Join the Bronx Council of the Arts for the kick-off celebration of The Big Read in the Bronx 2014 on Wednesday, April 2, from 6:00 - 7:30pm, at BCA’s future headquarters at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos [Community College], 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street.
The evening will include special readings from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, as well as a Bronx Writers Corps Teaching Artists Open Mic performance. Free copies of the book will be given away and this event is free and open to the public.
Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God is her most popular work of fiction and is considered a classic of both the African-American and Women’s Literature genres. Set in an all-black town in Florida in the early 1900s, this mold-breaking novel follows the story of Janie Crawford, from her awkward and powerless youth, to her coming of age as a woman of persistence and courage.
All Big Read in the Bronx 2014 events are free and open to the public.
Directions to Hostos: Take the 2, 4 & 5 trains or Bx1, Bx19 buses to Grand Concourse
and 149 Street. More detailed directions.
For more information about The Big Read in the Bronx, contact Charlie Vázquez at 718-931-9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.c
2014 Big Read in the Bronx events include:
Wednesday | April 2 | 5:00-8:00pm
2014 Big Read in the Bronx Kick-off event, in conjunction with The Bronx Trolley: First Wednesdays Arts & Culture Tour, with Bronx WritersCorps Teaching Artists presentation, book discussion and book giveaway.
Location: Bronx Museum of the Arts Auditorium, 1040 Grand Concourse.
Monday | April 7 | 6:30-8:30pm
Baby Steps or Finding Zora: a workshop on taking the first small steps to fulfilling your artistic goals, plus book discussion with BRIO winner Leah Maddrie.
Tuesday | April 8 | 6:30-8:30pm
In Progress: Character and Characterization, a writing workshop and book discussion with Charlie Vázquez.
Monday | April 14 | 6:30-8:30pm
Poetry of the People Workshop with Bonafide Rojas.
Saturday | April 19 | 12:30-3:00pm
Printmaking Craft Workshop with Laura Alvarez and book giveaway.
Location: Huntington Free Library, 9 Westchester Square (next to Apple Bank), Bronx, NY 10461
Phone: 718-931-9500 x33 or 917-972-2386.
Saturday | April 19 | 3:00-8:00pm
Women in Creative Rebellion – An afternoon and evening of poetry performance, workshops, an open mic and vendors of original crafts. Live performance by Afro-Caribbean folk dancer Milteri Tucker, with drummers. Click here for flyer.
Tuesday | April 22 | 3:00-5:00pm
Their Eyes Were Watching God book club discussion.
Location: YMCA Glebe Senior Center, 2125 Glebe Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461
Saturday | April 26 | 1:00-3:00pm
Children’s read-aloud & family journal making workshop with Lis Ortiz.
Location: Westchester Square New York Public Library, 2521 Glebe Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461.
Monday | April 28 | 6:30-8:30pm
An evening with BRIO literary arts winner Phyllis Bowdwin and company. Theatrical responses to Zora Neale Hurston and book discussion, and a keynote lecture by scholar and professor of African American literature and culture, Candice Jenkins.
Tuesday | April 29 | 6:30-8:30pm
Community Arts Tuesday open mic, book discussion and book giveaway, with theatrical readings by actors and storytellers Chad Carstarphen and Juliette Jeffers and storyteller Jamali Corniel.
Sunday | May 4 | 4:30-6:30pm
In Progress: Excavating Your Past, a writing workshop and book discussion with Charlie Vázquez.
Sunday | May 4 | 6:30-8:30pm
In Progress: Setting as Character, a writing workshop and book discussion with Charlie Vázquez.
Monday | May 5 | 11:00am-1:00pm
Big Read Senior Performance at Lincoln Hospital Theater with live bomba drumming and dance performance by Bombazo Dance Company and book giveaway.
Tuesday | May 6 | 6:30-8:00pm
Teen Students’ Visual Arts Presentation in response to Their Eyes Were Watching God, plus book discussion.
Location: The Point, 940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474.
Wednesday | May 7 | 6:00-9:00pm
Bronx Culture Trolley and book giveaway and book discussion.
Location: Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street Phone: 718-518-6728.
Saturday | May 10 | 11:00am-5:00pm
Fair at the Square; 4:00-6:00pm book give-away and read-aloud with Charlie Vázquez.
Location: BCA @ 2700 and the outlying Westchester Square area.
Phone: 718-931-9500 x33; 917-972-2386 on day of the event
Monday | May 12 | 6:30-8:30pm
In Progress: Elements of Suspense, a writing workshop and book discussion with Charlie Vázquez
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information, visit www.neabigread.org. Additional support is provided by the Robert Bowne Foundation and the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund Inc., and the Westchester Square Branch of the New York Public Library. Additional support was provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and NYC Council Members Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Annabel Palma and James Vacca.