Target First Saturday: Talk | Black Artists on Social Media

Photo credit: Kimberly Drew, Photo: King Texas; Devin Kenny, Photo: Janna Ireland; Screenshot of GIF created by Sondra Perry

On first Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum do not miss the 7 pm talk led by Kim Drew, founder of the blog Black Contemporary Art (, featuring Devin Kenny aka Devin KKenny ( and Sondra Perry ( about how black artists use social media.

More details on the full programming of the February Target First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum here:

Opening of Gibney Dance Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center

Founded in 1991 as a performing and social action dance company, Gibney Dance made Studio 5-2 at 890 Broadway the Company’s artistic home.

Gibney Dance has and continues to do amazing work within the dance and local community. They provide more space for dance, support for the development of emerging choreographers, opportunity for artist feedback sessions, studio rentals, affordable dance classes and work with domestic violence survivors. Their community action division was founded in 2000 and provides workshops, programs, training and residencies in relation to working with domestic violence survivors. In fact, Gibney Dance was the first program to unite dancers with survivors with domestic violence.

On Thursday October 30th I attended the opening of Gibney Dance’s Lower Manhattan location near City Hall named the “Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center”.  It was such an exciting and inspiring event as I viewed the new facility!

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Opening night shot by Erin K. Hylton


Photo by Erin K. Hylton


Rosanna Martinez “Between Two Lungs” 2013 Beet ink on paper Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Complete set of Rosanna Martinez “Between Two Lungs” 2013 Beet ink on paper Photo by Erin K. Hylton


Kristen Coburn “Head Turner” 2014 Video installation still

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Studio F Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton

Hands On: Art Making Inspired by Abigail DeVille

ADDC Obelisk by Abigail DeVille

This Sunday July 27th head to The Studio Museum in Harlem with your family from 2-4pm to experience art making inspired by Abigail DeVille! Inspired by her works in Material Histories: Artists in Residence 2013-14 which use everyday objects to create sculptural installations, Hands On invites families to explore how they might use every day objects to make sculptural works of their own. RSVP is suggested, which you can do by clicking here. More information is available by clicking on the link for Hands On: Art Making Inspired by Abigail DeVille on The Studio Museum in Harlem website!

Website on the Edge: Philadelphia Arts Mural Program


Mural Arts Program
Credit: Jack Ramsdale for Mural Arts Program © City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (

I enjoy an interactive website full of great knowledge and fun for a variety of audiences.

The Philadelphia Arts Mural Program has produced some amazing work in the past years, with over 3,000 works in the past 25 years.

Click here for the awesome website where you can explore the murals and learn more about their background stories as well as the people who inspired them :

Witness Uganda: A.R.T. Season

Rarely do you feel a spark of inspiration just by the chords struck on the piano in a musical, even before the poignant dialogue and singing compels you to action. “Witness Uganda” is that rare and powerful gem I was lucky enough to witness last year this time. This year, the play that has won the 2012 Richard Rogers Award for Musical Theater and 2013 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award will be on the stage at the American Repertory Theater from February 4 – March 16, 2014.  It is a must-see, a travel see, and an experience do!

You will leave encouraged, connected, motivated and moved to action by “Witness Uganda” through the music, dialogue and most importantly the lived experience which inspired the story.

Clips below from A.R.T. preview:

Check out my post on their phenomenal New York performance last year: Witness Uganda