Last week through a chain of I know someone that knows someone, I got a text message if I knew anyone to paint a community fridge in The Bronx. As I am feeling better and now I can walk almost normal, I immediately volunteered.
Sara and Selma have been providing free food to their community for two months already. They saw what other communities were accomplishing by having a fridge in the street, asking local businesses to donate food at the end of the day, coordinating with community gardens to get fresh produce and checking on the fridge every day a couple of times a day to make sure it is clean and working.
While painting it I was impressed by the number of people that used it, to bring and to get food from it. We don't really know how people are struggling until you offer help.
This is a mutual aid initiative that has been pretty successful in different parts of the city and I see it is being done in other cities.
I will be hopefully painting a few more soon... This one is located at 242 Street and Broadway Ave. In the North Bronx.
We had a couple of technical difficulties to paint the fridge. The first day it was so humid that the paint I brought to paint didn't dry, so I had to come back a second time. All worth!!
This summer our outdoor plans for BxArts Factory are complicated, so we started several initiatives. One of them is a series of short weekly videos. This summer video-series is all about easy & family friendly creative activities using simple materials. Learning while having fun together!
We will be releasing new episodes every week, Mondays and Wednesdays so far.
On Monday our talented Mr. Ruddy will be teaching how to draw different shapes and things. On Wednesdays I will be using old magazines to create works of art!
There is no excuse to start creating!!
WHEDco is partnering with the BxArts Factory to host a free series of online career development webinars to help Bronx artists transition to new employment opportunities or launch and grow their businesses during COVID-19. Join our interactive session on Zoom Thursday's in May at 5pm to get real time feedback from the teaching artist. Sign up for one or all three events in this FREE Professional Development Series below:
How to Brand Your Art
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020
How to Budget Your Project
Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020
How to Create a Web Comic
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020
Register to join interactive session on Zoom or watch on Facebook Live
My seminar will be focused on giving artists the fundamentals to create (or develop) their own brand. As an artist you have to become the perfect seller, not only by creating the perfect piece, but by letting everyone know you did it.
Hello, at BxArts Factory we decided we have to stay busy creating art and for that we are starting this initiative. I hope you join us and keep your creative juices flowing... go to our Instagram page and start posting!
I will be painting live celebrating so many changes this year! I got a studio space in the same building BxArts Factory has found it's first home. We are making our debut in the Melrose community and we are creating our first Block pARTy!
Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, August 10th on 3 to 6pm. We are celebrating all that we have accomplished, our new space, our new Melrose community and the future!
In front of our studios/office at 240 E 153rd, (Between Park Ave. and Melrose Ave.) we will be taking over the block for some summer time and we want you and your family to be there!
We will have music, street art, arts & crafts, games, poetry and performances for the whole family to enjoy! Save the date and join us for this FREE event we hope to see you there!!
Within the past three years, we've been working hard to grow and engage our community. We are excited to share that we will be celebrating three years of art in the community on April 28, 2018!
We would love to share this day with you and would be delighted to have you join us for [Arts]sembly: Art is Community Third Annual Celebration. [Arts]sembly is a fundraiser and cultural art showcase and it will be an evening filled with fun art activities, music, dance performances and artists showcase!
Come dance the night away with Uptown Vinyl Supreme, enjoy of the beautiful Alianza Dominicana Folklore Dancers, listen to poetry and the performance of singer, Brandon Tyler. Be re-energized by an Art Exhibition by members of the BxArts Factory, get inspired by Keynote Speakers, create in our Art Stations and participate in our raffle! Food will be available for purchase and will be provided by City Tamale and other food vendors.
Please consider joining us and purchasing a ticket to this wonderful celebration. For more details and tickets please visit www.artful.ly/bxartsfactory
Thank you for all your support throughout the years. Looking forward to celebrating with you!
[Arts]sembly: Art is Community Third Annual Celebration
When: Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Where: Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center
Address: 530 W 166th St, New York, New York 10032
Time: 6 to 10 pm
This framed, screenprint of my piece "Bodegón" will be part of the raffle. Don't think it twice and get your tickets now!
Love & Friendship: Paint Nite!
Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Bronx Drafthouse, 884 Gerard Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452
You don't need any experience in painting to become an artist for one night and have fun in the process. On this night, we I host a painting class so you can learn how to recreate the art piece I created just for this event.
This time bring your partner, best friend or date and create an image using both canvases. You can display them together or separate... whatever your heart tells you!
Ticket includes a FREE drink and all art materials! At the end of the night you will take home your own creation on a canvas! At the Draft House you can order a variety of cocktails, beers and get a taste of their delicious dishes. Come with your partner, your friend, or on your own to meet other great people and network!
This month we have a special treat! During our summer months, adults and children in the community have created designs on the aprons that you will use. It is a way for them to thank you for your financial contribution! You can have this specially designed aprons! You can purchase the apron you will use this evening for only $5!
All funds collected by BxArts Factory will support our 2017 FREE programming. With your contributions we are able to purchase materials, support the artists facilitating workshops or performing and provide free of cost opportunities for community members.
Back in September, during the WHEDco weekend walk, BxArts Factory created a fun activity to increase the exposure of the nearby Morning Glory Community Garden. At the same time I engaged the community to help me paint the fence of the garden and beautify the space.
It was a very successful event, many members of the community came, painted and enjoyed the great space they have at the garden, hopefully we encouraged more neighbors to be part of the MGCG and will be enjoying fresh vegetables for their homes.
I am a...
Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Educator, Community Activist... ARTIST!
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