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June 22, 2024
Partner Events
Join Abuela Neighborhood Maintenance as a volunteer to clean up the sidewalks by picking up litter, helping beautify our community! They’ll provide all the tools, supplies, and refreshments for their dedicated volunteers. Be part of this community initiative and make a lasting impact on their public spaces. Let’s create a vibrant and welcoming space for everyone to enjoy!To register for this opportunity, click here. 
June 22, 2024
Partner Events
The American LGBTQ+ Museum, alongside Sara Elise, welcome you to the historic Weeksville Heritage Center for a celebration of Queer Life, as they collectively co-create a future historical photo archive of present-day Queer NYC, making their own images that depict what it looks like for the Queer community to rest, enjoy themselves, and play together. After the photography component, guests will learn more about the vision and inspiration behind the event before diving into a dynamic panel, featuring photographer Lola Flash, photographer Naima Green, and co-founder of BLK MKT Vintage Kiyanna Handy, about the importance of queer history and being in charge of their own narratives, led by The American LGBTQ+ Museum. Guests will then be encouraged to participate in a “Summer Camp”-themed field game led by Sara Elise.Throughout the day, guests are encourage to reflect on: The importance of archiving for queer historyHow can we create a future archive of queer history that we feel is actually representative of us?What does it look like for us to create the realistic and reflective imagery of who we are; to be the narrators in our stories versus just observing what is being told of us?How do we visually create the history we want to be remembered by? How do we amplify historically-silenced histories?What does it look like for us to be in control of our own archiving?How do we positively manipulate or influence future history?There will be DJ sets from iconic queer DJ’s Boston Chery and Adair throughout the day; snacks by Harvest and Revel Catering; food by Dear Henry; and signed copies of A Recipe for More: Ingredients for a Life of Abundance and Ease available for purchase.Participants can sign up for a timed slot to pose with artist + photographer Khaleb Brooks as an add-on to your ticket. Once the project is complete, all photos will live in an online archive representing what it means to be Queer and in New York at this moment.SCHEDULE OF EVENTS11:30AM: Doors open at Weeksville Heritage Center12:00-2:00PM: Participants arrive for their timed photo slots. Photo participants are encouraged to bring their own props that represent their family, heritage, and culture, or pose with some of the historical objects provided by BLK MKT Vintage. While waiting for their appointments, guests can delight in the provided snacks and set up their blankets to enjoy a DJ set on The Meadow by DJ Boston Chery.2:00PM: Dear Henry is available vending delicious lunch options to guests on The North Lawn. Get a meal, hydrate, and rest before the panel begins.2:30PM: Join Sara Elise in learning more about the vision behind the event, and in welcoming The American LGBTQ+ Museum’s Director of Programs and Partnerships, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, who will be moderating a panel featuring Lola Flash, Naima Green, and Kiyanna Handy, discussing what it looks like to create realistic and reflective imagery of our communities, to be the architects of future historical photo archives, and how to be the narrator of our own stories versus just observing what is being told about us. The panelists will also be discussing the importance of amplifying historically-silenced histories, the difference between restorative and transformative history, and how we can gather together to re-imagine and thus re-create a future history for ourselves that more accurately represents who we are as a community.3:15PM: Sara Elise will share some prompts for consideration for the remainder of the day, while guests are encouraged to rest and eat.3:30PM: Participate in a group “Summer Camp”-themed field game on The North Lawn.4:30-6:00PM: Hangout, rest on the lawn, dance, and enjoy some summer beats by DJ Adair.PLEASE NOTEThe photograph “booth” is outside, and is not in a private area. While posing, other participants might be watching and/or engaging with you.Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn blanket and a water bottle, and to wear clothing + shoes that they can play in (or plan to be barefoot on the lawns).There will be snacks as well as a food vendor onsite with menu options serving a variety of dietary needs.There will be a quiet “Sensory Break” room that is indoors.Weeksville Heritage Center is an accessible space. The majority of the activities will be held outside on grass lawns.If participants miss their time slot, we will try our best to accommodate them at the end of the photography block (around 2PM), but cannot guarantee it, so please be on time for your timed photo slot!Photo participants are encouraged to bring props that are representative of themselves/their family and can choose to pose as an individual, or with up to 10 other people. There will also be donated props from BLK MKT Vintage that participants can use to pose with as well. There will be up to 1 minute to position/pose and 1 minute of photos taken per time slot.After the photography component, guests will learn more about the vision and inspiration behind the event before diving into a dynamic panel, featuring photographer Lola Flash, photographer Naima Green, and co-founder of BLK MKT Vintage Kiyanna Handy, about the importance of queer history and being in charge of our own narratives, led by The American LGBTQ+ Museum. Guests will then be encouraged to participate in a “Summer Camp”-themed field game led by Sara Elise.Throughout the day, guests are encourage to reflect on:The importance of archiving for queer historyHow can we create a future archive of queer history that we feel is actually representative of us?What does it look like for us to create the realistic and reflective imagery of who we are; to be the narrators in our stories versus just observing what is being told of us?How do we visually create the history we want to be remembered by? How do we amplify historically-silenced histories?What does it look like for us to be in control of our own archiving?How do we positively manipulate or influence future history?There will be DJ sets from iconic queer DJ’s Boston Chery and Adair throughout the day; snacks by Harvest and Revel Catering; food by Dear Henry; and signed copies of A Recipe for More: Ingredients for a Life of Abundance and Ease available for purchase.Participants can sign up for a timed slot to pose with artist + photographer Kaleb Brooks as an add-on to your ticket. Once the project is complete, all photos will live in an online archive representing what it means to be Queer and in New York at this moment. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS11:30AM: Doors open at Weeksville Heritage Center12:00-2:00PM: Participants arrive for their timed photo slots. Photo participants are encouraged to bring their own props that represent their family, heritage, and culture, or pose with some of the historical objects provided by BLK MKT Vintage. While waiting for their appointments, guests can delight in the provided snacks and set up their blankets to enjoy a DJ set on The Meadow by DJ Boston Chery.2:00PM: Dear Henry is available vending delicious lunch options to guests on The North Lawn. Get a meal, hydrate, and rest before the panel begins.2:30PM: Join Sara Elise in learning more about the vision behind the event, and in welcoming The American LGBTQ+ Museum’s Director of Programs and Partnerships, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, who will be moderating a panel featuring Lola Flash, Naima Green, and Kiyanna Handy, discussing what it looks like to create realistic and reflective imagery of our communities, to be the architects of future historical photo archives, and how to be the narrator of our own stories versus just observing what is being told about us. The panelists will also be discussing the importance of amplifying historically-silenced histories, the difference between restorative and transformative history, and how we can gather together to re-imagine and thus re-create a future history for ourselves that more accurately represents who we are as a community.3:15PM: Sara Elise will share some prompts for consideration for the remainder of the day, while guests are encouraged to rest and eat.3:30PM: Participate in a group “Summer Camp”-themed field game on The North Lawn.4:30-6:00PM: Hangout, rest on the lawn, dance, and enjoy some summer beats by DJ Adair.PLEASE NOTEThe photograph “booth” is outside, and is not in a private area. While posing, other participants might be watching and/or engaging with you.Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn blanket and a water bottle, and to wear clothing + shoes that they can play in (or plan to be barefoot on the lawns).There will be snacks as well as a food vendor onsite with menu options serving a variety of dietary needs.There will be a quiet “Sensory Break” room that is indoors.Weeksville Heritage Center is an accessible space. The majority of the activities will be held outside on grass lawns.If participants miss their time slot, we will try our best to accommodate them at the end of the photography block (around 2PM), but cannot guarantee it, so please be on time for your timed photo slot!Photo participants are encouraged to bring props that are representative of themselves/their family and can choose to pose as an individual, or with up to 10 other people. There will also be donated props from BLK MKT Vintage that participants can use to pose with as well. There will be up to 1 minute to position/pose and 1 minute of photos taken per time slot. To register for this event, click here. 
June 26, 2024
Partner Events
Join Brooklyn NAACP for the Youth Council Meeting! This is an exciting opportunity for young people to come together and make a difference in our community.The meeting will take place at Restoration Plaza – 1368 Fulton Street, Multipurpose , where they’ll discuss important topics and brainstorm ideas for projects and initiatives that will benefit the youth.This in-person event is open to all youth who are passionate about making a positive impact. Don’t miss out on this chance to have your voice heard and contribute to the betterment of the community!To register for this event, click here. 
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