Produced in partnership with ALL ARTS and the ALL ARTS TALKS, this conversation aims to reflect on the systemic exclusion of Black Americans from financial institutions and the ripple effect that has caused in philanthropic donations to modern Black art institutions. How can Black institutions educate the community in the realm of philanthropy to build wealth? What stands in the way of growth for these institutions? How do we sustain spaces for Black artists and cultural workers to thrive and be supported by their community?
For October's Weeksville Weekend, we are excited to partner with our family at Oko Farms to bring you So As You Sow, You Shall Reap: A Harvest Festival. Oko Farms is an Aquaponics Production and Education Company in Brooklyn, New York. They operate NYC’s only outdoor aquatic farm that cultivates a variety of freshwater fish and vegetables together in a sustainable recirculating ecosystem. By utilizing aquaponics they bring organically grown, local and affordable freshwater fish and vegetables to New York City residents.
Community As Classroom: A Right to Passage: Initiation Rites and Nurturing Women’s Empowerment in the Black Community
When we educate woman, we educate a nation. Join us as we focus on the fundamental leadership role that women play in creating and sustaining community. Learn how to empower Black girls through rites of passage programs and hear from women who carry these ancient traditions forward.
Weeksville Heritage Center Presents Kriyol Dance! Collective with StoryCorps: An Active Listening Event
For many years, the Haitian community, and others who trace their origins to nations of the Caribbean, have lived in Brooklyn communities. However, as gentrification has rapidly increased in recent decades, the face of the neighborhood has changed. Our sense of the history of these communities in Flatbush and East Flatbush is weakening. This is aggravated by the limited resources available for archival work centering lived experiences and community cultural practice.
JACK AND WEEKSVILLE HERITAGE CENTER PRESENT:
Community as Classroom: Reparations & Housing
Part of JACK’s ongoing series, Reparations365
Join us as we envision what role housing has in the repair of hundreds of years of racial trauma. We’ll explore the role housing has played in the past, both in black self-determination efforts like Weeksville, and with suppression and oppression of Black Americans by the government, banks, and corporations. We’ll delve into red-lining of the 1960s through the present-day issue of gentrification. Help co-create proposals for change with people of varied experience, including special guest speakers inaugural Nomura Emerging Artist winner Cameron Rowland, Lead Organizer of Equality for Flatbush Imani Henry, and Weeksville’s Oral History Project Manager Obden Mondésir. Moderated by former JACK Co-Director DeeArah Wright. A reception will follow the collective discussion.
The impact of gentrification in Brooklyn’s changing neighborhoods has been widely discussed as it pertains to housing, transportation, and jobs. But what about its impact on what reaches our communities’ plates?
Join us on May 11th as food writers Nikita Richardson and Ligaya Mishan unpack the topic of “food gentrification” and what it means for Central Brooklyn in a conversation moderated by Prof. Sharon Zukin.
When you think of home what is the first meal that comes to mind?
What smells inspire nostalgia of your favorite memories?
Weeksville Heritage Center in partnership with New York City Commission on Human Rights invites you to Meals as Collective Memory: Using The Senses As Memory. We will be convening for an afternoon of deep listening and conversation on Black-owned restaurants in the community. In this session, participants will hear oral history selections centered on aspirational restaurateurs and chefs collected by Weeksville Heritage Center.
Our Grand Champion Poetry Slam, in collaboration with the Green Earth Poets Cafe, returns for its fourth year. Be inspired and spellbound by the spoken word as ten poets compete for the top prize!
Join Weeksville as we present our 4th Annual Poetry Slam in partnership with Green Earth Poets Cafe!
Weeksville Heritage Center & Vera List Center for Art and Politics Present: Seminar No. 5 of Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies Into Darkness
Seminar 5 of Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies Into Darkness
A Time For Seditious Speech
Free speech for African Americans has always been affected by space. These spaces being socially produced, operating between people, groups, and institutions. The Free Black press in the early 19th century created a national space that promoted a radical new order for society, as articulated at the Colored Conventions, where already free and once captive Black people came together between 1830 and the 1890s to strategize about political, social, and legal justice. At one such convention, in 1843 in Buffalo, New York, the Reverend Henry Highland Garnet delivered an inspirational speech that shocked the delegates to the convention. Later referred to as the Call to Rebellion speech, Garnet asked his brothers to turn against their masters, affirming that "neither god, nor angels, or just men, command you to suffer for a single moment. Therefore it is your solemn and imperative duty to use every means, both moral, intellectual, and physical that promises success." The speech entreated enslaved Africans in the south to secure liberty through resistance.
Weeksville, Wikipedia, and Columbia University are pleased to bring you the Weeksville Weekend Women’s History Month Wikipedia-thon. The aim of this Women’s History Month event is to understand the challenges facing women and explore solutions. After the panel, there will be a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to learn how to use Wikipedia to improve content about women, and in light of Weeksville Weekend particularly information on women’s contribution to freedom colonies like Weeksville. Wikipedia is the world's largest site for knowledge, the world’s largest encyclopedia, and the 5th most visited website.
In this special edition of Weeksville Weekends for Black History Month 2019, A Blade of Grass Fellow Jordan Weber will present his project 4 Malcolm X Greenhouse, centered around a greenhouse he built on the foundation of Malcolm X’s birth home in North Omaha, Nebraska. Inspired by Malcolm X’s legacy of self-empowerment and determination, the project provides a space for the North Omaha community to grow food and medicinal plants, engage in spiritual and contemplative practices, and to push back against poverty and pollution to build sustainable economies. A community conversation hosted by Weber, Weeksville Heritage Center staff, and Weeksville Artists-in-Residence Mendi + Keith Obadike will follow. Audiences are then invited to experience interactive sessions with other NYC-based initiatives doing similar work.
Explore with us the ways film narrates the story of the African diaspora.
This Weeksville Weekend, we affirm that Black mothers matter!
*Please note, there will be no tours of the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses