Amazing Brains: A Virtual Art Exhibit @ New York Hall of Science
Jul 6 2020 – Jun 30 2021 all-day
Amazing Brains: A Virtual Art Exhibit @ New York Hall of Science | New York | United States

This virtual exhibit melds science and art to create extraordinary images of brains – from high-resolution images of real brains from different species to artistic portraits crafted out of brain cells. Viewers can look at high-resolution images of octopi, zebra finches, mice, turtle, and human brains, as well as original artwork inspired by brains.

Native Artist Spotlight Panel: Queens & Long Island @ Flushing Town Hall at Home
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm
Native Artist Spotlight Panel: Queens & Long Island @ Flushing Town Hall at Home

Native Artist Spotlight Panel: Queens & Long Island
Streaming Live on Facebook and Zoom
Moderated by Tecumseh Ceaser, Matinecock Turkey Clan, Native American artists of Queens and Long Island will discuss and showcase their contemporary art in a panel discussion. Often when people think of Native art they focus on historic pieces or artifacts from the West, however modern, traditional, folk art and handicrafts are still created in NY by dynamic Native artists. Join our virtual artist panel to learn from these artists and explore the range of their art and what it means to be Native artist in the 21st century.
Artist Panelist include: Tecumseh Ceaser (Matinecock) Wampum Carver; Denise Silva-Dennis (Shinnecock) Painter /Teacher; Lydia Chavez (Unkechaug) Wampum designer; Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock) Photo and digital artist; Tohannash Tarrant (Shinneock) Beader (from left to right on the banner image)
Explore their websites in advance of the discussion and support local artists:

Virtual STEAM Workshop: Design Challenge @ Lewis Latimer House Museum
Dec 3 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Virtual STEAM Workshop: Design Challenge @ Lewis Latimer House Museum | New York | United States

Participants will build amazing structures and explore engineering techniques using simple supplies. By examining the objects around us in our homes and neighborhoods, we will simplify them into geometric shapes to build with. As a group, we will discuss the components of our neighborhoods and communities. Participants will be presented with a design challenge and will brainstorm an idea to create a unique structure for their communities.

This is an online workshop, registration is required.

Your Silence Will Not Protect You! – The Writing of Audre Lorde
Dec 5 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Your Silence Will Not Protect You! – The Writing of Audre Lorde

In this Reading & Discussion series, we will take a look at the work of Audre Lorde and her view of language and storytelling as powerful technologies for self-empowerment. Each of the five sessions of the series will begin with a discussion of excerpts from her books followed by a writing prompt inspired by the texts we read.

Participants are welcome to join any number of the five sessions in October – December 2020.

Facilitator: Sherese Francis

Power: The Poetry of Audre Lorde 10/10

In this session, we will read Lorde’s “Poetry Is Not a Luxury,” and selected poems from Lorde’s collections of poetry, Between Ourselves and The Black Unicorn, to discuss how poetry is a tool to interrogate our concepts of power.

Language As a Technology of Self-Revelation and Community Building 10/24

Using Lorde’s essay, “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action,” we will discuss how the power of naming grounds one’s presence and allows connections to form with others for the purpose of activism. Read The Audre Lorde Questionnaire to Oneself by Divya Victor, which will be used as prompts in the workshop: https://divyavictor.com/the-audre-lorde-questionnaire-to-oneself/

Sisterhood as InterNet: Queering Human Relationships 11/7

How do we rethink our social relationships outside the confines of a patriarchal, heteronormative society? We will read excerpts from Lorde’s essays from Sister Outsider, “Scratching the Surface: Some Notes on Barriers to Women and Loving,” “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power,” “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference” and “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” to discuss the expansive knowledge within a decentralized, intersectional, diverse community.

Reinventing the Sacred Text: Audre Lorde and Biomythography 11/21

To whom do I owe the symbols of my survival? We will read excerpts from Lorde’s biomythography, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name,” and discuss how grounding ourselves in our cultural mythologies as well as creating our own gives sacredness to our lives, and creates codes for us to make ourselves in our images.

Women of Color and Systems of Health 12/5

In this last workshop, we will talk about the lessons learned from Lorde’s previous work and read excerpts from The Cancer Journals, “Breast Cancer: A Black Lesbian Feminist Experience'” and “Breast Cancer: Power vs. Prosthesis” to discuss how women of color create their own spaces for self-care, often within neglectful and dehumanizing health care systems.