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West Harlem Art Fund is joining a growing list of art galleries, musems, and performance venues with digital offerings for the general public.

Thought-provoking content and special guests, spotlight historical moments, live panels, talks and more using audio, images and videoconferencing.

Topics like repatriation, Carolina rice culture, architecture post-Covid19, contemporary glass and botanical curations are apart of our new series ON[View].

Our first installment in Ragtime and jazz is now available.

https://westharlem.art/ragtime/

 

RICE IS CULTURE

Rice around the world is thought of as Asian. But rice is just as African as it is Asian. Oryza glaberrima was cultivated from wild rice that needed humans when the Sahara was drying. That knowledge fueled the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade where Africans were brought west.

Rice dominated the United States and particularly South Carolina for two hundred years by these African slaves. When Black culture migrated north, Harlem became its capital. A mecca where traditions could be preserved and human rights championed.

Spend an evening learning about rice with curator and historian Savona Bailey-McClain, JJ Johnson, chef of rice restaurant FieldTrip, and rice farmer Nfamara Badjie. Learn how the culture of rice has impacted Black culture as we trace its roots from Africa and the Caribbean to the American South. After the discussion guests will enjoy a scrumptious rice dish prepared by celebrity chef JJ Johnson.

Event date postponed

Savona Bailey-Mcclain (Moderator)- historian & director of West Harlem Art Fund
JJ Johnson- chef and owner of FIELDTRIP in Harlem
Nfamara Badjie- Gambian rice farmer & owner of Ever-Growing Family Farm 
Organization: MOFAD
Location: The Africa Center: 1280 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm. Panel begins at 7pm with reception to follow.

Executive Director Savona Bailey-McClain talks at Sotheby’s Institute of Art on public art. Thanks to Elizabeth Pergam for reaching out to talk with her class. Six students have agreed to curate African antiquities for the 2020 show Within Reach: Response now re-scheduled for September of this year.

The West Harlem Art Fund has formed a new partnership with Plant Group to develop gardens this spring at their exhibition space NP/10 on Governors Island. PLANT GROUP is an environmental design-build firm combining landscape design, permaculture, environmental science, and engineering to create co-habitable spaces within the built and natural environment. The gardens at NP/10 will spotlight native species the public can enjoy.
New date will be announced.