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Heartbreaks and Mistakes
Friday, February 14, 2020

7:00 – 11:00 pm

A Valentine’s Day event where you don’t have to be in love or in a relationship to enjoy yourself. All are welcome! Take part in lite food, drinks, DJ and live music performances by “The Kids From Summer Camp Kill It” focusing on the “B-Side” of Love. This event is not just for the love you are in at the moment, but for the past love you’ve lost and the new love that you’re searching for. So come join us on this day of reflection and projection at the Andrew Freedman Home. See you there!

Hosted by the Camp Kill It’s own Jazmyn Gre & Devante Jefferies.

Camp Performers: Disney Amyka • Twelve E • 4evr Michael • Hello O’Shay • Torren Hart

“The Kids From Summer Camp Kill It” is a young adult creative collective heavily rooted in music creation and collaboration based out of Bronx, NY. Among other forms of artistic expression like Photography, Dance, Fashion, Film and more; T.K.F.S.C.K.I’s goals are to collaborate and support independent artists within and outside of the camp, while being a beacon of inspiration to the urban youth artists of NYC. In 2019, the camp was welcomed into the Andrew Freedman Home as resident artists. AFH is one of the Bronx’s great institutions for creative development for all forms of artistic expression.

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The Bronx Is Reading: Reading & Book Signing
Saturday, January 30, 2020

6:30 pm

#TheBronxisReading presents Tommy Davidson in conversation with Tochi Onyebuchi at the Andrew Freedman Home Library.

Join us for an evening of literature and fun as famed comedian and actor Tommy Davidson reads from his just-released book, Living in Color and is joined in conversation with Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Riot Baby.

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Restore Justice
Friday, January 10, 2020
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

3rd Citywide Roundtable on Restorative Approaches fostering cooperation, conection and Community across New York City.

Presented by: Restorative Justice Initiative, The Center for Creative Conflict Resolution & The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.


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Music for Multiple Violas: Stephanie Griffin and her Seven Viola Chair
Saturday, January 11, 2020
3:00 pm

Local Bronx composer, Stephanie Griffin and Indonesian composer Tony Prabowo and a seasonal favorite arranged by Matthew Greenbaum. With video art by John Gurrin.

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The Bronx Is Reading: Official Book Club
Saturday, December 21, 2019

2:00 – 3:30 pm

#TheBronxisReading Book Club Pick for December is: Daughters of the Stone by Bronx native Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa.

Join us for our December #TBIR Book Club meeting at the Andrew Freedman Home Library on Saturday, December 21, 2019. Limited number of free books available for Bronx residents (must show proof of residence).

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October 4 – October 30, 2019

A performance project by the Open Program in partnership with The People’s Forum NYC & The Andrew Freedman Home. An invitation to all to join in rehearsals to create and then perform HOME.

What is home? Where we come from, where we go to, where we live. A place lost, a place found, a dream pursued, an existence destroyed; a feeling, an aim, a nightmare – application forms, a lottery, an impossibility.
HOME will be a theater piece created by people — maybe you — who have to tell you something about this human experience, its different aspects, abuses, struggles, hopes, circumstances and obstacles, and the fight to be able to say: HOME.

Join us and create a story that needs to be told. HOME.
For more information, write to us here:

HOME will be rehearsed and performed at various locations in NYC:

Content of the rehearsals:
The rehearsals of HOME will introduce different aspects of the research of the Open Program and will give the opportunity to work one-on-one on selected texts, songs, and acting fragments. The rehearsals are for everybody who wishes to discover theater as a tool for their own personal work and life, be it in public speaking, activism or teaching.

With its various fundamental elements such as the work on associations and actions, theater is a tool to create and to reclaim spaces of encounter and exchange. We propose a creative process that has a political dimension and explores personal and social relations, creating meaning in action through text, song and the presence of the performer and the spectator/witness. In a performative situation, can we approach a quality of communion in which the borders between audience and spectator disappear?

The theatre work of the Open Program, started in 2007, is based on more than 30 years of research developed at the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thoams Richards; the technical aspects of the rehearsals will include work on the relation between precision and organicity, the creation of the acting score, improvisation within a structure, composed movement and rhythm, work on song and the vibration of the voice, and awareness of and reacting to the space and other people.

People’s Forum NYC
The Andrew Freedman Home
The Great Globe Foundation
The One World Fund
En Foco, Inc.
Designing the WE
The Bronx Defenders
Hydro Punk
Inwood Legal Action

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Open House New York Weekend
Saturday, October 19, 2019

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

DESCRIPTION – The 100,000sf Renaissance-style palazzo Andrew Freedman Home was built in 1924 and became a New York City landmark in 1992. The building’s namesake, Andrew Freedman (1860-1915), was a wealthy Tammany Hall fixture and early financier of the IRT, New York City’s first subway line.

In his will, Mr. Freedman wished to create an elegant retirement home for the formerly well-to-do who had fallen on hard times. This giant mansion served that purpose until the 1960s when the Andrew Freedman Trust ran into financial difficulty and eventually sold the property to the Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council in 1984. A year later, the home was reopened for all elderly individuals, regardless of past financial status. As of 2012, the Andrew Freedman Home serves as an arts and culture center with studios for artists-in-residence, two exhibition galleries, and space for music events and theater. The Andrew Freedman Home also runs a Head Start program, a workforce development program, and event spaces. Across the building’s vast first floor, one still finds the original Grand Ballroom, the Princess Ballroom, the Executive Room, the Billiard Room and the well-appointed, floor-to-ceiling wood paneled Library, with the books and furnishings of the original still intact. The home’s elegant front veranda opens to a grand lawn and garden, the largest such privately owned, publicly accessible outdoor space along the Bronx’s Grand Concourse.

ARCHITECT/DATE – Joseph H. Freedlander and Harry Allan Jacobs, 1924

ABOUT OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK – Open House New York provides broad audiences with unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of New York and to the people who help design, build, and preserve the city. Through its year-round programs and the annual OHNY Weekend, Open House New York celebrates the best examples of design and planning throughout the five boroughs, from historic to contemporary, and helps foster a more informed conversation about how architecture and urban design sustain New York as a vibrant place to live, work, and learn. Open House New York is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more info visit

ABOUT THE 17TH OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK WEEKEND – OCTOBER 18-20, 2019 – Each October, Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors to New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From colonial to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances and other special events taking place over the course of the weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to fostering a more vibrant civic life and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York.


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Katie’s Tales
Saturday, October 12, 2019
7:30 pm

With Agnieszka Kazimierska (Poland)
Directed by Mario Biagini (Italy)

The story of a Lady. And her Beloved. A return. A tale of a garden.

Katie’s Tales is the story of a woman and her lover who, after a terrible event, left her with the promise to come back, one day. It’s the story of a garden, with an orchard of cherry trees.

Katie’s life unfolds during times of waiting and times of becoming – new and savage times. Katie, together with a couple of foreign servants, lives protected in her garden, under the shade of her cherry trees, silent witnesses of her life and of History. Every day Katie receives visitors: every moment could bring the return of the one who left in order to travel, and Katie struggles to keep herself ready. With her stories, Katie tells us of desire, and of waiting, and with her silences she speaks to us of the unsaid. She who waits is on a journey herself, standing mute on the road of her life sculpted in vivid frames, at the center of her garden under the shade of the cherry trees thick with memories – a woman standing in front of History, face to her own lights and her own shadows, at the crossroad of past and future. The untold desire that Katie embodies invites us to reflect on the place we belong to, and to open ourselves to wordless question about the role of our conscience, in the deafening flux of events and in the confused whirlwind of desires.

After the performance a simple meal will be shared with the guests. A conversation about the forthcoming project HOME and future initiatives, aspirations and collaborations between the Open Program and local residents, artists, citizens and activists will follow.

The performance is for free. To help us prepare the necessary number of seats, please reserve at writing the name of the performance, Katie’s Tales, in the title.

Author: Agnieszka Kazimierska and Mario Biagini
Production: Fondazione Teatro della Toscana / Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards Performed by: Agnieszka Kazimierska
Music: Traditional, Polish
Duration: 55 minutes The performance is in English.
Photos by Nikita Chuntomov.

Established in 1986 by one of the most important and influential theatre practitioners of the 20th century, Jerzy Grotowski, the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards is developing an ongoing research in the field of performing arts. Open Program, one of the Workcenter’s 3 creative teams, commenced in 2007 and is led by Mario Biagini, center’s Associate Director. His team focuses primarily on how the arts and the processes discovered within the Workcenter’s research can serve people not necessarily engaged into arts, how to be of service to surrounding community and greater society. Katie’s Tales is a new piece directed by M. Biagini, created and performed by Agnieszka Kazimierska, a member of the Open Program for the past 11 years.

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Neo Afro Diasporic Festival 2019
October 11 & 12, 2019

Paso Negro presents Neo Afro Diasporic Festival 2019!

Friday, October 11th – Cover Charge at the door = $12.00

  • 8:30 PM – Live musical performances featuring Bodoma and PeruRican Ensemble with guests Kayla Bule, Ivelisse Diaz, Denise Solis, Pedro Rosales, and Indys’ Pop Up Kitchen.

Saturday, October 12th Cover Charge at the door = $15.00

  • 11am-12pm – Bomba Dance workshop with Ivelisse Diaz.
  • 12:15-1:15pm – Lecture-demonstration Afro Peruvian music with Pedro Rosales and Denise Solis.
  • 1:15-3:00pm – Bombazo.

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VOCES FAMILIARES (Un solo en proceso)
Miercoles, Octubre 10, 2019
a las 7:30 pm
Entrada Gratuita

Los invitamos a una agradable velada donde se presentará un espectáculo unipersonal, aun en proceso de creación, hablado y cantado en español, y que vendrá acompañado por un rico plato al estilo colombiano.

El espectáculo cuenta la historia de una familia, en una humilde casa del campo en Colombia, quienes se reúnen para celebrar la navidad. Parientes, vecinos y amigos cercanos se reúnen en la casa en nombre del Niño que va a nacer. Mientras se espera la medianoche, los miembros de esta familia se cuentan unos a otros historias y sucesos; y entre cantos Afrocolombianos, y relatos provenientes de evangelios Apócrifos y Canónicos, se contará la historia del nacimiento del Niño, su infancia, su vida y su muerte. En esta simple casa, entre esta gente simple, el mito y la vida se encuentran. Cada padre es un José Carpintero; cada madre de luto es una Virgen que llora, cada hombre que protege un niño es un San Antonio y cada abuelita cuidando los nietos es una Santa Ana.

Después de la presentación, mientras se sirve la comida, se llevará a cabo una conversación sobre el próximo proyecto del Open Program en New York, HOME, y sobre posibles iniciativas futuras, aspiraciones y colaboraciones entre el Open Program y los residentes, artistas, ciudadanos y activistas locales.

Los lugares son limitados, por favor realice su reserva a:

FAMILIAR VOICES (A solo work in progress)
Wednesday, October 10, 2019
7:30 pm

We invite you to a pleasant evening where we will present Familiar Voices, a solo performance still in process of creation. The piece will be entirely spoken and sung in Spanish and will be accompanied by a delicious Colombian-style meal.

The performance tells the story of a family gathered in a humble country house to celebrate Christmas. Relatives, neighbors and close friends meet in the name of the Child who is going to be born. While waiting for midnight, the members of the family tell each others stories and events: woven along with Afro-Colombian songs and stories from apocryphal and canonical gospels, the story of the Child’s birth, as well as his childhood, life and death will be told. In this simple house, amongst these simple people, myth and life meet: each father is a “José Carpintero” (the carpenter Joseph), each mourning mother is a “Maria en llanto” (Weeping Mary), each man who protects a child is a “San Antonio” (St. Anthony), and each grandmother taking care of the grandchildren is a “Santa Ana” (St. Anne).

After the performance, together with the meal, a conversation will take place about the forthcoming project of the Open Program in New York, HOME, and about possible future initiatives, aspirations and collaborations between the Open Program and local residents, artists, citizens and activists.

Limited places, please book to:

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Beauteous is a theatrical presentation and immersive experience of a dystopian world set in an urban future of dwindling natural resources, rampant 

e-commerce, sky-high rents, and the incentive to suppress any true emotion. “The Investment Conglomerate,” the ultimate merger of all tech giants, has effectively installed itself as the all-powerful government, doling out precious resources based on distinct class stratifications and broadcasting media and propaganda to devices embedded in every human palm. 

This evening-long production of Beauteous introduces audiences to a future that is equally frightening and captivating, as the world adjusts to a new normal. Characters such as “Funds,” a street smart rapper; “Produku,” the fashion celebrity of the moment, and the hosts of the Whiney Ramoso talk show and suicide hotline enlist the audience as denizens of this neo-urban hustle.

Paralleling a Bronx poised between gentrification and the cultural traditions of Old New York, the evening of Beauteousis an exploratory conversation about perception, community branding, and the dynamics of hype. Incorporating long-standing narratives of LGBTQ subculture, social syncretism, and the four elements of Hip Hop–DJing, MCing, B-Boying, and Writing—the evening endeavors to celebrate the narratives of the multi-cultural community that gave birth to significant art movements and coined the phrase “The Boogie Down Bronx.”

The Andrew Freedman Home is an art and culture collective that is a hub of creativity and learning in the South Bronx. Featuring two exhibition galleries, an artists in residence program, special events, theatrical and music performances, a small business incubator, workforce development, Universal Pre-K program and event rental spaces, AFH has been serving the Bronx since 2012.

PopRally is a series of events at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 that serve as a gateway for young and diverse audiences to engage with MoMA. Led by a cross-departmental committee of Museum staff, PopRally produces dynamic programs including artist collaborations, performances, film screenings, and digital content that encourage new and experimental ways of encountering modern and contemporary art.

Re-Writing History: A Black Ancestral Narrative With Fabiola Jean-louis,

closingreception_invitation CLOSING RECEPTION: Thursday July 18th, 6:00-9:00pm

The Andrew Freedman Home invites you to come celebrate the work of Fabiola Jean-Louis and mark the closing of her exhibition Re-Writing History: A Black Ancestral NarrativeJoin us, Thursday July 18th 6-9pm for cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres and a very special musical performance from Riva Nyri Précil & Bohio Music. We hope you will be able to join us!


Visual Activism and Women in the Arts
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Artists Fabiola Jean-Louis, Vanessa German, and Ayana V. Jackson discuss visual activism, and the role of history and identity in their work.

Moderated by Elia Alba.

Join us as these three artists discuss the common themes and overlapping narratives in their work. Through photography, multi-media installations, sculpture, and film, they explore historical and contemporary social issues: racism, immigration, and social unrest, often connecting threads of the past to realities of the present.

In each artist’s work, women of color play a powerful role as both transformative force and spiritual presence.

This program is in conjunction with the exhibition, Re-Writing History: A Black Ancestral Narrative, with Fabiola Jean-Louis.

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Imagination Manifests DreamsCreative Writing Workshop_2
Friday, May 31, 2019

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Imagination Manifests Dreams is a creative writing workshop presented by Karl Omar Lawrence.

Karl Omar Lawrenceis a self-made published author and social entrepreneur from the Bronx, New York. He is a passionate believer in the power that words have to transform people and spark change in our society.

Come join him for a series of workshops that will inspire you to be critical, conscious and confident.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

12:00 – 6:00 pm
Suggested Donation $5 – $10

BomBarBecue may sound like a traditional cookout event, but actually it’s a cultivating art form that’s designed to preserve a fabric of traditional social community values that derived from Pan African roots. The tradition is cultivated through song, drum and dance, known as Bomba.

Join Dr. Drum and BombaYo for this annual community celebration honoring Puerto Rico’s African heritage through Bomba music and dance, including a class graduation ceremony! “BombaYo”, cultura en vivo!

Please bring a blanket or foldable chair for live music & food on the lawn of The Andrew Freedman Home.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
12:00 – 5:00 pm

Celebrate the power of Bronx artists, makers & entrepreneurs at DreamFest!

  • Visual Arts Exhibition featuring works from over 600 students across 25 school partners
  • DreamFest Marketplace featuring over 60 PoC/Bronx-based entrepreneurs
  • Gaming Tournament & Virtual Reality Station
  • Performances on Black Solidarity: Fashion, Poetry, Theater & Activism

DreamFest is FREE and open to the public.

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April 14 – May 9, 2019
(See dates/times below)

We are looking for talented performers to participate in this new performance project created by The Work Center of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards.

What is home? Where we come from, where we go to, where we live. A place lost, a place found, a dream pursued, an existence destroyed; a feeling, an aim, a nightmare – application forms, a lottery, an impossibility. HOME will be a theater piece created by people who have to tell you something about this human experience – its different aspects, abuses, struggles, hopes, circumstances and obstacles, and the fight to to be able to say, HOME. Join us and create a story that needs to be told. HOME.

HOME is a long term project that starts in the Spring of 2019 will continue in the Fall of 2019 for another 6 – 8 weeks. This will give participants the opportunity to continue to work on their songs, acting fragments or poems, and new people and friends to join in.

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April 28, 2019

2:00-5:00 PM

The Andrew Freedman Home invites Bronx artists, community leaders, friends and neighbors to join us Sunday April 28th from 2 – 5 pm for a community discussion about the arts, social responsibility and how to build community assets and opportunities for artists of The Bronx. This event will be live-streamed by BronxNet for anyone unable to attend in person.

The discussion will be led by a panel of community organizers, and begin with introductions and an initial discussion amongst the panelists. The discussion will then be opened to attendees to share their thoughts on the issues at hand. It is our hope that this community forum will be the first of many, and an opportunity to come together, share perspectives and create action steps to build a stronger arts community in The Bronx!


  • April De Simone (Moderator), Co-Founder of DesigningTheWE
  • Walter Puryear, Executive Director of The Andrew Freedman Home
  • Elia Alba, Artist and creator of The Supper Club
  • Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Author, and board member of Bronx Council on the Arts and National Association of Latino Art

If you missed the event, you can now view the recorded BronxNet LiveFeed.

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Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge: Ezili Dantor, Digital Media, 2018

Ezili Dantor, Freedom and the African Diaspora
Friday, April 26, 2019
7:00-9:00 pm

Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge: Ezili Dantor, Freedom and the African Diaspora converses with Fabiola Jean-Louis: RE-WRITING HISTORY: A Black Ancestral Narrative. This immersive experience expands beyond the Andrew Freedman Home galleries with video sculpture, projection mapping, wearable art, music, performance and dance; the entire 1st floor comes alive in an unforgettable evening as AFH regulars and new friends rewrite history together.

The event honors Ezili Dantor, a figure associated with the Black Madonna, the Infant Jesus and self-liberated African slaves. Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge employ religious symbols to investigate the meaning of freedom, drawing further connections between black culture in the Caribbean and the United States.

Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge is the Bronx-based collaborative of Yelaine Rodriguez, Melanie Gonzalez and Benton C Bainbridge. The artists make installations and performances at the intersection of wearable art, performance art and media art. The Bronx collaborative has shown at American Museum of Natural History’s One Step Beyond, Wave Hill, and Longwood Gallery. Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge exhibited the video painting Ezili Dantor with Andrew Freedman Home at Art Decentralized – The World of Distributed Masterpieces, in conjunction with Art | Basel Miami 2018.

Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge + Special Guests:
Nia Fields, Havanna Fisher, Maria J Hackett, IIanah Naamah, Isabella Jackson, Wilson Lantigua, Kaila Bulé, DJ Sunny Cheeba

Free Admission

Installation and Performance followed by DJ Sunny Cheeba [Cash Bar : Bring ID]

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Wear Paper Proudly_01AFH Saturday Workshop: WEAR PAPER PROUDLY
Saturday, March 30, 2019

2:00-4:00 pm

Renown paper artist and visual storyteller, Béatrice Coron will lead a wearable art workshop inspired by the paper fashions in our current exhibition, Re-Writing History: A Black Ancestral Narrative. In this intense workshop of serious fun, participants will explore collapsible paper structures, pop-ups, and a range of wearable paper creations from scarves to jewelry. Participants cut their designs into Tyvek®, a reinforced paper, to create stories and designs that can be displayed and worn.

Space is limited.  Please RSVP to

Workshop fee:
There will be a $20 workshop fee that will be used to cover the cost of materials. 

The Instructor:
For the last 20 years, Béatrice Coron
 has been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. She stages narrative allegories in silhouette to create both intense narratives and playful fantasies.

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An evening with Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, author of Daughters of the Stone
March 15, 2019

5:00 – 8:00 pm

Please join us in the Andrew Freedman Home for a reading, Q&A, and Book Signing with Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Best Selling Author and PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize 2010 Finalist.

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa’s Daughters of the Stone sings as few novels can. It also tells us of a culture and nation that is under-represented in our literature: Puerto Rico. And it does so with brilliant flourishes, in a narrative both gripping and intimate. Conveying a wide sweep of history, as witnessed by several generations of women, the book has the warmth of an autobiography while sustaining a firm and stately control of technique and language. – Pen Literary Awards

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Friday, December 21st, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
ADMISSION FEE: a handful of Earth as an offering to the Drums

BombaYoFor the seventh chapter of Performing the Bronx, Dr. Drum and Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful host a winter ritual to welcome the first day of the season. And perhaps snow will fall. The voices of drums are at the center of this ceremony. Come and heal, sample some of the fruits of the Earth, move your bones, dance in community, or simply lie down on the floor and absorb the vibrations of the percussion. Open to all!

For the seventh chapter of Performing the Bronx, Dr. Drum and Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful host a winter ritual to welcome the first day of the season. And, perhaps, snow will fall. The voices of drums are at the center of this ceremony. Come and heal, sample some of the fruits of the Earth, move your bones, dance in community, or simply lie down on the floor and absorb the vibrations of the percussion. OPEN TO ALL!

About Performing the Bronx
Estévez Raful works with a group of iconic Bronxites to co-develop with him performative actions that they present together in private or in the Bronx’s public realm, focused on the histories that tie these individuals to specific communities and neighborhoods in their borough. These otherwise ephemeral gestures are recorded in photography, video and/or writings. All of these materials will serve as the basis for a future publication conceived and edited by Estévez Raful.

Performing the Bronx is an expansion of Estévez Raful’s on-going efforts to generate work with and within different communities in the Bronx. It is also representative of his interest in recovering, reclaiming and remembering histories of the area’s inhabitants that run the risk of being effaced by time, lost in the midst of neighborhoods in flux, or dismissed by dominant discourses that often position themselves at the center of the conversation. With Performing the Bronx Estévez Raful continues contributing to the archives of the place he calls home. Past collaborators include Bill Aguado, Wanda Salamán, Mili Bonilla, Danilo Lachapel, Arthur Avilés, and Caridad De La Luz ‘La Bruja’.

Dr. Drum
Born on December 3rd, 1958, at New York City’s St. Vincent Hospital to Puerto Rican parents, both from Caguas, Puerto Rico, Dr. Drum is known as one of the Top National Afro Rican Bomba Artists. Bronx native Jose Ortiz, aka: Dr. Drum, is a nationally highly acclaimed professional on-stage performer, educator in Pan-African, Caribbean and Latin culture, and is a self-taught percussionist of Afro Caribbean rhythms. For these past twenty years, he has been an adamant advocate for the cultural arts as well as an adamant activist, organizer and educator of Afro Puerto Rican Bomba, a traditional African derived music and art form which was brought to the Americas by African slaves. Dr. Drum has performed at Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, and the United Nations, among other venues. He has taught at numerous after-school programs throughout NYC since 1999, where has developed an original curriculum for teaching percussion to youth. Dr. Drum is presently the co-founder and Musical Director of

BombaYo Afro-Puerto Rican Arts’ Project. His work helps members of all ages, cultures, backgrounds, race and ethnicities develop a strong sense of identity and responsibility through actively exploring their cultural roots.

Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful treads an elusive route that manifests itself performatively or through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap.Concurrently, this path has been informed by a strong personal interest in immigration, cultural hybridization and Estévez Raful’s understanding of identity as a process always in flux. He hence approaches the concepts of home and belonging to the U.S. American context from the perspective of a Lebanese-Dominican, Dominican York who was recently baptized as a Bronxite: a citizen of the Bronx. While ephemeral by nature, Estévez Raful’s work gains permanence through audios, photographs, props, drawings, rumors, embodied memories, costumes, websites, videos and publications.

For RSVP and questions, contact:

Click Here for eventbrite page!

Performing the Bronx is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the Bronx Council on the Arts. Special thanks to Mothers on the Move (MOM), and to Andrew Freedman Home.

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Friday, July 27th, 10 am – 4 pm.

Artwork © 2018 Xavier Figueroa.

Join The Andrew Freedman Home as they host BombaYo’s newest cultural event for our amazing community!

BombaYo brings the Loíza tradition to our Bronx Youth with their first ever Bronx Loíza Youth Festival this Friday, July 27th at The Andrew Freedman Home. This cultural event honors Saint James (Santiago Apóstol) and will feature arts, crafts, and bomba music.

– Learn about Loíza tradition!
– Participate in making Vejigante puppets!
– March along fellow participants in a Vejigante parade!

The Andrew Freedman Home
1125 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10452

For more information, contact:
Jose “DR. DRUM” Ortiz

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Past Events


The Artist Shop
November 25rd – December 23rd
Mondays – Saturdays | Noon – 7 PM

artistshopnovemberfinal_FRTThis holiday season, The Artist Shop is open for business!!! Artworks and gifts created by current Andrew Freedman Home artists-in-residence will be available for purchase beginning on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving until the day before Christmas Eve.

Participating artists: Gabe Aiello, Noté Peter George, Alice Mizrachi, Jennie West, Warren Smith, Elena Hall, Natalie Collette Wood, Cannon Hersey, Kelly Covington, Benton C Bainbridge, Andre Trenier, Renee Cox.

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WillBeHeardOpen Program: WILL BE HEARD
October – November (see below)

A new performance event created by The Work Center of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards.

We are looking for talented performers to create WILL BE HEARD— a new kind of performance event that celebrates diverse cultural heritages and strengthens community. WILL BE HEARD is a sanctuary for all. Neighbors, strangers, and loved ones will be welcomed into a space to meet, to be, to get know one another—without fear. This experience of coming together will then be a seed that we learn to carry in our Hearts and give to others.

To set up an INTERVIEW TO PARTICIPATE, please contact:

Week 1: Oct 12 & 13, 4-7 pm | Oct 14, 10 am-2:30 pm | Oct 15, 2-4 pm & 5-7 pm
Week 2: Oct 18, 12:30-5 pm | Oct 19 & 20, 4-7 pm | Oct 21, 11:30 am-1:30 pm & 3-6 pm | Oct 22, 12-2 pm & 4-7 pm
Week 3: Oct 26 & 27, 4-7 pm | Oct 28, 11:30-2:30 pm & 4-7 pm
Week 4 & 5: Nov 1, 2, 8, & 9 TBA

Our Partners:
The Andrew Freedman Home, Great Globe Foundation, One World Foundation, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council, Incarcerated Nation, The NYC Seed Group.

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BombaYoBOMBAYO: Cultura En Vivo!
Friday, September 29th, 9 pm – 12 am.


About BombaYo…
“BombaYo ignites the ancestral rhythms of Bomba, an African derived music and dance tradition developed in Puerto Rico. The synergy of call and response singing, drumming and dance provides the foundation for a dynamic interplay between the solo drummer and dancer. “

BombaYo stirs the soul in a way that only music and dance can to uplift and celebrate our deeper humanity.

BombaYo creates an intergenerational and participatory experience that honors people of all ages and abilities.

In the spirit of Sankofa–looking to your past for a better future–BombaYo members draw from the bomba tradition to enrich their lives and embrace their cultural legacy. Through workshops, cultural presentations, performances and partnerships, BombaYo engages communities throughout NYC area to raise awareness of Afro Puerto Rican culture and to connect Bomba to the vast traditions of the African Diaspora.”

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“American Dream” by Natalie C. Wood

La Maison Des Rêves
Friday, September 15th,
6:30 pm to Midnight.
Admission: EventBrite

We invite you to attend La Maison des Rêves at the Andrew Freedman Mansion. Guided by our host for the evening, famed culinary ambassador and media personalityBaron Ambrosia, guests will be taken on a journey of artistic exploration, through fine art, food, dance and music.

Open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Performances begin promptly at 7:00 pm. Preview of the STATE PROPERTY art exhibition on view in main gallery.

In collaboration with: The Andrew Freedman Home, and Buka Restaurant.

Artist Performances
Mr. Reed, Directors, DJ SHU-G, DJ Eli Efi, DJ Delaceiba, Rue Brown, andChris Pop. Additional performers to be announced.

About the Art Exhibition
STATE PROPERTY is a multi-disciplinary examination of American consumerism of prison labor and our daily choices to purchase, condone or reject goods created in penitentiaries. The exhibition asks guests to consider more carefully what “Made in the U.S.A” currently means in relation to the incarceration system, corporate outsourcing, and public consumerism. Currency and choice (or lack thereof) are the springboards towards a much deeper dialogue that recognizes these present injustices. Featured artists in the group exhibition include Hank Willis Thomas and Renee Cox, as well as several emerging artists. To read more about the exhibition clickhere.

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20953257_10212379784423020_7168112074325064340_nBOMBAYO: Cultura En Vivo
Friday, August 25th, 2 – 6 pm.
Admission FREE

New Village Music Festivalpresents… BOMBAYO: Cultura En Vivo!

Come check out some Afro Roots Music of Puerto Rico at this Year’s New Village Music Festival 2017 with special guest BombaYo as they promote unity through music and art.

The event is FREE, so bring your family into Tompkins Square Park located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan for a fantastic fun-filled day!

Sponsored by United Healthcare.

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Saturday, August 18th at 7pm.
Admission FREE before 8PM;
$10 AFTER 8PM.

BombaYo & AfroSoulfrito present Parranda Tropical,an Afro-Caribbean Lawn Party featuring LIVE Percussion byDr. Drum. DJ Sabronxura will keep the party jumping with the sounds of Tropical Funk, Afro House, Latin Heat, and Dancehall.

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Chief69 Wrek in the MeccaWrek in the Mecca, Vol. 4
Saturday, April 8th at 8pm. $5 Admission

Wrek in the Mecca, the Bronx’s premiere Cypher Jam, is an open dance Cypher and Graffiti art show hosted by Chief69 and The Bronx Boys Rocking Crew (TBB) – Mecca Chapter.


Featuring music by DJ Miles and DJ Charlie Hustle;

Live drumming by Dr. Drum
Art show curated by legendary writer BOM5.

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Bronx Latin American Art Biennial:  I am one of those people that…
November 20th  – December 20th


Bronx Latin American Art Biennial:  I am one of those people that… curated by Alexis Mendoza & Luis Stephenberg features work that’s referring to personal aspects of the creation process.  The curators are interested in the way artists think and what are the specifics behind the creating process.   “We encourage the artists to be very vocal about their work. Our intention is to have the opportunity to explore some of today’s local, national and international social issues such as: migration, women’s rights, political conflicts, different types of discrimination, and issues that reflect on the autonomy of the opinion. We want to show self-representation of the artist’s way of thinking.”

The associate curator of this segment of the Bronx Latin American Art Biennial is Miguel Lescano with featured artists:  Alexander Richard Carbonell, Bairo Martínez Parra, Francisco Alvarado-Juárez, Garvín Sierra, Geandy Pavón, Iliana Emilia García, Juan Si González, Miguel Trelles, Nelson Álvarez,Paco Cao, Raúl Morrilla, Renán Darío Arango, Rigo Peralta, POÉTICAS VISUALES DE LIMA (VISUALS POETICS OF LIMA) Francisco Guerra-García, Erika Rodríguez, José Güich, Miguel Lescano, Elie Angles, Carolina Bazo, José Luis Palomino,
Nicolás Tarnawiecki, Elio Martuccelli , Paul Tealdo, Xir Montalbán, Rafael Moreno , Yerko Slatar , Álvaro Chang-Say, Juan Pacheco, Kike Congrains.

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The Work Center presents OPEN CHOIRS.
Wednesday, October 5th, 12th  & 19th, 2016 – 7:00 – 9:00pm
OPEN CHOIR is a free, public event, where everyone is welcome to participate. A core of artists leads participants and guests, both new and returning, through a flow of songs, looking for the possibility of a simple and alive kind of experience and interaction.

Nothing Lasts Forever by Natalie Colette Wood
Extended thru November!
N C WoodAFH is proud to present Memory Relics exhibition, a series of large-scale assemblage paintings influenced by the Andrew Freeman Home, the History of the Bronx, and the environment.  The architecture, history, and personal stories of past residents of the Andrew Freeman Home is used as inspiration that explores the intimate psychological and emotional dimensions of memory and space.

Natalie Collette Wood is an artist-in-residence at AFH.  Her artwork is autobiographical and explores ideas of imperfect beauty and its relationship to fantasy and the exotic by creating a tension between the natural and synthetic.

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Nothing Lasts Forever by Natalie Colette Wood
August 23rd  – August 31st
N C WoodArtist’s Reception, Sunday, August 28th 4:00-6:00pm  AFH is proud to present Memory Relics exhibition, a series of large-scale assemblage paintings influenced by the Andrew Freeman Home, the History of the Bronx, and the environment.  The architecture, history, and personal stories of past residents of the Andrew Freeman Home is used as inspiration that explores the intimate psychological and emotional dimensions of memory and space.

Natalie Collette Wood is an artist-in-residence at AFH.  Her artwork is autobiographical and explores ideas of imperfect beauty and its relationship to fantasy and the exotic by creating a tension between the natural and synthetic.

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Harlem Hidden History Lecture Series:  Arturo Alfonso SchomburgHarlem Hidden History Lecture
Thursday, August 25th at 7:00pm  The Harlem Hidden History Lecture Series conceived and led by local Bronx artist Paco Cao presents of monthly lectures, micro-performances, informal encounters and photoshoots leading up to the 5th Bronx Latin American Art Biennial in December. The lecture series establishes a link between the cultural and political life in Harlem during the past century and the current social dynamics in the Bronx.

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Boogie_postcard_2016_front4GIT LIT SHOWCASE & BOOGIE ON THE BLVD!
Sunday, August 28th 12:00pm -4:00pm  The center lanes of the Grand Concourse will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun with free music, art and fitness programs hosted by organizations from the Bronx and beyond.  From 3pm – 6pm on the AFH Front Lawn, Level Up Media Arts & the Andrew Freedman Home Present The Annual GIT LIT!  Summer young producer showcase! feat:  Jay Alpha, MC Gels, XIXX, Suade Traces Collective, GodsTouch, Sage Laszlo (Philly) and special guests.  All ages & family friendly.

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BOOGIE ON THE BLVD RETURNS! Sunday, June 26th 12:00pm -4:00pm Get ready to Boogie! On June 26, July 31, and August 28, 2016, the last Sundays of each month, the center lanes of the Grand Concourse starting at 162nd Street will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun with free music, art and fitness programs hosted by organizations from the Bronx and beyond. AFH will host an Open Artist Studios on June 26th as well as other programming throughout the summer!

News 12 The Bronx covers our Open House!

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CUFA BX presents: Brazilian Flavor Afternoon – June 18th, 2016

Featuring Capoeira from Mestre Coco from Abada Capoeira in the Bronx and Samba percussion from Mestre Caco Oliveira at the New York Samba School. Join us on the grounds of AFH for this wonderful performance! For More info,  &


Tuesday, June 21st, 11am to 7pm Make Music New York CityWide Festival 

Join us for the “First Day of Summer” Celebration with all day FREE music concerts at AFH!

@ 11am – Carla Cubrit, Black Lives Matter performance. The Black Lives Matter Show invites you to perform or sing your song about all things Black Lives Matter and more.

@2pm – Street Studio City. Make Music NY & The Level Up Media Arts Project present: The Living Remix Project, a street studio in front of the Andrew Freedman Home.  Want to make some Lo-Fi beats? Or get creative w some melodies? Want to drop some serious BASS? Maybe yu want to write & record some vocals? From Hip-Hop, trap, to next level EDM, let’s get expressive! Join AFH Artist in Residence DJ SpazeCraft One, Jay Alpha & XIXX (aka Eleven Twenty) on a musical journey that YOU co-CREATE!

 @5pm – NYChillharmonic – The NYChillharmonic is a 22 piece ensemble comprised of horns, strings, rhythm section, vocals and synthesizers. The music spans the genres of indie rock, and jazz while providing fun, powerful, rhythmically driven songs to its listeners.



The Work Center presents OPEN CHOIRS. OPEN CHOIR is a free, public event, where everyone is welcome to participate. A core of artists leads participants and guests, both new and returning, through a flow of songs, looking for the possibility of a simple and alive kind of experience and interaction.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 – 12:00 – 3:00pm

UnDesign the Redline Workshop & Exhibition Walkthrough with The Living Lab & The New School, 12:00 – 3:00 pm, AFH 1st Floor hallways. FREE!

Thursday, April 9th, 2016 – 5:00 – 9:00pm

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Apache Line:  III Annual Artists in Residence Exhibition
5:00 pm – Artist Talk & Exhibition Walkthrough
6:00 – 9:00pm – Closing Reception
AFH Barcid Gallery

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Saturday, April 16th, 2016


Baron Ambrosia presents The Bronx Pipe Smoking Society 5th Annual Small Game Dinner
Private Event

6:00 to 9:00pm – AFH presentsAntibalas.  Show begins at 10:30pm – AFH Grand Ball Room.  Space is Limited.

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Friday, April 29th, 2016  – beginning at 8:00 pm

AFH Super Fly Comedy Hour hosted by Dino & Friends in the AFH Pool Room.  Doors Open at 8:00 pm.  Cash Bar ONLY.

AFH presents Special Musical Guest.  Show begins at 10:30pm.  FREE!  Donations encouraged.

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm

The Apache Line Revisited – Opening Reception at 900 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY  10451.


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Panmela Castro launches her new mural at the Andrew Freedman Home.  Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Castro is an activist artist whose social policy work, primarily focused on gend
er equality, provides the core inspiration for the content of her provocative paintings. Her work challenges patriarchal notions of public space as related to sexism, sexuality, subjectivity and power relations.

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1st Annual AFH Open House – March 5th, 2016

The Andrew Freedman Home invites the public to view the various arts and culture programs that take place in this landmarked Grand Concourse mansion in the heart of the South Bronx.  During the day, The AFH Historical Tour lead by AFH staff and artists allows visitors to see the amazing architecture and grandeur of this 100,000 sq ft building that houses two exhibition spaces, 18 artist studios, including WAFH—our newly launched radio station—and a 100-seat theater and performance space.  Artists will be working on projects and works in progress throughout the day around the grounds of AFH and in their studios, all on view and all open to the public.

Evening brings a trio of film screenings Beginning at 4:30pm, The Great Gatsby (2013) directed by Baz Lurhmann will be screened in our Grand Ballroom followed by Nothing Happened & Middle Passage, two short films that address the perception of race and identity in the contemporary American consciousness.  Seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

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4 exhibitions on view at AFH thru March 26th

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Apache Line:  III Annual Artists in Residence Exhibition curated by Walter Puryear features work that draws from the tradition of gang initiation during the 60’s and 70’s, to explore the economic hazing process of gentrification and how it impacts neighborhoods:  geographically, socially, financially and demographically.  Artists include Melissa Calderón, Xavier Figueroa, Gasa, Josué Guarionex, DJ Kool Herc, Valarie Irizarry, Aaron “SpazeCraft” Lazansky-Olivas, Jose “Dr. Drum” Ortiz, Andre Trenier, Natalie C. Wood and Meguru Yamaguchi.

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The Bronx Speaks:  Our Home, an exhibition organized in conjunction with The Bronx Arts Alliance (BxAA) for NY Armory Week, is intended to function as a platform for artists to “speak,” amplifying multiple voices and perspectives.  It features the works of over 20 Bronx artists and is curated by Sarah Corona.

Undesign the Redline organized by designing the WE is a pop-up exhibition that exposes dtwimagethe history of Redlining, its lingering effect, and collective actions communities can take to build a new social and economic ecosystem that breaks its destructive bounds.  This exhibition will be on view throughout the 1st floor hallways of AFH.

Bronx Voyeurs, an exhibition featuring the work of artists projected from the windows of AFH, will focus on the work of Bronx artists addressing themes that are relevant to our borough.  13 artists will project their work from the 2nd and 3rd floor windows of AFH, presenting a collage of images and video to be viewed from the Lawn and Grand Concourse during the month of March.

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Super Fly Comedy Show_20160306a.jpgThe evening’s festivities will also include the inaugural AFH Super Fly Comedy Hour hosted by Dino & Friends in our historic Library.

The night continues with live music performances by Resident ArtistsJose “Dr. Drum” Ortiz and Gasa, melding Puerto Rican Bomba with classical piano and jazz influences.

We close out our night with an amazing live performance by the legendary afrobeat orchestra Antibalas delivering the sounds of funk and afrobeat since 1998!

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About AFH & Presented Works
Recently coined “The BAM of The Bronx” by New York Magazine, The Andrew Freedman Home officially launched itself as an art anchor in the community with the critically acclaimed exhibition This Side of Paradise with the nonprofit art organization No Longer Empty in 2012.  Since then, The Andrew Freedman Home has become a major catalyst for arts production and presentation in The Bronx.  With exhibitions such as The Bronx Artist Documentary Project, SuperPuesto, and Suspicious Activity, The Andrew Freedman Home has been producing innovative and authentic programming with a focus on underrepresented artists; providing opportunity and highlighting talent of local and international artists alike.

The AFH Open House is made possible by Walter Puryear, director of The Andrew Freedman Home.  Mr. Puryear speaks of the AFH Arts and Culture programs:  “We want to create a healthy and nurturing space where the community comes together to learn and grow, develop and train… a place where art and culture converge, the talents and dreams of our visitors are nurtured and the possibilities unleashed.  We’re all about building vibrant, sustainable programs and projects that transform our neighborhoods.”

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