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July 29, 2018

FOLK ARTS SERIES: RHYTHMS & DANCES OF HAITI
July 29, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 PM

Folk Arts Series: Rhythms & Dances of Haiti
Music Performance and a Hands-on Workshop
Sunday, July 29, 2018, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Free and Open to All Ages!

Haiti Cultural Exchange and Pelham Art Center present: 
Rhythms & Dances of Haiti with teaching artist Okai Fleurimont. Discover the traditional drum rhythms of Haiti during this interactive performance. After the music performance there will be a great workshop on making your personal flag or bandana lead by Rebecca Mills.

Haiti Cultural Exchange is a nonprofit organization established to develop, present and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people. Seeking to raise awareness of social issues and foster cultural understanding and appreciation through programs in the arts, education and public affairs. See more at www.haiticulturalx.org

Okai Fleurimont is a self-taught percussionist who discovered drumming at the age of five with two kitchen knives and a bucket. He was born in Brooklyn, from Haitian immigrant parents, and exposed to a variety of rhythms. What influenced him the most was hip-hop, pop music and beat boxing while also singing in the church choir and being the official Conga player for the Carnarsie High School band. Later, Okai developed an intimate connection with the djembe because of its variety of tones and then introduced this instrument to the hip-hop community. He is known as a percussionist, vocalist and rapper in several bands based in Brooklyn, all representing the music of the African Diaspora. As a lead vocalist and percussionist of Brown Rice Family, StringsNSkins and Underground Horns, Okai often travels all over the country and internationally. Okai built upon his innate musicality to develop a career as a professional musician and educator.

Photo of Okai by Tequila Minsky

The history of the Haitian drum goes back as far as the history of humans in Africa and the creativity that allowed people to make musical instruments. It is uncertain how old drum making is because its components decay rapidly. The earliest record of drum making in Africa goes back 5000 years. On the west coast of Africa, each ethnic group developed a unique rhythm to serve as a national anthem and there were additional rhythms for religious service, marriage, coming of age, government inaugurations etc. These practices are conserved in Haiti where drummers play various beats to identify different African Nations.

Rebecca Mills is an artist, educator and art historian who teaches regularly at the Pelham Art Center. Her creative mind and bubbly energy will guide everyone towards making the best work they can make. We will be using colors and markers to create our own personal flags or bandannas as cultures have applied symbolism to create theirs.



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OPEN CALL: PUBLIC ART IN THE PARK
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The Pelham Art Center is seeking proposals for temporary public art, including solo and group exhibitions to be installed within the five-acre Village of Pelham’s newly redesigned Wolfs Lane Park. This exhibition will launch a newly created sculpture garden as well as introducing the entire park renovation to the public. We are looking for work that will be sited for three to six months, activates the park, while considering the scale, landscape and overall use of the public space. We strongly encourage site-specific proposals. Proposals will be selected by our Gallery Advisory Committee on the basis of creativity, interactivity, structural integrity and sustainability. The work will be installed across from the Metro North Railroad Pelham Station, at 1st Street and Wolf’s Lane in the Village of Pelham.

* Creativity/interactivity: Your work should be visually engaging and invite viewers of all ages to enter the park to experience the work further.

* Structural Integrity: Your work must be able to withstand three months of exposure to New York weather as well as unsupervised interaction from passers-by and visitors to Pelham day and night.

* Sustainability: Given the temporary nature of the installation, we encourage the submission of work created with found materials, or from materials that can be temporarily appropriated and then reused after the installation.

Please find the application HERE



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OPEN CALL: PUBLIC ART IN THE COURTYARD
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The Pelham Art Center is seeking proposals for temporary public solo and group exhibitions / installations to be installed in our 2,300sq.ft. open court yard. We are looking for work that can be sited for three months, activates the entire courtyard while considering the scale, architecture and use of the courtyard. We strongly encourage site-specific proposals. Proposals will be selected by our Gallery Advisory Committee on the basis of creativity, interactivity, structural integrity and sustainability.

 
* Creativity/interactivity: Your work should be visually engaging and invite viewers of all ages to enter the court yard to experience the work further.

 * Structural Integrity: Your work must be able to withstand three months of exposure to New York weather as well as unsupervised interaction from passers-by and visitors to the Art Center day and night.

 * Sustainability: Given the temporary nature of the installation, we encourage the submission of work created with found materials, or from materials that can be temporarily appropriated and then reused after the installation.

Please find the application HERE