Uptown Art

Comic book spotlights Puerto Rican superheroine | Manhattan Times

Comic book spotlights Puerto Rican superheroine | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen This Puertorriqueña is packing. The latest comic book superhero is fighting foes and taking names — in English and Spanish. She’s La Borinqueña, a young female heroine who draws her powers from a collection of ancient crystals found on the island of Puerto Rico. She has superhuman strength, the ability to fly […]


And The Winner Is…

And The Winner Is...

She forged past the forty. Visual artist and painter Alexis Agliano Sanborn of Washington Heights has emerged as the judges’ choice to claim the title of winner of the 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest. Sanborn’s submission, one of forty bids, was found to best showcase the elements of Northern Manhattan’s diverse art scene. She […]


Uptown Tonight: Women in the Heights – Disruption Opening Reception

Uptown Tonight: Women in the Heights – Disruption Opening Reception

In celebration of Women’s History Month, NoMAA in partnership with Broadway Housing Communities and the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling present the exhibition “Women in the Heights – Disruption,” featuring the work of 28 women artists of Uptown Manhattan. Curated by Andrea Arroyo. Location: Rio II Gallery, 583 Riverside Dr (at 135th […]


02/26/17: The N-Word Goes On Trial @ The Apollo Theater

02/26/17: The N-Word Goes On Trial @ The Apollo Theater

The Apollo collaborates with creator Kyle Bowser to present Apollo Uptown Hall- Trial By Jury: The Case of the N-Word, an interactive community conversation to investigate one of the most provocative, polarizing, and debated words in America. This dramatically staged program includes a fictional case and the audience serving as a jury to decide the […]


Alice Neel’s Love of Harlem and the Neighbors She Painted There | NY Times

Alice Neel’s Love of Harlem and the Neighbors She Painted There | NY Times

By JASON FARAGO “I love you Harlem,” the American painter Alice Neel wrote in her diary around the end of World War II, and really, she loved everything in it. Neel celebrated Harlem — specifically its ethnically mixed section known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio — for “your poverty and your loves.” And what […]


Spread Love: Selections @ Elizabeth Dee

Spread Love: Selections @ Elizabeth Dee

The Elizabeth Dee Gallery will be debuting it’s newest initiative this weekend. Entitled Selections, the exhibition series is all about shining a much-needed light on emerging artists. Works included in Selections are chosen by esteemed curators, who are actively engaged with the up and coming artistic voices shaping our society. Elizabeth Dee has tapped culturally […]


Call for artists – “Utopia” exhibition

Call for artists – “Utopia” exhibition

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), in collaboration with New York–Presbyterian – The Allen Hospital, welcomes submissions for NoMAA’s next exhibition titled “Utopia,” curated by Leanne Stella, Director, Art In FLUX, under the Art In FLUX 2017 curatorial theme, “Re-Imagining a City.” Artists are invited to present artworks that use art and play as catalysts […]


Spread Love: Up Theater Company Presents Dead of Winter 2017

The good folks at Up Theater Company are back with their Dead of Winter play reading series. The series kicks off this Sunday, January 15th and will take place for the following two Sundays in a row. The readings are free and always entertaining so you really can’t go wrong. See below for more info. […]


At Home in Harlem | Hyperallergic

At Home in Harlem | Hyperallergic

The inaugural exhibition at the new Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute is concerned with demonstrating how one comes to belong to a place. BY Seph Rodney Home, Memory, and Future, the inaugural exhibition at the new, permanent location of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) in East Harlem, is faithful to its name. This […]


Call For Artists: The MTA-Artists Unite Subway Elevator Poster Project

Call For Artists: The MTA-Artists Unite Subway Elevator Poster Project

The MTA-Artists Unite Subway Elevator Poster Project, a long standing effort by the community, is happy to announce the sixth call for artwork to be placed in the subway elevators at the A-Line 184th St. & 190th St. Subway Stations. This collaborative project acknowledges the uniqueness of our community and fulfills Artists Unite mission to […]


Photo Essay: The Beauty of Black Joy | Salon

Photo Essay: The Beauty of Black Joy | Salon

BY Peter Cooper I didn’t set out to find Black Joy, rather Black Joy found me I found it in the slight upward bend of a smile The moment right before and after a breath The spark in the eye Black Joy I found it when I went back for the photo that I almost […]


Call For Submissions: 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster Contest

Call For Submissions: 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster Contest

Listen up folks NoMAA has put out the call for submissions for the 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster Contest. This is a big deal for artists that make Uptown their home. Not only will you get your work in fronts of untold numbers of your Uptown peers but you will also receive a $750 honorarium. […]


How this nail artist is slaying the game with socially conscious designs | Fusion

How this nail artist is slaying the game with socially conscious designs | Fusion

With the nail as her small canvas, New York-based freelance nail artist Ami Vega is turning heads with a different take on the manicure—by helping her clients spread messages of social activism and empowerment through custom, hand painted designs. Her success has led to her own traveling nail salon, appearances at New York Fashion Week, […]


Comeback, catharsis, continuance | Manhattan Times

Comeback, catharsis, continuance | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi It was supposed to be a celebration. There were friends, flan and champagne. But by 10 p.m. on Election Night, the mood shifted.  Friends said goodbye. The champagne was left unopened. The election results left artist Andrea Arroyo utterly devastated. She and her husband Felipe Galindo are both from Mexico. They were concerned […]


11/15/16: Four Flights Up Opening Reception

11/15/16: Four Flights Up Opening Reception

Bohemia Realty Group opens a new condo, The Leo, on November 15th at 6 pm with an Art In FLUX exhibition featuring artists that weave a unique story about artists in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem. FEATURED ARTISTS: Leslie Jimenez, Lance Johnson, Leon Johnson & Gregory Saint Amand In addition to the visual artists […]


About Last Night – The UC Revue @ United Palace

About Last Night – The UC Revue @ United Palace

Words: Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography: Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) Sometimes you are involved with something truly extraordinary but you don’t completely register its importance until the next day when you have had the time to reflect. That is how I am feeling right now. What I have been envisioning for quite some time was made manifest […]


Considering Community as Art Galleries Help Gentrify Harlem | Hyperallergic

Considering Community as Art Galleries Help Gentrify Harlem |  Hyperallergic

A new wave of art galleries are starting to move up uptown from Chelsea and lower Manhattan, and it is time to ask serious questions about their impact and what we can do to guarantee Harlem survives culturally. BY Seph Rodney How does one defend one’s turf — the place where one lives alongside the […]


In Harlem, murals are calling attention to the discrimination against the Baha’i faith in Iran | Quartz

In Harlem, murals are calling attention to the discrimination against the Baha’i faith in Iran | Quartz

By Neha Thirani Bagri As a reporter working in Iran, Maziar Bahari was bothered not to hear more people speak about the discrimination faced by the Baha’i, a persecuted religious minority. But he knew that if he wrote about their lives, it would mean the end of his ability to work in the country. “I […]


CCCADI Opens Doors to its New Historic Location

CCCADI Opens Doors to its New Historic Location

Photography: Rex Desrosiers Yesterday evening, elected officials and around 250 VIP guests came together to kick off this weekend’s grand-opening celebration of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute’s (CCCADI) new historic location, the Firehouse on 120 E. 125th St. The highly anticipated opening comes after CCCADI’s 40 years of notable social justice work in […]


Choice and Chance | Manhattan Times

Choice and Chance | Manhattan Times

Artist explores themes of resilience and fortune Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Franck de las Mercedes was wandering through Bryant Park with a camera when a homeless man said he could take his picture for five dollars. The Washington Heights artist hesitated.  He never felt comfortable taking photos of homeless people. When the man insisted, de […]


Spread Love: CCCADI’s Grand Opening Weekend Celebration – October 15th & 16th

Spread Love: CCCADI's Grand Opening Weekend Celebration - October 15th & 16th

The indispensable Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) is celebrating their new digs with a grand opening experience taking place over the course of 2 days, October 15th & 16th. Please join them in making history as they establish the center in the heart of El Barrio. There will be an inaugural 3-part exhibition […]


Spread Love: Up Theater Company Presents Merciful Father

Spread Love: Up Theater Company Presents Merciful Father

UP Theater Presents the First Play of Their 2016-17 Season The World Premiere of Merciful Father November 1st – 12th – Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm At Fort Washington Collegiate at 181st Street Atar Hadari’s penetrating new play, Merciful Father will open UP Theater’s seventh season. The World Premiere of Merciful Father will run […]


Dominican Nail Artist Calls Out Social Issues With Woke Nail Designs | Huffington Post

Dominican Nail Artist Calls Out Social Issues With Woke Nail Designs | Huffington Post

From BLM to LGBT pride, her nail art masterpieces make a statement. BY Shonitria Anthony One woman is giving people the opportunity to express their views on social issues like feminism, racial equality and cultural pride in an unexpected way. Dominican nail artist Ami Vega has been doing hand-painted nail art for about five years. […]


Art For The People – A Q&A With Sandra Garcia-Betancourt

Art For The People – A Q&A With Sandra Garcia-Betancourt

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Since it first opened its doors on October of 2015, the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling has been a welcoming oasis for the arts for people of all ages. More than a just a museum for children, the Sugar Hill Museum has become an artistic, social and cultural […]

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