Black Culture Festival

Sunday, Feb 23, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Join us on Sunday, February 23, for a celebration of the Black experience at CMA! CMA is presenting workshops and performances inspired by the African Diaspora from 10 am until 5 pm. It’s Showtime NYC is partnering with CMA to facilitate interactive dance workshops and performances at 12 and 2 pm and Story Time at 1 pm. It’s Showtime NYC! (IST) celebrates New York City street culture, providing performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers.

Glittering Gardens inspired by Ebony G. Patterson in Fine Arts: Artist Ebony G. Patterson uses sequins, embroidery, and glitter to create lush and fantastical gardens. Patterson uses these materials to draw people into garden images to address issues of identity and social injustice. Today, we will use similar materials to create our own gardens with important messages. Choose a message you would like to share with the world and create a garden around it. Embellish your garden to attract viewers and bring awareness!

Personal Clay Artifacts inspired by LaKela Brown in Fine Arts
: LaKela Brown creates plaster reliefs by casting accessories like hoop earrings, gold chains, and more. Think of something that is important to you or your culture and use clay to create a relief of it! Draw, press, and imprint into the clay to create your very own artifact.

21st Century Fairy Tales inspired by Ronald Wimberly in the Gallery: Ronald Wimberly’s Prince of Cats is a modern comics retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The story takes place in 1980s New York, but retains the Olde English-style dialogue of the original play. Wimberly tells a centuries-old story using visual styles from modern times. Today in the gallery, we will create our own comic stories, retelling fairy tales as if they were taking place in our present day NYC. Which story will you tell, and how can your story use modern news and technology to give it a breath of fresh air?

Damion Scott Action Pose Sculptures in the Clay Bar: Damion Scott is a comic book illustrator and designer with prominent roles in both Marvel and DC Comics. His work often uses warped and exaggerated character design to convey action and movement. As a Brooklyn native, much of his work reflects the graffiti and street art he saw growing up. He even authored a book called How To Draw Hip-Hop! Using his action-packed characters as influence, create your own superhero sculptures!

Ian Jones-Quartey Cartoons in the Media Lab
: Ian Jones-Quartey is the creator of the Cartoon Network short OK K.O. and has also worked on countless other cartoons like Steven Universe and Adventure Time. Jones-Quartey loves animation because characters can do things they would never be able to do in real life. Inspired by his wacky and colorful characters, create your own cartoon character and bring them to life with animation!

Sporting Life Beats in the Sound Booth
: Sporting Life is an American record producer, rapper, songwriter, artist, and architect from New York City. He founded New York City hip hop group Ratking with rappers Wiki and Hak. His beats are often experimental and inspired by NYC soundscapes and the rhythm of the city he hears in his day-to-day life. Produce your own Sporting Life-inspired beats in the Sound Booth today!

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with It's Showtime NYC! It’s Showtime NYC! (IST) celebrates New York City street culture and provides performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers as a legal alternative to dancing in subway cars.

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