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"WHAT'S HAPPENING IN WEST HARLEM: On Creating 3 Community And Art Galleries There."
How Art Can Strenghten And Solidify A Community
Special Guest Is:
CUNY Dominican Studies Institute
Broadway Housing Committees
"There are three groups I work with—there is a group of artists from the generation of the 1980s who I work closely with. My role is to open up new doors for them to exhibit their art and become part of the New York art scene. That's one thing I have been working on for past 16 years. I have found that the challenges I thought I would find with artists are not really there.
People want to create work but need a place to show it. I was able to convince my employer to open up public spaces so art could flourish in our buildings. I was able to do so because I knew a lot of Dominican artists. So they have been my pillar.
It has been a learning curve in both directions: they learn with me there are places they can go to and really focus on art, meet artists, meet venues. As I meet artists, the door doesn't only open for me but for them. Most of the artists believe I'm providing a service to them but actually they have enriched my life.
For some of them, I have seen a growth in the last ten years that even they themselves wonder how they got where they are today, knowing people from other communities and being invited to showcase their art.
The other group is Dominican families and children. My focus is education—helping parents navigate through the educational system."
The third component of Rodriguez's work: "creating a very inviting space where people from different educational backgrounds can come together and have an earnest conversation about the state of their community. About what's happening in the community. The space has to be inviting and safe. That comes about in the spaces we call community galleries. :” ...for art and conversation.Please vsit: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/dsi/dominican-blue-book-ana-ofelia-rodriguez
Address: At a trendy and fun new venue - a French Bistro - in the Marais just behind BHV at the metro Hotel de Ville (ligne 1). GREAT FRENCH FOOD. Address details with the reservation.
It's €25.00 (EXACT CHANGE) for a fun dinner. NEW FORMULA: Dinner is two courses and includes a glass of wine or a beverage. All additional beverages must be ordered from and paid for directly to the bistro.
A fun dinner, a great topic,
meeting and networking with, fun, new international people.
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