Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn

Weeksville Heritage Center and Creative Time have joined forces to pair four artists in collaboration with four community partners for Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, a walkable month-long art exhibition that explores 150 years of self-determination in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights neighborhoods. All sites are open from 12-6pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 20-October 12th and all art projects are supplemented with free public workshops and events at Weeksville Heritage Center. 

Events and Workshops at Weeksville Heritage Center

Conversations on Self-Determination

Presented and produced in partnership with the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Join us every Saturday at Weeksville Heritage Center (158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY) for a free series of Conversations on Self-Determination, presented and produced in partnership with the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Gather on the lawn for afternoon discussions on main exhibition themes Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine. Free and open to the public.

Black Radical Brooklyn: Past, Present, and Future

Saturday, September 27 - 3:30 – 5:30pm

Hear how four artworks came to life. Listen as artists and community partners reflect on two years of making art that explores local sites of self-determination, yesterday and today.

ModeratorsRashida Bumbray, Independent Curator; Rylee Eterginoso, Curator, Weeksville Heritage Center; Nato Thompson, Chief Curator, Creative Time

SpeakersXenobia Bailey, Artist, Century 21: Bed-Stuy Rhapsody in Design: A Reconstruction Urban Remix in the Aesthetic of FunkDwight Brewster, Digital Media Officer at Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium; Jamal Cyrus, Artist, OJBK FMRon Johnson, Historian at Bethel Tabernacle AME Church; Stanley Kinard, Community Coordinator & Director of Care Center at Boys & Girls High School; Simone Leigh, Artist, Free People’s Medical ClinicClarence Mosley, Chairman at Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium; DeeArah Wright, on behalf of the English Family of Stuyvesant Mansion; Curator Rashida Bumbray on behalf of Bradford Young, Artist, Bynum Cutler.

Funk and Jazz

Saturday, October 4 - 3:30 – 5:30pm

Explore music as a soundtrack for social justice. Leading contemporary Brooklyn artists reflect on their art while revisiting the anthems that fortified and consoled the African-American-led struggle for desegregation and equal rights.

ModeratorUna-Kariim A. Cross, artist, writer, and educator

SpeakersWillard Jenkins, jazz writer and radio/TV host; Toshi Reagon, activist, singer, songwriter, and musician working in genres from folk to blues and funk; and Carl Hancock Rux, interdisciplinary performative artist, writer, and playwright. 

PerformerMartha Redbone, singer-songwriter and community activist

God and Medicine

Saturday, October 11 - 3:30 – 5:30pm

Investigate the contested past of Black bodies and Black souls. Speakers tackle the health effects of discrimination while linking wellness to African-American spiritual traditions.

ModeratorDr. Samuel Roberts, Director, Columbia University Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS), Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health), and author of Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation.

SpeakersDr. Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, and Dr. Obery Hendricks, author of The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Radical Reflections on the Bible, the Church, and the Body Politic.

PerformerBlack Women’s Taiko drummers, Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center


Where do our clothes come from?

Saturday, September 20 - 12:30 – 2pm

Explore the world of fibers and their origins. Instructor: Twain Revell

Homegrown Wellness

Saturday, September 20 - 2:30 – 5:30pm

Decompress, detox, and enjoy recipe demos and samples for spa treatments made from homegrown ingredients. Instructor: T.I. Williams

Radically Inside Out

Sunday, September 21 - 1 – 3pm & 4 – 6pm

Sample various herbal concoctions that rejuvenate the body from the inside, out. Instructor: T.I. Williams

Beginner Spinning

Saturday, September 27 - 12:30 – 3:30pm

Learn how to operate the drop spindle and draft fiber to make your own yarn. (first come, first serve; 12 people max) Instructor: Twain Revell

Urban Beekeeping & Honey Spinning

Sunday, September 28 & Sunday, October 5 - 2 – 5pm

From hive construction to honey harvest – a great place to start if you’ve ever wondered what it takes to care for your own bees. Instructor: Aeli Gonzalez Gladstein

Canning: Pickling

Saturday, October 4 - 1 – 3pm

Learn the tricks to canning so you can put up summer’s harvest for cooler months. (first-come, first-serve; 24 people max.) Instructor: Taireina Gilbert

Intermediate Spinning

Saturday, October 11 - 12:30 – 3:30pm

Learn how to ply your spun yarn. Two ply and triple ply and set the twist. Also explore applications for designer yarn. (Graduates of Beginner Spinning will get preference for this class of 12 people max, beyond that it’s first come first serve) Instructor: Twain Revell

Canning: Preserves & Chutneys

Sunday, October 12 - 1 – 3pm

Learn the tricks to canning so you can put up summer’s harvest for cooler months. (first-come, first-serve; 24 people max.) Instructor: Taireina Gilbert