Visual Art, Entertainment and Awards at 54th Annual Fulton Art Fair

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The Fulton Art Fair was founded in 1958 by Shirley Hawkins and inaugural co-chairs were legendary artists Jacob Lawrence and Ernest Crichlow.

[Arts & Culture]

The Fulton Art Fair, (FAF) Brooklyn's oldest Black visual art event, celebrates its 54th year at the picturesque Robert Fulton Park in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturdays and Sundays, June 16-17, 23-24 and June 30-July 1, noon to 8pm.

Visitors view the work of established and emerging painters, sketch and stained-glass artists, printmakers, sculptors, collagists, and photographers and will enjoy a variety of live entertainment.

This year’s Fair honors iconic Brooklyn artists Emmett Wigglesworth and Miriam Francis and supporters and organizations, including Grace Ingleton of the Dedicators, Councilman Al Vann, Danny Simmons of Rush Arts, MoCADA and the National Conference of Artists.

FAF Executive Director and President, Sadikisha Collier, says: “We’re excited to carry this great legacy and to support community artists. As a native Brooklynite, it will be an honor to celebrate this year’s awardees, who’ve contributed so much to the rich landscape of the arts in Brooklyn.”

Entertainment includes: Tulivu Donna Cumberbatch and Trio; the Jeff King Band; poetry by Danny Simmons; the Sea Side Band; dancer Johari Mayfield; the Jamaica Gospel Singers; Aisha Cousins’ Obama-textile fashion show; comedian Maeshay K. Lewis; the Gowanus Marching Band, the Asha Dance Company, actress Beareather Reddy, reggae singer Israyl, a Harriet Tubman tribute and the Culture Crashers youth ensemble. A festive award ceremony closes the final day. Then, on July 7th, the public is invited as the Fulton Art Fair and Soul of Brooklyn host a celebration featuring an FAF Best in Show exhibition, artist talk, short film and more at the Kalahari Gallery, 1103 Fulton St near Claver Place in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The Fulton Art Fair was founded in 1958 by Shirley Hawkins and inaugural co-chairs were legendary artists Jacob Lawrence and Ernest Crichlow. Entertainment icons such as Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln attended regularly and music artists such as Max Roach, Randy Weston and Cecil Payne performed. NYC residents today can take up the mantle by celebrating the visual arts and work of groundbreaking community artists.

Fulton Park is located on Harriet Ross Tubman Blvd (Fulton Street) bet Stuyvesant and Lewis Avenues. Take the A train to Utica Ave. For info visit fultonartfair.com, contact sadikisha@gmail.com or Scharalet Kee at 347-645-4383.




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