Friday, April 19, 2013

ARTs has arrived in East New York

New York is a cultural haven for all things artistic but there are still certain areas of the city that are  cultural deserts. In Brooklyn, East New York was one of those areas until Catherine A. Green, Executive Director and founder of ARTs East New York took on the task of opening a cultural center for the children and families in the neighborhood. The center includes an art gallery, and classes in dance and music for children. ARTs East New York is located at 851 Hegeman Avenue and Cleveland St., Brooklyn, NY.  Visit their site at

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Goldilocks Revisited Caribbean Style

April is Poetry Month so it is time to celebrate the poetry in all of us. John Agard is a poet of wit and humor. He has recently been awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry for 2012 in the United Kingdom. The British Poet Laureate Carol Ann  Duffy says:

"John Agard has always made people sit up and listen. He has done this with intelligence, humour and generosity. He has the ability to temper anger with wit and difficult truths with kindness. He levels the ground beneath all our feet, whether he is presenting Dante to children or introducing his own (Guyanan) culture to someone who hasn’t encountered it before. In performance he is electrifying – compelling, funny, moving and thought-provoking. His work in Education over years has changed the way that readers, writers and teachers think about poetry."

Here he recites from his recent book, Golilocks on CCTV . Enjoy!

For more Info visit Paper Tigers and the Caribbean Poetry Project.