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Art In Motion and Mayimba Music Produced “A Concert for Batey 106 Project” Featuring Maluca Mala, TECLA, Oscar 1992, and Sal P @ Cameo Gallery 11/23/14

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 Cameo Gallery 8November 23rd 7-11PM New Yorkers came out en masse in Brooklyn at The Batey 106 Benefit Concert at Cameo Gallery (93 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211) celebrating the holiday season and giving back. The Foundation for Art in Motion (AIM) partnered with Mayimba Music and some of NYC’s brightest talents for an evening of music and solidarity at Cameo Gallery in support of the Batey 106 community.

100% of the proceeds from the benefit helped to fund an intensive arts program for the Haitian immigrants and children residing in the Batey 106 community in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Style Icon and recording star, Maluca Mala, Mayimba Music recording artist TECLAOscar 1992DJ Sal P of Liquid Liquid fame and others donated their time and talent to this incredible program that will soon be developed for expansion all over the world.

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For two weeks in December 2014, AIM will continued their series of art, music, photography, filmmaking, and mural workshops created for the children, teens, and young adults of the Batey 106 community. Led by artists/ filmmakers Monica Watkins, Emmanuel Alexandre Jr., and Theo Johnson along with photographer Erica Simone and musicians Maluca Mala and Omar Perez-Then. As part of the initiative, Art in Motion also provided meals for everyone attending the workshops – this includes children and their parents. The joint workshops have created strong creative bonds between families.





While in the DR, Maluca Mala recorded an original song with the children while teaching her singer/songwriter course which will be sold on ITunes as a fundraiser for the community. Batey 106 Projectʼs goal, ultimately, is to empower using the arts, music, photography and filmmaking as a tool to cultivate creativity.

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About the Foundation for Art In Motion (AIM)

Cameo Gallery 11At AIM, our mission is simple: To inspire, uplift and strengthen local communities by cultivating their children through the arts. We do this by working with local communities worldwide and providing their children with creative programming that focuses on education and empowerment. Through our sustained programmatic support, we give children confidence-building tools to ignite their souls, nurture their spirits, and give voice to their dreams. Our mission is simple, our actions are global.


DSC01572Art in Motion has created art, music, fashion, filmmaking and photography workshops for more than 1,300 children in Hong Kong, Cambodia, Haiti, Dominican Republic, France and the US and helped to facilitate donations of over 2000 lbs. of art supplies for under-served communities worldwide. Empowering the future, many of our AIM youth have gone on to become filmmakers, professional artists and professional musicians. Many have come back to donate their time to travel with AIM on their teaching expeditions.



About Mayimba Music

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Mayimba Music is a family-run, NYC based, award winning, music publisher, production company and record label whose slogan “where music comes first” personifies its brand.  Founded and run by musicians and 20-year industry veterans, Mayimba stands firm in their roots as a tireless advocate for artist and composers’ rights. Mayimba works “outside-of-the-box” and never limits itself to  a single genre. The only genre that matters at Mayimba is EXCELLENT MUSIC.





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Photo Credit- Mikaela Barish

Toy Drive Flyer

Tonight! “Batey 106 Project Toy Drive” at the Roost NYC

Please join the Foundation for Art In Motion @artinmotionshow @lionybatista 
in creating a special holiday season for the youth of the Batey 106 Community this evening at
@theroostnyc 6-9pm!
222 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
We are accepting gently worn clothing, dolls, toy trucks, unisex kids shoes, crayons, books (Haitian Creole/Spanish Only), etc.




Please help us bring some holiday cheer to this incredible community!!!

When- TONIGHT – 12/30/2014  6-9pm
Where- The Roost (222 Ave. B, NYC)

Photo Credit- Erica Simone



Youth Art Workshops with Little Haiti Cultural Center at Yeelen Gallery during Art Basel Week Miami



December 2014, during Art Basel Week Miami, The Foundation for Art In Motion (AIM) in collaboration with the Little Haiti Cultural Center (LHCC), conducted street art, graffiti art and paper cutting workshops at Yeelen Gallery in Little Haiti. Led by Italian born visual artist and illustrator, Marco Gallotta, and graffiti artist, The Me Nobody Knows “TMNK”, the program’s mission was to inspire and empower local youth to become creative agents and to immerse the cultures of the NYC Urban Arts Scene with the creative arts the youth are learning at LHCC. Additionally, this initiative was meant to give a voice to the youth of Little Haiti during Art Basel Week and to create an atmosphere of inclusion and collaboration.


“It’s the end of the day. Now, reflecting on it, I can say that it was pretty fun being a kid for 2 or 3 hours of the day. Just having fun and painting, expressing yourself on paper.”

-David Woodward

Project Participant (PATH to Hip-Hop)


About Art in Motion (AIM)

At AIM, our mission is simple: To inspire, uplift and strengthen local communities by cultivating their children through the arts. We do this by working with local communities worldwide and providing their  children with creative programming that focuses on education and empowerment. Through our sustained programmatic support, we give children confidence-building tools to ignite their souls, nurture their spirits, and give voice to their dreams. Our mission is simple, our actions are global.











About LHCC

LHCC offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to gain exposure to Afro-Caribbean culture, entertain and develop a new talent, and expand theirknowledge of

the arts. We are committed to providing activities for the community that promotes imagination, creativity, and positive experiences for children and adults throughout the year.

“The mission of LHCC is to provide a space that brings together people and ideas to promote, showcase and support Afro-Caribbean culture in South Florida.”



*We are thankful to our esteemed event sponsors NOIZY Brands and Vita Coco for their involvement in the art workshops for our youth.




“A Concert for Batey 106 Project” Purchase your ticket online today!

Purchase your tickets online today

and receive a 4×6 print from our June, Batey 106 project photography workshop.

This Sunday November 23rd, at Cameo Gallery
(93 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Art in Motion & Mayimba Music presents 
“A Concert for Batey 106 Project” featuring Maluca Mala, Tecla, SAL P, Oscar 1992.


100% of the proceeds from the benefit will help fund a two week intensive arts program for the Haitian immigrants and children residing in the Batey 106 community in La Romana.
Earlier this year we  headed out to the Dominican Republic to contribute to the  Batey106 Project.
In the DR a “batey” is a community created to house sugarcane workers, typically Haitian immigrants. It’s hard to put into words the impact this community had on the spirit of our team.
We spent over 2 weeks in Batey 106, teaching art, photography and filmmaking to “dozens” of youths from the Batey.  We were so inspired by their openness to learn and by the sheer determination to continue with us everyday, even in the hot sun without the most basic resources. Working side by side with the community we were able to harness that energy to cultivate creativity. We used art as a medium to learn and grow together.

As a team we were able to see and feel the immediate impact from the project by the engaging the children, families, and the community as a whole. That is why we are returning this December, to continue our work.
Join Us this Sunday in celebration to stepping closer  to  create change and opportunities for Batey 106.
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Yeelen Gallery Continues to Offer Thought-provoking Art by Sheryl Estrada

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The constructs of law and the concept of art formed a connection for attorney Karla Ferguson resulting in the Yeelen Gallery. I asked Ferguson, owner and director of the gallery, after almost a year in its location, what she wanted people to know.

“I’d like people to know that we’re here, and that we’re doing work that has a social message,” she shared with me during my visit to her artistic realm located at 294 N.W. 54th St., Miami in the area known as Little Haiti. “Art is here to reflect our society and hopefully improve our society.”

The 34-year-old, who is proud of her diverse heritage, including a Chinese grandmother, was born in Jamaica.

“We didn’t exactly have the same racial stigmas I found in the U.S. when I moved here at the age of seven,” she said.

When first coming to the U.S., she and her family lived in New York City eventually settling in Miramar, Fla. Ferguson is a graduate of Florida International University and Tulane University Law School.

She interned with the Innocence Project New Orleans, a nonprofit law office, which identifies and remedies wrongful conviction cases. Attorneys represent innocent prisoners serving life sentences and assist them with their transition into society upon their release.

She explained that in Louisiana it’s a lengthy process getting to the point where a DNA test can even be administered to prove innocence. Ferguson realized generational negative perceptions and stereotypes that exist for people of color, particularly for black males in the cases she worked on, played a role in eyewitness misidentification resulting in wrongful convictions.

As art is one of her personal interests, she thought of how the perception of a person, or group of people, can be affected, in a positive way, through an artistic image.

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“I thought that creating a gallery where you would be able to see these positive images would counteract the dehumanizing effects we’ve had over the past couple of centuries,” she said. “It’s a long process, but the legal system is also a long process. I thought with images, you could make an impact a little faster.”

In Bambara, a language spoken in Mali, the word “yeelen,” means “brightness.” Ferguson chose the name for her gallery after seeing Souleymane Cissé’s 1987 film of the same name.

Yeelen-Wynwood began in 2008 as a private studio and exhibition space. Its mission was to foster relationships with its surrounding neighborhood by launching a program of exhibitions that expressed the varied identities of the people within its cosmopolitan city. In December 2013, Yeelen Gallery occupied a 10,000 square-foot converted industrial space/complex in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. The gallery has four exhibition spaces and a residency, which focuses on figuration, realism and symbolism by utilizing various media.

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Ferguson looks for artists who deliver a message.

“I’m not so interested in the background of the artist, as far as what color the artist is,” she said. “I don’t believe works that depict images of black people or Hispanic people or Asian people need to come from those people. I think that’s another way of categorizing and marginalizing the work. I feel that anyone can tell the story if they’re truly involved in the culture. And above all I look for quality and technique because the image is only as effective as how strong the work is.”

The Yeelen’s international artists showcased “whom retain independence and give voice to the unheard,” include Joseph Adolphe, James B. Clover, Patrick Earl Hammie, Tim Okamura, Jerome Soimaud, Michael Sole and Aurel Vici.

Ferguson is married to Soimaud. They are parents of girls Lana, 4, Nadja, 9; and Aloha, 21, Taos, 23 oldest daughters who Ferguson says may not be her biological daughters “… but are very much mine.” She commented, “We’ve been a team for the past 11 years.”

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Soimaud has been artistically documenting Little Haiti for the past six years, which, in 2013, led to the choice of location for the Yeelen. Even though her family resides in a different neighborhood in Miami, Ferguson said they feel welcome there.

“We found it is such a welcoming community that we wanted to be here and to give back,” she said. “Little Haiti had a spirit, a spirit that spoke to me … it just told a story of history.”

Ferguson shared there were people who cautioned her against having a gallery in her current location as it seems the area has a negative reputation. The warnings ironically support her beliefs on changing perceptions. She said she shows members of the community respect and they give her respect in return.

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Yeelen Gallery presents Love, Strength, & Soul, a series of works by Brooklyn-based portrait artist, Tim Okamura on view Nov. 22, 2014 – Jan. 10, 2015. The gallery is hosting ArtTalk: A Conversation with Tim Okamura at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22.
In this discussion, Okamura will introduce his work, offering context for his choice of subjects and the personal path that led to his work with this medium.
The artist creates inspiring, large-scale realistic portraits of African-American women. His work has been featured in P.S. 1, the BP Portrait Awards Exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery, Koki Arts in Tokyo, Japan and multifarious spaces worldwide. Okamura’s paintings can be found in the private collections of celebrities Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson.

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Art workshops with the Batey 106 Project, will be part of the Paradise Lost exhibition at Yeelen, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4. A reception will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 4.
To include the Little Haiti community in what is known as Miami Art Week (art events occurring simultaneously with Art Basel Miami, which this year is Dec. 4-7), Yeelen Gallery will partner with Foundation for Art In Motion, the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Beauty For Freedom, The Millennial Group, A Dying Breed and Motion Art Fair, to present street and graffiti art workshops for children during its two-day Paradise Lost exhibition.

Collaborative events with the Batey 106 Project, the workshops are part of the Foundation for Art In Motion. Batey 106 is an arts education platform introducing basic artistic skills to youth. Batey 106 is also scheduled to work with underserved Haitian youth in the Dominican Republic.

Paradise Lost will feature seven emerging artists at Yeelen Gallery from Dec. 2-4. Proceeds for the art sold at the event will be donated to the Little Haiti Cultural Center and the Batey 106 Project.

For more information on the Yeelen Gallery, visit; email:; phone: (954) 235 4758.

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Staff & Student Photography For Sale To Fund our Trip In December

Buy prints to support our trip to Batey 106. We’ve been excited for some time about heading back to Batey 106. We’re aiming to reach even more youth and young adults than we had before. The  Haitian art for sale here is to benefit the subjects in the pieces. When it comes to impacting the life of a person in circumstances they cannot control, its amazing to see how producing works of art heal. That health and vitality is then spread through the community. We don’t just do arts and crafts for kids, we provide services for all ages. Tapping into their creative treasure chest is not something that even some adults of Batey 106 have gotten to do. Priorities are focused on sustenance and housing. This crew needs art to create that channel of expression that can aleavieate the daily stresses of life in the batey.  Our community service ideas can be as simple as a few painting workshops, a few hours of drawing, making a movie or, composing photos. Our instructors and students work hard throughout our art therapy sessions, you would be supporting that artistic catharsis that is necessary for the community to build on early childhood education to fortify a hope for a better future in the batey.

Choose from our gallery of prints:

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5 reasons for Returning to Batey 106



1.We had such a good time in June, it is impossible to forget the experience. The lives that touched our own gave us a greater understanding of the human condition. Helping youth scratch the surface to their innermost potential was so rewarding we can’t wait to get back over there to help out some more.



2.This time we’ve got even more work planned. Our layout of workshops and aims are much higher than they were earlier in the year. Now that we know what we can accomplish, the sky’s the limit.


3.The smiles on the faces of the people of Batey 106. Some of the most charming and insightful people live in regions where the distractions of modern day don’t reach them. In that way, they hold dear the small joys in life. Rediscovering those moments is something city dwellers don’t get to do that often. Our team has a craving for doing good and this December its time to satisfy that craving.


4. Catching up with all the incredible art that we missed out on. During our time away from Batey 106, undoubtedly there are new creations awaiting us upon our return. There a surely haitian youth living in the Batey that are now keen on expressing themselves through song, painting, video, and photography. As artists they are growing. As their mentors we owe it to them to share in that beautiful growth, and coach them along the way.


5.It’s time to follow up on the nutritional program of the town and offer our help where applicable. You may have heard of the term starving artists. The occupants of the Batey’s know it all too well. The reality of malnutrition is staggering. One in 10 children dies before the age of 5. Malnourishment is serious, it accounts for developmental delay and permanent cognitive deficits. We want to give the future of Yspanola a chance.


Help us affect change this December by donating to the Batey106 Project

DONATE Art supplies  

Become an Instructor

Help us get back to Batey 106


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Under the Grass Roof presents: Omar Perez-Then, with art supply drive for Batey 106



Sunday October 5th

9:00 pm

1084 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11237

Free admission

Bring donated art supplies for the Batey106 project!

or $5 suggested donation.


Last night was a  joyous night with friends and family. We launched our first event of the season to start raising funds for another amazing year for Batey 106 project at Cafecito. Omar Perez-Then Music soothed us with his musical soul last night  while family and friends listened  intently, bringing us together with his heartfelt songs.

What is doubly exciting is we also raise funds and awareness for another organization close to our hearts, New Light Kolkata through our Drink for Good NYC Platform.


If you didn’t make it out last night,  join us this Sunday  10/5 at Bunna Cafe. with Omar Perez-Then kicking off Bunna’s “Under the Grass Roof  Sessions.”  A Ethiopian Vegetarian Restaurant, Coffeehouse, and Music Venue.  Their “Feast For Two” was recently ranked among the top 9 vegan dishes in Brooklyn (

Share in our efforts to continue art workshops in the Batey 106 community, through this new series of live performances.

Sunday, October 5 @ 9:00pm

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