A Photo Review, 2017

The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance considers parks and open spaces an opportunity to advocate for cultural equity, health and wellness and the quality of life for the neighborhood residents living on all 4 sides of Marcus Garvey Park. In 2017 we expanded our programming with monumental public art installations created by local artists and cultural events honoring and featuring iconic performers to preserve and celebrate the creative culture that Harlem is famous for.  We also collaborated with community residents and small businesses on beautification projects and expanded our free library program.  The Marcus Garvey Park Farmers Market grew from 4 vendors in our first week to an average of 10 vendors each week creating a neighborhood gathering place. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to engage with so many of our neighbors and to hear their thoughts on the park and the surrounding communities. We are grateful to all of our collaborators, volunteers and donors. Scroll though the year in pictures below. ~ Connie Lee President, Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Beautification Projects

The Community Flower Garden began on It’s My Park Day and continued throughout the summer. The adopted flower bed was sponsored by Cheri Restaurant, Sottocasa Pizzeria, Connie Lee Curated, Joseph Troche, CPA, Lynn Lieberman AKA AFineLyne and the Urban Garden Center.  

Fall Bulb Planting. Residents who live on all 4 sides of the park helped plant more than a thousand bulbs.  Look for Tulips, Daffodils, Allium and more to bloom in the Spring. Bulbs were donated by Partnerships for Parks, the Residents of Fifth on the Park and New Yorkers 4 Parks.

Public Art Installations

IMG_7132 copyAtlas of the Third Millennium, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 2017 Galvanized Steel, Painted Column, Concrete Base. Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative and NYC Parks Art in the Parks  Sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Marcus Garvey Park Alliance – Public Art Initiative, Harlem Community Development Corporation and Jorge and Evelyn Rodriguez.

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East Harlem at Play, Giannina Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano, Jeremy Vega, 2017. The Public Art Initiative of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance was awarded the funds to facilitate this installation in White Park.  Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, NYC Parks, and the Fund for Public Health NYC on behalf of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Sponsored by the Center for Disease Control. The Public Art Initiative program sponsors local artists and facilitates public art installations in parks and public spaces through out East and Central Harlem.

21056229_2085387711487543_5053258252992178893_oUptown Artist Portrait, A collaboration with the Hunter East Harlem Gallery,​ Artist in Residence: Jason Lazarus, Wallach Art Gallery​ and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.​ As part of the Uptown Triennial 150 uptown artists posed for this iconic photo in Marcus Garvey Park. Special Thanks to Sou L Eo

Cultural Events

Make Music New York in Collaboration with Sing for Hope and Jazzmobile a day of pop up performances featuring musicians from around the city including Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble with Bobby Sanabria pictured above. The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance was happy to host a Sing for Hope piano again this Spring and organized a small army of volunteers to look after the piano for the 3 weeks that it was in the park. Special thanks to Lynn Lieberman, Cynthia M. Reed and Susan Huck who covered, locked, uncovered  and unlocked the piano every day for 3 weeks.

Lena Horne at 100, Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Produced by Jazzmobile in collaboration with Musa Jackson Productions. Maurice Hines, Danny Mixon Trio, Patience Higgins, Alyson Williams, Marva Hicks, Cartier Conway. This event was sponsored by the Harlem Community Development Corporation, Artimus Construction, the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Con Edison. Special thanks to Robin Bell-Stevens and Gwen Gilliam for their expertise. Photos Kerry Jean

The El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in collaboration with Jazzmobile and festival organizer Jeremy Vega. The Mambo Legends Orchestra with special guest Jeremy Bosch performed in front of a crowd of 1800 people.

22007518_921236361356988_6351626529868232724_nDance Harlem, Dynamic Tap Trio Dormeshia Sumbry – Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith and Derrick K. Grant of Divine Rhythm Productions. This event was sponsored by Historic Harlem Parks, the Bradley Group and Valerie Jo Bradley. Photo Hakim Mutlaq

Poets in the Park, In Celebration of the installation of the third free library in Marcus Garvey Park. Def Poetry Alum Kraal “Kayo” Charles, Iyabo Ibo Mandingo, Elisabet Velasquez were joined by next generation poets Parlay and Victoria Awogbemi. This event was sponsored by Partnerships for Parks, Carla McIntosh and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

Marching On, A Project by Bryony RobertsMabel O. Wilson and the Marching Cobras of New York. Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, Storefront for Art and Architecture​ and PERFORMA​ . Marching On explores the legacy of marching and organized forms of performance. Commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture this new project interweaves echoes of the 1917 Silent Parade against racial violence with references to the revered Harlem Hellfighters. This event will be part of an exhibition Spring 2018 at the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Children’s Programming and Literacy

The Reading Circle program expanded this year with the installation of a third free library aka book box in Marcus Garvey Park. Artist Susan Stair designed the new book box creating tile mosaics depicting the Fire Watchtower, Drum Circle, Public Art Installation InHarlem by artist Simone Leigh and the children’s playground. We also refurbished the two book boxes installed back in 2013. Collaborating with community residents, Urban Innovations and the AHRC Fisher Center we have distributed approximately 8500 books to children and 500 books to adults. The Little Free Library program is sponsored by Partnerships for Parks and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance. Special thanks to Paul McIntosh for leading the reading circle events that keep children interested in reading throughout the summer months. We also want to thank Ms Griggsby for supplying the blankets and bringing many of the children from nearby daycare centers.

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The Marcus Garvey Park Farmers Market, every Saturday throughout the Summer and Fall. With an average of 10 vendors each week the market became a gathering place for neighbors.  Special thanks to all of our vendors, Amuse Bouche, K’s European Jams, Seed Song Farm, Makers Guild, Black Snapper Design, Health is Wealth, Pastry Girl, ChatmanJ Cakes, Boozy Desserts, Janie Bakes, Dines Farms, Harlem Honey and Jacqueline’s Crochet Designs to name a few. Thanks to Susan Huck for helping to set up and break down the Market each week.

Park Clean – Up Volunteer Events

There are a lot of beautiful trees in Marcus Garvey Park which means there are a lot of leaves that fall. Cleaning the leaves is vital to the health of the lawns and each fall we partner with volunteers from NY Road Runners to get this massive clean up project done. Thanks  Suzan Marciona for  stepping up and getting your hands dirty in all of our beautification and clean up events. Photos Cynthia M. Reed and Connie Lee.

We are happy to host Harlem Run every Monday Night in Marcus Garvey Park and once a year on Marathon Sunday we cheer for all of the runners but mile 22 is for the runners from Harlem. Photo at the cheer station courtesy of Terria Clay. Thanks to Cynthia M. Reed for sponsoring the Cow Bells.

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Marcus Garvey Park and Beyond,

 


East Harlem at Play: A Mural in White Park, 2017 Giannina  Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano and Jeremy Vega

FullSizeRenderThe Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative is pleased to announce the completion of the White Park Mural. Situated along the designated cultural corridor in East Harlem, the bare back wall, wider than the length of the basketball court in the newly renovated park was the perfect canvas for public art.

East 106th Street between Lexington and Third Ave.

The White Park Mural is a collaborative effort by three local Latino artists: Giannina Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano and Jeremy Vega. Collectively, the three separate and distinct murals weave together a scene of sport, art and community and embody the energy of both the park and the surrounding neighborhood. Pictured at center is basketball legend Cesar Fantauzzi, who is an East Harlem Native. He is surrounded by colorful images of park and street scenes.

ABOUT THE PUBLIC ART INITIATIVE:

The Public Art Initiative is an ongoing program spearheaded by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance to support local artists of color and women artists and to exhibit temporary public art installations throughout Harlem, East Harlem and Northern Manhattan. The Public Art Initiative committee works collaboratively with community and arts organizations to facilitate projects with city agencies and to attract both private and public funding to supplement the costs of fabrication including materials and installation. East Harlem At Play is produced by the Public Art Initiative of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in collaboration with Friends of White Park, and Friends of Art Park Alliance.

This public art project is co-presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, NYC Parks and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in collaboration with the Fund for Public Health in New York City and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

You can view art in all of East Harlem parks by following the Art Walk Park to Park Map.  

Art Walk Map

Printed versions of the map will be available at the following locations starting Dec. 15th

El Museo del Barrio 1230 Fifth Avenue                                                                            Thomas Jefferson Park Recreation Center 2180 First Avenue                                                Community Board 11 1664 Park Avenue Ground Floor                                                              Marcus Garvey Park Pelham Fritz Recreation Center  18 Mount Morris Park West


Public Art Installation November 10, 2017

Atlas: The Third Millennium, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 2017

On View November 2017 to September 2018 on the Madison Avenue Lawn in Marcus Garvey Park 

IMG_7132 copyAtlas is a monumental Steel sculpture standing 14′ tall.  The installation was created to symbolically represent the magnificent multiplicity of Harlem, the cross-section through time of stellar individuals who have called Harlem their home and those who continue to live, work and contribute to its cultural vibrancy. It symbolizes a “universe” of stars that celebrates actors, writers, composers, musicians, painters, sculptors, educators, historians, activists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. They are among many who have emerged from this community and serve as vital inspiration to resolve present day challenges through their commonalities in history and purpose for the benefit of its neighbors and our city at large. Atlas pays homage to and revitalizes the resilience and endowment of all daughters and sons of Harlem.

 

Presented by NYC Parks Art in the Parks and the Public Art Initiative a program created by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance,

Supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Harlem Community Development Corporation and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance


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“Marching On”
A performance project by Bryony Roberts, Mabel O. Wilson, and the Marching Cobras of New York. Commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Saturday November 11th and Sunday November 12th, 20 minute performances on the hour at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

African-American marching bands have long been powerful agents of cultural and political expression, celebrating collective identities and asserting rights to public space and visibility. With Marching On, Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson, professors at Columbia University’s GSAPP, collaborate with the Marching Cobras of New York, a Harlem-based after-school drum line and dance team, to explore the legacy of marching and organized forms of performance. Commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture, this new project interweaves echoes of the 1917 Silent March against racial violence with references to the revered Harlem Hell Fighters in order to celebrate the crucial role of the community’s collective performances as acts of both cultural expression and political resistance

Best views of performances will be along the Multi purpose area near the East 122nd Street entrance to the park on the East Side of Marcus Garvey Park.

Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in collaboration with Storefront for Art and Architecture as part of Performa 17.

Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


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Spring 2017

 

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Cherry Blossom walkway near the Fifth Avenue and 124th Street entrance to Marcus Garvey Park.

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Thank you to all of the volunteers

331 bags of leaves! 40 Volunteers

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On Sunday December 4, 2016 volunteer members of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, New York Road Runners and the Central Park Conservancy filled 331 large garbage bags with leaves. The Central Park Conservancy is a very generous partner of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance sharing with us best practices for maintaining the park. Besides sharing their expertise they also provided all of the tools required for this project, hot chocolate and snacks.

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2016

We believe in celebrating and preserving the creative culture that Harlem is famous for. In 2016 the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance sponsored in part or in full 27 public art installations with the funds going directly to the artists and institutions that reflect the community.

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The musical heritage of Harlem is undeniable and this past year we expanded programming in the amphitheater to include the main stage concert of the Latin Jazz Festival featuring Tito Puente Jr.

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We also believe that keeping children reading throughout the summer months when school is out will help them come fall. The Summer of 2016 was the third year of the Reading Circle program which brought out authors, librarians, community volunteers and of course Sammy and Tudie to read to an average of 75 children each week in July and August.

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With help from our community partners, Urban Innovations we were able to give away 7,500 books to children through the Little Free Libraries.

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Books are free for Kids in Marcus Garvey Park.

We would be honored if you chose to give a donation to the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance on Giving Tuesday. Large or small we would be grateful.

 

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Art & Community

Public Art Initiative 2016

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Artist Lady K Fever and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance President Connie Lee doing a final walk through of the installation  All Along The Watchtower a day before the opening reception.

 

The Public Art Initiative is an ongoing program created by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance to support artists and cultural organizations who would like to exhibit in public spaces in neighborhoods throughout Harlem and Northern Manhattan. In 2016 the Public Art Initiative contributed funding to 27 public art installations in East and Central Harlem with funding provided in part by the Harlem Community Development Corporation. The sites included 5 NYC parks, Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem Art Park, Morningside Park, St. Nicholas Park, Jackie Robinson Park, and 3 meridians along Lenox Avenue and 2 meridians on East 106th Street also known as East Harlem’s Cultural Corridor.


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inHarlem, Simone Leigh. August 25, 2016 to July 25, 2017. Presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC Parks and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.                                                                  Marcus Garvey Park

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inHarlem, Kevin Beasley.  August 25,2016 to July 25, 2017. Presented by the Studio Museum In Harlem in partnership with NYC Parks and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance    Morningside Park

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inHarlem, Kori Newkirk, August 25, 2016 to July 25, 2017. Presented by the Studio Museum in Harlem in partnership with NYC Parks and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.                                 St. Nicholas Park

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inHarlem, Rudy Shepherd. August 25, 2016 to July 25, 2017. Presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem in partnership with NYC Parks and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.                Jackie Robinson Park

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Hummingbird, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 1987 Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in partnership with the artist and the Department of Transportation’s Art Program.                  On View June 9, 2016 to May 9, 2017                                                                                                     Lenox Avenue at 119th Street

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Birdhouse,  Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 1987 Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, the artist and the Department of Transportation’s Art Program.                                                               On view June 9, 2016 to May 9, 2017                                                                                                                East 106th Street at Lexington Avenue

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Fish Spine, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 1987  Presented by the Marcus Garvey Alliance in partnership with the artist and the Department of Transportation’s Art Program.                      On view June 9,2016 to May 9, 2017                                                                                                                     Lenox Avenue at 123rd Street

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Palenque, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 1987 Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in partnership with the artist and the Department of Transportation’s Art Program. On view June 9, 2016 to May 9, 2017 East 106th Street at Third Avenue

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Liturgy for Lenox Lounge, Michael Kelley Williams 2016. Presented by Flux Art Fair in Partnership with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and the Department of Transportation’s Art Program. On view May 3, 2016 to April 3, 2017 The artist is pictured with artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez. Lenox Avenue at 124th Street

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Iris, Naomi Lawrence, May 3, 2016 to April 3, 2017 Presented by Flux Art Fair in Partnership with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and NYC Parks

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Focus, Jose Soto, 2016 Presented by Flux Art Fair in partnership with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and NYC Parks. Special thanks to Friends of Art Park Alliance.                                       On view May 3, 2016 to November 1, 2016                                                                                          Harlem Art Park East 120th Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue.

Images: Public Art Initiative 2016 Art Installations

A few photos of  installations from earlier this year. All installations pictured were funded in part by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance as part of the Public Art Initiative with funding  provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation.

DNA Totem, Suprina, 2016, March 26, 2016 to September 30, 2016

DNA Totem, Suprina, 2016, March 26, 2016 to September 30, 2016.  Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in partnership with the artist and NYC Parks.  The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance received funding from Tahl Propp Equities which was donated to the artist for this installation.

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DNA Totem Close Up

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All Along The Watchtower, Lady K Fever, August 1, 2016 to August 30, 2016. Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in partnership with the artist and NYC Parks.

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Outdoor/Indoor, Tiffany Smith, May 3, 2016 to August 1, 2016 Presented by Flux Art Fair in Partnership with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and NYC Parks.

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Golem, Jordan Baker Caldwell, May3, 2013 to September 15, 2016. Presented by Flux Art Fair in partnership with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and NYC Parks. Golem is currently on view at Harlem Hospital.

 

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Closing Reception Sunday September 25,2016

DNA Totem, Suprina,  2016

On view March 26, 2016 – September 30, 2016

The DNA Totem a public sculpture by the artist Suprina

The DNA Totem a public sculpture by the artist Suprina

Join the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Harlem based artist Suprina at the site of the DNA Totem in Marcus Garvey Park for a final view of the DNA Totem before it moves to the Rye Art Center. Sunday September 25, 2016 5 to 7 pm. Special Guest performance, Improvisational Theater,  Jeremiah Drake and Company.

DNA Totem Close Up

DNA Totem Close Up

The DNA Totem Sunrise

The DNA Totem Sunrise

Sunday September 25, 2016 5 to 7 pm.  Enter the Park at Fifth Avenue and 120th Street. The DNA Totem is at the stop of the stairs just West of the park entrance.

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