Community, Displacement, and The Arts: 400 Years to the Future

NoMAA presents a day of professional development & networking for the creative and civic minded.
Keynote Speaker: Manuela Arciniegas
Curated and produced in collaboration with Kaisha S. Johnson of Women of Color in the Arts

Artmaking station sponsored by Blick Art Materials

Admission is by donation. Suggested – $35 in advance – $45 at the door. Lunch provided.
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As we mark the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving to the shores of Jamestown, Virginia, as a nation, we finally have begun to face this centuries-long legacy of inequality. Despite an imbalance in power and systemic and structural barriers, the arts have kept our communities thriving. But as artists and cultural producers are displaced by high rents and gentrification, what does this mean for our ever-evolving communities? What role does the arts have in helping to dismantle structural inequities and sustain community? How can and how does the arts galvanize the power of the people to affect change? This full day symposium featuring a keynote, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and art will begin to grapple with these questions while providing participants an opportunity to connect, vision, and build for the next 400 years.

HOW WOCA + NoMAA DEFINE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
We define technical assistance as the transmission of knowledge, experience, and expertise to tackle problems, big and small, within the arts sector and the world. We believe that robust conversations, sharing and learning with peers, and deep, critical conversations begin to give us the tools we need in order to work collaboratively, think proactively, and build our shed of practical instruments to sharpen our intellectual hardware for the future.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Existence and Resistance: Black Women Propelling The Arts + Community Forward

400 years of oppression have led to the systemic inequities we see today – from unequal distribution of wealth trickling down to inadequate resources for our cultural institutions to the appropriation of our land and cultural products for economic gain. While these injustices have certainly contributed to the destabilization of communities, building and maintaining creative capital have been key to helping historically disenfranchised communities survive. Black women, in particular, have always been at the center of this movement of (re)stabilizing communities, taking the lead as artists, activists, cultural workers, and organizers. Hear how Black women of the Diaspora are continuing to propel the arts field forward and helping our communities to not only survive, but, to thrive.

Panelists:
– Tasha Douge, artist, activist, and cultural producer
– Karen D Taylor, founder, While We Are Still Here: Preserving Harlem’s History
– Melody Capote, executive director, Caribbean Cultural Center (CCCADI)
– Sarita Covington, co-founder, ACRE (Artists Creating Real Equity)

In the Face of Gentrification: Displacement and Its Impact on the Arts

While the arts and artists have often been exploited for the sake of gentrification, history has shown us that the arts have been integral in helping to amplify social issues and mobilize communities. So the arts have also been a catalyst and critical component in the struggle against gentrification and, effectively, displacement – its prominent byproduct as experienced by many historically disenfranchised communities. It is clear that gentrification disproportionately affects artists and cultural creators but in what ways has displacement affected the arts sector? And what can artists and cultural institutions do to authentically help empower communities, mitigate the effects of displacement in the face of gentrification, and build for the future?

Panelists:
– Nadema Agard, visual artist + director of Red Earth Studio Consulting Productions
– Sita Frederick, performing artist + director of Community Engagement at Lincoln Center Education
– Yin Kong, director, ThinkChinatown
– Elena Martinez, co-director, Bronx Music Heritage Center

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Word Up – Arrival Stories / Historias de llegadas – Open Mic

A R R I V A L S T O R I E S
Open Mic. / Micrófono Abierto

A celebration of our immigrant stories through community art-making and an open mic! Storytelling, music, poetry, art, and everything in between. All languages welcome!

Hosted by Reza Salazar, with art-making facilitated by Josefina Hernandez.

Food and drink will be available for purchase from Buunni before the event.

This event is part of Uptown Reads, for which the 2019 selection is Angie Cruz’s Dominicana, a novel that was inspired by the arrival story of the author’s mother to Washington Heights.

Presented by Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) and Word Up: Community Bookshop – Libreria Comunitaria, in collaboration with Buunni Coffee Inwood, NYC Small Business Services/Neighborhood 360, and Washington Heights BID.

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2020 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster Contest

The 18th Uptown Arts Stroll, showcasing Washington Heights-Inwood & West Harlem’s performing and visual artists, will take place throughout June 2020 /
El 18º Paseo de las Artes, presentará a artistas de disciplinas varias de Washington Heights-Inwood y West Harlem, tendrá lugar durante todo el mes junio de 2020.

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 24, 2020
FECHA LÍMITE: 24 DE FEBRERO DE 2020
$1,250 Grand Prize 1st place winner / Gran premio ganador
$500 for 2nd place / 2do LUGAR
$250 for 3rd place / 3er LUGAR

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS / CONVOCATORIA
FOR WASHINGTON HEIGHTS-INWOOD AND WEST HARLEM ARTISTS
Artists must be West Harlem, Washington Heights-Inwood residents (W135th to W155th St from Edgecombe Ave west to the Hudson River), W155th St to W220th St (river-to-river) / Convocatoria abierta a artistas residiendo en WEST HARLEM, WASHINGTON HEIGHTS e INWOOD

HISTORY / HISTORIA
The 18th Uptown Arts Stroll / Paseo de las Artes in Washington Heights-Inwood and West Harlem and the World Premiere of “In The Heights The Movie” takes place Uptown next June. The Uptown Arts Stroll started as a volunteer driven one-day event the Sunday before Thanksgiving 2003 and has grown into a month-long festival celebrating Northern Manhattan’s performing and visual artists. The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) has produced the Uptown Arts Stroll since 2008.
/ El 18º Paseo de las Artes en Washington Heights-Inwood y West Harlem al igual que el estreno mundial de la película “In The Heights” tendrá lugar en el alto Manhattan el próximo junio. El Paseo empezó gracias a un grupo de voluntarios el domingo antes del Día de Acción de Gracias de 2003 y se ha convertido en un festival de un mes que celebra todo tipo de artistas en el alto Manhattan. Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) ha producido el Paseo desde 2008.

REQUIREMENTS / CONDICIONES
Artwork must include the phrase / Incluya en el diseño del afiche : 2020 Uptown Arts Stroll / Paseo de las Artes
Artwork must accommodate 11″x17″ poster, palm card, and various sizes for social media (300 dpi jpg, 4-5mb) / Debe cubrir las dimensiones de un afiche de 11×17 pulgadas (300 dpi jpg, 4-5mb)
Consideration given to unpublished eye-catching original artwork that captures Northern Manhattan’s diverse arts and cultural community. / Se le dará mayor consideración a imágenes originales e inéditas que destaquen las características del alto Manhattan
Artists may only submit one (1) design for consideration. / El/la artista sólo podrá presentar un diseño.
JPEG files must be minimum / Los archivos de imagen deben tener un mínimo de: 300 dpi – 4-5mb
See images of previous winning submissions here / Ver imágenes de afiches anteriores aquí: https://www.artstroll.com/welcome/about-the-stroll/

1st, 2nd and 3rd PLACE WINNER SELECTION / SELECCIÓN DE LOS GANADORES
A panel of distinguished judges from the local arts community will select the grand prize 1st place winner, 2nd and 3rd place winners. / Un panel de jueces distinguidos de la comunidad artística y local seleccionará El 1er, 2ndo y 3er ganador.
The names of the artists will not be submitted to the judges. / Los nombres de los artistas no se someterán a los jueces.
NoMAA owns the intellectual property rights on 2020 Uptown Arts Stroll poster designs for the winner, 2nd and 3rd finalists. / NoMAA es dueña de la propriedad intelectual de los diseños para el 2020 Paseo de las Artes del ganador y los finalistas 2 y 3.

GRAND PRIZE 1st PLACE WINNER AGREES THAT / EL/LA GANADOR/A SELECCIONADO/A ACEPTA QUE
The artist will work with NoMAA to place the Uptown Arts Stroll opening, closing and honorees on the final design. / El artista trabajará con NoMAA para colocar texto adicional que incluye recepción de apertura y cierre y los homenajeados del Paseo en el diseño final del afiche.
The 1st place image will be used exclusively to promote the 2020 Uptown Arts Stroll in print and online. / La imagen ganadora del 1er lugar será utilizada en todo tipo de material para promover el Paseo.

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