Three days across three different neighborhoods! Field Day is our annual festival of neighborhoods showcasing arts and culture and celebrating community in Bed-Stuy, Harlem, and Hunts Point/Longwood. Scroll below to read more about what happens at Field Day through the eyes of first-time participants and see the 2016 lineup of locations, artists, and activities.
Lineup of Events
- Sunday, September 18, 2–6PM: Hunts Point/Longwood
- Saturday, September 24, 2–6PM: Bedford–Stuyvesant
- Sunday, September 25, 2–6PM: Harlem
“I’ve lived in New York all my life, currently in Co-op City, Bronx, and found out about The Laundromat Project through assisting teaching artist Sharon de la Cruz with the Neighborhood Print Lab summer program at The LP’s Kelly Street space in Hunts Point. This is my first year volunteering at Field Day, and I helped with set-up, activities, food and break-down at Field Day Hunts Point and Harlem, for the Kelly Street art workshops and “Harlem BBQ Summit” respectively. From my Field Day experience, I learned about product preservation through Sajata Epps & Fay Bonas, about Harlem’s history through Havanna Fisher, and I’m still embracing the question on “what it means to be Black” thanks to Sharon de la Cruz. Field Day events have a blend of fun and history, and the teaching artists use their skill sets to promote participants’ awareness of environment and self.”
– Omar Blake, volunteer and teaching artist assistant
“As a Los Angeles native having resided in Harlem for several years, I am always humbled by the sense of community that brings people together in such a joyous yet thought-provoking way. As a first time participant, I was touched to engage with such incredible people when I attended the Bed-Stuy Field Day, a wonderful occasion that generated powerful dialogue about how we can be impactful in our communities. As we recounted our experiences in the evening following a day full of activities, it was a great reminder of what people are able to accomplish together. Each person was there with their stories, dreams, and determinations to be a catalyst of change each and every day.”
– Tresell Davis, new board member
“Field Day 2016 started on my first week as staff! For each Field Day, I supported our Create Change Fellows at Hunts Point Plaza, The Meat Market in Bed-Stuy, El Museo del Barrio, and followed the march to protest the statue of J. Marion Sims in Central Park. During Field Day Bed-Stuy, I browsed and met folks in and outside of the Meat Market, a self-determined Safe Space activated in partnership with Audre Lorde Project’s SOS (Safe OUTside the System) Collective. While standing on the sidewalk next to the sale rack, I met a next-door neighbor who had come out on his stoop to see what was happening. He and I had a long conversation about how we build safety and care within queer PoC communities versus what makes us feel alone in spaces where we are more vulnerable to state and social violence. I appreciate how the Bed-Stuy Create Change Fellows offered multiple creative entry points into this SOS Safe Space, and I love that the visibility of a queer PoC gathering invited at least one community member to step outside and feel safer in his neighborhood.”
– Emily Mock, LP program associate
“I’ve lived in New York since I started college nine years ago, first on the Upper West Side and now in Crown Heights. So both Harlem and Bed-Stuy are places close to my heart, and I was excited to volunteer for The LP in both neighborhoods this weekend! I was thrilled to get to see the Iyapo Repository in action and the collection of African art and sculpture at the Bed-Stuy Museum of African Art, which is the only one of its kind in New York. It was fascinating to listen to Vira, the founder of the museum, explain how she came to acquire her collection and what it meant to her. In Harlem, I got to see neighborhood residents young and old, come together to watch Havanna Fisher Newby’s “Harlem Motion” stop animation film screening, and share ideas with community members at the Harlem BBQ Summit.”
– Mke Kennelly, volunteer and LP monthly sustainer
“Since joining The Laundromat Project this year, I’ve heard stories, viewed photos, and watched videos of past Field Days. However, there isn’t anything that could have prepared me for the actual lived experience. There are so many moments from Field Day 2016 that have left an indelible stamp on my memory and my heart—in particular the Hunts Point/Longwood Field Day. It was a cornucopia of activity. From mural making in Hunts Point Plaza to a skateboard design workshops for teens at Hunts Point Plaza, it was a day of nonstop programs. And after a day full of activities, when I thought I was full from celebration, the Garifuna dancers moved me in such an indescribable way. To watch them dance their glory with such pride reaffirmed for me how powerful of a tool art and culture is to telling our stories about who we are. People can write about it, or snap a photo, but to actually be there is an experience that can’t be replicated or replaced.”
– Ayesha Williams, Director of Strategic Partnerships
CLIMATE CART by Create Change Artist-in-Residence Misra Walker
The Point CDC: 940 Garrison Ave Bronx, NY 10474
Climate Cart is a mobile installation that documents, via audio, video & written exchanges, summertime memories and stories in relation to climate change from Hunts Point/Longwood community members. For Field Day, the fully functioning cart will serve as a place for neighbors to know about these issues through local resources, statistics and conversations. In exchange for stories, participants will receive icy “Coco Helado” treats.
There will also be other workshops such as designing and stenciling your own skateboard and learning how to skateboard with POLIDO Skateboards, organized by The Point CDC!
THE LP @ KELLY STREET COLLABORATIVE
920 Kelly St, Bronx, NY 10459
Join us for a series of drop-in community art workshops, open studios and a special performance:
- Bronx-based teaching artists Fay Bonas and Sharon de la Cruz will lead a series of workshops including repurposing paper to create unique placemats as well as a mixed media collage making workshop centered on the notion of celebration & joy within the African diaspora through the lens of carnival.
- View the collaborative student work from our inaugural iteration of Neighborhood Print Lab (NPL) in Longwood. NPL is a youth summer program using oral history and art techniques through a social justice lens to creatively amplify neighborhood narratives.
- Check out the studio and latest work of our current Kelly Street Artist-in-Residence Dennis Redmoon Darkeem.
- Learn about The Natural Knitting Project!—a collaborative Bronx arts project focusing on the process of everyday products being created in an eco-friendly way where activities included growing dye plants, knitting products from natural fibers, and exploring our communities mass consumption of landfill products. Join us for a culminating exhibit showcasing the workshop process and participants’ handmade results.
- Watch a live thread spinning performance by the artist and Kelly St. resident, Sajata Epps at 4pm.
SAY IT LOUD: EMPOWERING THE SOUTH BRONX
Happening at three locations during the following times:
2-4:30PM: Monsignor Del Valle Square (a.k.a. Hunts Point Plaza, at the intersection between Hunts Point Ave & Bruckner Blvd)
3-5PM: Libertad Urban Farm, 972 Simpson St, Bronx, NY 10459
4-6PM: Mothers On the Move, 928 Intervale Ave, Bronx, NY 10459
Empowering the South Bronx is a collaborative effort with various Bronx organizations to foster civic engagement. Based on feedback from young community members our Create Change Fellows co-created an immersive hunt to connect ideas and spark dialogue. Activities will take place in communal spaces, covering topics that range from: wellness, state/community violence to cross-cultural unity through creative exchanges.
Departs at 3pm from 920 Kelly Street
RSVP on a first come, first serve basis. Click here to sign up.
The Bronx incubated a new concept of contemporary art in the early 80’s to 90’s that was political simply due to its existence. Artists and organizers responded to the energy on the streets. Culture from people of color, for people of color. Join Bronx-based artists Alejandra Delfín & John Ahearn as they lead an interactive walk that highlights the creative response & history generated in the Longwood area.
IYAPO REPOSITORY by Create Change Artists-in-Residence Salome Asega & Ayodamola Okunseinde
The Bedford Stuyvesant Museum of African Art: 1157 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
The Iyapo Repository is a resource library which houses a collection of digital and physical artifacts created to affirm and project the future of people of African descent. The collection is managed and developed through a series of participatory workshops where participants become archivists of a future history they envision. The repository has partnered with the Bedford Stuyvesant Museum of African Art (BSMAA) to create an interactive storefront and an annex to host workshops, events, and exhibit future artifacts. For Field Day, join The Iyapo Repository for an instructional workshop on making interactive masks and learn more about BSMAA’s collection.
SCORE FOR A FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT IN MOURNING led by Aisha Cousins, Teaching Artist
Marmy Laundromat: 197 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Why do we mourn? How do you mourn a person you’ve never met? In the era of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, how do we individually honor and celebrate the countless lives lost to state-sanctioned violence against people of color? Learn how to use everyday materials to create your own series of personal tributes at this drop-in performance art workshop. Participants will combine America’s flag based mourning traditions with elements of the NAACP’s 1920’s anti-lynching flag to raise questions about the relationship between the current wave of anti-black violence in the USA and the election of the nation’s first black president.
POLITICS OF PROTECTION: BUILDING SAFETY OUTside THE SYSTEM
The Meat Market, 380 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
An artistic and communal celebration of self-determined Safe Space in Bed Stuy, Create Change Fellows, in partnership with Audre Lorde Project’s SOS (Safe OUTside the System) Collective, will creatively honor and center the legacy and experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color (LGBTSTGNC PoC) facing state violence in our communities while exercising agency to define and build safety and accountability on one’s own terms. This event will take place at a yet to be activated SOS designated Safe Space and will engage attendees with varied creative entry points such as participatory community map marking, oral histories and an arts-based de-escalation activity among other things.
Departs at 3pm from Marmy Laundromat at 197 Malcolm X Boulevard
RSVP on a first come, first serve basis. Click here to sign up.
Come meet Bed-Stuy’s STooPS MVPs! Join STooPS founder and Bed-Stuy based artist Kendra Ross as she visits some of the businesses, residents, and locations who have supported STooPS and the greater Bed-Stuy community. STooPS is an annual festival that uses the arts to promote social interaction among artists, homeowners, residents, and businesses of Bed-Stuy and beyond! Homeowners collaborate with local artists to host mini-performances and art showcases on their stoops, yards, or sidewalks. For more info, visit: www.stoopsbedstuy.org
HARLEM MOTION: HARLEM BBQ SUMMIT by Create Change Artist-in-Residence Havanna FIsher Newby
Urban Garden Center, 1640 Park Ave, New York, NY 1003
Harlem Motion uses a series of exploratory stop animation workshops as a vehicle for Harlem community members to create, share their stories as well as connect with neighbors in the midst of a changing Harlem. For Field Day, the project will culminate via The Harlem BBQ Summit where community members will be able to catch a public screening of the stop animations created as well as a community talk-back around how Harlem can move forward as a community.
URe:AD PRESS led by Shani Peters, Teaching Artist
The Laundry Room, 143 West 116th St, New York, NY 10026
Grounded in shared affinity for travel, the African Diaspora, Self-Determination, audio/visual media, and DIY printmaking strategies, URe:AD (United Re:public of the African Diaspora) Press, will share these values through, a stamp-based flag making workshop where participants will create their own united diaspora flags. URe:AD Press is a new print and media based collective by artists Sharita Towne and Shani Peters.
- Stop by to enter your chance to win a Penny’s World Passport Prize! Presented by URe:AD Press and initiated by LaTasha Nevada Diggs, these prizes (3 in total) includes all passport applications and fees ($165 in total), and a special gift. Eligible applicants are 16-21 years old, born to U.S. born African American parents and attend or have attended NYC public schools.
NOT OUR STATUE: Speak Out in Solidarity For the Reproductive Rights of Women of Color
Time(s): 2pm-3pm & 4:30pm-5:30pm
J. Marion Sims Statue – 5th Ave. and E 103rd Street (Central Park)
“Not Our Statue” is a speak out against the J. Marion Sims Statue, located on 103rd Street and 5th Ave. The speak out will be led by Marina Ortiz, founder and president of East Harlem Preservation. This event will serve as a demonstration to bring public attention to the history of this controversial figure and to broadcast the community’s continued effort to speak out against the statue, a monument that does not reflect the identity and culture of East Harlem, but one that represents a constant reminder of the atrocities of slavery and a legacy of violence against women of color. Throughout the speak out there will be an engaging performance by Francheska Alcantara commemorating the unknown and known women (we only know the names of three women: Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy) that were experimented on by J. Marion Sims.
NOT WHAT’S BROKEN; WHAT’S HEALED
Time: 2pm-4:00pm (ongoing)
El Museo Del Barrio, 3rd Floor (El Taller del Museo) 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street, New York, NY 10029
“Not What’s Broken; What’s Healed” will host a quiltmaking workshop with the women of Violence Intervention Program (VIP) at El Museo del Barrio. Part of VIP’s continued collaboration with Monument Quilt Project, the workshop will promote a space for healing and for remembering those who have been affected by sexual and domestic violence. The space will also exhibit part of the existing quilt made previously by the women of VIP and other artworks by the “vipmujeres” created through past workshops facilitated by our very own Vanessa Cuervo in preparation for this event. The space will also serve as a space to share women’s stories and celebrate the community of East Harlem.
Departs at 2pm from the corner of West 125th street and Old Broadway.
No longer accepting RSVPS, tour is at capacity.
Community Organizer and Harlem native Julien A. Terrell will lead an interactive walk focusing on Harlem’s past as a local and international hub for political strategy and creative action. Given the ongoing waves of gentrification and political repression, this walk will also touch upon current cultural organizing efforts such as the Yuri and Malcolm Mural Project and future opportunities to honor the legacy of Harlem. This walk is done part
In partnership with Queens Museum, this creative walk is a part of a series of six programs associated with Nonstop Metropolis: The Remix, leading up to the launch of Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s Nonstop Metropolis: A New York Atlas at the Queens Museum on October 2, 2016. Christina Zanfagna’s essay “Hone to Harlem” is a jumping off point for the map Black Star Lines: Harlem Secular and Sacred by cartographer Molly Roy; both found in Nonstop Metropolis.
2016 CREATE CHANGE ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
Salome Asega & Ayodamola Okunseinde, Bed-Stuy
Havanna Fisher Newby, Harlem
Misra Walker, Hunts Point/Longwood
2016 CREATE CHANGE COMMISSIONS ARTISTS
Ro Garrido, Jackson Heights
Katherine Toukhy, Bay Ridge
2016 CREATE CHANGE FELLOWS
Lindsay Catherine Harris
Sue Jeong Ka
Claudia Zamora Valencia
FIELD DAY ARTIST FACULTY
Sharon de la Cruz
CREATIVE WALK LEADERS
Julien A. Terrell
FIELD DAY PARTNERS
Field Day projects have been made possible with the support of the following organizations and laundromats:
Audre Lorde Project’s Safe OUTside the System Collective
Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc.
The Bedford Stuyvesant Museum of African Art (BSMAA)
BLK Projek/The Libertad Urban Farm
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Community Voices Heard
East Harlem Preservation, Inc.
El Museo del Barrio
The Mexican American Students’ Alliance (MASA)
Mothers On The Move
The Point Community Development Corporation
Sister Circle Collective
South Bronx Community Food Coalition
Urban Garden Center
Workforce Housing Group
Violence Intervention Program Inc. – VIP Mujeres
The Laundry Room