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At the Weeksville Heritage Center in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn sits a sculpture made entirely of repurposed pieces of car tires, a Percent for Art commission by artist Chakaia Booker. Weeksville was a free black community founded in 1838 and rediscovered in 1968 by a determined instructor from the Pratt Institute and his friend from the Metropolitan Transit Authority who helped him scout the area with his very own propeller plane. Using archival maps and other records, they found four old shingled houses that didn’t align with the surrounding street grid – remnants of one of the country’s first free black communities, an incredible piece of history hidden in the middle of bustling Brooklyn. Ms. Booker’s bold piece pays homage to this remarkable past.  

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The Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn has been gorgeously designed with new interior spaces and a large courtyard for community events.

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Week 8 - August 01, 2014 
The last day of NYAP began with a trip to artist B. Wurtz's studio. B. Wurtz talked about his experiences at Cal Arts with Baldessari, his collections of everyday objects, and the many sculptures found throughout his home. 

After, students met with Director of Percent for Art, Sara Reisman. Reisman shared some of her favorite projects and talked about her experiences collaborating with artists.

In the evening, NYAP had their final farewell taco dinner at Prospect Park. 

New York’s Armory Show is an internationally renowned fair which showcases the works of leading modern and contemporary artists, including new pieces by several Percent for Art commissioned artists. 

Black and Blue Woven by Julianne Swartz is one such piece. Stop by Josee Bienvenu Gallery's booth to view this and other works by Julianne, who was recently commissioned to create an artwork at Hunters Point Library in Queens.

Congratulations to Bronx-born artist Fred Wilson, who was honored at this year’s Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture for his outstanding contributions to New York City’s cultural life.

Wilson’s Percent for Art piece, Pangaea, located at Townsend Harris High School in Queens, was completed in 1995. Rather than relying on cartography to determine the shapes of the land masses, the artist used his beliefs on each continent’s global significance to guide the creation of his map. This piece, akin to the artist’s other projects, makes the viewer question knowledge that he or she takes for granted as truth.