Uptown Art

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 […]


Elizabeth Dee Gallery Is Ready to Take On Harlem | NY Times

Elizabeth Dee Gallery Is Ready to Take On Harlem | NY Times

Inside Art By ROBIN POGREBIN It’s too soon to declare Chelsea over. But an increasing number of galleries have become disaffected with the neighborhood’s concentrated commercialism, or have been priced out, or simply want a change and are seeking new territory. Elizabeth Dee Gallery is among those establishing new turf. In January, Ms. Dee closed […]


No Free Walls: Art and Gentrification Collide In Bushwick

No Free Walls: Art and Gentrification Collide In Bushwick

Uptown you NEED to see No Free Walls. The film is an in-depth look at Brooklyn’s changing landscape, through the eyes of Joseph Ficalora, the founder and inadvertent art curator of The Bushwick Collective. Joe, son of Italian immigrants, grew up in Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn once ravaged by drugs, neglect and violence. Sound […]


09/19/16: Portraits of Community – People, Places Opening Reception

09/19/16: Portraits of Community - People, Places Opening Reception

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), in collaboration with NewYork–Presbyterian – The Allen Hospital, presents Portraits of Community: People, Places. This exhibition showcases work by four Uptown artists that portrays an open, diverse, and multifaceted sense of community. The concept of “portrait” is defined broadly to encompass people and places that make up the Uptown community. […]


Ami Vega Is Creating the Socially Conscious Nail Art You Need | Remezcla

Ami Vega Is Creating the Socially Conscious Nail Art You Need | Remezcla

Written by Yara Simón Scroll down through Ami Vega’s Instagram, and you’ll see an accomplished manicurist – one who V Magazine recently featured and who celebrities like Kylie Jenner fawn over. But if you’re dazzled by how much she’s able to fit per square inch of fingernail, you may have missed that she’s actually one of […]


09/07/16: The National Black Theatre Presents The Alchemy of Black Joy

09/07/16: The National Black Theatre Presents The Alchemy of Black Joy

National Black Theatre (NBT) is kicking off its 48th Season on Wednesday, September 7, with “The Alchemy of Black Joy.” A Dramaturgical Lobby Exhibition featuring a photo exhibit by Peter Cooper that celebrates the many shades, textures and representations of joy found in the Black community. The exhibition will also include excerpts of poetry by […]


09/21/16: A Night At El Museo – Room 28 Invades El Barrio

09/21/16: A Night At El Museo - Room 28 Invades El Barrio

Oh snap, the really funny folks at Room 28 are taking their comedic talent to the venerable El Museo del Barrio on Wednesday, September 21st at 8pm. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Room 28 will be performing “A Collection of Fan Favorites,” highlighting some of their most popular live sketches, and a compilation of […]


Call for artists – Portraits of Community: People, Places

Call for artists – Portraits of Community: People, Places

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), in collaboration with NewYork–Presbyterian – The Allen Hospital, welcomes submissions for NoMAA’s next exhibition titled “Portraits of Community: People, Places.” The exhibit seeks to present two-dimensional artwork by Uptown artists that portrays an open, diverse, and multifaceted sense of community. We are interpreting the concept of “portrait” broadly to […]

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