(Image courtesy of Paul Lin via Times Ledger)

A Dose of Therapeutic Art in Flushing

Culture, East Asian, Queens March 4, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Using objects from nature, Taiwanese-born Paul Lin creates botanical therapeutic art, now on view at the Queens Botanical Garden, reports Times Ledger.

(Photo by Rob Abruzzese via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Seeing Off Black History Month With a Courthouse Fashion Show

Black, Brooklyn, Culture March 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm

In honor of the final days of Black History Month, judges and employees of the Kings County Supreme Court held their annual fashion show, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle, with “A History of Black Life and Culture” as this year’s theme.

Salieu Suso (Photo by Roxanne Scott for Voices of NY)

Salieu Suso: Kora Player and Historian

African, Culture, Featured Posts March 2, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Listen to kora player Salieu Suso as he plays his instrument, also known as the West African harp, and describes the role of kora players as historians and genealogists in the community.

Flor de Toloache (Photo via Manhattan Times)

Meet NYC’s Only All-Women Mariachi Band

Culture, Mexican February 27, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Ahead of the release of Flor de Toloache’s debut album, Manhattan Times profiles the seven-member group who sometimes raises a few eyebrows among traditional circles.

In Queens, a Festive Lunar New Year

In Queens, a Festive Lunar New Year

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Queens, Traditions, Video February 26, 2015 at 5:25 pm

A parade, dance performances and a calligraphy exhibit marked some of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Queens this year.

Anne Leighton (left) and Fernando Tirado. (Photo by Adi Talwar via Norwood News)

Today: Artify Norwood. Tomorrow?

Bronx, Culture February 26, 2015 at 4:18 pm

A new movement called Artify Norwood is bringing artists and businesses together, Norwood News reports.

(Courtesy of Hee Sung Lee)

Korean Artists Come to East Harlem

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Voices' Picks February 23, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Observing the Lunar New Year, Korean style, was a family affair for painter Hee Sung Lee and her flute-playing son Han Chung Eun.

Jennie Santos stands with her mixed-media sculpture. The piece is supposed to be interactive. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Caribbean Life)

Exhibition Brings Haitian and Dominican Artists Together

Caribbean, Culture, Dominican, Manhattan February 20, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Caribbean Life reports that artists of Haitian and Dominican background are featured in a Washington Heights exhibit, something that might seem “impossible on the island of Hispaniola itself.”

Painting by Frandy Jean (Image via The Haitian Times)

Haitian Paints ‘Art as Narrative’

Caribbean, Culture, Manhattan February 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm

New works by Haitian artist Frandy Jean will be on display at the Theater for the New City, The Haitian Times reports.

Screenshot from "Claiming our Voice." (Photo by Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel, courtesy of Fine Grain Films)

Screening Films About Immigrant Women in Queens

Culture, Immigration, Queens, Women February 18, 2015 at 4:59 pm

The varied experiences of immigrant women in New York will be represented in a new film series scheduled to begin Feb. 27 in Maspeth, Queens Courier reports.

Zulal: Singing Armenian Folk Songs, a Cappella

Zulal: Singing Armenian Folk Songs, a Cappella

Culture, Featured Posts, Video February 13, 2015 at 7:17 pm

The a cappella group Zulal performs and discusses the meaning and importance of Armenian folk songs in this video.

James Lovell of the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble, at Trinity College. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Caribbean Life)

Garifuna Jazz at Trinity College

Black, Culture, Metro Area February 10, 2015 at 3:12 pm

The New York-based Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble added some international flavor to the kickoff of Black History Month at Trinity College, reports Caribbean Life.

‘After Afropolitan’ Art

‘After Afropolitan’ Art

African, Culture, Featured Posts, Video February 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm

View artwork from the global African diaspora and hear what some artists had to say about their work in this video on the After Afropolitan exhibit in Brooklyn.

What is Room 28?

What is Room 28?

Culture, Featured Posts, Latino, Manhattan, Video February 9, 2015 at 4:51 pm

The comedy sketch group Room 28, with Latino roots, wants to entertain people of all backgrounds with their humor, on display Feb. 13 and 14 in East Harlem.

Finding Identity in NYC

Finding Identity in NYC

African, Culture, Government, Video, Western European February 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm

On this episode of “Independent Sources,” Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito talks about the municipal ID as a benefit for all New Yorkers. And the co-directors of the Ethiopian-American film “Woven,” discuss its universal themes of “forgiveness, love and loss.”