195th BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATION OF PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT

GENERAL GRANT NATIONAL MEMORIAL The 195th birthday commemoration of President Ulysses S. Grant was held along Riverside Park at Grant’s Tomb in the West Harlem neighborhood of Morningside Heights. This year’s Mistress of Ceremony was Savona Bailey-McClain, Executive Director of the West Harlem Art Fund and Radio Host for State of the Arts NYC heard… Continue reading 195th BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATION OF PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT

FEMALE STORIES — FEMALE LEADS — FEMALES DIRECT

Half the world’s population is made up of women, yet very few of their stories make it onto the screen. The Athena Film Festival challenges that dynamic by showcasing women stories by other women and directed by women. Many are true stories where women stand up to unfairness. Others fictionalize real life situations to encourage… Continue reading FEMALE STORIES — FEMALE LEADS — FEMALES DIRECT

AND THE WINNER IS…..

ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL CO-FOUNDER Melissa Silverstein is the founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood, which educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.  Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017.  Women and Hollywood is one of the most respected sites focused on women’s issues and popular culture Silverstein has been recognized as one of the foremost… Continue reading AND THE WINNER IS…..

NEW ART SCENE IN HARLEM

  Gavin Brown is an art dealer and owner of Gavin Brown’s enterprise, an art gallery with locations in New York and Rome. Born in London in 1964 and working in New York since 1988, Gavin Brown has owned and operated his gallery in several locations in Manhattan since 1994, about six months after his… Continue reading NEW ART SCENE IN HARLEM

A SPAN OF YIDDISH THEATER IN NYC

        New York’s Yiddish Theater tells the uniquely American and quintessentially New York story of the overcrowded and tenement filled Lower East Side’s evolution as an incubator of cultural activity that gave rise to a theater district rivaling Broadway itself. The exhibition will take viewers on a journey spanning over a century – from… Continue reading A SPAN OF YIDDISH THEATER IN NYC

He who plants a tree Plants a hope ~Lucy Larcom, “Plant a Tree”

                    Inspired by a building adjacent to the High Line that had been transformed into an indoor parking lot, Ward reconfigures a memory from his childhood for his High Line Commission, Smart Tree. Returning to his father’s home in Jamaica after fifteen years away, Ward remembers… Continue reading He who plants a tree Plants a hope ~Lucy Larcom, “Plant a Tree”