Artwalk in Brooklyn for Black History Month

History shopping: The Black Artstory artwalk showcases art on windows of 15 shops along Myrtle Avenue for the month of February. (Photo by Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership via Brooklyn Paper)

For the past four years, a series of events known as “Black Artstory” has been held in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill in honor of Black History Month. The curator of this year’s series, called “The Altar: Rituals Of Healing In The African Diaspora,” tells Brooklyn Paper’s Alexandra Simon that “she wants to focus not on the bad times, but how people survived them.”

“I don’t want it to be dreary — we get enough of that in life,” said Suhaly Bautista-Carolina. “We want people to walk away with inspiration and tangible examples of how we have attempted to be healed.”

The exhibition asked artists to explore mental, social, and physical healing practices of the African Diaspora, how they evolved, and their place in modern times, presented through a variety of live performances, videos, visual art, and interactive activities.

Events will be held on Fridays this month, starting Feb. 3. Meanwhile, 15 stores on Myrtle Avenue between Washington and Classon avenues will also put up Black history-themed exhibitions and murals made by artists from Brooklyn, creating an “artwalk.”

Go to Brooklyn Paper for more on the “The Altar.”

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