black Artstory Month is our premier Arts & Culture program on Myrtle Avenue and this is our 5th consecutive year! Every year we are excited to create opportunities for local artists, celebrate our community’s rich African-American history, and invite new audiences to Myrtle Avenue.” – Meredith Phillips Almeida, Executive Director, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

About the Artwalk
Visitors can take a self-guided art stroll that features the work of over 20 artists at window murals, exhibits, and installations in 15 locations along Myrtle Avenue, during regular business hours. The work celebrates the contributions that African Americans are making in the art world and is on display from Feb 1-28. Participating venues are concentrated on Myrtle Avenue between Washington Park & Classon Avenues. MAP will be available soon at www.myrtleavenue.org/blackartstory.

SCHEDULE OF FREE FRIDAY EVENTS
KICK-OFF EVENT with videos by BRIC | interactive art, dance & video
“The Altar” Kickoff Celebration co-presented by FOKUS

Activities include those for kids and adults, including interactive painting and drawing,

Polaroid station, terrarium-making and yoga movements amongst many others.
Date: Friday, Feb 3, 6-9pm
Location: Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

 

Healing & Self-Preservation as Resistance | film, video & performance
presented by Present Futures

Date: Friday, Feb 10, 7-9pm

Location: Pratt Institute Film/Video Department, 550 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
(entrance through parking lot)
*Space is limited/ Arrive early

 

Poems About My Rights: (We Will Not Go Silently). | spoken word & poetry
presented by Willow Arts Alliance

Date: Friday, Feb 17, 6-8pm

Location: Leisure Life NYC, 559 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
*Space is limited/ Arrive early

 

A Seat at the Table” | art making, movement & dance
This Black Artstory CLOSING EVENT is presented by Museum Hue and BLDG 92

Date: Friday, Feb 24, 6-9pm

Location: BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Ave at Carlton Avenue
*Space is limited/ Arrive early

RSVP for all events here.

About the Curator
An artist in her own right (photographer and poet), Bautista-Carolina holds two positions concurrently at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and at the Brooklyn Museum. She’s held various other arts-based positions as artist, educator and/or community organizer at Creative Time, Artspace, FOKUS, The Walls-Ortiz Gallery and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
How often do we stop to think about what we’ve inherited? The ways in which we survive? The ways we learn (or just know) how to recover and heal? What does it mean to heal, to restore our bodies, hearts and minds? What rituals do we evoke to confront our suffering in times of trauma, not just for ourselves but for each other and our communities? How do we begin to explore where these traditions of healing are born and how they are passed from our ancestors to us and to our children? The Altar is an opportunity to explore and unpack these critical questions.” – Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Curator
About Myrtle Avenue 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 partners with a curator to envision the month long celebration, and activate the main street with public art & FREE cultural programming.

Every year small businesses and local institutions serve as venues and partners. This year additional partners include Wray’s Seafood & Caribbean Cuisine; Five Spot Soul Food & Supper Club; Pillow Café-Lounge; Green in BKLYN; Gnarly Vines; Tipsy.  Artists and partners include Present Futures, Museum of Impact, Dalaeja Foreman & Tiffany Johnson, and Harriet’s Apothecary. A full list of participating partners can be found at www.myrtleavenue.org/blackartstory.

Myrtle Merchant Art Exhibitions

The walls of Myrtle Avenue’s shops and restaurants play host to artworks representing our vibrant community of artists in Ft Greene and Clinton Hill…

Myrtle Windows Gallery

By “breaking down the walls” of the traditional private art gallery, Myrtle Windows Gallery brings two-dimensional art to the public arena via storefront windows…

Public Art Installations

Public sculpture installations aim to transform Myrtle’s public spaces into temporary homes for public art, highlighting our community’s creative spirit…