The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is a twenty -one year old, public arts organization. WHAF offers exhibition opportunities for artists and creative professionals wishing to share their talent with residents uptown and around the city. The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. showcases art and culture in open, public spaces to add aesthetic interest to our part of the city; promote historical and cultural heritage; and support community involvement in local development. Our heritage symbol is the double crocodile from West Africa which means unity in diversity.
Public art for the West Harlem Art Fund can include traditional exhibitions, photo installations, storefront windows and live performances. Whether commissioned or through our festival program, The West Harlem Art Fund encourages audiences to not only think outside of the box – but to live outside the box.
New York City is our canvas. In one of the greatest cities in the world, we have the opportunity to experiment ideas, re-shape open spaces & influence community development. But West Harlem is our home. Slowly becoming a creative hub where new restaurants, ferry service, and professionals reside. Art will be a major focal point for this community that is home to great architecture & stunning views of the Hudson River.
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The West Harlem Art Fund provides the following services that are tailored to your specific need and context:
Presentation and Workshop: Presentations on curatorial, programming, and urban planning topics with case studies. Participant guided through use of templates with discussion of logistics (e.g., securing a site, working with property owners, insurance and community outreach).
Site Assessment: A site visit to evaluate and make recommendations on curatorial strategies, programming, and/or other feasible interventions.
Curatorial Services: For exhibitions, homes, offices, hotels, and other commercial spaces.
Exhibition Planning and Production: Comprehensive support for each phase including site research, curation, programming, outreach, and evaluation methods.
Vacant Lots: Advising on installations, murals, programming, temporary infrastructures, and strategies for open-air environments.
The West Harlem Art Fund can offer exhibition and neighborhood tours as well.
Ana Ofelia Rodriguez is Director of Community Development at Broadway Housing. Ms. Rodriguez joined Broadway Housing in December, 1998. She has been active in the Washington Heights and Harlem area since 1997 when she served as Chief of Staff to New York City Council Member, Guillermo Linares. Ms. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from City College, a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Seville, Spain and a Ph.D. (ABD status) from Washington University.
Savona Bailey-McClain currently lives and works in New York City. She is an independent curator and producer. The range of McClain’s practice has included sculpture, drawings, performance, sound, and mixed media. McClain is the Executive Director & Chief Curator for The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. a seventeen year old public art organization and curatorial collective serving neighborhoods around the City. Her public art installations have been seen in the New York Times, Art Daily, Artnet, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post among others. McClain has installed works in Times Square, DUMBO, Soho, Governors Island and Harlem. Noted works include The H in Harlem, Counting Sheep, Story Piles, East River Flows and Loosely Coupled. McClain is now developing new digital installations and location-based interventions using a tour platform. McClain is a member of Independent Curators International, Arttable and a radio host/producer for State of the Arts NYC for WBAI Radio.