Brooklyn Kicks Off Black Artstory Month Art Exhibitions in Fort Greene & Clinton Hill

Taking inspiration from Richard Wright’s Native Son, written in Fort Greene, the 2014 installment of Black Artstory Month is entitled Native Sons and Daughters.

Curated by Daonne Huff, #BlackArtstory month features a thought-provoking blend of multi-disciplinary artists, media and ideas. Look for events and experiences for all ages created in collaboration with Aisha Cousins, Act Now Foundation, FOKUS, SONYA (South of the Navy Yard Artists), and Try Harder NYC, as well as art exhibitions in ten different Myrtle Avenue businesses from more than 20 artists!

Artwork by Teri Sanders at Pillow Cafe

February 1 – February 28
Pillow Cafe-Lounge,

505 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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A new exhibition by painter Teri Sanders is up at Pillow Cafe-Lounge on Myrtle Avenue! The exhibition, titled “Art at Work”, will be on view until the end of February. Being a classically trained portrait painter, Teri’s philosophy is that no matter how “processed” the result is in a publication, it all comes back to the brush on canvas. This exhibit gives the viewer a rare insight into those sources: the raw work on canvas. A prolific painter and art…Find out more »

Climate Change: Opening Reception

February 6 @ 7:00 – 9:00
Gnarly Vines,

350 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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TryHarderNYC presents Climate Change, an art exhibition at Gnarly Vines featuring Steven Mosley and Jose Baez, during Black Artstory Month. The exhibition will run throughout February, with a FREE opening reception on Thursday, February 6th at 7pm. Try Harder NYC  is a Brooklyn artist collective. Through photography, art production, and collaborative projects, TryHarderNYC is documenting the experience of creative individuals from an urban perspective.  Find out more »

Storytime Art with FOKUS

February 8 @ 12:30 – 2:30
Ingersoll Community Center,

177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

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FREE A Black Artstory Month event for families! All are invited to join FOKUS for the reading of “Sofie and the City” and “Saladino Colour of Home.” Following the reading of these tales of migration and longing for home and family, bring your own personal tales to life through a chalk drawing activity. Art supplies and light refreshments will be provided.  Find out more »

Black Artstory Month Film: The Wonder Year

February 12 @ 7:00 – 10:00
Ingersoll Community Center,

177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

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Black Artstory  Month brings you a FREE screening of  The Wonder Year, in partnership with Act Now Foundation and the Ingersoll Community Center. A year in the life of CEO, NAACP ambassador, Duke University professor, husband, father, son and Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder. The Wonder Year follows one of soul music’s most dynamic figures from his childhood home to late nights in the studio and everywhere in between. About ActNow Foundation Since it’s founding in 2005, ActNow Foundation has… Find out more »

How Much Longer Till We’re Home: An Evening of Storytelling

February 13 @ 7:30 – 9:00
Splitty,

415 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY United States

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FREE Black Artstory Month brings together Storytellers at Splitty! Whether by boat, foot, or if you’re lucky – Jet Blue – everyone has a story of traveling across America. Sometimes we have migrated across coasts, but other journeys have been more local – many of us have traveled to cities or boroughs or even cross streets where we can feel more at home. “How Much Longer Till We’re Home” will bring together incredible storytellers with separate stories about finding “place”… Find out more »

Community Mural: Local Heroes

February 16 @ 1:00 – 4:00
Hadas Gallery,

543 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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Black Artstory Month enlists artists from SONYA to lead participants of all ages in the creation of a Community Mural featuring images of Local Heroes, and inspired by the artwork of local students from PS 20. All supplies provided. Wear your paint clothes! Find out more »

The Influence of the African Diaspora on Fashion

February 21 @ 6:00 – 8:00
Leisure Life,

559 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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FREE Join FOKUS for a conversation at Leisure Life featuring tastemakers in the world of fashion as part of Black Artstory Month.  Speakers share their views on the African Diaspora’s impact on fashion, as well as how their own migratory experiences influence their work. Wine provided by Tipsy, with a tasting at Tipsy immediately following the event. Featuring:  Ana Kata (Uchea Nwabuzor), Brandice Henderson (Harlem Fashion Row), Jennifer Nnamani (Beau Monde Society) and Charnier Corey (Leisure Life NYC).  Find out more »

Native Sons & Daughters Remixed: Live Music

February 22 @ 8:00 – 11:30
Five Spot Soul Food & Supper Club,

459 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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A Black Artstory Month showcase where musicians representing various genres reinterpret and salute African-American musicians with Brooklyn roots. $5 suggested donation. Featuring: James Hall, Emily Ruth Hazel and Sebastien Ammann Ayoinmotion Hot Hands Igor Lumpert and the Innertextures DonChristian.  Find out more »

Cypher, A Night of Spoken Notes

February 27 @ 7:00 – 8:30
Pillow Cafe-Lounge,

505 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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FREE Black Artstory Month celebrates the tradition of Spoken Word at Pillow Cafe-Lounge.  Drink Specials. Participating artists: Ishmael “Ish” Islam Brittany “Blue” Bellinger Reynold Martin Dean Brown Victor Arumemi.  Find out more »

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