West Harlem Arts Launches Resilience 2021 Exhibition

Editor's note:

The following is adapted from a press release from West Harlem Arts.

April 15, 2021

West Harlem Arts, a collaborative initiative from The Children’s Art Carnival and Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano, is pleased to announce its inaugural group show, Resilience. Made possible with funding from the West Harlem Development Corporation, Resilience is a virtual exhibition that celebrates the work and resilience of visual artists residing in West Harlem and the surrounding community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A nighttime streetscape with "Black lives matter" spray painted on plywood covering a storefront.

The crisis caused by the pandemic has had a significant impact on local artists in the historic Hamilton Heights neighborhood and the surrounding areas of Harlem, causing dislocation and uncertainty for many of those within the arts community. In an effort to forge connections and support artists working in isolation, West Harlem Arts: Resilience 2021 brings together 16 emerging and established artists living in West Harlem, East Harlem, Central Harlem, Washington Heights, and the South Bronx, who work in mediums of sculpture, painting, photography, and mixed-media art. 

A painting of pink flowers.

Resilience features works by Cathleen Campbell, Nicole Goodwin, Wilhelmina Grant Cooper, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Julia Justo, Carolina Leiva Ureta, Luis León, Candace Leslie, Michelle Melo, Dionis Ortiz, Daisy Ruiz, Marco Saavedra, Uniqua Simmons, Jonas St. Juste, Yasuyo Tanaka, and Carla Torres.

Resilience 2021 is on view from April 8 to May 22, 2021, in West Harlem Arts' virtual gallery space.