New Nonprofit Playground Youth is Hosting an Art Fair This Weekend

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Playground Coffee Shop is a local community space and cafe focused on “social and conscious awareness,” according to its website. It’s located at 1114 Bedford Avenue, between Lexington and Quincy. Here are more details: “In our neighborhood, we provide a space for local activists to organize around poignant issues. In aiding the community we exist in, we not only want to alter the thinking of the community but of the entire culture.”

If you’re interested in getting involved or seeing what they’re about, there’s a chance this weekend. Playground Youth, a nonprofit associated with the cafe, is hosting an event to promote the organization’s goal to “exchange art, cultural knowledge, and strategies for healthier, safer lives.”

An art fair — “A Midsummer Playground Art Fair” — is kicking of this Saturday the 7th, featuring work by local artists. Details are listed in the flyer above.

Then, this Sunday the 8th, they’ll host a night of art, tattoos, wellness, apparel and performances. They’ll also pass out information about Playground Youth’s work. Those details are below, or you can read more here.

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ArtLinks 3: A New Kind of Art Exhibition

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Imagine a game of telephone that uses works of art instead of a phrase or word. That’s what ArtLinks is – an ongoing collaborative project that brings together over 20 artists across disciplines and countries to create a continuous thread of innovation and artistry. Six months in the making – this is a one of a kind event.

Twenty three artists from across the globe have been working together to create one unending chain reaction of creativity. Every pair or trio of artists, in turn, had ten days to create something new inspired by the work of the pair that preceded them. None of the artists had worked together in the past, and all of the works are multidisciplinary.

The ArtLinks 3 Exhibition is presented by Salomé ArtHaus, a local artist collective, on Saturday, June 23rd from 6-11 pm in Bushwick, Brooklyn at Powrplnt (562 Evergreen Ave). Tickets are available online ($10 –> includes a free drink) or at the door ($12)

Featured artists:
Yaniv Glaser & Benjamin Furman
Sasha Daniel & Maha Alasaker
Tongues Unknown & Jared Rosen
Mor Cohen & Darryl Blake Rahn & Michal Hidas
Taylor Bradshaw & Sienna Rose Kat Blaw & Devon Yesberger
Sebastian Chiriboga & Laura Gatti
Pamela Hersch & Maya Valentine
Kieran Murray & Ronit Levin Delgado Rojas & Astrid Kuljanic
Evan Tyor & 魯千千 (Chien Chien Lu)
Tom Vizel & Mikhal Weiner

Pop-Up Exhibit Happening This Friday at The Malcolm

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This Friday between 7 and 11pm, a pop-up art exhibit will be on view at The Malcolm, located at 106 Malcolm X Boulevard between Greene and Lexington. The show, “Pop Geometric” is by the artist Carlos Mateu. Here are more details on Carlos:

Carlos Mateu calls his art style “geometric realism”. His paintings fuse elements of cubism with realism, using straight lines and perspective to create a geometric and three-dimensional effect, while subtly deforming the images. Intense colors of acrylic are applied in layers like silkscreen, creating clean and precise divisions between tones, textured further with oil pastel. His subject matter incorporates surrealism and mysticism to reflect the Afro Cuban life and religions, memories of Cuba, his life in the United States and his own creative perspective on the world around him.

The event is being hosted by Art du coeur, which represents both emerging and established artists and shows their work in various venues around New York City.

Brooklyn United Marching Band Theater Debut

Join the Brooklyn United Drum and Dance Troupe for their limited time, off-Broadway debut on June 8th, 9th and 10th – BROOKLYN UNITED LIVE. This dynamic, engaging production will feature performers ages 5 to 17 from across the borough who have been working hard to prepare for this unique expression of music, dance, community and camaraderie.

Brooklyn United kids come from numerous Brooklyn neighborhoods, with over 100 participants from Bed-Stuy alone. Students learn to read music and to march, of course, but they also learn life skills. The BU mission states clearly the wider vision as “the development of youth through Academic Support, Character Development, Skills Building and Performance Opportunities. It is through these pillars that we strive to build strong, well rounded, healthy, confident and capable young people.”

Ty Brown has been running programs in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights for over 20 years, and described the myriad ways in which the program has impacted young participants. “BU has effected students in every area of their lives. Academically they show great growth, emotionally they are more confident and outspoken, and their relationships with their parents are stronger. BU students become amazing leaders and go on to lead any industry they enter.”

Next week these young leaders will have the opportunity to showcase their skills on a new stage, and we will be fortunate to partake in the joy and growth that comes from working together as a community to create a singular work of art. Brown’s message is clear and rings from every cymbal crash and bass drum beat, “[We can all] be better each day,” he said, “Wake up with gratitude every day for our ability to beat this game of life!”

Tickets are available at Performances will take place June 8th to the 10th, 2018 at La Mama (66 East 4th Street). (June 8th at 8pm, June 9th and 10th at 3pm.)

Check out this video to learn more about the incredible kids of Brooklyn United, or watch this video to see and hear them at the Kosciuszko Bridge Opening Ceremony.

DanceAfrica Kickoff Happening This Saturday at Bed-Stuy at Restoration Plaza

This Saturday marks a pre-opening celebration of a 21-Year Partnership between Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and BAM’s DanceAfrica program. Check out the event this Saturday, May 19th, between 10am and 3pm at Restoration Plaza (1368 Fulton Street). This year the theme focuses on “Living Your Best Life,” and there will be artisans, healthy living vendors, dance classes, music, yoga and performances by RestoratonART’s Youth Arts Academy.

According to the event press release, “Midway into the day, the DanceAfrica Council of Elders will pay homage to the ancestors with a procession throughout the campus of Restoration with community leaders and members. All are welcomed to participate.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more details, check out the Facebook event.

Pop-Up Gallery, Featuring the Exhibit “Haiti tran•scend” Opens This Friday

This Friday, the pop-up art gallery “Haiti tran•scend” is debuting at The Malcolm, located at 106 Malcolm X Boulevard between Lexington and Greene. Two Brooklyn artists will be featured in the group show. Jerry Mc Georges, a traditional landscape and portrait artist, is from Haiti and his work depicts everyday life in the Caribbean. (He’s also an alumni of Boys and Girls High School.) Florine Demosthene, born in the United States and raised between Port-au-Prince and New York, has work at the University of South Africa and the Lowe Museum of Art of Miami.

The opening reception of the show is free, and will be held this Friday, March 16th from 7 to 10pm. Find event details here.

Local Artist Collective Presents New Exhibition in Bushwick

ED NOTE: This post is by the Bed-Stuy Blog’s newest contributor, Mikhal Weiner!

Imagine a game of telephone that uses works of art instead of a phrase or word. That’s what ArtLinks is– an ongoing collaborative project that brings together artists across disciplines and countries to create a continuous thread of innovation and artistry. The project creates a chain of pieces, each one responding to the preceding piece. Each pair or trio had ten days to create something new that responds to the work of the pair that preceded them. None of the artists had worked together in the past, and all of the works are multidisciplinary.

With 24 artists from Israel, USA, Serbia, Holland, Mexico (to name a few) who have worked together to create 10 works of art, Salomé ArtHaus is happy to present the ArtLinks 2 exhibition on Sunday, November 12th at 5pm in Bushwick. The venue, Powrplnt, is at 562 Evergreen Avenue.

Tickets are available online for $7 (purchase them here) and at the door for $10. More information is available at Salomé ArtHaus.