Saturday, March 24, 2012
FiveMyles located in Crown Heights is a exhibition and performances space to art and film festivals such as The Crown Heigths Film Festival
FiveMyles which is located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. It is an exhibition and performance space where art and community connect.
FiveMyles was founded and incorporated as a non-profit in 1999. Our mission is to advance public interest in innovative experimental work; to identify and exhibit the work of under-represented artists, and to engage the local community through participation in the arts.
Exhibitions and Performances
Place, personal vision, politics, identity and experimentation are an integral part of the programming at FiveMyles. Exhibitions are often inspired by art rooted in non-Western cultures. Recent shows have included photography from East Africa, contemporary Native and Caribbean art, and an East Asian installation project. FiveMyles focuses on giving emerging, merited artists the opporunity to present their work in solo exhibitions. The New York Times, Village Voice, Artnews, Art in America, and other press have given FiveMyles laudatory reviews for its exhibitions, and in 2000 FiveMyles received an OBIE award for "presenting magnificent contemporary performance work."
The Space Program
Between scheduled exhibitions and during the summer months when the gallery is temporarily empty, the space is used by musicians, artists, performers and by the local community. This opportunity often results in exciting impromptu as well as carefully planned events: iSintu's commemoration of the 1976 Soweto Uprisings, bi-weekly rehearsals by Djarara, a traditional Haitian marching band, performances by the Diamonds Forever summer dance program, and our annual St. Johns Place on Stage barbecue and performance fest, now in it's 9th year.
Five years ago we established a summer residency, inviting artists to FiveMyles who can create work in the gallery with the spontaneous participation of the neighborhood. This program offers the artists time and space to work out new ideas in an unconventional setting and, at the same time, engages the community in a hands-on relationship with the arts. Often the work produced during the residency program is turned into an end-of-the-summer exhibition at FiveMyles, and in the past has included a sculpture installation with found objects, a dance photography workshop and a lively exhibition of painted T-shirts.
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