Tommorow! The City College of New York’s “Joining Forces: Living Art on the Hill” presents First of three Artist Talks

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“Art is the voice of the people.” –HeleseTALKS!


Monumental Installation at City College of New York Features 90 Diverse Visual Artists

NOW through December 12

HARLEM, NEW YORK – Arts and Culture, a branch of the Office of Government and Community Affairs at The City College of New York (CCNY), presents”Joining Forces: Living Art on the Hill” –  a unique and innovative public exhibit taking place along the North Academic Plaza of CCNY’s scenic uptown campus (137th Street & Amsterdam Avenue)  through December 12.  The free art installation follows the successful and much lauded inaugural exhibition, “Harlem & the City: Over 100 Special Moments,” and aims to establish an annual event that will continue to build the foundations for further collaborations between City College and the greater New York art community.

Featuring 90 visual artists ranging in age from eight to ninety-three, this cross-cultural, cross-generational and multi-format display seeks to unite, inspire and support the revival of public arts in Harlem.

It spotlights a mosaic of photographers, print makers, photographers, sculptors and painters, and fiber and mixed media artists that are both emerging and established masters of their field. Included are creations by mother and son, father and daughter, teacher and apprentice, mentor and men-tee, student and alumni, and siblings, partners, galleries and various arts organizations.

“My hope is that all the participants draw support from each other so that they all can continue to thrive,” says Dr. Myrah Green, Executive Director of Arts & Culture at CCNY, and curator of “Joining Forces.” “Connecting all all these artists is a timely illustration of an old African proverb: ‘Who we are is because of the many shoulders on which we stand.'”

Among the works are sculptor Otto Neals’ There Was a Time”, digital pixel artist Tomo Mori’s “Reflection of a Boy”, quilter Dinga McCannon-Mitchell’s “Women in Jazz”, and photographer Richard E. Green’s “Fela at the African Street Festival”.

“This groundbreaking exhibit is emblematic of the diversity of the Harlem neighborhood and the City College campus,” said Lisa S. Coico, president, The City College of New York. “Diversity of race. religion, culture, gender and age is from and center in this wonderful show.”

About The City College of New York
For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit

Photo: Taiwo DuVall’s “The Hood Revisted.”

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