Black Culture Festival

Sunday, Feb 24, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Join us on Sunday, February 24, 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. Writer, art activist and cultural curator Kimberly Drew is hosting Story Time at 11 am, and interactive dance workshops will be at 12:00 and 2:00 pm with Queen TuT and the Kingdom Dance Company . 

Workshops include:

Upcycled C-Stunners, inspired by Cyrus Kabiru in Fine Arts: Cyrus Kabiru is a Kenyan artist that uses found objects to create futuristic, highly detailed masks called C-Stunners. Cyrus believes he’s creating new stories with every mask, and helping give the material new life after it’s been discarded. Today, you’ll be making upcycled masks in order to give your self an alternate identity, while still expressing the awesome person you are!

Textured Drawings, inspired by Toyin Ojih Odutola in Fine Arts: Toyin Ojih Odutola creates large scale portraits of fictional characters. Her work is based around creating identities, and making a fictional character feel like a real person. Today in the studio, we will be creating large scale self portraits using newsprint, collage, and cray-pas. What fictional elements can you add to your portrait? What made-up details can actually express more about who you are in real life?

Tissue Paper Quilt, inspired by Maya Freelon Asante in the Gallery: Maya Freelon Asante is an artist and community organizer that gathers people together to create quilts out of tissue paper, glue and tape. Using simple materials that most everyone is familiar with, Maya uses art to find the commonality between people in a community. This weekend in the gallery, we’ll be creating some beautifully-fragile quilts together to show how our connections make us stronger, brighter and beautiful.

Power Figures, inspired by Vanessa German at the Clay Bar: On the bottom of a cardboard square, artists will answer the question, “If you can make a piece of artwork that can do anything, what would it do?” With our Teaching Artists, create a sculpture of yourself as a Power Figure who will act on these hopes and dreams.

Cultural Cutouts: The World of Wangechi Mutu in the Media Lab: Inspired by Mutu’s cutouts, artists will use collage materials to convey a time they have felt misunderstood or invisible among friends or family. Animate this feeling. How can we work to include different voices in our lives?

Speak Truth, Not Fear: Inspired by Gabriel Ramirez in the Sound Booth: With roots in his “Realizing I’m Black” performance, our aspiring poets will look to themselves for inspiration. What unique qualities do you, and your family, have and how does this contribute to your community? Create a spoken word poem expressing your unique and amazing qualities.

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. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.

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