Input Sought for Use of Former Grange Site

Input is sought on the former Grange site on Convent Avenue
The National Park Service recently published an Amendment to the Hamilton Grange National Memorial General Management Plan. The Amendment focuses on alternatives for development that will guide long-term management of the NPS property at 287 Convent Avenue, former site of Hamilton Grange. The Amendment is available for review at local libraries and at Public comment on the Amendment will be accepted until June 20, 2011. Comments may be submitted in writing to the Superintendent, Hamilton Grange NM, 26 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005, or via online at the planning site referenced above. Additionally, the NPS is hosting a public meeting on the Amendment where the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments on the alternatives presented in the plan. The meeting will be held on June 1, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at The Harlem School of the Arts, 645 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10030.

Monthly Coffee Bark, July 10th 9AM-11AM


Our July Coffee Bark is this Saturday, July 10th from 9am-11am at St. Nick’s Dog Run. Come to the Dog Run and celebrate the beginning of summer with free coffee and donuts. Socialize with fellow dog owners and discuss issues and ideas on concerning St. Nicholas Park and St. Nick’s Dog Run.

Our Coffee Barks take place the first Saturday of every month from 9am-11am at the St. Nick’s Dog Run.

The St. Nick’s Dog Run is located in the middle of St. Nicholas Park between 136th and 137th streets. If you are interested in volunteering for the Coffee Bark, contact us at

IMAGENATION Film Festival on the 135th Street Lawn


Monday, July 12 – Good Hair with performance by Black Sheep
Thursday, July 15* – Still Bill with performance by Jeremy James
Monday, July 19 – Freedom Riders with performance by Nakia Henry
Monday, July 26 – The Spirit of Salsa (NYLIFF screening & HBO) with live salsa! (Raindate August 2)
Wednesday, July 28 – The Other Side of the Water with performance byDJARARA
Thursday, July 29 – The Princess and the Frog
Monday, August 2 – Los Que Se Quedan (Those Who Remain)
Monday, August 9 – Reel Sisters of the Diaspora film screening
Saturday, August 14 – The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang with live tap dancing!
Sunday, August 15 – Soundtrack for A Revolution preceded by a special tribute to Lena Horne
Monday, August 16 – Rise-Up with performance by Judah Tribe

**All screenings take place at the 135th Street Great Lawn with musical acts starting at 7:30PM and movies beginning at 8:30PM.  Rain venues TBA.

Children’s Art Carnival End of Year Exhibit

Dear Friends!

Please join The Children’s Art Carnival students and staff for our 2010 End-of-Year Exhibit and Silent Auction Benefit. The event will showcase works created by the wonderful, young artists participating in our Spring Cycle programs. In addition, Children’s Art Carnival Instructors and creative affiliates will be exhibiting art and other offerings through a Silent Auction; proceeds will benefit The Carnival’s programs.  Please join us in celebrating our awesome students, and support The Carnival by bidding on your favorite items!

We hope to see you there!

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


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

Division of Humanities & the Arts 212-690-0867 (212) 650-8836


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.