November 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 TECLA, Oscar 1992, DJ 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.
About the Foundation for 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.
Art 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
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.
Photo Credit- Mikaela Barish