Ethiopian Cultural Festival

Sunday, Jun 02, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Join us Sunday, June 2, for a celebration of Ethiopian culture! CMA is partnering with the Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association (ECMAA) and the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee (ESAC) to present performances and interactive workshops. Story Time takes place at 11 am featuring books by Ethiopian authors read by Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger of the Hudson Park Library. ECMAA will be sharing traditional clothing and Eskista dance and music workshops and performances at 12 pm and 2 pm. A coffee ceremony will follow the final performance at 2:30 pm in the lobby.

Workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary arts practices of Ethiopia include:

Collaborative Subway Mural inspired by Ezra Wube in Fine Arts: Ezra Wube is an Ethiopian New Yorker telling stories about NYC through animation and vivid imagery. Wube’s work reflects on the movement of the city. You can see his piece at the Fulton Street Station called Fulton Street Flow! How would you use art to beautify a subway station? Join us in creating a collaborative subway mural integrating our many cultures!

Dreamy Cityscapes inspired by Addis Gezehagn in Fine Arts: Addis Gezehagn paints dreamlike deconstructed and layered renderings of urban landscapes rising above the ground. Each patch of color he uses represents buildings and doors. Today, young artists can use cutouts of color, paintings, magazine pages, and even their own colored drawings to layer squares to construct a cityscape.

Recycled Topographies inspired by Elias Sime in the Gallery: Elias Sime is an Ethiopian artist using recycled materials to create relief sculptures and assemblages that look like looks like topographical maps or aerial views of complex city systems. We will use recycled materials as well as decorative materials like beads and pom poms to create our own relief sculptures inspired by Sime’s work and Ethiopia.

Afewerk Tekle Windows in the Clay Bar: Using the artist Afewerk Tekle’s stained glass pieces as inspiration, design your own stylized clay tab, in a fractured stain glass visual!

Building Stained Glass Windows with Afewerk Tekle in the Media Lab: Using either the stain glass style slab from Clay Bar, or found materials in the Media Lab, add motion to your stain glass in creation to celebrate Afewerk’s pieces!

Sounds of Gigi in the Sound Booth: Using melodies inspired by the famous Ethiopian singer Gigi, create your own songs layered over her fusion of contemporary and traditional soundscapes!

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 the Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association (ECMAA) and the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee (ESAC). CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.

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