Mission

The West Harlem Art Fund is a twenty-two-year old, public art and production organization. WHAF offers opportunities for artists and creative professionals wishing to showcase and share their talent with residents around the City. The West Harlem Art Fund presents 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.

Initiatives Powered by The West Harlem Art Fund

 

Blackamoor Tales & Adventures is an interactive series that honors the ancient people who emerged from the cradle of civilization, crossed the deserts of Western Asia, North Africa, and then the Mediterranean Sea. These vanished empires brought a wealth of knowledge, understanding, and countless stories to humankind.

 

 

COVID Diaries POC is a poignant audio series documenting the impact of the corona virus through interview and memoir. COVID Diaries POC collaboratively captures the reactions of People of Color living at the effect of this global pandemic.

 

 

NP/10 is our new exhibition space on Governors Island for The West Harlem Art Fund. It includes four gallery rooms, a photo studio, a sound room, a crafting studio, a country kitchen with a garden and outdoor raised beds.

 


The West Harlem Art Fund presents 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.

 

 

Visual Muze is a unique storytelling residency and retreat. It provides visual artists, performance artists, multi-media designers, and writers the opportunity to explore narrative forms within collaborative projects, works in progress, guest lectures, and crafts.

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Linda Griggs (MFA Hunter College, BFA Virginia Commonwealth University) has curated or assisted on 12 exhibitions and two art fair booths. She directs E32, an on-going Lower East Side crit/discussion group. As an artist, she has had solo exhibitions at Christopher Stout Gallery, Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Carolyn J. Roy Gallery, New York. Group shows include the Iwami Art Museum, Japan; Wustum Museum, Racine, WI; the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College; Gahlberg Gallery at the College of Du Page, Illinois; Albany International Airport Gallery; the New York Public Library; Cuchifritos, Vox Populi, and Bullet Space in New York; and at galleries in Philadelphia, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia, Connecticut, and New Mexico. Fellowships include the MacDowell and Millay Colonies. She has received grants from Change, Inc. and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; and a residency at the Artist Alliance Inc.’s LES Studio Program. Her work is included in public and private collections including JP Morgan Chase, Peter Klein/OBAC Corporation, Ann Partlow/ Earthrise Capital, Sheila Curran Bernhard, Dr. Kenneth Meisler, David Harris, Eileen Schwab and Therese Lichtenstein.

Carine Gabriel known as Kaya Rogue is a Haitian New York born multimedia artist.  Her inspiration for art started at the age of 5 when she started ballet at The Juilliard School and New York City ballet. This inspired her love for music and art that led her to get a B.A. as a music major at Hunter College. There she became politically active through music and art which now focuses on black disability rights that continues to this day.   In the early 2000’s she did art shows with the New Bohemian Art Collective known as NUBO shows at Taller Boricua.  In 2001 She formed the music duo Cleveland Heights’ Alternative Punk-Hop act called Kounterclockwise  in the heart of the South Bronx from New York City.

Kaya Rogue (Co-Producer, Co-Writer, Engineer, Singer, & Musician) and Cleveland native Deacon Burns (MC, Producer, Songwriter, Musician and Engineer) quickly developed their skills while doing production work for several artists including DJ Swamp and Yela Wolf and scored the music for several short films and the full-length feature film; Love Rome by Carter B. Smith. Kounterclockwise created and scored the music for their own full length animated film; “Kounterclockwise In Forever-Land.”  She is a bass player, singer, voice-over artist as well and has starred in several animated films including  a starring role as Odell in the animated film  “Revengeance” (Bill Plympton and Jim Lujan).  She joined the music, activist and international network called Krip-Hop Nation and traveled under Kounterclockwise as a member of Krip-Hop Nation to perform at the 2014 Tangled Art Festival in Toronto, Canada.

Kaya is also a currently also a resin artist and makes orgonite healing objects that blend the use of various crystals and metals with resin.  She started working with resin while working for a company as a plant service technician where she also made resin floral sculptures for all US Marriott Hotels.  She is inspired by her love of alchemy, nature, growing food, and healing to make orgone devices and is now planning on making them on a large scale as sculptures to bring healing inspiration to art lovers.

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 twenty-two 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 a registered local historian with the Office of the Manhattan Borough President, a member of Arttable and radio podcast host for State of the Arts NYC heard on several audio platforms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Art

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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Contact: westharlemartfund12@gmail.com

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Linda Griggs (MFA Hunter College, BFA Virginia Commonwealth University) has curated or assisted on 12 exhibitions and two art fair booths. She directs E32, an on-going Lower East Side crit/discussion group. As an artist, she has had solo exhibitions at Christopher Stout Gallery, Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Carolyn J. Roy Gallery, New York. Group shows include the Iwami Art Museum, Japan; Wustum Museum, Racine, WI; the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College; Gahlberg Gallery at the College of Du Page, Illinois; Albany International Airport Gallery; the New York Public Library; Cuchifritos, Vox Populi, and Bullet Space in New York; and at galleries in Philadelphia, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia, Connecticut, and New Mexico. Fellowships include the MacDowell and Millay Colonies. She has received grants from Change, Inc. and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; and a residency at the Artist Alliance Inc.’s LES Studio Program. Her work is included in public and private collections including JP Morgan Chase, Peter Klein/OBAC Corporation, Ann Partlow/ Earthrise Capital, Sheila Curran Bernhard, Dr. Kenneth Meisler, David Harris, Eileen Schwab and Therese Lichtenstein.

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 twenty-two 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 a member of Arttable and radio podcast host for State of the Arts NYC heard on several audio platforms.

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