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The Fulton Art Fair and its impact in Brooklyn
February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
The Fulton Art Fair was established in 1958 to promote the work of artists of African American descent in New York. Based in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, it fostered an incredible artistic expansion in Bedford Stuyvesant, unifying local Black visual artists and performers during a time when the Civil Rights movements was gaining steam. Since then, the fair has continued to highlight artists as the storytellers of their culture. Historian Richard Greene will discuss this history with long-time Fulton Art Fair member and artist Larry Weekes. Together they will retrace the milestones of the fair and its role in building community in a changing area of Brooklyn.
This event is part of a conversation series that connects the artwork exhibited at FiveMyles with contemporary Humanities issues. More specifically, humanities scholars will discuss NYC’s recent history with 5 older artists, mapping the artists’ role in community building, the influence of architecture and real estate on their lives, and their participation in New York’s social fabric over the years.
In-person attendance is free, and is limited to 30 people. Proof of vaccination and masks will be required to enter the space. The event will also be filmed for later viewing online. Please check www.fivemyles.org for updates the week before the event for more information.