New York City Cultural Festival

Sunday, Jan 28, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Join us Sunday, January 28, for a cultural festival celebrating New York City. We will have workshops and performances inspired by New York artists and the city’s diverse neighborhoods. The spirit of the legendary Savoy Ballroom will fill the museum with an interactive dance presentation by The Harlem Swing Dance Society between 12-3PM. Their mission is to preserve Harlem’s history, and cultural identity and provide free drop in classes for the Harlem community.

Workshops include:

Dapper Designs in the Fine Arts Studio: Inspired by the dapper fashion of the Harlem Renaissance and cultural influencers like “Dapper Dan,” young artists will build their very own 3D dapper designs! Looking closely at street wear from across the city, CMA guests can create a feathered cap, sculptural suspenders, boutonniere flowers, bow-ties and beyond.

Subway Station Mosaics in the Fine Arts Studio: Have you ever taken a moment to notice the artworks in New York City subway stations? Today in the Open Studio, young artists will design and create their own subway station mosaics! Join CMA teaching artists as we learn about celebrated contemporary artist, Nitza Tufino one of the founders of Museo Del Barrio in Harlem, and part of the Nuyorican Movement. Museum guests will looking closely at her stunning subway series, Neo-Boriken at the E 103rd St MTA Station and create their own memetics.

Jazz and Blues in the Sound Booth: Explore music from New York’s Harlem Renaissance and create your own jazzy beat in today’s Sound Booth workshop!

Broadway Caricature Animations in the Media Lab: Inspired by the work of American caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, young artists will view his illustrations of various Broadway productions. We will consider his use of fluid line, motion, and shape, and then create animated clips depicting our own caricatures moving on a stage!

NYC Mural Clay Paintings at the Clay Bar: What’s your favorite mural in New York City? In today’s Clay Bar workshop, we will be looking at some of the mural that call NYC their home. Then, we will create 2D clay relief paintings inspired by them.

This event is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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