Next May 18 I will be part of a pretty cool panel at Hostos Community college organized by the Bronx Council on the Arts. Get your free tickets here.
Join us as we partner with PEN America's NYC Literary Action Coalition for a moderated panel discussion with Bronx-based artists sharing how they have leveraged their own creative voices to address structural inequities and inspire social change. Award-winning literary artist Alejandro Heredia will engage internationally renowned movement artist Ana "Rokafella" Garcia, and internationally exhibited visual artist Laura Alvarez in a broad discussion about the intersection of arts and social justice.
Alejandro Heredia is a queer Afro Dominican writer and community organizer from The Bronx. He has received fellowships from Lambda Literary, VONA, the Dreamyard Rad(ical) Poetry Consortium, and the Dominican Studies Institute. In 2019, he was selected by Myriam Gurba as the winner of the Gold Line Press Fiction Chapbook Contest. His book of short stories, You’re the Only Friend I Need (2021), explores themes of queer transnationalism, friendship, and (un)belonging in the African Diaspora. Alejandro’s work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Lambda Literary Review, Tasteful Rude Magazine, and elsewhere.
Ana "Rokafella" Garcia is a NYC native who has represented women in Hip-hop dance professionally over the past three decades. She co-founded Full Circle Prod Inc – NYC's only non-profit Break Dance Theater company with her husband, veteran Bboy Kwikstep, generating theater pieces, original poetry, and local dance related events. She performs music based on her experiences growing up in Hip-hop's birthplace and has had her poetry published in a Bronx Poets anthology. In addition to directing the documentary about Bgirls (women who Breakdance) "All the Ladies Say," she is hired internationally to judge Break dance competitions based on her mastery of the classic Hip-hop dance style. Presently an adjunct professor at The New School and a Hip hop dance instructor at Peridance Studios in NYC and NJPAC, she motivates aspiring dancers to understand and to learn the business side of being an independent artist.
Laura Alvarez is an illustrator, author, designer, visual artist, muralist, community activist and educator. In NYC, she juggles her city job, her artist career, and her commitment to her Bronx community. Laura is the Co-Founder, Vice-President and COO of BxArts Factory, a non-profit organization whose mission is to make art accessible to everyone in the Bronx. She is also part of the Board of Directors of Artbridge, a non-profit that empowers local artists to transform prominent urban spaces into gallery-quality exhibitions, focusing on New York City’s 300+ miles of construction fencing and scaffolding. She has received several awards and grants that she has used to promote the arts among Bronx youths and to create work that starts a conversation about ecology, womanhood, racism, tradition, inequality, and immigration.
Join me for a Volunteer Paint Day! We will start a 1000 sq. feet mural to brighten the neighborhood!
This June 5, I will be starting a new asphalt mural with the Jerome Gun Hill Bid and everyone is welcome to paint!
Come prepared, with your messy clothes, painting skills, a hat and some sunscreen. We will provide water and some light snacks, but there are plenty of businesses to get food around the area.
Go to this link to SIGN UP, You can choose between the 4 shifts and get ready to get your hands dirty!
Once on site, you will be asked to sign a waiver in order to participate.
First come, first served basis.
Celebrating Book Day, on April 23, I will be giving away three packs with:
* Eggie’s Adventures at Poe Cottage
* Limited edition Eggie’s tote bag
* Is it Halloween Yet sketch book
* A limited C-Print from one of my illustrations.
I will be posting every day until Saturday April 23, and until then, for each post you can win an entry for the giveaway doing all of the above:
-Like the post
-Share the post
-Tag someone that will like this!
And good luck to everyone!!!
Only USA addresses will be valid.
Sunday, May 1, 2022 // Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with us!
Join Bronx Bound Books and the Riverdale Y Sunday Market for a day filled with nutritious food for the body and for the soul!
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. I will be signing my picture book "Eggie's Adventures at Poe Cottage" and I will have some surprises too! Come and meet author Tara Tatelbaum and learn more about her book "Putting My Heels Down".
This is going to be a great Sunday!
The Flag Project returns to the Rockefeller Center! This year they have collaborated with the United Nations Environment Programme and the Climate Museum in New York to focus on what really matters — "Only One Earth". Artists will show how you live sustainably and in harmony with nature, and the daily steps you take towards positive climate action.
My artwork "Nature is Watching" was selected, and it will be on display at the Rockefeller Center from April 1 to May 1, 2022. If you are in NY by then, stop by the Rockefeller Center Rink!
Find me this weekend at the MoCCA Arts Festival
125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
Saturday, April 2, 2022 - From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 3, 2022 - From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Eggie and I will be at Booth A115
This is very exciting! It will be my first time at MoCCA Arts Festival as a vendor and I am hoping to see many of you there. The festival not only has exhibitors, it is a two day multimedia event and Manhattan’s largest comics and cartoon festival. It is the place to find the best independent comic artists, there will be panels, signings, demos and many other activities that I am sure you don't want to miss!
This is the second year I am part of this amazing fundraiser organized to gather funds for an even more amazing organization. I will be painting a Wall of Words live during the event, and it will be auctioned right after the event. I hope you all can make it!
Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE) is a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization that engages young people to amplify their voices and organize for human rights change through visual arts.ARTE invites you to our annual fundraiser, which will be streamed virtually on Friday, February 18th from 7:00-9:00pm ET. On this celebratory evening, join ARTE community members as we gather together to:
All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to support ARTE’s work. Since its inception, ARTE has engaged over 8,000 community members in its art-based, human rights pedagogy, including youth, teachers, artists, and activists, and created several community-based mural projects in four boroughs across New York City. For more information about ARTE, please visit our website or check out our 2020 annual report here.
As Valentine's Day approaches, I wanted to tell you that no matter how many gifts, cards, flowers or chocolates you get or don't get, you should love yourself first!
I see a lot of people not valuing themselves enough just because they feel they are not loved the way they believe they have to be loved.
Relationships are not easy, but at the same time they make us humans. Lo, let's start taking care of ourselves, our mental health, our sanity, and then we can worry about the rest. Now take some ME time and color the latest coloring page on my Have Fun Section!
I wish everyone a happy and healthy Valentine's Day.
Last week I was interviewed by Gary Axelbank for The Bronx Buzz at Bronxnet TV. We talked about "Eggie's Adventures at Poe Cottage" and it was as always a pleasure to chat with Gary for a little bit!
So many things happened last year. Many good things, many bad things, but let's focus on the good ones. Here are some highlights of the past 365 days:
- I self-published my first Children's Picture Book, Eggie's Adventures at Poe Cottage, thanks to the New Work Bronx Council of the Art grant and a successful Kickstarter campaign. Grateful to everyone who believed in my crazy dream!
- I was back at the Bronx Library Center with an in-person exhibition after months of being closed, with the presentation of my book in Spanish.
- I went back to Uptown Grand Central to paint another mural. This year I wanted to center my mural in a positive image, uplifting message. In works of Dr. Maya Angelou: "Be a Rainbow in Someone Else's Cloud"
- I successfully painted over 10 community fridges n the past 2 years. I am so proud of our Bronx Community that really worked to share and make sure everyone has food on their table.
- Not only I repainted the Friendly Fridge Bx when it broke down this past summer, but I got to paint a mural in the empty business behind it. Community and business collaborating to change the way we do things.
- I created the logo for the 2021 Boogie Down Boogaloo, an annual event created by the Boogaloo Project, bringing cultural and artistic significance of the genre of music known as Latin Boogaloo.
- I was part of Art Time, a docu-series produced by BxArts Factory and Bronxnet. I was the March episode, where I talked about my journey as an artist and I explained how to create potato stamps.
- I had the privilege of creating images for the Pepatian Bronx Artists Now website. I made a map where you can find all the locations they have hosted their annual showcases. I also created three images based in the conversations during three panels with international artists and curators.
- It was the first year I was able to finish #inktober and I did it combining prompts from two different lists. I did it using my iPad and Procreate, also a first time!
- I was invited to paint live during the virtual fundraiser A.R.T.E. hosted at the beginning of the year and the painting was sold at an auction.
- I was part of Process -> Project: What Comes Out of our Sketchbooks, an exhibition at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL), Curated by Rejin Reyes, part of the Southeast Queens Artists Alliance, together with a great group of artists with my sketches from #Greenthumbproject.
I am a...
Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Educator, Community Activist... ARTIST!
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