This year’s focus, a program called “The Altar: Rituals of Healing in the African Diaspora,” centers on the roles and tradition of healing, restoration and realignment in African Diasporic communities. Themes include sacred spaces, lineage, power, ancestors, inheritance and transference. Through a series of events and an artwalk, beginning on Wednesday, February 1, visitors will be able to learn more about the unique qualities of the healing process in these communities.
“This long legacy of healing practices are by their very existence acts of resistance, aimed at regaining equilibrium and maintaining wellness for community, family and self in the face of social structures and societal trauma,” said Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Black Artstory Month 2017 curator. “This year, artists’ interpretations of the theme speak truths about our intentions in the world.”
Featuring more than 30 Brooklyn-based visual artists, Black Artstory will be held at 15 businesses along Myrtle Avenue, including Brooklyn Navy Yard’s BLDG 92, Pratt Institute and Leisure Life NYC.
The artwalk, mostly concentrated between Washington Park and Classon Avenues, is a self-guided tour that features the work of over 20 artists at window murals, exhibits and installations.
In addition to the artwalk, there will be free events held each Friday all month. The Altar Kickoff Party, on Friday, February 3, will feature interactive art, dance and a video presentation by BRIC.
Activities for both children and adults include interactive painting and drawing, a Polaroid station, yoga movements and terrarium-making. The event will run from 6pm to 9pm at the Ingersoll Community Center at 177 Myrtle Avenue.
Other events include the film, video and performance event, “Healing & Self-Preservation as Resistance,” as well as the poetry and spoken word event “Poems About My Right (We will Not Go Silently).”
For a full schedule of events as well as the artwalk location, visit www.myrtleavenue.org/blackartstory.