The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is a nineteen year old, public arts organization. WHAF offers exhibition opportunities for artists and creative professionals wishing to share their talent with residents uptown and around the city. The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. showcases art and culture in open, public spaces to add aesthetic interest to our part of the city; promote historical and cultural heritage; and support community involvement in local development. Our heritage symbol is the double crocodile from West Africa which means unity in diversity.
Public art for the West Harlem Art Fund can include traditional exhibitions, photo installations, storefront windows and live performances. Whether commissioned or through our festival program, The West Harlem Art Fund encourages audiences to not only think outside of the box – but to live outside the box.
New York City is our canvas. In one of the greatest cities in the world, we have the opportunity to experiment ideas, re-shape open spaces & influence community development. But West Harlem is our home. Slowly becoming a creative hub where new restaurants, ferry service, and professionals reside. Art will be a major focal point for this community that is home to great architecture & stunning views of the Hudson River.
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The West Harlem Art Fund provides the following services that are tailored to your specific need and context:
Presentation and Workshop: Presentations on curatorial, programming, and urban planning topics with case studies. Participant guided through use of templates with discussion of logistics (e.g., securing a site, working with property owners, insurance and community outreach).
Site Assessment: A site visit to evaluate and make recommendations on curatorial strategies, programming, and/or other feasible interventions.
Curatorial Services: For exhibitions, homes, offices, hotels, and other commercial spaces.
Exhibition Planning and Production: Comprehensive support for each phase including site research, curation, programming, outreach, and evaluation methods.
Vacant Lots: Advising on installations, murals, programming, temporary infrastructures, and strategies for open-air environments.
The West Harlem Art Fund also offers exhibition and neighborhood tours, and art rentals or acquisitions.
Amber Michelle is editor-in-chief of Rapaport Magazine. Based in New York City, she regularly reports on the auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s and writes articles about up and coming designer/artists as well as fashion and cultural trends. Ms.Michelle has served as a judge for the Spectrum Awards competition, which honors extraordinary design in colored gemstone jewelry. While living in Seattle, she was publications editor for Pioneer Square Theater, a performing arts organization that focused on developing and producing original works by both established and new playwrights.
Ana Ofelia Rodriguez is Director of Community Development at Broadway Housing. Ms. Rodriguez joined Broadway Housing in December, 1998. She has been active in the Washington Heights and Harlem area since 1997 when she served as Chief of Staff to New York City Council Member, Guillermo Linares. Ms. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from City College, a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Seville, Spain and a Ph.D. (ABD status) from Washington University.
Jessica Tribble is a private art advisor, visual artist manager and founder of Clara Arts. She has worked with collectors to develop contemporary art collections for private and public spaces and championed the careers of emerging contemporary artists.
Tribble received her B.S. from Vanderbilt University in 2008 and established a career in real estate development while diligently building her personal collection of contemporary artworks and advising private collectors. Recognizing her passionate commitment to connecting artists and collectors, while bringing contemporary art to more communities, Tribble established herself as an independent art advisor and artist manager in 2015, with the founding of Clara Arts.
The advisory’s mission is to support artists, build collections and create partnerships. To that endeavor, the advisory focuses on emerging and contemporary art acquisition for private and corporate collectors as well as professional development and backing of artists. In addition to advisory and management services, Tribble will undertake a number of curatorial projects in 2016 and 2017.
Affiliations: Young Collectors Council, Acquisitions Committee, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013- Present)
Savona Bailey-McClain currently lives and works in New York City. She is an independent curator and producer. The range of McClain’s practice has included sculpture, drawings, performance, sound, and mixed media. McClain is the Executive Director & Chief Curator for The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. a seventeen year old public art organization and curatorial collective serving neighborhoods around the City. Her public art installations have been seen in the New York Times, Art Daily, Artnet, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post among others. McClain has installed works in Times Square, DUMBO, Soho, Governors Island and Harlem. Noted works include The H in Harlem, Counting Sheep, Story Piles, East River Flows and Loosely Coupled. McClain is now developing new digital installations and location-based interventions using a tour platform. McClain is a member of Independent Curators International, Arttable and a radio host/producer for State of the Arts NYC for WBAI Radio.