Music: Sundown by J Butler
Harlem Needle Arts
In an effort to rekindle the spirit of exploration and the joy of learning art that reinstates the value of simpler things like touch and feel, Harlem Needle Arts collaborates with renowned artist Dindga McCannon on a one-of-a-kind African Queens in Batik Workshop. Themed after the great African Queens, this workshop aims to teach the ancient wax resist technique of Batik with a modern twist by using soy wax to speed up the otherwise long process of creating Batik. Held at the Le Roy Neiman Art Center, the workshop brings participants together to create Batik wall hangings and t-shirts reflecting the African Queens chosen by the workshop's instructor Dindga McCannon in order to appeal equally to the younger generation and the needlework veterans of the Harlem community. Dindga McCannon believes that these ancient art techniques are extraordinary because they engage participants on multiple levels and achieve the goals of both revolutionizing and preserving African Diasporic Art by turning the learning experience into a celebration of history, culture and community spirit.