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Spirituals Workshop (Workshops and Classes)

Nov 16, 2017, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center Community Black Box Theatre

Join us to disucss the Afro-American experience as it relates to the so-called African American slaces. We will be examining the people, how they lived and how they survived. It is believed by some that the Negro Spirituals were much more than songs as we know them today. We will talk about the spirituals and how they were used from a musical perspective. The spirituals both instrumentally and vocally have been performed by some of the greatest musicians in the world. Many protest movements use spirituals in their marches to rally their people. 

Q&A will follow after the presentation.

This event is free and open to the public.

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14 Black Classicists: The Education of William Bulkley: From Freedman's School to the Hall of Languages (Lectures and Talks)

Nov 2, 2017, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Peggy Norris

This lecture is part of the 2017 Fall programming at Community Folk Art Center, in conjunction with the 14 Black Classicists Corridor Exhibition on view through December 1, 2017.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Bebe y el Señor Don Pomposo (Theatrical Performance)

Oct 19, 2017, 8:00 PM-2:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center Community Black Box Theatre

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

A play adapted and directed by José Miguel Hernández Hurtado based on a story by Jose MartÍ, a Cuban national hero and important figure in Latin American literature.

A story where the kindness, love and nobility of young children's soul appears in its beautiful and spontaneous form.

Performance Dates:

Thursday, October 19: 8:00pm
Friday, October 20: 8:00pm
Saturday, October 21: 8:00pm
Sunday, October 22: 2:00pm

Ticket price: $5.00
Donations are welcome to support La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino

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Loving (Special Events)

Oct 17, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center Community Black Box Theatre

The resonance of a marriage on US Law and cultural life

A screening of the film Loving followed by a post film discussion with Professor Kevin Maillard, College of Law

This event is free and open to the public.

Copyrights secured by Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.
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Phase Changes:Glimpses of the Diaspora (Exhibition)

Oct 17, 2017, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Featuring work from CFAC permanant collection
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Cuba to 'Cuse (Theatrical Performance)

Sep 21, 2017, 8:00 PM-3:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center Community Black Box Theatre

Cuba to 'Cuse

A one man play by José Miguel Hernández Hurtado.

Celebrating it's 7th anniversary, José Miguel tells his journey from Cuba to Syracuse, New York.  

Performance Dates:

Thursday, September 21: 8:00pm

Friday, September 22:  8:00pm

Saturday, September 23: 8:00pm

Saunday, Spetember 24: 3:00pm

Tickets at the door $10.00
Donations are welcome to assist with children's programming.

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14 Black Classicists: The Politics of American Learning (Lectures and Talks)

Sep 21, 2017, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Bird Library - Peter Graham Commons

Dr. Michele Valerie Ronnick
Wayne State University

Part of the 2017 Fall Colloquium series presented by the Department of African American Studies housed in the College of Arts & Sciences.
14 Black Classicists is currently on view through December 1, 2017.

AAS

This event is free and open to the public

CFAC Open House: Coming Back Together 2017 (Special Events)

Sep 16, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Coming Back Together 2017 CFAC Open House

Visions of Diversity

NRA Blanco

Visit with the staff of Community Folk Art Center and take a tour as we welcome you to view the Coming Back Together 2017 Alumni Exhibition Visions of Diversity.  View the works of 9 Syracuse University alumni in the Herbert T. Williams Gallery.




Professor Emeritus David MacDonald

David MacDonaldExperience a demonstration by well known ceramist and Emeritus Professor of Art David MacDonald.

The piece made will be raffled off to one of the visitors!






Playwright Cynthia Robinson '89

Cynthia RobinsonVisit our Community Black Box Theatre and hear a reading of "Peola's Passing" written by SU alumna Cynthia Robinson '89.  The play reflects its time (1964) and connects to analyses of race contemporary in contemporary Amerca.  Two sisters navigate their relationship through their very diffeent ambition and aspirations, as well as their self-understanding and connection to social and racial histories. The reading be followed by a discussion with the playwright and actors.



Light refreshments will be served.  
This event is free and open to the public.

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Visions of Diversity: Coming Back Together 2017 (Exhibition)

Sep 14, 2017, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Partnership with Office of Program Development Coming Back Together 2017

Artist: Syracuse University Alumni

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14 Black Classicists (Exhibition)

Aug 29, 2017, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
The figures in this exhibition inspire us to expand beyond the work of DuBois, Douglass, Crummell and others from the 1950s.

Artist: Curated by Dr. Michele Valerie Ronnick, Wayne State University

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NAMI Annual See Me Exhibition Opening Reception (Exhibitions)

Jul 8, 2017, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Opening Reception

Fourth Annual art show with live music, poetry readings, book signing and reading from "Chocolate Debacle" by Karen Winters Schwartz.

National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) Syracuse us a vital and active non-profit advocacy organization.  NAMI's mission is ot support families or persons with mental illness, fight stigma, advocate for services and educate the community about mental illness.

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NAMI Exhibit (Exhibition)

Jun 27, 2017, 12:00 AM-11:59 PM
Annual National Association of Mental Illness, Syracuse Exhibition featuring various works from artists.

Artist: Various Artists

CFAC Closed for Summer Break (Special Events)

Jun 24, 2017, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

805 East Genesee Street

We will be closed

We will be closing for a brief summer break June 24 - July 4, 2017.  We will reopen on Wednesdsy, July 5, 2017 at 10:00am. 

Scheduled ceramic workshops will still be in session June 27-29th.

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Jazz and Wine, 2017 (Musical Performance)

Apr 28, 2017, 6:30 PM-10:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Lin Rountree aka The Soul-Trumpeter, is an accomplished recording artist, producer and live performer. With Five solo projects, Twelve Top 20 Billboard singles, and numerous collaborations with some of the industry’s top R&B/Contemporary Jazz artists to his credit he is poised to be one of the most renowned artists of his generation.

Lin began playing the trumpet in Alexandria VA., when he was just 11 yrs. old and frequently attended music development programs at The Duke Ellington School for performing arts in Washington DC. Upon his graduation from High School, Lin was recruited into the Music program at Florida A&M University where he performed with the famed Marching 100’ under the direction of William P. Foster and Dr. Julian White. (Lin credits his abilities to practice, prepare and perform to the training that he received at FAMU) Likewise the school is also where he started to develop a deep appreciation for Jazz music and began studying some of its masters and cites trumpeters: Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, and Tom Browne as huge influences on both his playing and writing styles. After receiving his degree from FAMU he found his home in Detroit, Michigan where he formed a band and performed extensively throughout the region. 2004 saw the release of Lin’s debut CD, GROOVETREE on independent label BDK Records, which was met with international acclaim. After releasing one more CD under BDK: SUMTHIN’ GOOD and another SOUL-TREE, The Soul-Jazz Experience (self released) also to rave reviews, he was sought after and signed to major label, Trippin’ N Rhythm Records, where he subsequently wrote and co-produced two more projects: SERENDIPITOUS and his current hit CD, SOULFUNKY.

For more information or to purchase tickets, see the Jazz & Wine page.

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I Know A Man...Ashley Bryan (Film Festivals)

Apr 21, 2017, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Life Sciences Complex Auditorium, 111 College Place, Syracuse, NY 13210

A documentary about an artist inspired by African heritage, Bryan uses his art to celebrate joy and meditate on the darkness of racism and war.

Q & A will be followed with the film director.

Free and Open to the public

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MFA 2017: Let’s Be Dragons (Exhibition)

Apr 11, 2017, 6:00 PM-12:00 AM
This exhibition will be an experiment in diverse environments. Each artists will create immersive artworks through different mediums that include prints, sculpture and film. The Master of Film Arts thesis artists are Justin Hill, Maria Spiess, Landon Perkins, Taro Takizawa, Adam Devkota, Ioana Turcan, and Dontato Rossi.

Artist: MFA Class of 2017

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Opening Reception: "MFA 2017: Let’s Be Dragons" (Exhibitions)

Apr 11, 2017, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210

Strangers in a Strange Land

This exhibition will be an experiment in diverse environments. Each artists will create immersive artworks through different mediums that include prints, sculpture and film. The Master of Film Arts thesis artists are Justin Hill, Maria Spiess, Landon Perkins, Taro Takizawa, Adam Devkota, Ioana Turcan, and Dontato Rossi. 

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Caribbean Cinematic Festival (Film Festivals)

Feb 23, 2017, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

This year’s festival will take place February 23-26, 2017. During this festival, we will highlight the richness of Caribbean culture through a series of events: they include film screenings, dance and spoken word performances, local Caribbean cuisine and a series of workshops and post film discussions.

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Tanksley (Musical Performance)

Feb 16, 2017, 5:30 PM-8:00 PM

Community Folk Arts Center

Join us for our upcoming Journey Through the Music of African Diaspora performance featuring Tanskley. 

February 16, 2017 5:30PM 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Donations are welcome for future programming.

I, too, am America Panel Discussion and Artist Talk (Lectures and Talks)

Feb 4, 2017, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Panel Discussion/Artist Talk for the I, too, am America: A Song of Race and Language Exhibit.

I, too, am America Opening Reception (Special Events)

Feb 3, 2017, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Opening Reception for the I, too, am America: A Song of Race and Language Exhibit.

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I, too, am America: A Song of Race and Language (Exhibition)

Jan 24, 2017, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Based on Ralph Ellison's speech, "What children are Like," this exhbit, featuring photography and interactive sculptures, will allow the viewer to observe social benchmarks of our past.

Artist: Jamaal Barber

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Happy Holidays (Special Events)

Dec 13, 2016, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Arts Center

Happy Holidays from the staff at Community Folk Art Center!

Holiday Schedule:

December 12 - 22, 2016 (office open)

Monday - Friday 9:30am - 5pm

Holiday Closing

December 23, 2016 - January 3, 2017

We will reopen January 3, 2017.

Please view our Holiday greeting.

Please visit our exhibition page for our upcoming exhibition.

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JMAD featuring Shakeif (Musical Performance)

Nov 17, 2016, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center, 805 E Genessee St, Syracuse, NY, 13210

This event is free and open to the public.

R&B singer, songwriter from Syracuse, NY. His sound is old school meets new school. A fusion of soulful ballads with uptempo songs from his heart.

Growing up Shakeif always enjoyed performing. Now at age 24, his first album “New Beginning”, released in 2014, was nominated for a SAMMY award.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Pa’lo Monte – CANCELLED (Musical Performance)

Nov 15, 2016, 7:00 AM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

DUE TO UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

We aplogize for any inconvenience

In collaboration with Syracuse University Department of art and music histories

An evening of Afro-Dominican and Haitian Rhythms.

This event is free and open to the public

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IT'S A WRAP! West African Textiles (Lectures and Talks)

Nov 10, 2016, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

SU Art Galleries, Syracuse University, Shaffer Hall

Join Professor of Fine Arts Michelle Gilbert, Department of Fine Arts, Trinity College, for a fascinating tour of the newly installed exhibition, IT’S A WRAP! this Thursday, Nov. 10th at 6p.m.  Sponsored in part by the Maxwell African Scholars Union, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Syracuse University. This lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information please visit SUARt Galleries Website

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Caesar/X Preview (Lectures and Talks)

Nov 9, 2016, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Politics, Power, and the High Cost of real change.
In collaboration with Artswego, Caesar/X is a nationwide project of The Acting Company, culminating in 2017 with paired productions of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and a new work by playwright Marcus Gardley, X, about the assassination of Malcom X.

This session provides an opportunity to get a fuller picture of the project and ask questions of The Acting Company’s director for Julius Caesar, Devin Brain and actor Jimonn cole (playing Brutus & Malcom X).

This event is free and open to the public.

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Ailey II Lecture & Demonstration (Workshops and Classes)

Nov 1, 2016, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center, 805 E Genessee St, Syracuse, NY, 13210

This event is free to the public.

Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) is excited to announce that we have partnered with SUNY Oswego’s ARTSWEGO department to present a Lecture/Demonstration with Troy Powell, Artistic Director of Ailey II, and members of the company to offer an exciting and engaging presentation on the Ailey legacy. Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers.

This event will take place on Tuesday, November 1, 12:00-2:00pm at Community Folk Art Center, located at 805 East Genesee Street and will be open and free of charge to the public. Please find attached a letter with more detailed information from SUNY Oswego Dance Instructor, Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell.

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Second Line Syracuse – 5Tet (Musical Performance)

Oct 20, 2016, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Our Journey Through Music of African Diaspora continues with performance by Second Line Syracuse.

A high energy brass band performing original compositions and unique covers with a focus on jazz improvisation, a whole lot of groove and that good ol’ New Orleans swag!

This event is free and open to the public.

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Los Dos Principes/The Two Princes (Theatrical Performance)

Oct 13, 2016, 12:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) CFAC is happy to partner again with The Spanish Action League of Onondaga County (La Liga) to bring the children’s play Los Dos Principes/The Two Princes.

A children’s story adapted into a play by  La Liga’s artistic director Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado, is a play about unconditional love parents have for their children regardless of race or social class.

Performance dates & times:
October 13, 2016      8:00pm
October 14, 2016      8:00pm
October 15, 2016      8:00pm
October 16, 2016      2:00pm

Tickets are $5.00 and are available at the door.
Cash, Visa, Master Card Accepted as payment.

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Journey Through Music of African Diaspora (Musical Performance)

Sep 22, 2016, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

A Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora (JMAD) explores and celebrates the rich creativity, depth and legacy of African diasporan musical traditions played by local, regional and nationally recognized musicians. With an opportunity to hear music from Latin to Gospel, JMAD creates a space for people to come together around a central idea, music, and listen to signature pieces by talented musicians whose individual diversity is as varied as the genres of music.

In honor of Gospel Music Heritage month, our first JMAD concert of the 2016-2017 season will be a Gospel Musical. This concert will take place on Thursday, September 22nd at 7pm and will feature various local choirs and vocalists including the Syracuse Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), and Jamel Jett & Breakthrough.

Admission is free and open to the public, donations are welcome to support future programming.

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From Cuba to 'Cuse (Theatrical Performance)

Sep 16, 2016, 8:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Community Folk Art Center is happy to bring back Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado’s one man play Cuba to ‘Cuse.

Cuba to ‘Cuse is Jose Miguel’s story of his journey from his homeland Cuba to Syracuse, New York. His one man play will take you through his transition and culture shock in the United States.

The show will have 3 performances from September 16-18, 2016. Show times on September 16 & 17th are at 8pm and September 18th is at 3pm.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Donations will be accepted to benefit children’s programming.

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Two Sides of James Ransome: Known and Unknown (Exhibitions)

Sep 13, 2016, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Arts Center

James Ransome is a children’s book illustrator as well as the recipient of several awards, including the Coretta Scott King award and the NAACP award. His southern background has left him fascinated by the struggles and victories of African Americans and those events are the primary focus of many of his books which often center around retelling African American folktales or memorializing African American sport and historical legends.

For more information on James Ransome and his works, please visit his website.

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3rd Annual See Me Too Exhibition Reception (Exhibitions)

Jul 13, 2016, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Reception for the 3rd Annual See Me Too Exhibit that will feature live music, poetry readings, and book signings by Karen Winters Schwartz.

If you are intereseted in contributing to this reception with desserts/soda/munchies or if you have any questions, please call the NAMI Syracuse office, 315.487.2085.

For more information about the exhibit, visit the 3rd Annual See Me Too Exhibition page.

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3rd Annual See Me Too Exhibition (Exhibition)

Jun 28, 2016, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
An art in poetry show hosted in conjunction with NAMI. There will be live music, poetry readings, and a book signing by Karen Wintes Schwartz.

Artist: Various

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo Exhibition (Exhibition)

Jun 7, 2016, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
A showcase of the winning photos from a photo contest hosted by the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Artist: Various

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44th Annual Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition (Exhibition)

May 7, 2016, 10:00 AM-12:00 AM
44th annual competition that features the work of underrepresented teen artists from Syracuse and Onondaga County high schools.

Artist: Various

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Annual Jazz & Wine featuring Ben Williams (Special Events)

Apr 22, 2016, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Come out and hear the smooth sounds of Grammy Award winning Bassist, Ben Williams featuring Sound Effect.

To find out more info on Ben Williams, you can check out his website:

http://benwilliamsmusic.net

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! 

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As Bad As I Wanna Be: Reimaging Black Womanhood (Exhibition)

Jan 30, 2016, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Features mixed media showcasing narratives exploring the role of Black women's bodies.

Artist: Nina Buxembaum

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JMAD featuring Outlaw Culture Music (Musical Performance)

Nov 19, 2015, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

James Gordon Williams, Assistant Professor at the Department of African American Studies
His research and interests include:

  • Practices of Resistance in Afro-diasporic Improvisation and Composition
  • Performance of Racial Identity through Music Technology
  • Epistemologies of African American Music
  • Digital Humanities

His performance will be accompanied by:
Outlaw Music Culture:
James Williams – keyboard
Marvin Sewell – guitar
Ian Stewart – bass
Josh Dukaney – drums

This event is free and open to the public.  Donations are welcome to support future programming and events.

This event is co-sponsored by Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts & Sciences.
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Pa’lo Monte November 17, 2015 7:00pm (Musical Performance)

Nov 17, 2015, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Pa’lo Monte, an urban roots music group will perform at Syracuse University’s Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the performance is sponsored by the Departments of Art and Music Histories (AMH) and African American Studies, as well as the Latino-Latin American Studies Program, all of which are housed in the College of Arts and Sciences.

 Pa’lo Monte fuses the traditional African-rooted rhythms of the Dominican Republic and Haiti with contemporary musical styles creating a unique and original sound.                                                                                                     

Event organizer Sydney Hutchinson, assistant professor of ethnomusicology in AMH, says the Syracuse University community is in for a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

'Pa’lo Monte has transformed from a musical ensemble into an institution for the teaching and preservation of African and Indigenous cultural traditions from the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The group presents lectures and skill-building workshops in diverse venues from elementary schools to the United Nations. I encourage students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of this rare opportunity.'

 Hutchinson says Pa’lo Monte’s work is particularly relevant in light of the current human rights situation in the Dominican Republic, in which basic rights have denied to tens of thousands of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent.

For more information, contact Hutchinson by email at sjhutchi@syr.edu.

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JMAD: Noble Vibes October 22, 2015 at 8:00pm (Musical Performance)

Oct 22, 2015, 8:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora will feature this month Noble Vibes.

From Rochester, New York Noble Vibes is an exciting new voice in reggae music.  Since 2013, they have earned a reputation as one of the most dynamic original acts in Western New York.

This event is free and open to the public.
Donations are welcome to support future programming.

Doors open at 7:30pm.

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Artist Talk with Najee Dorsey (Lectures and Talks)

Oct 15, 2015, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

On October 15, 2015 at 6:30pm Najee Dorsey, artist for current exhibition on view RESISTANCE will give an artist talk that features heroes from the Civil Rights Movement as well as other 20th Century activists.

In addition to creating art, Dorsey is a major contributor to artistic activism as the CEO and founder of Black Art in America (BAIA), an online portal, focused on documenting, preserving and promoting the contributions of the African American arts community through programming including exhibitions, lectures and performances.

RESISTANCE will be on view until December 5, 2015.
Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm and Saturday from 11:00am-5:00pm.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Meñique (Theatrical Performance)

Oct 9, 2015, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

We’ll be celebrating Latino Heritage Month in collaboration with The Spanish Action League of Onondaga County (La Liga) and La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino with Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado’s adaptation of the children’s story Meñique.
The legendary story of Meñique (known in other stories as Little Tom Thumb), by José Martí, tells the tale of three brothers who, because of poverty and the urging of their father, abandon their homeland to seek better luck elsewhere. They learn that in a foreign kingdom, the king offers a reward to whoever is able to cut down a large tree that keeps the castle in semi-darkness, and, also, the kingdom without water.
Meñique represents courage, but he is also the little learned one who, thanks to this trait, confronts the king, providing a moral lesson. The character becomes a hero who effectively demonstrates that knowledge is more important than force.

This production will run October 9-11, 2015.  Show times are:

October 9, 2015 8:00pm
October 10, 2015 8:00pm
October 11, 2015 2:00pm

Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door.  Payments accepted are cash, check and major credit cards.  ($30 on all returned checks)
Donations are welcome to support La Joven Guardia Del Teatro Latino

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From Cuba to 'Cuse (Theatrical Performance)

Sep 25, 2015, 12:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Community Folk Art Center is happy to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado’s one man play Cuba to ‘Cuse.

Cuba to ‘Cuse is Jose Miguel’s story of his journey from his homeland Cuba to Syracuse, New York. His one man play will take you through his transition and culture shock in the United States.

The show will have 3 performances from <b>September 25-27, 2015</b>. Show times on September 25 & 26th are at 8pm and September 27th is at 3pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Donations will be accepted to benefit children’s programming.

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Journey Through Music of African Diaspora (Musical Performance)

Sep 17, 2015, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

CFAC Gospel Musical

*in honor of Gospel Music Heritage Month

Featuring:
The Syracuse Chapter of The Gospel Music Network of America
The Harvest Christian Center Worship Team
The Black Celestial Choral Ensemble
as well as other local Gospel groups and vocalists.

Date: Thursday, Sept.17, 2015  @ 7:00pm

Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Donations are welcome to support future programming

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RESISTANCE: Works by Najee Dorsey (Exhibition)

Aug 29, 2015, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Mixed media works by Najee Dorsey featuring heroes of civil rights movements and 20th century activists.

Artist: Najee Dorsey

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Green Eyes: El Viejo work by Ben Cleeton (Exhibition)

Jul 1, 2015, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
A photo story that follows Luis "Green Eyes" Charlesman through his life and showcases the struggles he endured. Ultimately this story will show how prison impacts one's family and addresses the war on drugs.

Artist: Ben Cleeton

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See Me Too Exhibition: June 29 – August 15, 2015 (Exhibition)

Jun 29, 2015, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Collaboration with NAMI to support families of persons with mental illness, fight stigma, and advocate services. Will feature live music, poetry readings, and book signings by Karen Schwartz.

Artist: Various

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43rd Annual Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition (Exhibition)

May 30, 2015, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
43rd annual competition that showcases the works of underrepresented teen artists in Syracuse and Onondaga County high schools.

Artist: Various

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The Barefoot Artist (Film Festivals)

May 21, 2015, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center

A Film by Artist Lily Yeh

Who is Lily Yeh?
Lily Yeh is an internationally known , Philadelphia-based artist who has committed herself to creating community-based art projects in some of the world’s most troubled areas.

May 13: Art Rage Gallery, 505 Hawley Avenue

May 21: Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee St.

Both screenings are at 6:30pm

Film will be followed by a moderated discussion

Free and Open to the Public

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Annual Jazz & Wine Fundraiser (Special Events)

Apr 17, 2015, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Our Annual Jazz & Wine Fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2015 at 6:30pm. 

This year, our fundraiser will welcome back and feature Syracuse, New York native Nicole Mitchell.
Nicole Mitchell is a creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Ice Crystal and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has been repeatedly awarded by DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as “Top Flutist of the Year” for the last four years (2010-2014). Mitchell’s music celebrates African American culture while reaching across genres and integrating new ideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel, experimentalism, pop and African percussion through albums such as Black Unstoppable (Delmark, 2007), Awakening (Delmark, 2011), and Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler (Firehouse 12, 2008), which received commissioning support from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works.

For more information on Nicole Mitchell

Part of our evening will feature NYS wineries.  Confirmed so far:

Casa Larga Vineyards
Stone Age Winery
Cherry Knoll Farm, LLC

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Keisha Gaye-Anderson: Gathering The Waters (Lectures and Talks)

Apr 10, 2015, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Keisha-Gaye is a screen writer, with credits on the show “New Morning,” a Hallmark Channel program produced by Faith and Values Media, and the sitcom webisode, “The Married Bachelor.” She has been a member the Harlem Arts Alliance Screenwriting Workshop, led by noted screen writers Jamal Joseph (“NY Undercover”), Zach Sklar (Oliver Stone’s “JFK”), and Edward Pomerantz (“Law & Order”), for close to a decade.

In 2003, Keisha-Gaye self-published her poetry chapbook Circle Unbroken. She has performed as a spoken word artist at a number of venues, including Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and The Knitting Factory. She is one of the founding poets of Poets for Ayiti, a collective of poets from diverse backgrounds committed to the power of poetry to transform and educate. The proceeds from their poetry collection For The Crowns of Your Heads has helped to rebuild Bibliotheque de Soleil, a library razed during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Her poetry and essays have appeared in Poems on the Road to Peace, The Mom Egg, Afrobeat Journal, Sometimes Rhythm Sometimes Blues, Small Axe Salon, the Killens Review of Arts and Letters, Caribbean in Transit Arts Journal, and others. She is the recipient of a 2010 fellowship from the North Country Institute for Writers of Color and was chosen to participate in the 2013 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at Brown University.

Writing Workshop
YWCA’s Downtown Writers Center
340 Montgomery St.
3:30pm

Book Signing
Community Folk Art Center
805 E. Genesee St.
6:00pm

Each event is free and open to the public.

For more information on Keisha Gaye-Anderson please visit her website

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Post Basquiat: North-South Contemporaneities (Exhibition)

Mar 26, 2015, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
This exhibit illuminates the form and style of Basquiat that was used to study the province of Contemporaneity.

Artist: Jean Michel Basquiat

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Women in Music (Musical Performance)

Mar 19, 2015, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Featuring Sherri Williams will be on Thursday, March 19, 2015 7pm

This series, in celebration of Women’s History Month will also feature performances from women from the City of Syracuse.
Mary Rose Go
Patricia Albright
Starlett Brown
Tamar Smithers

This event is free and open to the public and is in collaboration with Th3 programming.

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Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales (Theatrical Performance)

Mar 18, 2015, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Performance by E. Patrick Johnson
Carlos Montezuma Professor of performance Studies & African American Studies at Northwestern University

A Humanities Center Spring Symposium Event
March 18-19, 2015

This performance is in collaboration with Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University

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Becoming Harriet Tubman (Theatrical Performance)

Mar 5, 2015, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Natalie Daise stars in this one woman show  performance that tells the slave-turned-abolitionist’s story through five different characters, including Tubman herself, and was recently selected by Syracuse.com as one of five “must-see” theater events in Central New York for 2015.

Natalie Daise Bio
I grew up in Central New York with the snow and ice, and also the gorgeous springs and autumns . It was there, while briefly a student at Nottingham High in Syracuse, that I saw my first play. Our class had taken a field trip to The Syracuse Stage to see Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It was mesmerizing! I had no idea then that I would become a performer myself.
After moving to the Lowcountry of South Carolina more than 30 years ago, I became a storyteller and while doing research I came across journal entries about Harriet Tubman’s time on the South Carolina coast. I was excited about what I had learned and dug deeper. Until I began this research I hadn’t realized how very important she had been in the Central New York area as well. Bringing Becoming Harriet Tubman to Central New York feels like coming full circle in my own development.
The last time I performed in the Central New York area I was dancing with a big yellow polliwog in Gullah Gullah Island Live! This is a whole different kind of show, and I hope folk will enjoy it as much as I enjoy presenting it.

This performance is in collaboration with SUNY Oswego

This is event is open to the public.
Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the performance
Tickets are $15/ $5 for students with valid student ID
CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER $5
CASH/CHECK/CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED

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Women in Music Auditions (Musical Performance)

Feb 16, 2015, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Calling all women vocalists and musicians!

In honor of Women’s History Month we are looking to feature talented women from the Syracuse Community and the surrounding areas for our March Journey Through the Music of the African Diaspora concert series.

Auditions will take place February 16 – February 20, 2015

For more Information or to schedule an audition please call Tamar Smithers at (315) 442-2735.

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Black Radical Imagination (Film Festivals)

Feb 10, 2015, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center

A two part screening of experimental film and video exploring the aesthetics of afro-futurism and afro-surrealism.

Curated by Erin Christovale and Amir George

Screening I
Tuesday, February 10 2-4pm
Shemin Auditorium Shaffer Bldg.
Syracuse University

Screening II

Tuesday, February 10 6:30-8:30pm
Community Folk Art Center
805 E. Genesee Street

Both events are FREE and open to the public.

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Black History Month Kick Off featuring Lydia Ceasar (Musical Performance)

Jan 30, 2015, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Lydia Caesar is a Singer/Songwriter hailing from Hollis, Queens NY. Her album CAESAR released independently, produced records that gave her some major spotlights. Radio plays on 2 of NY’s biggest stations Hot 97 & Power 105.1, two music videos on BET’s 106 & Park, as well as a live TV performance of her song 'St.Louis' on a Fox News morning show. As an emerging songwriter she boasts the following placements; 'Wanna Go Back' on Manns World (Def Jam), 'Fuel My Fire' Melanie Amaro Single (X Factor USA winner), and three or her original songs, 'The Most Beautiful', 'No Regrets' and 'Through it All' in the Troy Beyer/Lionsgate film 'I really Hate My Ex'. Earlier this year Lydia was selected for the ASCAP Foundation Workshop 'The Collective' and was part of the trio selected for writing the winning song 'Hook, Line & Sinker'. Having opened for heavy hitters like Trey Songz, Robyn Thicke, Brandy and a host of other artists, Lydia is no stranger to the main stage. Her electric stage presence has placed her in just about every major venue in New York City. Look out for this emerging star as she continues to take the world by storm!

For more information on Lydia Ceasar click here

This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

Brandyn Thomas, he’s a conscious and soulful hip hop artist from Brooklyn, NY.

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Gentle Yoga for the Soul (Workshops and Classes)

Jan 28, 2015, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Soulful Yoga with ZenG is for anyone interested in practicing yoga in a safe space welcoming of yogis of diverse body shapes, images, and backgrounds. Each class will feature breathing and relaxation exercises, a vigorous yoga flow, and the sounds of jazz, neo-soul, and rhythmic music. The series is suitable for both beginning and more experienced students.

Instructor: Marcelle Haddix

Gentle Yoga for the Soul I
Wednesdays
January 28 – Feb. 18 (4 weeks)
7:00 – 8:00pm
$40 for the series

Gentle Yoga for the Soul II
Tuesdays
February 24 – March 17 (4 weeks)
7:00 – 8:00pm
$40 for the series

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Afronauts by Cristina De Middel (Exhibition)

Jan 17, 2015, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Inspired by the true story of Zambia's efforts to send the first continenral African into space.

Artist: Cristina De Middel

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Film Screening: The Abolitionists (Film Festivals)

Dec 4, 2014, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Eggers Hall

The film, The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the mend and women of who led the battle to end slavery.  Through innovative use of reenactments, this three-eposiode series puts a face on the anti-slvary movement – or rather, five faces: impassion ate New England newspaper editor William Loyd Garrison; former slave, author, and activist Frederick Douglass; Angelina Grimle, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Toms Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry.  The film’s release in 2013 also marked the 150th anniversary year of the Emancipation Proclamation.

December 4, 2014
Eggers Hall 220
6:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public.

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One Black Voice (Musical Performance)

Nov 20, 2014, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center

CFAC’s signature series A Journey Through the Music of the African Diaspora will be featuring One Black Voice on November 20th at 7pm.

One Black Voice is Syracuse-based recording artist Kofi (aka Jacque K. Thomas), a former longtime Post-Standard journalist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with C-Jack Run Enterprises, the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company, artists Carrie Mae Weems and Ellen M. Blalock, who contributes video and photography to his recently released CD/DVD project, 'Sankofa: A Journey Through Afrika Part II.'
One Black Voice’s solo career includes seven CDs, appearances on various projects, award nominations and dozens of area performances, including at the New York State Fair, Westcott Street Cultural Fair, the Syracuse Peace Council’s Plowshares Craftsfair & Peace Festival and the Syracuse Area Music Awards, to name a few.
The stage name, 'One Black Voice,' stands for unity, Afrikan heritage and the power created when our individual skills intersect with the collective needs of the community. Kofi is drawn to stories that celebrate and reclaim our Afrikan heritage and culture, and therefore our humanity, through the power of music and storytelling.

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Artist Talk with Bayeté Ross Smith (Lectures and Talks)

Nov 6, 2014, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

In conjunction with the fall exhibition Question Bridge ” Syracuse, we are pleased to have visual artist Bayeté Ross Smith here to discuss his work and the Question Bridge project.

Bayeté Ross Smith is a visual artist, multi-media artist and photographer. His career began as a photojournalist with the Knight Ridder Newspaper Corporation. Bayeté’s work has been shown with the 2008 and 2012 Sundance Film Festival,
the Oakland Museum of California, the Brooklyn Museum, Rush Arts Gallery, the Goethe Institute (Ghana), and Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland). Community engagement is critical to Bayeté’s art practice. He has had fellowships with the Jerome Foundation, the McColl Center for Visual Art, the Kala Art Institute and the Laundromat Project. His photographs have been published in numerous books most notably the cover of DisIntegration: The Splintering of Black America. He has worked as a faculty member at the International Center of Photography, The New School and New York University. Bayeté is Associate Program Director of the Kings Against Violence Initiative, a violence prevention program based out of Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.

For a completely look at his work, please visit his website http://www.bayeterosssmith.com

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Journey through the Music of the Africa Diaspora: Brownskin (Special Events)

Oct 30, 2014, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Inspired by groups like Mint Condition, The Roots, and Tony! Toni! Toné! the group Brownskin, based out of Syracuse, NY, was formed in August 2007. They got their name when founder Nate Brown combined his last name with his instrument of choice the drums more affectionately known as “skins”. Faced with the initial challenges of finding a cohesive group of talented and likeminded musicians he found his current band mates on his second try.

With Nate on Drums, Gary Carter on vocals, Joe Cummings on keyboard and vocals, John Dale on bass, Danielle Mitchell on vocals, and Ekwan Brooks on keyboard, Brownskin is up and running and actively pursuing their dream of recording their own original CD and using it as a means to spread their infectious positive energy throughout the world.

Performance begins at 7:00pm.

This event is free and open to the public.  Donations are welcome.

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Question Bridge|Syracuse The Work of Ellen Blalock (Exhibition)

Oct 25, 2014, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
This exhibit features "Question Bridge: Black Males" and "Question Bridge Syracuse: The Work of Ellen Blalock" which explore the Black male identity.

Artist: Chris Johnson

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La Muñeca Negra (Special Events)

Oct 10, 2014, 12:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

In collaboration with The Spanish Action League of Onondaga County with
La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino
Community Folk Art Center presents
La Muñeca Negra
October 10 – 12, 2014

Spanish Action League’s Artistic Director Joe Miguel Hernandez Hurtado production of La “Muñeca Negra” (The Black Doll) is a story written by Cuban National poet Jose Marti. The story is one of many on his book series “La Edad de Oro” (The Golden Age). The authors’ idea behind La Edad de Oro was to instill in children ethical and moral values. In “La Muñeca Negra”, the main character, Piedad (Mercy) is the daughter of a white wealthy family. She establishes a very strong bond with her black and worn doll, Leonor. On her birthday, Piedad’s parents give her a beautiful new porcelain doll as gift to replace her old one. Yet, she rejects it and prefers her old and black doll. At the end of the story she explains her choice by saying: “I love you because they do not”. This story demonstrates Jose Marti’s compassion for blacks and his desire to accept those who were not accepted by others. 

La Muneca Negra will be on stage:

October 10, 2014 8:00pm

October 11, 2014 8:00pm

October 12, 2014 2:00pm

Tickets are $5.00

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The Art of Re-Memory: Alumni Artists 1965 – 2014 (Exhibition)

Sep 20, 2014, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
This exhibition is part of the Black and Latino Homecoming Weekend Coming Back Together and will display the work of 20 Alumni artists.

Artist: Alumni Artists

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Syracuse Fringe Festival (Special Events)

Jun 26, 2014, 4:00 PM-12:30 AM

Community Folk Art Center

The Syracuse Fringe Festival gives voice to local and regional artists and acts that push against the traditional boundaries of the performing arts. The first festival of its kind in the central New York region, the Syracuse Fringe Festival catalyzes dialogue between diverse groups of artists and audiences. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere that showcases and supports the talent and innovation of local artists while simultaneously immerses audiences in new art that stimulates a co-production of culture. For this year’s festival line-up please click here

Fringe Festival Hours

Thursday, June 26, 2014 4:00PM-12:30AM

Friday, June 27, 2014 4:00PM-12:30AM

Saturday, June 28, 2014 2:00PM-12:30AM

What is “Fringe”?

The mother of all Fringe festivals began in Edinburgh, Scotland mid-twentieth century. During a nationally recognized festival, celebrating European culture and high art, uninvited acts and performers showed up. They took their important and innovative works to the fringes of the festival – attracting more audiences year after year, eventually overshadowing the original and exclusive festival! Fringe Festivals celebrate and welcome acts and artists that push against the mainstream. It is a place of invitation for the uninvited. Fringe festivals are rich with the gritty art that sometimes flops, sometimes succeeds, but is always real.
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See Me Exhibition (Exhibition)

Jun 10, 2014, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Readings from poets and a reading/book signing by Karen Winters Schwartz.

Artist: Various

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42nd Annual Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition (Exhibition)

May 31, 2014, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
This exhibit features the work of underrepresented teen artists. Prizes will be awards to winners of two-dimensional and three-dimensional categories. A panel of judges will be made up from local art professionals. Participants attend Syracuse City high schools and suburban Onondaga County high schools.

Artist: Various

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An Evening of Jazz & Wine (Special Events)

Apr 25, 2014, 6:30 AM-10:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) will be hosting its Annual Evening of Jazz and Wine Tasting on Friday, April 25th at 6:30 pm featuring Mimi Jones

New York native Mimi Jones (aka Miriam Jones) is a multi talented bassist, vocalist and composer. In September 2009 she released her debut CD, “A New Day.” She performed with the great Lionel Hampton, Roy Hargrove, Rachel Z, Sean Jones and studied with Lisle Atkinson, Ron Carter, and Milt Hinton just to name a few. She has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States and participated in the Department of State and Jazz at Lincoln Center Rhythm Abroad Program as a Jazz Ambassador. For more about Mimi Jones: www.MimiJonesMusic.com.

Come and enjoy an evening viewing our current exhibition, wine tasting from various New York State Wineries and Jazz music.   A silent auction will also be held to benefit CFAC programming and events.

Cosponsored by WAER

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Three in Harmony Opening Reception (Special Events)

Mar 15, 2014, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Three in Harmony is a collection of contemporary pieces that are inspired from the Korean ceramic tradition.  Artist Eunjung, Veronica and JeeEun have all taken the traditional Korean sensibility of modest beauty and combined it with their own contemporary consciousness to create uniquely expressive ceramic works.
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Three in Harmony (Exhibition)

Mar 8, 2014, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
This exhibit features a collection of contemporary pieces inspired by the Korean ceramic tradition.

Artist: Eunjung

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Philippe Dodard: 'The Idea of Modernity in Haitian Contemporary Art' (Exhibition)

Sep 14, 2013, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Featuring work from Philippe Dodard, this exhibit showcases the artisit's connection to political, social, and culture movements in Haiti through bold brush strokes and vibrant color combinations.

Artist: Philippe Dodard

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Actor Jimmy Jean Louis Joins Caribbean Cinema Festival 2014 (Special Events)

Feb 5, 2013, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Jimmy recently portrayed Toussaint Louverture, the 18th century leader of the Haitian Revolution, in a film about and named after this extraordinary Haitian hero. The role has been his most important French language film to date and has won him the BEST ACTOR award at the Pan African Film Festival, the Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival & Vues d’Afrique and the International Film Festival in Canada. He was also nominated BEST ACTOR at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2012.

Haitian born Jimmy Jean-Louis embodies the « rags to riches » story, growing up in the slums of Petion-Ville, Haiti, to becoming an international actor and Hollywood celebrity. His amazing story could have ended there, but while continuing to pursue his acting career, Jimmy shifted his focus to rebuilding his homeland, ravaged by the 7.0 earthquake on January 12th, 2010.

Jimmy has had an international career since 2006, acting in films produced in France, England, Indonesia, USA, Nigeria, Ghana and Mexico. His international appeal is due greatly to his fluency in 5 languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Creole. His international credits include a starring role in A Butterfly Kiss with Italian star Valeria Golino, the French comedy, Coursier, by director Herve Renoh, Sinking Sand from the Ghanaian award winning director Leila Djansi and the Nigerian produced Doctor Bello. He will also be in “Misere” with Gerard Depardieu, and in the upcoming film,Yefon, by Kevin Natera’s, a “Nollywood” production (colloquial name of the Nigerian film industry; the second largest film industry in the world).