NYC Parks’ Creative Courts + Saya Woolfalk + Publicolor = a Work-in-Progress in Marcus Garvey Park Harlem




May 17, 2019

NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks ~  Creative Courts initiative, Facebook Artist-in-Residence Program (FB AIR Program), along with artist Saya Woolfalk, the non-profit Publicolor, and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance/Public Art Initiative have arrived at the basketball court on Madison Avenue near 122nd Street in Marcus Garvey Park. Watch as this work-in-progress takes shape over this next week.

Join the unveiling on June 2nd with Creative Courts.

It’s finished & it’s beautiful!

Join Facebook artist-in-residence, Saya Woolfalk, NYC Parks & Recreation, Publicolor and FB Air on Sunday, June 2nd from Noon to 4:00pm to celebrate the new basketball court painting in Marcus Garvey Park. Music by DJ Prince Paul, and food by Harlem Shake and Cenkali Vegan Tacos & shoot some hoops! This is a free event open to the public.

Marcus Garvey Park, May 11, 2019

NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks + Creative Courts has had a busy year. The program has brought contemporary public artworks to over 200 of the city’s parks, collaborating with arts organizations and artists to produce over 2,000 works by 1,300 notable and emerging artists.

Connie Lee, President of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Public Art Initiative, pitching in

The artist, New York-based, Japanese-born Saya Woolfalk, uses fantasy to reimagine the world in multiple dimensions, best described in her TedxTalk entitled TedxKCWomen earlier this year. Her work has been shown in a number of galleries and institutions including Studio Museum in Harlem, Scope Art Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Warhol Museum, PS1 to name just a few.

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public color may 11 2019

The non-profit organization, Publicolor, was founded in 1996 with a focus on using color, collaboration, design and the discipline of commercial painting to engage at-risk middle and high school students.

Follow Facebook Artist-in-Residence Program (FB AIR Program) on Instagram.

Save the Date ~ June 2nd for an unveiling and celebration of the new mural. More info will follow.

May 9th, resurfacing and prep work. From beginning……to
The final touch ~ a finishing coat May 24, 2019
It’s finished & it’s beautiful

Meanwhile, the Parks Department was busy with its own creation on the adjoining basketball court, below.

Parks Department painting the basketball court before the rain, May 17, 2019
Closeup of Parks Department using similar colors to the newly painted adjoining mural. May 17, 2019
Parks Department completed the job within just a few short hours ~ before the rain. May 17, 2019
May 17, 2019

While you’re there, stroll the park and see eight site-specific sculptures entitled Maren Hassinger: Monuments on view through June, 2019 + José Carlos Casado, I Don’t Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ah me…… and Kim Dacres, Peaceful Perch, on view to Fall, 2019.

If it’s Saturday, stop by the Drummer’s Circle on the Madison Avenue side of the park between 123-124th Streets.

Taken on the steps leading up to the Acropolis and the Harlem Fire Watchtower, May 17, 2019

Take a walk up the steps to the Acropolis and watch the progress as the park prepares for the return of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower.

Follow Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and The Public Art Initiative.