The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership (MARP) is seeking artwork and idea submissions for the 5th Annual Black Artstory Month, a month-long celebration of the influences and contributions made by African Americans within the visual and performing arts worlds that takes place every February in storefronts and merchant spaces along Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

This year’s Black Artstory theme: The Altar: Rituals of Healing in the African Diaspora.

Curated by Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, The Altar is an exploration, through the lens of arts and culture, of healing rituals that span the African Diaspora; a celebration of the practices that fuel us and allow us to thrive in the world as African Descendants; an acknowledgment of our individual and collective healing practices as innate acts of resistance.

Through visual art installations, performance, film, poetry and other creative mediums and practices, viewers will encounter how artists are honoring these longstanding healing rituals and traditions. The Altar  is thus both an exhibition and an offering of healing strategies, anchored in community, that aim to overcome stress, reinforce our intentions in the world and heal trauma. It is an invitation to learn how we can spiritually protect ourselves and each other and a commemoration of our legacy of healing throughout time and place.

To submit artwork for consideration The Altar, please include:

  • name, email, website
  • artist statement
  • 3-5 images of work (jpg)
  • 1 paragraph that ties your work to the theme

Submissions are due by Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

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