This Week: NYFA Workshop & NoMAA Literary Grantee Reading


The Uptown Arts Stroll continues this week with a pair of events organized by Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, the service organization that supports artists and arts organizations in Washington Heights and Inwood. Word Up was founded in partnership with NoMAA, as they connected the dots to have a space in the first place, back in June 2011 when we were on Broadway at 176th Street.

On Wednesday, the New York Foundation for the Arts presents a workshop that will cover strategies for sustaining your artistic practice, including free and low-cost services and programs offered by NYFA, as well as other resources for finding awards, residencies, services, and opportunities available to individual artists in New York and nationwide. The workshop will be led by Toccarra A. Holmes Thomas, a program associate for NYFA SOURCE. Free! Space limited. RSVP strongly encouraged:

Support for Artists: Resources and Services Workshop by NYFA
Wednesday, June 11th 
6–8 PM

Then on Thursday, there will be a reading featuring literary grantees from throughout all the years since the founding of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. Readers include Dinapiera Di DonatoEllen Hagan, Shamar HillJohn Paul InfanteLola Koundakjian, Ellen HaganVeronica Liu, Sheila Maldonado, Paquita Suárez Coalla, and Arlaina Tibensky. Introduced by NoMAA executive director Sandra García Betancourt.

NoMAA Literary Grantee Reading 2008–2113
Thursday, June 12th
6:30–8:30 PM

Both events will take place at Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, at the corner of 165th Street.


The opening of Comunidad | Community

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Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA’s new portfolio Comunidad | Community was revealed on Sunday at an opening reception that buzzed with an incredible amount of energy. Some DYPG members had met some Word Up volunteers before—but there hadn’t before been this much … Continue reading

Crafty happenings at Word Up

This past Saturday, Popupcrafts hosted an Etsy Party, during which participants made purses out of old cigar boxes. These transformed boxes look pretty sweet, so we thought we’d share some of the results!

Most Saturdays, Craft Camp takes place at the bookshop from 1 to 3 PM. If you are interested in attending, please email evelynscreationsandevents [at] gmail [dot] com.


Sunday: Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA—exhibition opening reception

Comunidad_140608Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA (DYPG)
“Comunidad | Community” 

Exhibition Opening Reception
Sunday, June 8, 2014
3–5 PM
Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue (corner of 165th St.)

Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA (DYPG) is a printmaking collective of artists of Dominican descent who live and work in and around New York City. Founded in 2010, the artists of the collective are Pepe Coronado, René de los Santos, iliana emilia garcía, Reynaldo García Pantaleón, Scherezade García, Alex Guerrero, Luanda Lozano, Miguel Luciano, Moses Ros-Suárez, and Rider Ureña.

“Comunidad | Community” is a new portfolio of prints (one per artist) created based on the theme of community. Using techniques in the relief tradition (linoleum, woodcut, etc.), this portfolio gives us a chance to explore this seemingly simple—though often, in reality, complex—concept from a point of view that is uniquely DYPG: diverse in style and execution, and, most importantly, rich in life experience.

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, a place created and sustained by the essential need of a community to engage with each other in a common space, is proud to host the debut of DYPG’s new portfolio. Word Up will be producing a book in collaboration with DYPG, featuring writings about the visual work from the bookshop collective. (More about the book launch soon!)



Saturday: Etsy Craft Party NYC


Etsy Craft Party NYC
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue (corner of 165th St.)

We’re having a party—an Etsy Craft Party! All over the world this weekend, Etsy Craft Parties will be taking place. For one of only two NYC-based Etsy Craft Parties going down, Popupcrafts will be showing you how to make keepsake boxes out of recycled cigar boxes and old photographs. You may bring your own photographs (or copies). These boxes are the perfect personalized gifts for family and friends.

A $10 fee will cover the cost of materials, with all proceeds supporting Word Up. Refreshments will be served.

**Please RSVP at this EventBrite link:**

Thursday’s Face Out: Fierce Female Foragers on Food!


Fierce Female Foragers on Food
w/ Laura Silver, Ava Chin, and Ramin Ganeshram
Thursday, June 5, 2014 | 7–9pm
Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. 

This stellar lineup of food writers will discuss their recent books, including the just-launched Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food by Laura Silver, the brand-new Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal by former New York Times City Room’s “Urban Forager” columnist Ava Chin, and the recent Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago by Ramin Ganeshram.


Saturday: Gesche Würfel’s BASEMENT SANCTUARIES

This coming Saturday, we are excited to host Gesche Würfel for her book launch of Basement Sanctuaries—her photography project documenting the idiosyncratic basement room and hallway arrangements made by the superintendents of Washington Heights and Inwood.

Gesche will present a slideshow of her photographs, sign books, and engage in a Q&A with Joanna Castro from Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. This event is part of the Uptown Arts Stroll.

Refreshments will be served!

Book Launch: Basement Sanctuaries with Gesche Würfel
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Ave.