By Brooklyn Reader

February 2, 2015, 3:41 pm



The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership (MARP) is proud to present the 3rd Annual Black Artstory Month, a month-long series of FREE art exhibits, performances, film screenings, and more throughout all of February in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Wallabout, Brooklyn.

This year’s event is entitled, Where I’m From: The Black Artstory of Myrtle and Beyond” featuring themes of time, travel, and transition by over 25 Brooklyn-based artists.

Black Artstory Month has become the highlight of Myrtle Avenue’s Arts & Culture programming, Meredith Phillips Almeida, executive director at MARP.

“We are excited to create opportunities for local artists and to celebrate and elevate our community’s rich African-American history, especially in the arts,” said Phillips Almeida. “Our locally owned businesses join us in the effort to create collaborations with artists and organizations and to introduce new audiences to the Myrtle Avenue artistic & cultural experience”

Black Artstory kicked off its 2015 season on Sunday, February 1, with an art walk and opening party.  For the next three consecutive weekends, residents can participate in an array of free artistic events, including: 

Black-Artstory-Rackcard-JPEG_Page_212/1 (SUN, 4-6PM) – Black Artstory Month Artwalk + Opening Party (Visual Art & Music)

Artwork by over 25 Brooklyn-based artists will be on view at over thirteen small businesses along Myrtle Avenue between Carlton & Classon Avenues. The art at each location is curated by the following independent curators: Remi Onabanjo, MoCADA, SONYA, Freecandy, Jessica Lynne, Naimonu James, Rasu Jilani, Pratt Institute’s BAKO Tribe and Daonne Huff. Artwork can be viewed during the Artwalk (Feb 1, 4-6pm) and also during regular business hours. For a complete listing of all events, featured artists, programs and venues, please visit here.

2/1 (SUN, 6-9PM) – Black Artstory Month Opening Party (Music)

Start February off right with dancing and drinks at the Black Artstory Month Opening Party. Sounds by Flames Baldwin.

Location: Brooklyn Eats, 474 Myrtle Ave between Washington Avenue & Hall Street

2/7 (SAT, 3PM) – Irish Arts Center Presents: Hammerstep on Myrtle (Dance)

In the late nineteenth century, Fort Greene—home to over half of Brooklyn’s African American population— also became widely known as ”Young Dublin” for the large Irish population that settled on what is now Myrtle Avenue. Black Artstory Month explores the intersecting histories of Irish and African American communities in Fort Greene with an unforgettable performance by Hammerstep, a Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company whose cutting-edge choreography melds traditional Irish dance, tap and hip hop to address contemporary social and political issues.

Location: Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Avenue at Prince Street

2/13 (FRI, 7-9PM) – BLACK BROOKLYN/HOME: A Reading (Poetry & Performance)

What does it mean to call a place “home”? How do we understand our physical, mental and emotional relationships to a place in flux? Jessica Lynne curates a reading of poetry, prose and essays by writers who offer intimate reflections on Black Brooklyn, the soul of a city that means so much to so many.

Location: Leisure Life NYC, 559 Myrtle Avenue between Emerson Place & Classon Avenue

2/15 (SUN, 6-8PM) – Slide Hampton Jazz Jam (Music)

Enjoy an evening of live jazz in honor of legendary trombonist and Fort Greene resident Slide Hampton, whose home on 245 Carlton Avenue hosted world famous jazz musicians and groundbreaking jam sessions for over two decades. Curated by reknowned jazz bassist and Fort Greene resident Bill Lee.

Location: Splitty, 415 Myrtle Avenue between Vanderbilt & Clinton Avenues

2/20 (FRI, 6-8PM) – Remembering Rodeo Caldonia | Lisa Jones + Alva Rogers in conversation with Culture Critic Greg Tate

Take an insightful look at women artists of the black Brooklyn renaissance of the 1980s and 1990s, as profiled in Brooklyn Boheme, the recent HBO documentary by Nelson George. Writer Lisa Jones and writer/composer/performer Alva Rogers discuss the black women’s Fort Greene arts collective Rodeo Caldonia in a conversation facilitated by cultural critic Greg Tate.

Location: Pillow Café, 505 Myrtle Avenue between Ryerson Street & Grand Avenue


2/21 (SAT, 11AM-12PM) – BLDG 92 presents: “Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future” Exhibition Tour (Tour)

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