Location:  9A Kitchen & Lounge
2331 12th Avenue @ 133rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10031 (917) 507-0000
Website: www.westharlemartfund.wordpress.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wharlemartfund
On Twitter: @wharlemartfund
Featured artist: Raul Ayala

On Sunday, August 4, 2013, Ecuadorian artist Raul Ayala created a site specific street mural on 12th Avenue and 133rd Street in front of the restaurant 9A. Ayala is leveraging his visual art skills into a mural that incorporates local history, interest and values. We invited the public to come and view this special event that spotlights a new dynamic energy brewing in West Harlem.

Street art used to be referred to unsanctioned art, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives. The discipline can include traditional graffiti artwork, sculpture, stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheat pasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerilla art, and street installations. Typically the term street art of the more specific post-graffiti is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism and corporate art.

Savona Bailey-McClain currently lives and works in New York City. She is an independent curator, producer and preservation advocate. The range of McClain’s practice has included sculpture, drawings, performance, sound, and mixed media. McClain is the Executive Director and Chief Curator for The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. a fifteen year old public art organization and curatorial collective serving neighborhoods around the City.

This demonstration is a partnership between artist Raul Ayala, curator Savona Bailey-McClain and 9A Kitchen & Lounge.


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