A Tribute to Hamiett Bluiett

June 4, 2017 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

 A Tribute to Hamiett Bluiett presented by Arts for Art and Harlem Jazz Boxx.

Performers include: Pheeroan akLaff, Kelvyn Bell, James Carter, Cooper-Moore, Craig Harris’ Saints & Aints Brass Choir, DD Jackson, Kidd Jordan, Oliver Lake, William Parker, Antoine Roney, Kojo Roney, Quincy Troupe, Matthew Whitaker, James Jabbo Ware’s, Me We Them Orchestra …

Cost: $35 in advance; $40 at the door

House doors open at 4:15 pm

Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church
59 West 137th Street between Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10037 US

AIDS Art and Activism Today

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June 7, 2017 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Join us for a discussion considering the legacy of HIV/AIDS activism in the ‘80s and ‘90s and how activists and artists continue to develop new models of treatment, prevention, and campaigns today. This program delves into the themes of our upcoming exhibition AIDS at Home: Art and Activism.

Avram Finkelstein, founding member of the Silence=Death Project, ACT UP, and Gran Fury;  Kia LaBeija, multidisciplinary artist, HIV/AIDS activist, and Overall Mother of the House of LaBeija; Reed Vreeland, Director of Policy, Housing Works; and
Sarah Schulman (moderator), novelist, playwright, and journalist.

Cost: $10 for adults | $5 for seniors, students & educators (with ID), and Museum members. Includes Museum admission. Attention Members: To receive your discount, click on the “Buy Tickets” button online, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page. Groups of 10 or more get discounts and priority seating, email or call us at programs@mcny.org or 917-492-3395.

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets

New York, NY 10029

Tel: 212-534-1672

More info/tickets: http://www.mcny.org/event/aids-art-and-activism-today

Billion Oyster Project Exhibit


Sunday, May 28 to October 1, 2017 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Billion Oyster Project also hosts public and corporate volunteer days Thursdays & Fridays throughout the summer. Come experience hands on oyster restoration activities and learn more about BOP and Harbor School’s effort to restore NY Harbor. For more information and to sign up, visit http://www.billionoysterproject.org/.


Thursday – 10:00 am — 5:00 pm
Friday – 10:00 am — 5:00 pm
Saturday – 10:00 am — 5:00 pm
Sunday – 10:00 am — 5:00 pm

Cost: FREE

Governors Island

New York, NY 11231

Website/More Info: https://govisland.com/exhibitions/billion-oyster-project-exhibit

LGBTQ Family Day Celebration

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June 4, 11:00am

Celebrate Pride month at the Museum of the City of New York! Join us for a family day of gender non-binary play and celebration. Explore the exhibition Activist New York, which reveals how New Yorkers have worked towards equality from the Stonewall Riots of 1969 through today. Enjoy prideful stories, hands-on art activities, and tasty snacks. All and allies are welcome!

Family programs are free with Museum admission and for members, geared to families with children ages 6-12 years old, and include a snack. Programs are designed for adults and children to complete the activities together.

Cost: Free with Museum admission. Registration suggested, though not required.

Museum of City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets

New York, NY 10029

Tel: 212-534-1672

More Info: http://www.mcny.org/event/lgbtq-family-day-celebration

The Sweet Spot Festival Season Kick Off – Everyday People Harlem


Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 3:00pm – 9:00pm

Uptown’s Funkiest Festival Returns for the 6th Year.

The Sweet Spot Festival will once again bring Harlem to its feet this summer! In its 6th year, the Sweet Spot Festival is a roving FREE event summer series with a mission to connect the diverse communities of Harlem via multi-sensory outdoor experiences. Between May and September, the Sweet Spot Festival will present an eclectic range of events and themed dance parties featuring a rotation of world renowned DJ’s & musicians.

In addition, the Sweet Spot Festival will showcase visual artists installations, host kids art activities, free fitness workshops and a series of pop-up shops.

Stay Tuned for more details on what we anticipate will be our best season yet! If you are interested in being a part of the 2017 Sweet Spot Festival season, please shoot us a note. We would love to hear from you!

Cost: FREE

West Harlem Pier

125th Street and West Side Highway

New York, NY 10027

Website/More Info: http://www.sweetspotfestival.com


Family Fun Day at Governors Island

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May 28, 2017 | 11:00am – 4:00pm

Kick off an exciting summer on Governors Island! Family Fun Day celebrates the season’s opening and the Island’s playful nature and free-range attitude. All performances and activities are family-friendly and FREE to the public.
Improvise with Story Pirates, be amazed and inspired by Mario the Magician and his inventions, show off your mad dance moves to Grammy-winning, Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets, and goof around with Loony Toony the Clown! Event Focus: art, music, theater, environmental education, outdoor games

Other performers and programmers include:
Face painting by Agostino Arts
The Homespun Merry Go Round
Puppet making with Lisa Abbatomarco
National Park Service
Billion Oyster Project
Earth Matter

Food by:
Perfect Picnic, Blue Marble and more!

The festival takes place in the Island’s historic district. With its open grassy areas, tall shady trees, and charming 19th century cottages, it’s the perfect place for watching the performances, playing games and ­picnicking!

Cost: FREE

Governors Island

New York, NY 11231

Website/More Info: https://govisland.com/events/family-fun-day-2017


Merry Wives of Windsor – Shakespeare Presented by The Drilling Company

Bryant Park - Upper Terrace

Friday, May 19th to Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Fridays and Saturdays

The Merry Wives of Windsor. Shakespeare’s first sit-com, featuring the classic misadventures of Falstaff and two neighborhood wives, set in an Upper West Side Co-op.

Cost: FREE

Bryant Park

41 West 40th Street – Upper Terrace

New York, NY 10018

More Info: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/blog/all-the-great-and-free-performances-coming-to-bryant-park-this-summer-041817?cid=eml~US_NYC~NL~1401104390~~Title~

Making Black Lives Matter: Tracing the Role of Women in the Black Radical Tradition

May 16, 2017 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Women have always been essential to black activism and black political thought, and activist practices and principles in use today can be directly traced to the leadership of women such as Ella Baker, Assata Shakur, and Audre Lorde. But the importance of women’s contributions often gets relegated to a historical footnote, in marked contrast to the treatment of the leadership of black men.

Drawing on archival research, oral history, and his work as an organizer in the Movement for Black Lives, Christopher Paul Harris will examine the black radical tradition by centering the ideas of the women who played a critical role in shaping it. Attendees will come away with a richer understanding of the history of black politics and activism, the fundamental role of women within it, and the way the combination helps explain ideas coming out of the Movement for Black Lives.

This discussion is part of the series Activism Under the Lens: Educator Evenings at the Museum of the City of New York. The events are geared towards educators but open to all with interest in the topics.

Educators will learn about sources in the exhibitions Activist New York and New York at Its Core available to support their students’ learning in the Museum and online. Participants will leave with resources for the classroom and a letter of attendance for 1.5 hours of professional development.

Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: Free with RSVP

Museum of the City Of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Street

New York, NY 10029

Tel: 212-534-1672

To register and more information: http://www.mcny.org/event/making-black-lives-matter-tracing-role-women-black-radical-tradition



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Saturday, May 6 to October 1, 2017 – Saturdays and Sundays

Play:GroundNYC operates a 50,000 square foot junkyard playground on Governors Island. The playground is free and open to the public every weekend. We also offer a summer day camp running from June 26 to September 1, school visits during May, June and September and birthday and private parties from May through October. Our trained staff provides materials and supervision so that young adventurers may have the chance to work with tools and building materials and explore physical, social and emotional problem solving. With the provided support, space and materials, young people can take control, construct, create and establish their own agendas.
Learn more at http://play-ground.nyc. Weekends: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Cost: FREE

Governors Island

New York, NY 11231

Website/More Info: https://govisland.com/exhibitions/playgroundnyc

A.I.R. Gallery

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May 1, 2017 –  October 1, 2017 | Saturdays and Sundays

A.I.R. is a cooperative, women’s gallery that has operated in NYC since 1974. The exhibition at Governors Island includes work by the New York gallery artists, by national affiliates and by gallery fellows as well. https://www.airgallery.org/.

Open: Saturdays and Sundays | 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Closed: Monday to Friday

Cost: FREE

Governors Island

New York, NY 11231

Website/more info: https://govisland.com/exhibitions/a-i-r-gallery-1