‘Unveiled Echoes’ An Artist Conversation with Jalen Law

Join Jalen Law, artist of ‘Unveiled Echoes’ for an open discussion with the community as he reflects on his artistic journey and the power of technology within the arts. Take an interactive look into the rich history of The Erie Canal with an exhibition that brings narratives to life.  This event is free and open to community. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 16th, 3:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center, Gallery 


Jalen Law at The Community Folk Art Center with painting of William Douglas

Tony International Live Jazz Under Spoken Word

Get ready to groove to the sounds of Tony International Live Jazz!

Join us on Friday, March 1st at The Community Folk Art Center for a night of musical performances and spoken word with house band SMX Shawn Seals. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show will begin at 7:00 PM. General admission for this event is $20.00

To purchase tickets please get in touch with event headliner, Tony Eiland at 315-876-2284.

A Celebration of Black Icons In Dance

Get ready for a night of inspirational dance performances with Charles Haislah, The Creative Arts Academy, and CFAC-DanceLab as we pay tribute to dance trailblazers through history. This event is free and open to the community!

Saturday, February 24th, 5:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center, Black Box Theater


The Right To Read Film Screening & Discussion

Join the Syracuse Onondaga County NAACP and Community Folk Art Center for a special screening and panel discussion of The Right To Read. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 22nd, 5:30 PM 
Community Folk Art Center, Black Box Theater & Gallery

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Guest panelists for the evening include, Dr. Katrina Allen-White, Principal, Syracuse City School District; Courtney Mauldin, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in the Teaching and Leadership Department at the Syracuse University School of Education; Carin Reeve, Director of Literacy for the Oswego City School District; and Mary Curcio, New York State Representative for “Read to Them,” Vice President of the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County, member of the advisory board for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for Oswego County, Executive Director of Victory Transformation, a men’s homeless shelter and former Superintendent, McGraw Central School District, The panel discussion and Q & A session will be moderated by Tanisha M. Jackson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Executive Director of the Community Folk Art Center.

About The Film: The Right To Read,  shares the stories of an NAACP activist, a teacher, and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most powerful foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read.

CommuniVersity : The Art of Generational Wealth

It’s never too late to start your financial planning journey. Join us at the Community Folk Art Center on , February 13th at 6:30 PM for tips on how to preserve your legacy through investing. Financial literacy is the cornerstone of empowerment and success in today’s complex world. Understanding how money works, from budgeting and saving to investing and planning for the future, is not just a skill; it’s a key that unlocks doors to financial freedom. Join the dynamic discussion led by CFAC Education Outreach Coordinator, Cedric T. Bolton, alongside special guest, Emad Rahim, Ph.D., Syracuse Surge Entrepreneurship Manager at CenterState CEO. Topic include: cryptocurrency, real estate investing, and entrepreneurship. 

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“Unveiled Echoes” by Jalen Law- History Brought to life through Augmented Reality


Community Folk Art Center Presents : “Unveiled Echoes” by Jalen A. Law

On view from January 22nd, 2024 – March 16th 2024

Unveiled Echoes” offers an immersive journey that transcends time, seamlessly blending history, culture, and art into a mesmerizing tapestry. This visionary exhibition harmonizes traditional art, digital innovation, and augmented reality (AR) to resurrect the forgotten narratives of Buffalo and the Erie Canal. Comprising 22 artworks in total, each piece is a meticulously reconstructed portrait providing social, cultural, and political context of this time period.

About The Artist 

Jalen has been an artist since the age of four. He’s always been interested in different forms of creation, including painting, drawing, and sculpting. In his sophomore year of college, he decided to create his own business around his artistic talent. Since, his path has expanded into many different directions, in particular with creating murals. His first mural was a City of Buffalo initiative to honor essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic — the piece was a 5’X10’ aluminum panel honoring doctors and nurses. Then, the Niagara Falls Heritage Center approached him about creating a portrait for their Niagara Falls Murals initiative, leading him to create his Calvin “Pop” Porter mural. Common themes in Jalen’s work include utilizing technology and digital arts, including audio and video stimulation, to allow all types of people to engage with his pieces. Currently, he is working on a research-based art program called the Emotional Intelligence Program to equip students with social and emotional tools that will assist them inside and outside of the classroom.


CommuniVersity : Black-Arab Solidarities: A Brief And Interactive History

Wednesday, February, 7th
6:30 PM
Community Folk Art Center, Gallery

| This Event is FREE and Open to the Community


Discussing issues that impact our community – join us for a roundtable discussion hosted as part of CFAC’s CommuniVersity series. This open forum will provide an overview of the history of Black and Arab solidarities in both US national and transnational contexts. Speakers will present research they have conducted on archival resources that showcase a long history of struggle for liberation and justice shared across Black and Arab liberation movements. This event is generously funded by a three-year Mellon Foundation Higher Learning Open Grant.


JMAD Presents: Keeiis Productions- A Tribute To Donny Hathaway & Friends.

Join the Community Folk Art Center for A Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora (JMAD).

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The Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) celebrates Black History Month with ” A Tribute to Donny Hathaway & Friends”. This captivating evening will feature musical tributes to legends such as Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, and Lalah Hathaway. The headlining act, Keeiis Productions (Samuel T. Wynn), will be joined by talented performers including Donna Lee, Duane Davis, Jada Brown, UAD, Burnell Reid, Daquan Bowens, Keith White, and John Heard. Join us on Friday, February 16th, doors open at 6:30 PM In the CFAC Black Box Theater located at 805 E. Genesee St. General admission is $25.00. Tickets are available through Eventbrite. Please direct questions to .

During this Black History Month, CFAC is thrilled to revamp the “A Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora” Series (JMAD). Originating in 2012, this series celebrates Black performing artists while enlightening audiences about the rich history of music. The local artists participating in this musical medley will not only showcase Donny Hathaway as an iconic soul musician but also shed light on his experiences with mental health and inequality, placing them at the forefront of the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s. As Donny Hathaway wisely expressed, “Life is a journey, and music is the soundtrack that accompanies us along the way.”

Meet The Artist

Samuel T. Wynn is a highly accomplished professional pianist, keyboardist, and vocalist, with a musical journey that traces back to his childhood. Proficient in Jazz Swing, R&B, and Gospel genres, he has established a robust foundation in these musical realms. In the 1980s, Samuel showcased his talent by performing alongside renowned groups from the 1950s such as the Sherrells, Coasters, and the Drifters. Additionally, he shared the stage with R&B luminaries James Ingram and Freddy Jackson. During this period, his passion for Jazz flourished, leading him to pursue formal education at the Eastman Conservatory for Music in Rochester, NY, and the Metropolitan School for the Arts in Syracuse, NY. Previously, Samuel served as the musical director for the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company, showcasing his leadership and artistic skills. Currently, he thrives as a freelance artist, contributing his musical talents to CNY Jazz events. Samuel draws inspiration from iconic figures such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and George Duke, further enriching his musical repertoire.


Tony International Live Jazz Music Under Spoken Word

Join us at The Community Folk Art Center for the smooth sounds of Tony International Live Jazz Music Under Spoken Word! Sit back and unwind on Friday, February 9th at 7:00 PM for a night of live performances.

General admission is $20.00, to purchase tickets please contact Tony Eiland : 315-876-2284.

Snaps & Taps Black Poets Talkback

Join The Community Folk Art Center, 119 Euclid, and the Black Graduate Student Association for a night of spoken word and a thought-provoking conversation on Black artistry.   

Friday, February, 2nd
Doors Open at 6:30 PM
Community Folk Art Center, Black Box Theater

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