Thursdays in Harlem
Jun
6
to Aug 8

Thursdays in Harlem

Thursdays Paying tribute to Harlem icons through our mobile mosaic making…
Find us from 1pm-3:30pm at schools, community centers, and businesses
Find us at 5pm at the plaza at the Rev Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building on 125th.

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"Language of Light" Neon Exhibit
Jun
15
to Jul 28

"Language of Light" Neon Exhibit

The exhibition, titled “Language of Light,” is being held in conjunction with Alfred University’s Art Force 5 summer residency program on Governors Island. An opening reception for the “Language of Light” will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at 408B Colonel’s Row. The exhibition will be on view Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through July 28.

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HARLEM’S WEEKLY POP-UP  MOSAIC-BUILDING CULMINATES  WITH AUGUST 9 EXHIBITION
Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

HARLEM’S WEEKLY POP-UP MOSAIC-BUILDING CULMINATES WITH AUGUST 9 EXHIBITION

  • Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

https://artforce5.eventbrite.com

Harlem, NY – For the next several Thursday evenings, Harlem residents are invited to the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building plaza to paint one 3” square tile as part of an ongoing tribute to Harlem icons. The work of hundreds of participants will be on full display Friday, August 9, 2019 as a reception will be held on the state office building’s second floor gallery.

The effort is led by the Art Force 5, a team of college students recruited from throughout the city. Founded at Alfred University, the program promotes “creativity over conflict” through artistic community engagement and a nod toward comic book superheroes.

The team also provides youth programming Fridays through Sunday on Governors Island, with a colorful comic book timeline of diversity milestones, a neon art exhibit featuring recent Alfred graduates, and numerous craft activities inviting kids to make their own capes and action figures. Each Thursday, the team can be found in Harlem painting tiles with police, youth, and area residents. Early portraits of Marcus Garvey and James Baldwin have already engaged hundreds with Augusta Savage and Billie Holiday up next.

“We were honored to be asked to be part of the celebration of the Harlem Renaissance’s 100th anniversary,” shared Professor Hiram Cray, who also illustrates the portraits which are the gridded and replicated by 196 other people. “We find pride in our efforts being more about the process – meeting and sharing these stories – than the actual final product, which often includes various levels of artistic talent as no art experience is required.”

The program has garnered some impressive partners and supporters.

Minerva Diaz, Director of Operations of Harlem’s Dwyer Cultural Center invited the team to pay mosaic tribute to Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee on the occasion of a street naming ceremony. Diaz shared she was “thrilled with the thoughtful design and the respectful way in which the shared mosaic-making involved the Davis descendants in the process.”

Detectives Osvaldo Collado and Byron Peña, Community Affairs liaisons for the 32nd Precinct of the NYPD invited the Art Force 5 to their Out Late events and still proudly display their hand-crafted superheroes on their desks.

Assemblymen Al Taylor met about the project in Albany and is likely to attend at least one Thursday night session to paint a tile, along with fellow Assemblyman Brian Benjamin.

The team created one at the June 23 Harlem Arts and Jazz Fest on Amsterdam Avenue and may be attending another at Colombia on June 29.

The New York State Office of General Services even invited the team to occupy the plaza alongside the Summer Stage in Harlem concert series on the plaza beginning mid-July.

Invitations for other partnerships may be sent to artforce5@alfred.edu as the team may be making additional stops on Thursday early afternoons before setting up at the State Plaza. Ticket reservations at https://artforce5.eventbrite.com

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Scholastic Awards Makers Prom
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Scholastic Awards Makers Prom

The Art Force 5 is honored to be guests of the Scholastic Art Awards and their Makers’ Prom. We congratulate the hundreds of award winners while engaging them in art making. This year we pay tribute to 1945 Scholastic Winner Andy Warhol through our community-made mobile mosaics. Private event.

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Return to Atlanta for Super Bowl Week
Jan
30
to Feb 1

Return to Atlanta for Super Bowl Week

Week 2 of our mosaic making celebrating the history of Atlanta.
Location 1: 10am-2pm Wednesday, January 30
Location 2: 3:30pm-7:30pm Wednesday, January 30
Location 3: 10am-2pm Thursday, January 31
Location 4: 3:30pm-7:30pm Thursday, January 31
Location 5: 10am-2pm Friday, February 1 (if needed)
Location 6: 3:30pm-7:30pm Friday, February 1 (if needed)

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Atlanta Pop-Up Art-Build
Jan
15
to Jan 17

Atlanta Pop-Up Art-Build

  • Sweet Auburn Neighborhood (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Building a community mosaic paying tribute to Atlanta’s first African-American police officers. We are looking to confirm six to twelve locations for art builds on the following dates.
Location 1:  10am-2pm Tuesday, January 15
Location 2: 3:30pm-7:30pm Tuesday, January 15
Location 3: 10am-2pm Wednesday, January 16
Location 4: 3:30pm-7:30pm Wednesday, January 16
Location 5: 10am-2pm Thursday, January 17
Location 6:  3:30pm-7:30pm Thursday, January 17

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SUNY SEEKS ART SUPERHEROES @ GOVERNORS ISLAND (EVENT 3)
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

SUNY SEEKS ART SUPERHEROES @ GOVERNORS ISLAND (EVENT 3)

New York, NY – The concept of being recruited for a superhero team is not exclusive to big-budget summer action movies.  This summer, the State University of New York (SUNY) is partnering with a team of extraordinary college students to recruit rising seniors (class of 2019) interested in the arts. The program also serves to recruit art heroes to the Art Force 5 summer program located on NYC’s Governors Island. The three standalone events will be hosted at SUNY Global Center (July 19), Brooklyn’s Urban Glass studios (August 1), and Governors Island (August 11) and will serve to both inspire and educate high school students regarding college programs in the creative arts.


The Art Force 5 program features students from a multitude of SUNY schools and various academic programs. The heroes include the Bronx’s Michael Perez (SUNY Morrisville) and Alison Garcia (University of Buffalo) and Brooklynites Zaire Anderson (Purchase) and Imani Graves (New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University). Rounding out the team is Marvin Brown from Tompkins Cortland Community College. The students’ diverse majors include Fine Arts, Education, Film Studies, History, and Pre-Med.

··August 10: Artbuilders and Ghostbusters! Take the ferry over to Governors Island and visit the Art Force 5’s headquarters. Schedule time to talk about developing your senior portfolio for submissions to colleges. Stay late for the 8:15pm outdoor screening of Ghostbusters on the Parade Field starting at sunset. Art Force 5 will provide refreshments for those pre-registered to join us. (7pm meet at house / 8:15pm meet at movie, Governors Island Ferry terminal leaves from Manhattan right next to Staten Island Ferry Terminal, or check Brooklyn Ferry from Red Hook) Contact Meylin.Andares@suny.edu to rsvp.

Founded at Alfred University, the Art Force 5 has received national recognition for their efforts to use art to address difficult topics. In 2016, the program partnered with the Rochester Police Department to design mosaic-making sessions for officers and youth to discuss relevant city issues. The team has trained over 200 heroes but often travels in teams of five, leading projects for the University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, New York ComicCon, Strong National Museum of Play and the New York State Museum in Albany. For the first time, the program has partnered with the State University of New York (SUNY) to build a statewide team of heroes from numerous SUNY institutions.

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ART FORCE 5 VISITS SUMMER PROGRAM AT HISTORIC HARLEM YMCA
Aug
9
1:00 AM01:00

ART FORCE 5 VISITS SUMMER PROGRAM AT HISTORIC HARLEM YMCA

The Art Force 5 will visit Harlem on Thursday adn Friday, presenting our CREATIVITY OVER CONFLICT workshop for youth. Those interested in arranging for a workshop either on Governors Island or at your own location, please contact ARTFORCE5@alfred.edu to get on our 2019 Summer Schedule.

"Built in 1931-32, the Harlem YMCA is a significant landmark of black culture in New York City. Intended primarily for the use of African-American men at a time when most YMCAs were for whites only, it was one of the best equipped YMCAs in the United States. Its upper floors were designed for use as residences, whose occupants include a number of prominent personalities." - Wikipedia

 

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Art Force 5 welcomes Fiver Children's Foundation to Governors Island
Aug
8
10:00 AM10:00

Art Force 5 welcomes Fiver Children's Foundation to Governors Island

Art Force 5 is pleased to offer our CREATIVITY OVER CONFLICT non-violence workshop to youth throughout the city either by visitng the island or by visiting your headquarters. Contact ARTFORCE5@alfred.edu to arrange a 2019 workshop. 

The Fiver Children's Foundation is a comprehensive youth development organization that makes a 10-year commitment to children from underserved communities throughout New York City and central New York. Through character-building summer and year-round out-of-school time programs, Fiver empowers children to make ethical and healthy decisions, to become engaged citizens, and to succeed in school, careers, and life.

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SUNY SEEKS ART SUPERHEROES @ URBAN GLASS (EVENT 2)
Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

SUNY SEEKS ART SUPERHEROES @ URBAN GLASS (EVENT 2)

New York, NY – The concept of being recruited for a superhero team is not exclusive to big-budget summer action movies.  This summer, the State University of New York (SUNY) is partnering with a team of extraordinary college students to recruit rising seniors (class of 2019) interested in the arts. The program also serves to recruit art heroes to the Art Force 5 summer program located on NYC’s Governors Island. The three standalone events will be hosted at SUNY Global Center (July 19), Brooklyn’s Urban Glass studios (August 1), and Governors Island (August 11) and will serve to both inspire and educate high school students regarding college programs in the creative arts.

The Art Force 5 program features students from a multitude of SUNY schools and various academic programs. The heroes include the Bronx’s Michael Perez (SUNY Morrisville) and Alison Garcia (University of Buffalo) and Brooklynites Zaire Anderson (Purchase) and Imani Graves (New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University). Rounding out the team is Marvin Brown from Tompkins Cortland Community College. The students’ diverse majors include Fine Arts, Education, Film Studies, History, and Pre-Med.

·         August 1: Art Force 5 Visits Urban Glass! A hot way to end the summer at an amazing Brooklyn Glass Center with live demos, tour, and reception. Join the Art Force 5 and find out about how to go to college for glass or other mediums! (7pm-9pm at Urban Glass 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217) Contact Meylin.Andares@suny.edu to rsvp.

·     Founded at Alfred University, the Art Force 5 has received national recognition for their efforts to use art to address difficult topics. In 2016, the program partnered with the Rochester Police Department to design mosaic-making sessions for officers and youth to discuss relevant city issues. The team has trained over 200 heroes but often travels in teams of five, leading projects for the University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, New York ComicCon, Strong National Museum of Play and the New York State Museum in Albany. For the first time, the program has partnered with the State University of New York (SUNY) to build a statewide team of heroes from numerous SUNY institutions.

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‘LOVELY AS A TREE’ POET KILMER TO BE CELEBRATED IN COMMUNITY-BUILT MOSAIC
Jul
27
to Jul 29

‘LOVELY AS A TREE’ POET KILMER TO BE CELEBRATED IN COMMUNITY-BUILT MOSAIC

New York, NY – One of America’s most famous poems – and the poet behind the words – will be celebrated on the hundredth anniversary of Joyce Kilmer’s death.  A group of community-based artist known as the Art Force 5 are currently engaging the public in hand-painting 300+ ceramic mosaic tiles while completing a summer residency on Governors Island. The mosaic will be painted throughout the Island’s poetry festival (July 28-30) and completed by July 30, the anniversary of Joyce’s death in combat during World War I. Participation is free and open to all ages.

Alfred “Joyce” Kilmer attended Rutgers College (now University) for two years before transferring to Columbia to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1908. Shortly after graduation, Kilmer began writing book reviews published by the New York Times. In 1912, he became a special writer for the New York Times Review of Books and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Kilmer published his first book of poetry in 1911 with his most famous poem “Trees” first published in Poetry magazine in 1913. Shortly after the United States entered World War I in 1917, Kilmer enlisted in the 7th Regiment of the New York National Guard and eventually was assigned to military intelligence. He was killed during the Second Battle of Marne by a snipers bullet to the head on July 30, 1918.

Founded at Alfred University and funded by SUNY, the Art Force 5 has received national recognition for their efforts to use art to address difficult topics in creative ways. In 2016, the program partnered with the Rochester Police Department to design mosaic-making sessions for officers and youth to discuss relevant city issues. The team has trained over two hundred college students-turned-superheroes but often travels in teams of five, leading projects for the University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, New York ComicCon, Strong National Museum of Play and the New York State Museum in Albany. In 2018, the program partnered with the State University of New York (SUNY) to build a statewide team of heroes from numerous SUNY institutions and build a New York City summer program on Governors Island. A Buffalo-based team is being explored for summer 2019.

Questions about the program may be directed to Director Dan Napolitano at artforce5@alfred.edu and the team’s website may be found at www.artforce5.com.

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Seneca Falls Convention Days
Jul
20
to Jul 21

Seneca Falls Convention Days

  • National Womens RIghts Museum (Visitors Center) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Seneca Falls, NY – A team of art superheroes will pay tribute to an equality-hero by asking more than two-hundred people to paint a simple ceramic tile – part of a larger portrait. The Art Force 5 will visit the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls and lead this community-based art project which pays tribute to abolitionist, reformer, and women’s rights advocate Lucretia Mott. The team will be located at the visitor center’s special exhibits room located on Fall Street in Seneca Falls. The program will run from 1pm-4pm on Friday, July 20 and 11am-4pm on Saturday, July 21. Participation is free and suitable for all ages.

Founded at Alfred University and funded by SUNY, the Art Force 5 has received national recognition for their efforts to use art to address difficult topics. In 2016, the program partnered with the Rochester Police Department to design mosaic-making sessions for officers and youth to discuss relevant city issues. The team has trained over two hundred college students turned superheroes but often travels in teams of five, leading projects for the University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, New York ComicCon, Strong National Museum of Play and the New York State Museum in Albany. In 2018, the program partnered with the State University of New York (SUNY) to build a statewide team of heroes from numerous SUNY institutions and build a New York City summer program on Governors Island. A Buffalo-based team is being explored for summer 2019.

Questions about the program may be directed to Director Dan Napolitano at artforce5@alfred.edu and the team’s website may be found at www.artforce5.com.

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SUNY SEEKS ART SUPERHEROES @ GLOBAL CENTER (EVENT 1)
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

SUNY SEEKS ART SUPERHEROES @ GLOBAL CENTER (EVENT 1)

New York, NY – The concept of being recruited for a superhero team is not exclusive to big-budget summer action movies.  This summer, the State University of New York (SUNY) is partnering with a team of extraordinary college students to recruit rising seniors (class of 2019) interested in the arts. The program also serves to recruit art heroes to the Art Force 5 summer program located on NYC’s Governors Island. The three standalone events will be hosted at SUNY Global Center (July 19), Brooklyn’s Urban Glass studios (August 1), and Governors Island (August 11) and will serve to both inspire and educate high school students regarding college programs in the creative arts.

The Art Force 5 program features students from a multitude of SUNY schools and various academic programs. The heroes include the Bronx’s Michael Perez (SUNY Morrisville) and Alison Garcia (University of Buffalo) and Brooklynites Zaire Anderson (Purchase) and Imani Graves (New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University). Rounding out the team is Marvin Brown from Tompkins Cortland Community College. The students’ diverse majors include Fine Arts, Education, Film Studies, History, and Pre-Med.

July 19: “Art Force 5: Secret Identities Revealed” will introduce high school students to real SUNY students with stories from their respective colleges. Find out what it takes to find a program that develops your creative muscles. (6pm-8pm at SUNY Welcome Center at 116 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022). Contact Meylin.Andares@suny.edu to rsvp or leave your name and e-mail in our comments section to hold your spot. 

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Mosaic-on-the-Move: Augusta Savage
Jul
18
10:00 AM10:00

Mosaic-on-the-Move: Augusta Savage

Harlem, NY - After two months on Governors Island teaching history, the Art Force 5 will be reaching off-island with their unique art programming. The team will construct their mosaic-on-the-move throughout Harlem in parks, plazas, and street corners. Their challenge is to find 300+ people to each paint one tile - a 5-minute process - while never exceeding 15 participants at one given time (to stay under the crowd size requiring a permit for NYC Parks).

This summer the team has already paid tribute to Sgt. Henry Johnson, Lt. James Reese Europe, South African leader Nelson Mandela, poet Joyce Kilmer with plans for suffragist Lucretia Mott at Seneca Falls National Convention Days. Videos of mosaic construction have been posted to Art Force 5's YouTube channel. 

The team plans to begin at 10am at St. Nicholas Park at 135th Street or across the street at Dorrance Brooks Square and move throughout the neighborhood until about 4pm. Those interested in participating can track the traveling art team on twitter @ArtForceFive . 

Augusta Savage moved to Harlem in 1920 and eventually enrolled at Copper Union, graduating in 3 years. By the mid-1920's the Harlem Renaissance was at its peak. During this time Savage earned a reputation as a portrait sculptor, completing busts of W. E. B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey. She was recognized with the prestigious Julius Rosenwald Fellowship (TWICE) as well as other awards and fellowships which allowed her to travel to France, Italy, Germany and Belgium.  

In 1932, Savage established the Savage Studio of Arts and Crafts and became an influential teacher in Harlem. She took two years off to concentrate on an important commissioned work for the 1939 Worlds Fair. Her 16' foot sculpture The Harp was inspired by the lyrics of James Weldon Johnson's poem Lift Every Voice and Sing, a poem which eventually became known as the Black National Anthem.  (Source: Smithsonian American Art Museum ).

The Art Force 5 was founded at Alfred University in western NYS and is funded by SUNY (State University of New York) to use art to champion creativity over conflict through non-violence workshops and impact community-based art. In 2016, the team was awarded the Unite Rochester grant and worked with Rochester Police Department to use art to provide opportunities for positive and time efficient police / youth activities. THE NYC team is based out of Governors Island and is comprised of students from Alfred University, Purchase College, SUNY Morrisville, University at Buffalo, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. The team welcomes participation by the NYPD to provide a similar outlet for positive police and community relations. 

Questions can be directed to program director Dan Napolitano at artforce5@alfred.edu 

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Scholastic Maker Prom (Private Event)
Jun
6
8:00 PM20:00

Scholastic Maker Prom (Private Event)

Art Force 5 is honored to make (some art) and shake (the dance floor) with this year's national winners of Scholastic creativity awards.  We look forward to meeting these amazing teens at the MAKER PROM.

"Hundreds of students, educators, and their guests travel to New York City for our National Events–a three-day celebration of the creative teens who received Gold Medals in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and their educators. National Events is a time-honored tradition at the Scholastic Awards, and one that we look forward to every year!"

 

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SUNY Send-Off at SUNY Global
May
31
to Jun 7

SUNY Send-Off at SUNY Global

The Art Force 5 are guests of the SUNY Welcome Center team as they host a SUNY Send-off for new students beginning classes in the fall. Over 80 students are expected to attend. AF5 members Michael Perez (SUNY Morrisville) and Alison Garcia (University of Buffalo) will  serve as part of a student panel and Dan Napolitano will offer a lunch hour presentation to the rising stars, as they spend their last month of high school before embarking on their first college experience. 

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Governors Island Weekly (Thur-Sun) Programming
May
17
to Aug 12

Governors Island Weekly (Thur-Sun) Programming

HOURS

Thursday & Friday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM                     

Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM                                                                                          

Governors Island offerings include superhero figure and cape construction, the Drawn to Diversity comic book exhibit, and on special occasions Historic Mosaic-Making. "Creativity over Conflict" Workshops (open to public but limited seating) 2pm Friday and Saturday. Pre-arranged school visits 10am Thursdays and Fridays (e-mail artforce5@alfred.edu) .

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