A New Explosion of Color at BGCHarlem’s Clubhouse
On Friday October 4th, 2019, Visual Artist and Arts Horizons Teaching Artist Natalie Alleyne led a special mural program with the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem (BGCHarlem). Volunteers from the NYC office of ‘Initiative: A Global Communications Agency Built to Grow Brands through Culture’ dedicated their time as part of a global volunteer day. Around 200 volunteers from their company volunteered across various sites with BGCHarlem taking part in painting, book organizing, planter building, backpack stuffing and game night to create enduring traditions in their clubhouses!
Arts Horizons enjoyed working with approximately 20 volunteers who activated their creativity and artistry in a new mural to dress the walls of the HBGC Main Clubhouse on 145th street. Under the artistic direction of Ms. Alleyne, the group created a bright and bold mural which vividly depicts the Harlem Renaissance and celebrates the continuous outpouring of intellectual, cultural, and artistic expression from the community since the 1920’s.
Ms. Natalie Alleyne is a professional artist and an experienced educator who graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in 1980. She moved to St. Martin after a post-graduation vacation, and there she discovered new artistic inspiration in the sights, sounds, and people of the island. “The island life, the colors, the texture, it very much resounds in my work,” says Alleyne. This influence, coupled with her love of Spanish painter Picasso, can be seen in many of her pieces.
This October also marks the launch the 2019-2020 school year arts partnership between Arts Horizons and BGCHarlem. A team of Arts Horizons teaching artists will be presenting a wide array of visual arts including: media arts, graphic design, portraiture, bookmaking, painting, mosaic, puppetry, sculpture, textiles and more at five after school program sites in Harlem. This year’s sites are: PS 186M (Main Club House), PS 241M, PS 133M, PS 92M and PS 368M. Stay tuned for program highlights and even more student art work!
For nearly 40 years, Boys & Girls Club of Harlem has proudly served the youth and community of Harlem. BGCHarlem fills the gap between school and home by providing a positive, welcoming environment where kids and teens can have fun, participate in life-changing programs, and build supportive relationships with their peers and caring adults.
Arts Horizons is in our 40th year as a non-profit arts-in-education organization that brings the power, joy and influence of the arts into the lives of young people by making music, visual art, dance, theatre and creative writing an integral part of learning and teaching.
Department of NYC Residencies & Special Populations
Dena Isles, Director
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 108
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Kiran Rajagopalan, Program Coordinator
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