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NYRP and Bronx Museum Team Up to Bring Second Annual, Free Arts in the Gardens to Bronx Gardens

Partnership commits to activating NYRP community gardens with wide-ranging free, quality arts programming

New York, NY, May 2015 – New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and The Bronx Museum of the Arts are partnering for the second year to present a season of free arts programming in three NYRP community gardens in the Tremont, Mott Haven and Highbridge neighborhoods of the Bronx. With the goal of raising awareness and further activating NYRP’s wider network of public green spaces, the Arts in the Gardens series will bring communities together to enjoy performing arts in a natural, outdoor setting. From June through August, the event series will feature a mixed line-up of family-friendly events, including movie night series; hip-hop, music, and break-dancing performances; ice cream socials; poetry readings; mural installation, and more. 

"We're thrilled to continue partnering with the Bronx Museum to offer high-quality arts programming to make these spaces even more engaging with the surrounding communities," said Jordan Dyniewski, NYRP's Public Events Director. "Community gardens are known for urban agriculture; but we’re changing that perception with these events--they become exciting event venues where the community can gather to enjoy arts and get to know each other."

The collaboration between NYRP and Bronx Museum demonstrates a sustainable partnership model that presents local communities with opportunities to enjoy free, high-quality programming, which they might not normally experience. The robust program also encourages people to engage more actively with their local environment. NYRP’s network of 52 community gardens across the city are places where individuals can discover and build community within a socio-economically diverse environment. By turning these outdoor public spaces into interactive event venues, the program will increase awareness of community gardens as resources for local communities as well as the wider NYC audience.

“The Bronx Museum is thrilled with the opportunity to move beyond its walls and to bring arts activities to local residents in garden environments,” said Sergio Bessa, Bronx Museum’s Director of Curatorial and Education Programs.

The Arts in the Gardens series includes the following events. Dates and locations are subject to change. Participants should visit http://www.nyrp.org/calendar for most up-to-date information.

Bathgate Community Garden ● 1818 Bathgate Ave, Tremont

Color the Bronx 
June 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17
See two local artists create community murals live! You’re also invited to create your own take-home masterpiece.

Lady K Fever
June 1, 3, 4, & 8 – 10:00am-12:00pm
June 5 – 1:00-3:00pm

Dister
June 10, 12, 13, 15, 17 – 10:00am-12:00pm
June 11 – 11:00am-1:00pm

Mural Unveiling Celebration 
Fri, June 19, 2:30pm-5:00pm
Celebrate public art and imagination with an afternoon of creative activities! We’ll unveil the completed murals and enjoy performances by Circa 95 & friends.
Featuring: DJ Enygma, the Rhyme Factory (MC’s, Vocalist and Poets), Atlas (MC), Pete Colon (MC), Aurora Barnes (Vocalist) Circa ’95 (Hip-Hop) 

Ice Cream Social 
Fri, August 21, 2:00-3:30pm
Mix, mingle, and indulge this afternoon, featuring entertaining by Jazzy Randolph Dancers and others. *Intended for ages 60+.  All ages welcome.

Target Bronx Community Garden ● 1025 Anderson Rd, Highbridge

Bronx Bards 
Thursdays, June 11, 25, July 9, 23
Enjoy readings and performances by writers and artists born or residing in the Bronx. This innovative series will showcase everything from music, poetry and fiction to performance art, film and dance.

Thu, June 11, 6:00-7:30pm
Talk on Latin music in the Bronx by Bobby Sanabria, Grammy-nominated drummer and percussionist
Poetry reading and performance by Sandra Maria Esteves, the godmother of Nuyorican poetry

Thu, June 25, 6:00-7:30pm
Reading by fiction writer and Bronx Writers Center Director, Charlie Vazquez
Performance by artist Susana Cook

Thu, July 9, 7:30-9:00pm
Alethea Pace (Dance Solo)
Macdara Vallely, director of Babygirl (2012) and other films (Talk, Reading, and a Short Screening.)

Thu, July 23, 6:00-7:30pm
Annie Rachele Lanzillotto, writer and performer
Circa ’95, local hip-hop duo

From Mambo To Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale (2006, Not Rated) 
Thu, June 18, 7:30-9:45pm
Part of The Bronx Museum’s 1040 Lounge, this film shows the dynamic musical life in the South Bronx in the 40s through 70s. Preceded by music by DJ David Medina.

Movie Night
Fri, July 24, Nothing But a Man (1964, Not Rated)
Starts between 8:00 and 9:00pm at sunset
*This screening will start with two short films from the Ghetto Film School.

2nd Annual “Bronx Raised” Hip-Hop Series 
Sat, August 8, 6:00-8:30pm
Curated by Circa ’95, local artists use hip-hop-inspired spoken word, music, and break-dancing to tell their stories. International Hip-Hop, featuring: DJ Polarity, Atiyya (Vocalist), Delacebia (MC) MC Maniphes (MC) Eli Efi (MC) Circa ’95 (Hip-Hop)

Movie Night 
Sat, August 8, ALL THE LADIES SAY, (2010, Not Rated)
Starts between 8:00 and 9:00pm at sunset
*Followed by a short discussion with the director, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia.

Ice Cream Social 
Thu, August 20, 2:00-3:30pm
Mix, mingle, and indulge during these afternoons featuring entertaining by Jazzy Randolph Dancers and others.
*Intended for ages 60+.  All ages welcome.

Willis Avenue Community Garden ● 378 Willis Ave, Mott Haven

Baila Bomba with Bombazo Dance Co! 
Sat, June 13, 3:00-4:30pm
Learn Afro-Caribbean dance with the Bombazo Dance Company, a group that fuses the traditional Afro-Puerto Rican dance bomba with ballet and modern dance.

Make Music NY 
Sun, June 21, 3:00 -7:00pm
Plan this as a stop on your citywide tour of live music events taking place all day. For more events, visit http://www.makemusicny.org.
3:00-4:15pm     Yosvany Terry Quartet
5:00-7:00pm     Los Monstritos

Movie Night 
Fri, July 10, Raising Victor Vargas, (2002, R)
Starts between 8:00 and 9:00pm at sunset
*This screening will start with two short films from the Ghetto Film School.

2nd Annual “Bronx Raised” Hip-Hop Series 
Sat, August 1, 6:00-8:30pm
Curated by Circa ’95, local artists use hip-hop-inspired spoken word, music, and break-dancing to tell their stories. Taino Hip-Hop, featuring: DJ Fred Ones, Intikana (MC) La Bruja (MC, Poet and Vocalist), Circa ’95 (Hip-Hop)

Movie Night 
Sat, August 1, Bongo Barbershop (2005, Not Rated) and 5 Grandmasters (2014, Not Rated)
Starts between 8:00 and 9:00pm at sunset
*Followed by a short discussion back with the director, Charlie Ahearn.

Ice Cream Social 
Thu, August 27, 2:00p-3:30pm
Mix, mingle, and indulge during these afternoons featuring entertaining by Jazzy Randolph Dancers and others. *Intended for ages 60+.  All ages welcome.
    
ABOUT NEW YORK RESTORATION PROJECT
New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers deserve beautiful, high-quality public space within ready walking distance of their homes. Since our founding in 1995 by Bette Midler, NYRP has planted trees, renovated gardens, restored parks, and transformed open space for communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. As New York’s only citywide conservancy, we bring private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support, fortifying the City’s aging infrastructure and creating a healthier environment for those who live in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods. To learn more, please visit http://www.nyrp.org.

ABOUT THE BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS 
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is an internationally recognized cultural destination that presents innovative contemporary art exhibitions and education programs and is committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogues for diverse audiences. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has played a vital role in the Bronx by helping to make art accessible to the entire community and connecting with local schools, artists, teens, and families through its robust education initiatives. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Museum implemented a universal free admission policy, supporting its mission to make arts experiences available to all audiences. To learn more about the museum, please visit http://www.bronxmuseum.org.

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Contact
Anne Tan-Detchkov | Director of Marketing Communications, NYRP
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Lauren Click | Director of Community and Public Programs, The Bronx Museum of the Arts
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