February is Black History Month, and there is no better place to celebrate the heritage of African Americans than here in Brooklyn. The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership is celebrating with their 3rd Annual Black Artstory Month, under this year’s title of “Where I’m From: The Black Artstory of Myrtle and Beyond.” The month-long series of free art exhibits, performances, film screenings and more in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Wallabout, Brooklyn will explore themes of time, travel and transition by over 25 Brooklyn-based artists celebrating the neighborhood’s rich African American history.
Black Artstory Month tells the stories of cultural pluralism not only of African Americans but also of other populations that live in the same neighborhood. The art and rememberance will come in all sorts of forms, from. Next Saturday’s (February 7) musical look at “Young Dublin,” the intersection of the large Irish and African American populations in the late nineteenth century in present-day Fort Greene to tours of the Navy Yard’s BLDG92 to a look at the lives of black female artists who led the black Brooklyn renaissance of the 1980s and 90s.
Beyond the schedules events, you can also use this map for a self-guided artwalk tour down the the Myrtle Avenue Corridor. It’ll stop snowing at some point, so if you can hold out until then, your reward is a dozen places to pop in to and see some art by some of Brooklyn’s best African American artists. So at least February is good for something.