Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnershipbegan Black Artstory Month in 2012 in order to elevate African-American history and share the stories of so many of the artists that lived and worked in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. It was suggested by then-staff member, Meredith Phillips Almeida, now executive director of Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. That is what makes Ramona Candy delighted to take part in the Artstory. Besides being a curator, she will be showcasing her 20 collage sketches of people who have made unique contributions to Black culture at Local’s on Friday, February 16th.“I think it’s a great way to celebrate Black History Month,” she says. “MARP is so specifically and really very well prepared for it.” “I hope it [Black Artstory Month] never ends,” Bautista-Carolina says. “As long as MARP exists, I hope it continues to go on.”Steven Mosley agrees.
“Myrtle has always been a diverse, culturally rich neighborhood,” he says. “This rallies to get people to tell our stories and sharing them.”“We get to show the pride of who we are, and tell our stories. No one else is going to tell it,” adds Jazmine Hayes.