Serviam Seniors with Concourse House mothers and Naomi Lawrence,
Flores de Otono (Autumn flowers). Crochet. (2021).
Location 2751 Grand Concourse | Photo Credit Isabelle Gutierrez (2021)
Exhibition & neighborhood Art Walk
October 2021-Spring 2022
I am Blooming | Estoy Floreciendo, is an exhibition created by Fordham Bedford neighbors in their homes, and art programs and shared with the community through a neighborhood art walk.
On route you will find crochet, mural paintings, billboards, texts and sneaker art located on the exterior of our buildings, local bodegas, subway stations, sidewalks and more.
The artworks are created by residents of Concourse House, Home for Women and Their Children, Fordham Bedford Community Services and Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation in collaboration with Bronx-based artists artists C. G. Esperanza, Lady K Fever, Isabelle Guttierez, Yafatou Sarr, Dayanara Savinon, Forester Thorburn and New York-based artist Naomi Lawrence. The exhibition is organized by Concourse House curator Jess Rolls.
About the Exhibition
The project was conceived in lockdown and inspired by the senior residents of Serviam Heights, Towers and Gardens' arts and crafts group. In the face of the pandemic, the seniors continued to make, exchange and care for each other with art.
We supported the seniors with arts materials drops, activity packs and mail art. Then expanded this approach to neighborhood families and youth with virtual art classes and outdoor programming.
The exhibition reveals the friendships of neighbors and gives space to young people's hopes for a secure and empowering future beyond the pandemic.
I am Blooming | Estoy Floreciendo, opens on October 6, 2:30PM - 4:30PM with a community preview, and on October 16, 12PM - 4PM with our annual fundraiser event Art on the Concourse.
Listen out for program updates on our social media accounts @concourse_house and @fbcommunityservices #artontheconcourse
Photos: Zaid Islam, 2020 and Adiana Rivera, ADI SHOOTS LLC (2021).
produced by Charles G. Esperanza