Aug
28
Sat
Natural An/Dems Outdoor Poetry & Bookmaking Workshop @ Lewis Latimer House Museum
Aug 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Natural An/Dems Outdoor Poetry & Bookmaking Workshop @ Lewis Latimer House Museum | New York | United States

As the closing for the My Soul Will Be a Star exhibition at Lewis Latimer House Museum and part of artist Sherese Francis’ Herbarium Verbarium series, this outdoor workshop will explore anthems and writing anthems that are natural to us. Participants will look at various examples of national, cultural, and poetry anthems, and then will learn how to bind together personal anthem books to write anthems inspired by Lewis Latimer using details from the museum and the outdoor area.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the museum. In case of inclement weather, this workshop will move inside the museum.

About The Artist

Sherese Francis is a Queens-based, Afro-Caribbean-American (Barbados and Dominica) poet, editor, interdisciplinary artist, workshop facilitator, and literary curator of the mobile library project, J. Expressions. She has published work in various publications including Furious Flower, Obsidian Lit, Rootwork Journal, Spoken Black Girl, The Operating System, Cosmonauts Avenue, No Dear, Apex Magazine, Bone Bouquet, African Voices, Newtown Literary, and Free Verse. Additionally, she has published two chapbooks, Lucy’s Bone Scrolls (Three Legged Elephant) and Variations on Sett/ling Seed/ling (Harlequin Creature), and has another one on the way from DoubleCross Press called, Recycling a Why That Rules Over My Sacred Sight. Besides her publications, she has had work featured in exhibitions from The Lit Exhibit, NY Live Arts, Queens Public Library, York College Arts Gallery, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, and Baxter St Camera Club.

My Soul Will Be a Star

Friday, 04/23/2021 through Sunday, 08/29/2021

In April 2021, National Poetry Month, African Voices and the Lewis Latimer House Museum (LLHM) collaborate on an exhibit:

“My Soul Will Be A Star – The Resilience and Creativity of Our Immigrant Communities

To guide and comfort all the souls that are, And welcome others to their final home.”

This exhibit is a virtual/interactive/visual exploration in the strength and resilience of Brooklyn and Queens immigrant artists who are striving in their communities during this age of COVID-19, racial reckoning, and political unrest. The title comes from Latimer’s Poem xi, “My Soul will be a Star.” It will be on view 4/23-6/30/2021. The LLHM portion of the exhibition is co-curated by the South-East Queens Artists Alliance, and viewable as outdoor banners on the site of Lewis Latimer House Museum, as well as online.

Lewis Howard Latimer [1848-1928] was an African American inventor, a son of fugitive slaves, self-taught poet and painter. His historic Victorian home in Flushing, Queens is now a New York City Landmark and museum. The museum’s mission is to call attention to Latimer and other People of Color’s contributions to American life, through multilingual tours, exhibitions, literature series, and STEAM education. Latimer’s life story is used as a point of departure from which to examine issues of race, class, immigration and contemporary events.

African Voices, is a non-profit arts organization which strives to transform the world one story at a time by creating a space for audiences to experience art, literature and film by artists of color. Founded in 1992, African Voices’ mission is carried out through public programs and the publication of a national literary magazine devoted to showcasing artists from the African Diaspora.

Sep
7
Tue
New York Roots: Researching Your Family History in the Archives @ Online - Zoom
Sep 7 all-day
New York Roots: Researching Your Family History in the Archives @ Online - Zoom | New York | United States

In September, research associate Marcia Kirk will guide participants through the collections used by family historians each day in the Municipal Archives. In addition to vital records, the genealogical resources include census records, city directories, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner records, and much more. Kirk will share research tips and then answer your questions in the live Q and A session.

Sep
16
Thu
Virtual STEAM Workshop: Paper Maché @ Lewis Latimer House Museum
Sep 16 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Virtual STEAM Workshop: Paper Maché @ Lewis Latimer House Museum | New York | United States

Join us for a two-part versatile method workshop led by artist Antonia Perez!
About this event
Join us for a two-part workshop led by artist Antonia Perez!

Paper Maché is a versatile method of using simple materials to make beautiful, long-lasting three-dimensional objects such as sculptures, masks, and household items. Participants in this two-part workshop will learn how to form an armature (the structure) from found materials, build up the form with paper maché (which means mashed paper in French) and refine their projects into finished artwork. Once you learn the basics of working with paper maché, you can use your imagination to create a wide variety of objects and forms!

Participation in the workshop requires your attendance in both workshops (September 16 and September 30) to learn all the steps needed to complete your project. People of every skill level are welcome, but this workshop is designed for people new to the art of Paper Maché.

Session Schedule:

Thursday, September 16: Learn how to create an armature (your sculpture’s foundation) from found materials.

Thursday, September 30: Learn how to work with Paper Maché, and refine your project into finished artwork.

Sep
30
Thu
Virtual STEAM Workshop: Paper Maché @ Lewis Latimer House Museum
Sep 30 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Virtual STEAM Workshop: Paper Maché @ Lewis Latimer House Museum | New York | United States

About this event
Join us for a two-part workshop led by artist Antonia Perez!

Paper Maché is a versatile method of using simple materials to make beautiful, long-lasting three-dimensional objects such as sculptures, masks, and household items. Participants in this two-part workshop will learn how to form an armature (the structure) from found materials, build up the form with paper maché (which means mashed paper in French) and refine their projects into a finished artwork. Once you learn the basics of working with paper maché, you can use your imagination to create a wide variety of objects and forms!

Participation in the workshop requires your attendance in both workshops (September 16 and September 30) to learn all the steps needed to complete your project. People of every skill level are welcome, but this workshop is designed for people new to the art of Paper Maché.

Session Schedule:

Thursday, September 16: Learn how to create an armature (your sculpture’s foundation) from found materials.

Thursday, September 30: Learn how to work with Paper Maché, and refine your project into finished artwork.

Oct
4
Mon
Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort @ Commonpoint Queens Virtual Speaker Event
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm
Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort @ Commonpoint Queens Virtual Speaker Event

In the early 1980s on a remote part of the Sudanese coast, a new luxury holiday resort opened for business. Catering to divers, it attracted guests from around the world. Little did the vacationers know that the staff were undercover spies working for the Mossad – Israel’s intelligence agency. Red Sea Spies, written by longtime BBC Middle East Editor Raffi Berg, tells the true story of what began with one cryptic message pleading for help and turned into a secret evacuation of thousands of Ethiopian Jews in refugee camps, spiriting them to Israel. These events inspired the recent Netflix drama The Red Sea Diving Resort.

All fall speakers are $8 members / $10 non-members.

To register, please visit https://www.commonpointqueens.org/event/red-sea-spies-the-true-story-of-mossads-fake-diving-resort/

For more information, please email kstrauss@commonpointqueens.org.

Oct
8
Fri
Google Analytics Tutorial – Starter Track @ Online
Oct 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Google Analytics Tutorial - Starter Track @ Online

Virtual Digital Workshops: Google Analytics Tutorial – Starter Track

Capacity: 5  |   Level: Beginner

Schedule:
– Starting Google Analytics
– Installing Google Analytics on Websites
– Adding Google Analytics Demo Account
– Building Google Analytics Dashboards
– Building Google Analytics Segments (optional)
– Networking (optional)
– Expo (optional)

Oct
14
Thu
The Scaffold Effect: Raising Resilient, Self-Reliant, and Secure Kids in an Age of Anxiety @ virtual
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm
The Scaffold Effect: Raising Resilient, Self-Reliant, and Secure Kids in an Age of Anxiety @ virtual

Just as sturdy scaffolding is needed when building a structure that then comes down once the structure is stable and built, good parenting provides children with steady, warm, emotional nourishment on the path toward independence. Never-ending parental problem-solving and involvement can have the opposite effect, enabling fragility and anxiety over time. World-renowned child psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz will explain how to prevent and counteract the anxiety and emotional fragility prevalent in children and teenagers today, introducing a new parenting philosophy and strategies that give children the tools to flourish on their own.

This is a free event, but registration is required. Registration is available now through our new system. Visit community.commonpointqueens.org to register (if you have not yet created a community account, you must do so here. If you have already created an account for summer speakers or other programs, please log in using that account).

For instructions on how to register, click here.

For a full list of our Fall Virtual Cultural Arts Speakers and Events, visit commonpointqueens.org/cultural. For more information, please email kstrauss@commonpointqueens.org.

Oct
18
Mon
Friendly Fire: How Israel Became Its Own Worst Enemy – Virtual Speaker: Retired Admiral Ami Ayalon @ Commonpoint Queens Virtual Speaker Event
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm
Friendly Fire: How Israel Became Its Own Worst Enemy - Virtual Speaker: Retired Admiral Ami Ayalon @ Commonpoint Queens Virtual Speaker Event | New York | United States

Retired Admiral Ami Ayalon, a former director of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency, shares his own thoughts and philosophy about what Israel needs to do to achieve relative peace and security and to sustain itself as a Jewish homeland and a liberal democracy. In Friendly Fire, Ayalon shares his deeply personal journey of discovery, seeking input and perspective from both Palestinians and Israelis whose experiences differ from his own and from each other.

Join Commonpoint Queens, along with Prof. Mark Rosenblum who will moderate the discussion, to hear how Ayalon has come to realize that the sustainable and democratic Jewish homeland for which he repeatedly risked his life can only be realized side-by-side with a Palestinian state whose citizens have genuine hope for their own bright future.

A former Flotilla 13 (Israel’s navy SEALS) commando, a commander of the navy, cabinet minister, Knesset member, Ami Ayalon was the recipient of the Medal of Valor, Israel’s highest military decoration.

An expert on the Middle East, Prof. Mark Rosenblum is Director of the Ibrahim Student Leadership and Dialogue Middle East Program with Queens College, and Director Emeritus of the Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding.

$8 members / $10 non-members
Register: https://www.commonpointqueens.org/event/friendly-fire-how-israel-became-its-own-worst-enemy/
For more information, please email kstrauss@commonpointqueens.org.