Outdoor Art Exhibition in St. Nicholas Park Begins June 16th

IN DIALOGUE

The City College of New York The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc.

Division of Humanities & the Arts www.myharlem.org/ 212-690-0867

www.ccny.cuny.edu/ (212) 650-8836

ANNOUNCEMENT RELEASE

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens– Jimi Hendrix

West Harlem, NY …. The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. and The City College of New York’s Division of Humanities and the Arts are hosting a daring exhibition in historic St. Nicholas Park — bringing contemporary art installations by new artists that mix history, community and landscape together for residents and New Yorkers alike. Public viewing begins June 16th.

As apart of the college’s MFA program, a special “studio” was created last fall. Artists Scherezade Garcia and Marcie Revens were chosen from a panel to participate in the exhibition “In Dialogue”.  Historic St. Nicholas Park which slopes below the neo-gothic campus of City College was designed by George Browne Post and overlooks both West and Central Harlem.

The college’s motto: Respice (Past), Adspice (Present), Prospice (Future), suits this exhibition especially well. In result, this collaboration bridges new attitudes and forges bold artistic expressions.

The MFA program at The City College of New York provides an opportunity for students to study studio art in the heart of the art world — New York City. The City College of New York’s Division of Humanities & the Arts insures an intensive professional experience and affords students the opportunity to follow their creative vision in a collaborative environment. The MFA Program offers instruction in the theory, practice, and teaching of the visual arts through a required sequence of courses as well as in-depth training in one or more of the following areas of specialization: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, or ceramic design.

The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is a twelve year old, cultural arts and preservation organization. WHAF offers exhibition opportunities for artists and creative professionals wishing to share their talent with residents in Northern Manhattan and around the city. The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. showcases art and culture in open, public spaces to add aesthetic interest to our part of the city; promote historical and cultural heritage; and support community involvement in local development. The organization’s African symbol is the double crocodile from West Africa. Funtunmmireku-Denkyemmirreku means unity in diversity

This exhibition is in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and its Public Art Program administered by the venerable Mr. Jonathan Kuhn and Ms. Jennifer Lantzas. Special thanks are given to Manhattan Community Board 9 and the Friends of St. Nicholas Park for their support.

Help Bring A Farmer’s Market to St. Nicholas Park

Many people would love to see a greenmarket or farmer’s market in St. Nicholas Park’s 135th Street plaza. This area of Harlem is under-served with fresh food choices and is the perfect spot for a weekly market. But we need help to do it! If you are interested in working with community market organizations in a proposal for the plaza please let us know at info@stnicholaspark.org.

Hamilton Grange National Memorial Restoration Update

Update: Due to delays the Hamilton Grange will now open to the public in Spring 2011.

Update provided from Darren Boch of the National Parks Service:

Anyone walking near Hamilton Grange National Memorial lately has noticed that the exterior of the home has really begun to look just as Hamilton
constructed his “sweet project” in 1802.   The faux finish on the ground level has been done, turning stucco into “stonework,” and the decorative
railings have been installed and painted. And this being spring, the landscaping is beginning to bloom and the grass seed has taken root.

Phase One of the restoration project, which covered most of the exterior work and landscaping, is nearing completion. The NPS restoration team
recently inspected the HVAC, fire suppression, alarm, electric, water and sewer systems and we are now moving toward Phase Two, which will cover the
interior restoration work, including the hanging of the sidelights and the staircase. If all goes according to plan, the interior “finishing” phase of
the project should be completed in early 2011.

The elevator to take handicapped visitors from the ground level to the first floor has been installed and tested.

An electrician works on a floor outlet which is expected to power an exhibit in the ground floor visitor center.

Friends of St. Nicholas Park Receive Discount on NYC Parks Book

A new book featuring photos of St. Nicholas Park and other NYC parks titled: Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks by Joel Meyerowitz is available from Aperture’s website with a special 50% discount off the retail price of $65. More info below.

Website:

http://www.aperture.org/legacy.html

Use Discount Code: NYCPARK10

Receive 50% off the retail price of $65.

Hope you enjoy the book and the photos of our beloved St. Nicholas Park!

UPDATE ON LOCATION>>It’s My Park! Day Will be Saturday, May 15th from 10am to 4pm!

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It’s My Park! Day will take place in St. Nicholas Park on Saturday May 15th from 10am to 2pm. We will be working near the back of the West 133rd playground where we will be planting perennials. Volunteers can meet the group at this location in St. Nicholas park starting at 10am to sign-up.

We’ll also give volunteers a choice to paint the fencing along St. Nicholas Terrace as well.

We’ll need lots of volunteers to make this are beautiful.

Please remember to wear clothes for working with flowers and paint. We will supply gloves but bring your own work gloves if you have them. The Friends will have water on hand as well. Spread the word and hope to see you there!