ArtCrawl Harlem Boundaries & Connections Artist Residency Program Returns to Governor’s Island

April 16, 2021

ArtCrawl Harlem along with other local NYC arts, culture and environmental programs return to Governors Island to offer programs and residencies within the historical homes on Nolan Park.  ArtCrawl Harlem, a New York City-based non-profit arts organization will host its 2nd Annual “Boundaries and Connection” Artist Residency Program from May 1st through October 31, 2021 on Governors Island. This year’s residency theme is “Art and Activism” prompting each Artist to create a body of work from their own perspective.

The artists will also have access to Governors Island’s expansive landscapes as a resource, helping them to retreat and reflect on their practices.

ArtCrawl Harlem has awarded three NYC-based artists a 6-week residency program. This year’s residents are, Painter and Mixed-Media Artists, Mario Joyce, Portrait Artist and Photographer, Michael Odele and Painter and Mixed Media Artist, Melissa Sutherland.


Artists receive a stipend, free daytime workspace, mentoring, space to exhibit their existing artwork during open studio tours and virtual programming showcasing their artwork and process. A group exhibition featuring their completed residency work is planned for later in the year at a Harlem-based gallery.

ArtCrawl Harlem Boundaries and Connections residency program recognizes the importance of artists having the freedom, space, and resources to create, Ulysses Williams, ArtCrawl Harlem Executive Director states, “The ability to return for a second season is a testament to the significant place that visual artists hold within our community as storytellers, dreamers and truth tellers. ArtCrawl Harlem offering space and time for artists to advance their work and careers is very important to us.”  Having participated in ArtCrawl Harlem’s “Fire and Soul” exhibition, Artist Mario Joyce returns as one of the selected Residents. He states: “My work during the residency will reaffirm that black bodies have been active participants within the political arena of this country just by existing. I plan on exploring African American Migration into and out of the “Black Belt,” by examining the Black vote in the South and investigate just how ancient our roots really are in this Nation.”

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Photo credit: 1) Melissa Sutherland. 2) Mario Joyce. 3) Michael Obele

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