The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership (MARP) is hosting a series of events February to celebrate African American art, culture and creativity in honor of Black History month.
Dubbed 'Black Artstory,' this is MARP's first annual collaboration with Brooklyn-based arts groups to host exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, lectures and performances.
Events will take place along Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill include:
- Trumpeter Roy Campbell, Jr. joins professional actors to celebrate the words of poet James Baldwin, pioneering dramatist Alice Childress and emerging playwright Thais Francis at on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at Five Spot Soul Food Restaurant at 459 Myrtle Ave. The event will include excerpts from the inaugural theater season of the new Clinton Hill arts venue, JACK.
- 'A Night of Short Films' on Feb. 6 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Ingersoll Community Center at 177 Myrtle Ave. A selection of short films will be screened followed by a Q&A with the films’ directors: ‘Why Do You Have Black Dolls?’, ‘Divine Rite’, ‘The Ultimate Wingman’, ‘Just Another Part of Me.' This event is a prelude to ‘New Voices in Black Cinema’ Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music taking place from Feb. 17-20.
- On Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. A Barbershop Talk: The Role of the Barbershop in Creating Community” at Miracles Barber Shop at 473A Myrtle Ave.
- Opening Feb. 9, the Freedom Fighters SOCO exhibition at 509 Myrtle Ave. celebrates the major personalities, heroes and icons that assisted in shaping black history in America through their philosophies, socio-political activism, art and personal sacrifices for freedom. The event will feature works by Fuse Green, M. Tony Peralta, Saviour Sanquiche, Suhail Smith, Sam Wilson and Rasu Jilani.
A full list of events can be found here.