The Uptown Arts Stroll 2009 Kick-Off Reception is happening on Friday 5 June at 6 p.m. at the Cornerstone Center, 178 Bennett Avenue, at 189th Street. This year’s Uptown Arts Stroll honors Marjorie Eliot, jazz pianist, vocalist and actress, host of Parlor Jazz every Sunday in her Washington Heights home, and Miguel Zenón, saxophonist and composer, 2008 recipient of MacArthur “Genius” Award, and resident of Washington Heights.
The reception will feature an exhibition and showcase performance with the works of the 2008/2009 NoMAA performing, media, and visual art grantees. Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Special Projects Coordinator at El Museo del Barrio, has contributed her talent to the curation of the visual art work of the NoMAA grantees on display. There will be a roundtable discussion with artists featured in the NoMAA exhibition on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 pm.
During the Opening Reception guests will also have a chance to enjoy a special tribute to Uptown Arts Stroll honorees Marjorie Eliot and Miguel Zenón, and a special jazz performance by Rudel Drears, son of Marjorie Eliot. Also featuring music by local jazz musician Waldron Mahdi Ricks.