A Festival of Neighborhoods:
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem, and Hunts Point
Field Day 2015, our annual festival showcasing arts and culture in Bed-Stuy, Harlem, and Hunts Point / Longwood, was a blast! Check out the photos on Flickr.
Former intern Chet Kincaid visited and blogged about all three Field Days! Check out his posts on #SpinCycle:
On Field Day, we invite participants to stop by any of our neighborhood sites to pick up a booklet with a map and complete details on festival activities, which includes open studio visits with Create Change Residents and Commissioned artists, free art workshops, public programs led by our Fellows, creative walks, and more! See below for more details on the programs our Fellows organizes in each neighborhood:
At The Laundry Room (143 W 116th St):
- Artist Project: Dioko, by Elvira Clayton
Dioko celebrates the Senegalese community in West Harlem through stories via an interactive mobile sound sculpture.
- Community Art Workshop: Magic Story Box
In this workshop led by Teaching Artist Jasmine Murrell, offered in conjunction with Dioko, participants will create a small “magic box” they can take home with them to capture a short story, dream, or affirmation using simple collage techniques.
- Creative Walk
beluvid ola-jendai (2014 Aritst-in-Residence) and community organizer Cheik “Matty” Ly lead an interactive walk in the heart of Little Senegal (departs at 2 PM)
At Frank White Memorial Garden (512 West 143rd St)
Join Create Change Fellows for a day of art-making and creative reflection that invites Harlemites to engage in the conversation of Harlem as a site of cultural significance. Activities will include portrait sessions, a screening series focusing on the challenges of displacement and the notions of “home”, projections of community-generated artwork and poetry amongst other art-making activities.
At Sincerely, Tommy (343 Tompkins Avenue)
- Artist Project: Griots in ‘The Stuy,’ by Rasu Jilani
Griots is both an online archive of Bed-Stuy residents’ stories and an ephemeral public art installation of photographs along Tompkins Avenue. Join Rasu by installing photos, listening to stories, or contributing your own Bed-Stuy memories.
- Creative Walk
Chloë Bass (2014 Artist-in-Residence) leads a walk to explore Bed-Stuy from the perspective of the neighborhood’s stray cats (departs at 2 PM).
At Marmy Laundromat (197 Malcolm X Boulevard)
- Community Art Workshop: Make Your Mark
Create personal stamps and accompanying stationary that represent who we are and what we care about in this workshop led by Teaching Artist Jasmine Murrell
At 462 Halsey Community Garden (462 Halsey St), Restoration Plaza (1368 Fulton Street), and The Luminal Theater (405 Tompkins Avenue)
- Imagine Bed-Stuy
Join Create Change Fellows in celebration of the culture, traditions, and resilience of Bed-Stuy. Community members and visitors are invited to honor, explore and (re)imagine its past, present and future through interactive activities such as healthy eating cyphers, portrait and storytelling sharing, healing spaces, self-defense and poetry workshops (with Francis Estrada & Nicholas Powers) and more! Participate by creating your own book that contains the wisdom and brilliance generated and obtained from each site.
At Kelly Street Garden (924 Kelly Street)
- Community Art Workshops: Kelly Street Shines!
Join Teaching Artists Fay Bonas, Alejandra Delfin & Sajata Epps for a series of community-building art workshops including printmaking, visioning map-making, wall art weaving and repurposing paper to create unique pieces of jewelry.
- Artist Project: StoryBlock, with Alison Kibbe and Sasha Phyars-Burgess
StoryBlock is an oral history and visual community archive that celebrates the rich history and culture of the Kelly Street community through in-person, audio, video and photo stories. Join Alison and Sasha in celebrating Kelly Street stories with neighbors and contribute your story in exchange for a portrait!
- Creative Walk
Bronx artist and activist Sharon De La Cruz will lead an interactive walk that highlights local community and cultural organizing efforts in Hunts Point & Longwood. Participants will collectively create a comic strip based on the conversations had along the walk (departs at 2 PM)
At Serrano Galleries (835 Dawson Street)
Join Create Change Fellows for a series of interactive activities such as painting, photography, community resource mapping or contribute to a community-curated art show highlighting Bronx artists, assets and brilliance.
At Hunts Point Riverside Park (Lafayette Avenue at Edgewater Road)
- DIY School Supply Workshop at Hunts Point Alliance for Chidren’s Back To School Fair
Make a pencil case and spice up your pens and pencils with Teaching Artist Alice Mizrachi at the Back To School Fair organized by the Hunts Point Alliance For Children.
Click here to view photos from our 2014 Field Day festival.
Interested in volunteering at Field Day 2015?