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Archive: Creativity Unleashed | Bookbinding with Rejin Leys

02.19.14

The first ever Creativity Unleashed workshop on February 8th featured a collection of bookbinding tutorials with Queens-based book artist Rejin Leys. Citing a history of books as one that predates literacy, Leys described the evolution of early book forms such as the scroll to the codex, pioneered by Gnostic Christians in Egypt, and the success and pitfalls of today’s no-stitch factory-manufactured books.

Leys also provided different examples of bookbinding techniques to get juices flowing and expose us to different decorating techniques such as screen printing, deckle edge, and cohesion; innovative ways to connect book signatures; and how to identify signs of quality bookbinding.

Rejin instructed the class in 4 types of books which ranged from a simple 3 page poster book made out of a single sheet of paper to a geometric diamond book that does this…

diamond book

Participants also decorated their books with special handmade paper covers and collage techniques which added a lot of depth and unique flair to everyone’s projects.

Here’s a picture of all our completed books!

CU w. Leys : All our books

The next Creativity Unleashed workshop will be on March 8 featuring designer Mahalia Stines who will lead participants in decorating totes & t-shirts with vèvès.

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February 23: 3rd Annual Festival of Haitian Art and Culture at Ramapo College of New Jersey’s Berrie Center

02.12.14

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You are cordially invited to the 3rd Annual Festival of Haitian Art and Culture at Ramapo College of New Jersey’s Berrie Center.

This year the festival features the film Stones in the Sun (2012) 95 minutes directed by Patricia Benoit and starring Edwidge Danticat.  This is a beautifully told story full of poignancy, intrigue, drama, and suspense following the lives of Haitian immigrants living in NYC.  Stones in the Sun was the winner of the best diaspora film award at the 2013 African Academy Film Awards.

Food will be provided by Chef Pierre Romain.

Arts, crafts, and books about Haiti will also be available to purchase. 100% of the profits made will be going to the Haiti Relief Scholarship Fund at Ramapo College.

Join us and help support Haitian culture, art, and education.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 23rd /2:00-6:00pm
LOCATION: Ramapo College 505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ
ADMISSION: FREE

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Creole-Speaking Volunteer needed for Free Arts NYC program in Flatbush!

08.27.13

Free Arts NYC is a non-profit organization that provides underserved youth and families with a unique combination of arts education and mentoring programs in order to help them reach their fullest potential.

One of our core programs, Parents and Children Together with Art (PACT), is a theme based art experience for families designed to increase parental involvement and encourage positive forms of family communication. Led by a professional facilitator, every session begins with an inspiration image and discussion of the week’s project. Program participants begin by making individual projects, but as the program progresses the projects graduate in both complexity of concept and materials until the whole family is working on one project together. Volunteer coaches encourage families to communicate, compromise, and work together to accomplish their goal.

Free Arts recently launched a new partnership at the CAMBA Beacon Center in Flatbush and will be holding PACT sessions for the families there this fall. Because many of the families speak Haitian Creole in their homes, we will be facilitating these session bilingually in both English and Creole in order to fully engage all family members in the program. To make programs as successful as possible, we’re recruiting bilingual volunteers to serve as PACT coaches.

Commitment: Tuesdays from October-December, 6:30-9:00pm

Want to learn more?
Register for a New Volunteer Orientation at www.freeartsnyc.eventbrite.com!
Contact us: volunteer@freeartsnyc.org or 212-974-9092

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August 17-25: 4th Annual Soul of Brooklyn Week

08.08.13

SOB13Soul of Brooklyn Week brings together and celebrates the best of the borough’s  African Diasporan arts and culture while promoting partnerships between local arts organizations and black businesses in Brooklyn. Attracting over 20,000 attendees, Soul of Brooklyn Week features concerts, film screenings, plays, festivals, workshops, art activations and more! Click here to visit the official Soul of Brooklyn website.

Soul of Brooklyn Week Events:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
Soul of BK Launch Event + Concert
The Soul of Brooklyn launch will feature a performance by Seattle-based hip hop collective, Shabazz Palaces. There will also be performances by electro dub-hop group abstract random, and tunes by THEESatisfaction’s DJ Sassy Black and Stas THEEBoss. Join us as we celebrate the Soul of Brooklyn launch with live music, vendors, art activations, and more.

CUYLER GORE PARK
Greene Ave and Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
2:00PM – 7:00PM
FREE

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18
Tap + Cork Beer and Wine Festival
Tap+Cork presents the 1st Annual Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest. Featuring local, regional, and national beer and wine shops, the festival will also include live entertainment, food, and tastings!

ELECTRIC WAREHOUSE
1428 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216
1:00PM – 8:00PM
FREE

MONDAY, AUGUST 19
Brooklyn Jazz X Bed Vyne Brew
In partnership with the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, join The Jeff King Band and the Brandon Sanders Trio for a live performance. Meet us in Bed-Stuy, enjoy some live jazz, and sip local craft beers from Brooklyn.

BED VYNE BREW
370 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
7:00PM – 9:00PM
FREE

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
STOOP STORIES: H Street
H Street is a comedic play that follows Frankie, the newest resident of the rapidly gentrifying H Street, any city, USA. Armed with a city grant to build a community center, she has dreams of building the perfect home for her new neighbors, but quickly discovers that it takes more than good intentions to unite a neighborhood. The play will be performed right on the outdoor stoop of Bill Lee, acclaimed musician and father of filmmaker Spike Lee.

THE LEE’s STOOP
165 Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY 11205
7:00PM – 8:30PM
Suggested donation

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
PATTERNS OF SUCCESS: Bridging the gap between art, creative freedom and  entrepreneurship
Presented by Jo-Na A. Williams, Esq. founder of J.A. Williams Law – The Artist Empowerment Firm, she will discuss the current trend towards entrepreneurship and the specific tools artists need to become masters at ruling their market and making money on their terms. Stay after the workshop for a meet-and-greet with the presenters, and enjoy cocktails, food and tunes by a local DJ.

MARCUS VINEYARD
417 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216
6:30PM – 10:30PM
FREE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
MoCADA Makers: Trunk Show
MoCADA’s new trunk show series kicks off with the latest collection from Nigerian-American designer, Busayo Olupona. Complimentary refreshments provided.

MoCADA
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216
6:00PM – 8:00PM
FREE

I DON’T CAMOUFLAGE
I Don’t Camouflage and MoCADA present an event hosted by M1 of Dead Prez. Featuring music by DJ Mike Flo, the night will be a fusion of music, dancing, lights, patterns, and colors and a celebration of our individuality and uniqueness. Come wearing pattern prints!

FREE CANDY
905 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
8:00PM – 11:00PM
21+
FREE

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy

Come celebrate the 14th annual KidFlix Film Fest with a family-friendly films under the stars! This free film festival for kids and families is held every Friday night in August in Stuyvesant Heights’ Fulton Park.

FULTON PARK
Fulton and Lewis Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
7:00PM – 9:00PM
FREE

BLACK WEIRDO
Black Weirdo is a party that calls for Blackness to be celebrated and appreciated in all facets on earth and beyond. Hosted by THEESatisfaction and bklyn boihood, the party will feature tunes by OC Note, Mursi Layne, and Chocolate Chuck.

LITTLEFIELD
622 Degraw St  Brooklyn, NY 11217
11:00PM – 4:00AM
Advanced Tickets: $10
21+

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
LANDSCAPE COLLAGE FOR TEENS

Artists Sam Vernon and Rushern Baker IV will lead middle school and high school aged students in creating abstract and landscape collage projects!

MoCADA
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
1:00PM – 4:00PM
Suggested donation

HCX | Mizik Ayiti! Summer Concert
Haiti Cultural Exchange presents Kont ak Mizik Anba Tonèl: Ochan pou Mimi Barthélémy. Performers will share Haitian folktales and songs by the late Mimi Barthélémy, presented by Melissa Beauvery, Jennifer Celestin, Atibon Legba, Laura Simms, and music by Riva Nyri Precil.

FIVEMYLES GALLERY
558 St Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238
6:00PM – 9:00PM

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
Soul of BK X AFROPUNK Block Party

As part of this year’s AFROPUNK Festival, join us for the Soul of Brooklyn Week finale. The Block Party will feature DJs Rich Medina, Prince Paul, CX KIDTRONIK, and Mursi Layne. Check us for local Black owned business vendors of all types, art activations, and more!

COMMODORE BARRY PARK | AFROPUNK FEST
Flushing Ave and Navy St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
1:00PM – 8:00PM

About Soul of Brooklyn: Soul of Brooklyn is a 32-member consortium of arts organizations with the mission of fostering collaboration between themselves and local businesses to bring arts programming to communities across Brooklyn.

About MoCADAThe Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) uses the visual arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora, and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.

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