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The American Friends of Capodimonte announce new Senior Fellow, Board Member and opening of 2021 Fellowship application

CHICAGO, Ill. -- It is with great pleasure that American Friends of Capodimonte (AFC) announce the appointment of Dr. Claire Van Cleave as the AFC Senior Fellow at the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Italy. The AFC's unique mission places an American scholar directly inside the staff of an important Italian museum.

The focus of Dr. Van Cleave's scholarship will be the approximately fifty works on paper from the Farnese collection. This includes important 16th Century works by Raphael, Michelangelo, Parmigianino and Sofonisba Anguissola. Dr. Van Cleave's research will complement the Museum's current campaign to digitize its entire collection.

Dr. Van Cleave, a native of Chicago, is a writer and lecturer on Renaissance art and a specialist on the drawings of the 15th Century Italian painter Luca Signorelli. Her scholarly publications include: "Master Drawings of the Renaissance" (London, 2007), for the British Museum and, as co-author, of "Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum" (Princeton, 2014). She has also curated exhibitions such as the monographic exhibition devoted to Signorelli at the National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia, Italy in 2012. Her Senior Fellowship begins in September. Information:
The AFC is committed to supporting scholarship on the Capodimonte's extraordinary collection and making the treasures of the Museum accessible to an English-speaking audience," said AFC President, Nancy Vespoli. "Claire came to us with a project that was perfectly attuned to our mission and impossible to resist."

The Board of the AFC is also pleased to announce that it is receiving applications for the 2021-22 AFC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, the only fellowship for an American art historian in an Italian museum. Information: Dr. James P. Anno served as the first AFC Fellow from 2017-2019 and was recently appointed Associate Curator of European Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

In July, Gretchen A. Hirschauer was named to the AFC Board. Gretchen is a Curator of Italian and Spanish Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. During her long tenure, Gretchen has curated many exhibitions with accompanying catalogues, including Flowering of Florence: Botanical Art of the Medici in 2002, Luis Melendez: Master of the Spanish Still Life in 2009, Piero di Cosimo: the Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence in 2015, and Andrea del Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence in 2019.

"I sincerely thank the American Friends of Capodimonte who offer us the possibility of this international collaboration from which the museum will benefit enormously," said Sylvain Bellenger, Director of the Museum and Royal Park of Capodimonte. "The AFC has increased awareness of the Museum with an American audience and given us the opportunity to have important American scholars working alongside our curators."


Referred to as an "under-visited treasure trove" by the New York Times in 2019 and "the most underrated museum in Italy" by Condé Nast Traveler in 2016, Capodimonte was built in 1738 by King Charles of Bourbon (later King Charles III of Spain). It sits atop the highest hill above the ancient city of Naples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The core of the collection is the Farnese collection of paintings and sculpture, formed in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries by Pope Paul III and his Farnese relatives, later inherited by Charles of Bourbon.

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Founded in 2016, American Friends of Capodimonte (AFC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to bring awareness about one of the world's greatest museums to an English-speaking audience. AFC members receive exclusive access to Capodimonte Museum and Royal Park, U.S. events related to the museum's collection and priority on custom trips to Naples and beyond.

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For information about AFC events and membership, press inquiries, or to set up an interview with Sylvain Bellenger, Director of the Museum and Royal Park of Capodimonte, please contact AFC President, Nancy Vespoli, at or 203-887-9872.


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*Photo caption/credit: Raphael, Moses by the Burning Bush, c. 1514, charcoal and white lead on 23 sheets of paper, 1400 x 1380mm, Museum of Capodimonte, Naples.

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Our Lady of Palestine Startup to Support Holy Land Artisans and The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Our Lady of Palestine, a not for profit webstore, signs an exclusive international distribution agreement with Blest Art, Inc., a religious goods company of Beloit, Wisconsin, to sell handicraft products from the Holy Land originating from the Palestinian Territory and Israel.

The agreement applies to all international territories through ecommerce channels. Randy Pagnotta, CEO, PENDX, Inc. established Our Lady of Palestine as a not for profit enterprise with its mission being to support both the Catholic and Christian artisans in the Holy Land (Bethlehem) and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem through the proceeds received from the sale of Christian handicrafts.

Mr. Pagnotta who is also a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is very excited to partner with Blest Art's Jeryes Qumseya, owner and his son Awad Qumseya, Director. Awad a native of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, brings nearly two decades of experience in working with artisans from the Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society that produce and sell through his company.

"We vetted several companies before selecting a partner. At the end of the process we felt Blest Art had the best overall experience in the market, with the culture and with the artisans. These were heavily weighted criteria in our selection process as they go directly to the core of our ability to achieve the mission established for Our Lady of Palestine," says Randy Pagnotta, CEO PENDX, Inc.

There is no dearth of companies providing religious handicrafts purporting to be from the Holy Land. However, where the products originate from and who makes them, man or machine, is not so easy to determine at the point of purchase. Our Lady of Palestine saw a need to authenticate to the consumer that the products being purchased from the website are actually being made in the Holy Land by Holy Land Artisans and not somewhere else. In partnering with Blest Art Our Lady of Palestine can provide that authentication freeing up resources to focus on going to market.

The purchase of authenticated products from Our Lady of Palestine provides a threefold blessing for; the consumer, the local artisans and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem (LPJ). The LPJ plays an invaluable role in the developmental needs of the Catholic and Christian community at large. With the added stress the region has been under since the COVID-19 pandemic our mission takes on a heighten sense of urgency.

"It is refreshing to see that members of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher are volunteering their time to support local artisans from the Holy Land market their products at a time when the tourism sector in the region came to a complete standstill resulting in massive loss of jobs. We pray for the success of the launch of this project designed to support the local Christian communities," said Sami El-Yousef, Chief Executive Officer, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Our Lady of Palestine will launch on Monday September 14, 2020, The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

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Nature Photography Fights Impacts of Stress, Stay at Home Order, Too Much Tech

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Founded by Uber alums Jason and Diana Liles, New American Fine Art aims to bring the restorative qualities of the great outdoors to overworked employees and cooped up quarantiners around the globe. The online photography gallery - launching Aug. 24, 2020 - will feature ultra-high-resolution images captured on their year-long sabbatical from the fast-paced tech world.

Their offering includes inspiring landscapes from the Swiss Alps to the California Coast, and - thanks to a proprietary iridium infused print process - the acrylic facemount prints are lifelike, luminous, and richly detailed.

As mental health researchers have often posited, the Lileses believe in the power of nature to relieve stress and restore balance - something that inspired their post-Uber immersion in gorgeous locales around the world. While international travel might feel like a luxury of the past, New American Fine Art hopes to bring the essence of the outdoors into homes and offices when it's needed most.

"Looking at ultra-high-resolution nature prints for five minutes a day can help boost your mood and bounce back from stress, which we could all use right now," says Diana. "We know for many people, it is difficult to get outside right now, and maintaining a good mental state is crucial to your immune system. We hope that our collection can offer people a sense of relief and connection to nature while being cooped up indoors."

Mitigating the impacts of technology overload and stressful work environments is also a driver for husband and wife duo, who met while working at Uber.

"We want to create a product to help our former selves," says Jason. "That's where our idea of the company started." In the first year after leaving Uber, Jason took over 77,000 photos. New American Fine Art showcases the best of the couple's travels in high impact, large format prints.

With their online art gallery, the Lileses are applying their tech expertise to the world of art buying and selling, and helping art lovers around the world to bring a piece of nature indoors.

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‘Return’ Sculpture Captures the Fear and Strength in Returning to Our Lives During the Pandemic

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The new "Return" sculpture, by Arizona artist Sean T French, captures the fear and strength in returning to our lives during this crisis.

"Most of my sculpture attempts to exude a timeless quality and are often creatures, amalgams of world myth and imagination," says French. "This new sculpture is different. Although it shares the timeless armor metaphor with most of my sculpture, this piece is about our current time."

Instead of the creatures French often creates this piece depicts a contemporary human wearing armor that is both metaphorical and literal in reference to our wearing masks and face shields/protective gear to enter our now unsafe environment. This figure is crossing a plane, entering or returning to an unknown and unsafe space, as too many of must do in these present crisis days.

"I hope this piece does not become timeless as I hope my others do. I very much hope it will only refer to this moment in the future, not represent our new world," French adds.

The crisis hit while French was working on a large piece in his creature series.

"As the crisis grew, I saw friends, family and people in media have to don their 'armor' - I was inspired by their strength and felt a call for my style and its allegory to depict us in this moment."

"Return" is approximately human sized, mounts on wall space 55x24 inches. Constructed from various metals formed, cast and highly polished

About Fine art of Sean T French:

After earning a BFA at the University of Texas, French has spent decades creating award-winning art. His current studio is located in North Phoenix, Arizona the state of his birth, where he has developed a unique style of sculpting by utilizing refined armoring and metal shaping techniques and casting to produce highly polished, master crafted metal sculpture.

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American Artist Mateo Blanco Creates a Portrayal of the American Flag Made from His Clothing

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As our country faces a pandemic and signs of a nation divided, the need for hope and happiness is greater than ever before. Renowned artist and proud American Mateo Blanco has seen these signs and is making a stand for unity through his art.

Blanco created "July 4, 2020," a portrayal of the American flag made from his clothing. Each of the iconic colors making up the flag not only has meaning to this country, but to Blanco personally. The white fabric was made from a shirt he often wore while studying at Florida Atlantic University as he worked hard to not only gain knowledge but wisdom. The red stripes are created from his lucky interview shirt, something he typically wore while spreading his art and message with others. The blue swatch was from the favorite blue workout shirt he wore when trying to get healthy.

All fabrics and colors used in the piece represent Blanco putting his best foot forward, which is exactly what he's encouraging all other Americans to do.

"As a principle, everything I do is through love and happiness," said Blanco. "But right now, everywhere I look in my beloved country, I see pain - we are separated. In order to overcome our struggles, we must individually put our best selves forward and unite as a nation."

This isn't the first time Blanco has used fabric in his art. He's also created "Coat of Many Colors," a portrait of Dolly Parton; and "Joseph, Coat of Many Colors," a tribute to Jewish history. In fact, Blanco is known for his whimsical use of unusual mediums like Smarties(r), coffee beans and rope.

"Typically, my work is light-hearted and fun. I create my art to spread joy," Blanco said. "However, for 'July 4, 2020,' I knew I needed to use my platform to share a bigger message. We must come together as a united country."

Although "July 4, 2020" was created this year, its inspiration goes all the way back to the 1950s. After admiring Jasper John's Flag painting, Blanco thought that while this was a beautiful representation of America in the past, it wasn't reflective of the society we're currently living in. He immediately got to work to create a modern representation of this famous piece, giving it his own unique twist.

"July 4, 2020," along with other works by Mateo Blanco, including "Hopi Girl," made from rope; "Ellen," a portrait of Ellen DeGeneres made from coffee beans; and "Desire," a series of Madonna portraits which change when viewed from different angles, can be purchased through the Rosenbaum Contemporary gallery in Boca Raton, Florida.

About Rosenbaum Contemporary:

Rosenbaum Contemporary, founded in 1979, is based in Boca Raton, Florida. The gallery caters to international collectors interested in investment-quality works by Postwar, Modern and Contemporary masters and presents nationally recognized museum-level exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery also offers a wide range of free services to collectors worldwide including acquisition advice, art consulting, sourcing of artists, art collection building and management and resale of select works of art.

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George Floyd Memorial Bust Released for 3D Printing by Sculptors Daniel and Rodman Edwards

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- A memorial bust of George Floyd will be available to everyone supporting the Black Lives Matter protests all over the globe. The George Floyd memorial bust, which is currently online for virtual viewing, can also be 3D printed at local libraries, maker spaces, colleges, and community networks of individuals with 3D printers. The 3D printing file is available for free at Sketchfab and is a presentation of love from the sculptors to the Floyd family and protesters at large, announced Cory Allen Contemporary Art.

The memorial bust, modeled after a photo of George Floyd, which has been the source of many community murals, depicts a strong and gentle man. It was created by the father-and-son team of sculptors, Daniel and Rodman Edwards.

"While protesting is pivotal, there are plenty of other effective modes of activism," said Rodman Edwards, "we agreed that using our talents was the best way we could show our support."

3D printing is a service many local libraries are making available to the public and websites like 3D Printing Media Network provide listings of libraries with 3D printers as well as maker spaces. "There is an active 3D printing community and many of those people are staying at home and social distancing, unable to join the protests, but wishing to show their support - they can 3D print a memorial portrait of George Floyd at home, and post images or video of the bust for online vigils through social media," said Daniel Edwards.

"The memorial bust of George Floyd puts power into the peoples' hands. For the first time in history, individuals have the right to choose who they wish to memorialize forever. This is a step in the right direction and will hopefully set about a trend in civic artworks," said Rodman Edwards.

Daniel and Rodman Edwards are sculptors who reside outside of San Francisco. Their work can be viewed at https://HipHopAllStars.Art.

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Images of an Artist’s Performance from One Month Before the Pandemic Become Increasingly Relevant as Places Re-open and Fates Unfold

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- An American artist, Ayzay Ukwuoma, presents new images from an art performance he had done less than one month before the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today's practice of social distancing, currently makes the performance impossible to do. But, the images of his "Idea Sale," performed in France, only weeks before the pandemic began are striking, as they reveal a sentiment of trust needed for us to continue to exchange our ideas.

Just a few short weeks before countries closed their borders, an American artist arrived in France and visited the Biennale de Lyon to perform a sell outdoors. Ayzay Ukwuoma, a Los Angeles-based artist, held an "Idea Sale" outside of the three sites where the biennale was active on that afternoon; Usine Fagor, L'Institut d'art Contemporain, and macLYON.

In front of the large gatherings, the artist carefully retrieved 50 light bulbs of varying sizes from a large suitcase, and laid them atop a pair of blue and red rugs, to form the make-shift composition of a flag with lights as stars. Poignantly, on that weekend, which also featured the city of Lyon's Festival of Lights, he took a light bulb in his hand, raised it in the air in a forwarding motion, gesturing to the passersby. Shortly after, he extended another, and then another. Ayzay Ukwuoma had begun his "Idea Sale."

The artist stated that the materials surrounding him in the performance spoke of the position of someone foreign or outside on many levels, "between two countries, and between two languages, in-between, and between the street and in the building." He further stated that the piece was about trust, needed for dialogue to occur.

Resonating with a wink at the artist David Hammons who did another kind of sale in New York City many decades ago, Ukwuoma placed his lightbulbs on the rugs with care. He would explain that each bulb came with a price tag on which a verb was printed with a translation on each side-one in French, and the other in English, referencing actions exchanged between strangers on both sides of a dialogue.

Now that access to space is limited and stifled out of necessity, the "Idea Sale," performed less than one month before the pandemic alludes to relevant subtleties within negotiations that occur each time strangers meet.

"We all come with baggage," the artist comments. "I may bring the common cold, or I may bring the cure for a cold that is uncommon," he says, poetically addressing the unknown value that we each carry into shared spaces. In the balance, we must stay open to each other, even when places are closed.

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Ayzay Ukwuoma is an American multidisciplinary artist working in paint, text, installations, and performance. Often relating to displacement and connectivity, his works include components of spatial intervention, plays on sign systems, and representations of language in codified forms, such as hand-written Morse or binary code-0's and 1's. He is an MFA graduate of CalArts and has a Master's degree in Information Systems and Technology from George Washington University.

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Casa Romantica Shares the Beauty of Place in New Exhibit at John Wayne Airport

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, an award-winning southern California 501(c)(3) nonprofit, celebrated the opening of its new exhibit on display at John Wayne Airport on Saturday, February 8. "Our hope is that the 6 million people traveling through John Wayne Airport during the next several months will see the images in the exhibit and be encouraged to visit Casa Romantica in San Clemente," said Amy Behrens, Executive Director. "It is the convergence of art and place that makes Casa Romantica so unique."

The exhibit is located on the upper level of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal in the walkway between Terminal-B and Terminal-C, before security screening, and is visible to anyone traveling through the Airport through June 2020.

Casa Romantica past Executive Director Berenika Palys secured the exhibition for the institution. Palys, Behrens, and Board President Ruth DeNault presided over a private dedication ceremony with local officials on February 8 at the airport.

The exhibit features Casa Romantica's commissioned works and site-specific adaptations in the visual and performing arts that highlight its location perched atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, as well as its arts education programs for children and adults, at the historic Spanish Colonial Revival estate of San Clemente's City founder Ole Hanson.

Built in 1927, the Ole Hanson home, its gallery and 2.5 acres of botanical gardens are open to the public daily for self-guided or docent-led tours as well as private events. Visitors to Casa Romantica can enjoy wide-ranging cultural programming, including music, art, dance, theater, horticulture, and lecture series that bring international talent to south Orange County.

Free arts education programs for children are offered year-round, including its acclaimed Music Festival Academy, Summer Dance Workshop, STEAM-based field trips and more.

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Jack Rabbit Gallery Unleashes ‘Texas Heat Wave,’ Featuring the Lone Star State’s Hottest Artists

HOUSTON, Texas -- On February 1, Jack Rabbit Gallery will unleash "Texas Heat Wave," an art exhibition featuring a select group of exceptional artists from the State of Texas. An opening reception will be hosted by Jack Rabbit Gallery from 6-9 p.m., February 1, 2020, and the collection will remain on view through February 26, 2020.

The show will feature five artists that have been heating up the art market, but who are new to Jack Rabbit Gallery: Laura Goodson, Sari Shryack, Rachel Dory, Jennifer Troice, and Rapheal Crump. Through the show, guests of Jack Rabbit Gallery will enjoy the depth and diversity of fine art in Texas.

Texas Heat Wave will include a new series of black and white oil paintings of caballeros and bandidos by Laura Goodson, who was raised in Southwest Texas near the Mexico border. Goodson's monochromatic characters draw lines between good and evil, and ultimately, the human condition. These portraits of masculine characters from the American West tell a story that emphasizes guilt, misdirection, and loss, but also the hope of human resilience and perseverance through difficulty.

Rachel Dory of Austin will present a new series of windswept landscapes and cityscapes that takes the audience on a journey of discovery through roadside America. Her subtle, muted earth tones convey a quiet simplicity devoid of distractions, impurities, and excess. The resulting image serves as a window through which you take a closer look and feel like you know that place.

At the other end of the color spectra, Austin-based artist Sari Shryack uses color as an almost explosive element. Her images of pop culture whirl and twirl through bright seas of vibrant color. Similarly, the urban street art of Rapheal Crump illustrates the world as Crump sees it, not as it is. With neon glare and fluorescent flourish, Crump gives the viewer an up close view of life on the street, from street lamps to kicks.

The show will also feature new bronze sculptures by Dallas-based artist Jennifer Troice that use elegant and simple lines to convey the grace and beauty of nature. Accented angles contrast with organic shapes. While distinctly modern, the sculptures are not abstract; instead, they fall within the category of geometric minimalism.

The exhibition will also include new works by Christopher Turner, Carla Bosch, Nicolle Dhimes, Jill Hakala, Leslie Gaworecki, Carlos Castillo Marcoleta and other gallery artists who live in Texas. These are well-established and solidly-emerging artists working in oil, acrylic, glass, and mixed media.

Opening Reception 05/31/2019, 6-9 p.m.
228 E 27th St, Houston, TX 77008 (Houston Heights)

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Jack Rabbit Gallery is Houston's fine art destination. Grab a drink and casually explore at your own pace in the airy, industrial space with high ceilings, abundant natural light, and concrete floors. Conveniently located at the corner of 27th and Cortlandt in the Heights Arts District, all works of original art have been curated for modern lifestyles to make homes and offices inspiring. JRG is open Wednesday to Saturday, 11 - 5, and Sunday 1-5, and 24 hours a day at

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Casita Maria Celebrates Garifuna Culture with Gallery Exhibition and Public Programming

BRONX, N.Y. -- Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education and Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. are delighted to announce Garifuna Intangible Heritage, an exhibition celebrating the cultural expression of the Garifuna people of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, St Vincent and the Grenadines and the United States. The art gallery exhibition and related public programs comprise the Winter season of ¡CelebrARTE!, Casita Maria's South Bronx arts and culture series.

Through ¡CelebrARTE! and other public programs, Casita Maria has become a premier location for the arts and culture of the South Bronx. "The Casita Maria Gallery features and promotes local, national, and international artists whose work reflects and honors the vibrant communities of Hunts Point and the South Bronx. Our programming and the artists we showcase are a testament to the transformative power of the arts," says Creative Arts Director Gail Heidel.

Garifuna Intangible Heritage will showcase the work of two self-taught Garifuna artists, Pen Cayetano and Isidra Sabio, whose brightly-colored paintings and digital prints highlight Garifuna culture, cultural expressions, and daily life.

The Garifuna Beat!, a companion photography exhibition in Casita Maria's Young Artist Gallery, will depict the joyful self-expression of the Garifuna Punta Dance Style.

Garifuna Intangible Heritage will honor the 18th anniversary of UNESCO's proclamation of the Garifuna Language, Music, and Dance as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This Heritage consists of the intangible and tangible aspects of the whole body of cultural practices, resources and knowledge systems developed, nurtured and refined by Garifuna people, and that are transmitted from generation to generation as a crucial component of their sense of identity and continuity.

Winter 2019-2020 season of ¡CelebrARTE! (Celebrate Yourself) series
On view at the Casita Maria Gallery December 5, 2019 - February 28, 2020

Free Public Events
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
* Exhibition Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, December 5, 2019, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
* Workshop: ¡ExpresARTE! Express Yourself Through Garifuna Dance: Wednesday evenings beginning December 11, 6:30-8 PM. Workshop series on Garifuna dance styles, led by acclaimed performer Luz F. Soliz.
* ¡ExpresARTE! Performance: We will celebrate the end of the workshop with performances by ExpresARTE participants and Soliz's WABAFU Garifuna Dance Theater.
o February 28, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.: Casita Maria program performance, open only to participants in Casita Maria's after-school program.
o February 28, 2020, 7 - 9 p.m.: Community performance-- free and open to the public.

Both performances will take place in the auditorium:

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928 Simpson Street
Bronx, N.Y. 10459

Book Club: One Book One Bronx, Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 8 PM. Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5.
Featured book: Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora by Emily Raboteau.

Each week, the group will meet at Casita Maria to discuss a book related to themes reflected in art work featured in the Gallery. Reading selections reflect the Bronx's racial, economic, and gender demographics while (re)sparking a love of literature. The first 15 attendees to each series will receive a free copy of the book; participants are free to join even if they have missed earlier sessions.

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Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education - a 501(c)(3) non-profit - creates a safe and welcoming community, enriching and uplifting youth and families towards success through shared cultural, art and educational experiences and programs. We are the first and oldest Latino charity in New York, founded in 1934.

Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. advocates for issues that affect the Garifuna community by projecting a united voice. The coalition contributes to the improvement of the social, economic, political and cultural conditions of New York's Garifuna Community.

One Book One Bronx is presented by the Literary Freedom Project, which is committed to creating spaces that help leverage the power of books, culture, and education. LFP's programs value the variety of histories and cultures found in the Bronx and give residents places to build community and explore social engagement.

Casita Maria's exhibition and public programs are made possible by support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.

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