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STooPS ART CRAWL 2021!!
July 24 | 1-5pm
Despite the trying times we faced, STooPS is still committed to uniting our community both locally and virtually through art. As we emerge from the pandemic, STooPS is excited to bring you some amazing are right in our hood!
398 Hancock St & Hancock T&T Garden (322-324 Hancock St.)
Stream via IG Live and Zoom
STooPS 2021 Artists
Hear the powerful words of Kai Diata Giovanni, the Bed-Stuy born poet who's mastered her craft over the past decade and became a published author all before the age of 15.
Groove to the music and behold the beautiful voice of Courtnie, the Brooklyn based songwriter and vocalist.
Enjoy the mesmerizing moves of Cheri Stokes, the Bed-Stuy bred dancer and Associate producer of the infamous dance company Urban Bush Women.
Get educated on the healing power of the flower essences provided by Akika Flower Essences & Apothecary, from certified flower essence practitioner and founder Renee K. Smith.
Dance to the funky jamz of TONIBNYC, a Brooklyn based Creative, Techie and DJ.
Revel in the amazing moves of the world traveled dancer Kendra J. Ross, the wonderfully talented founder and director of STooPS.
Experience the wondrous talent of Dragonfly, the conceptual multidisciplinary artist who has honed her craft over her lifetime.
Engage in conversations with Ola Akinmowo, founder and director of The Free Black Women’s Library, a mobile library featuring a vast collection of books by Black women authors.
Enjoy the beautifully bright and colorful visuals of Mut'Sun, the dynamic mother and son duo formed by Ovila Lemon and her son, Cleson.
And our Celebrity Guest MC...
Model, performer, modeling coach, and winner of America’s Next Top Model,
STooPS stands in solidarity with #BLACKLIVESMATTER
STooPS is born in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY-a historically black neighborhood- and conceived by our Founder, Kendra J. Ross -a black woman. While we are committed to unifying everyone in our neighborhood, we are also intentional about lifting the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This means featuring BIPOC artists, supporting small, local black owned businesses, and creating alliances with organizations that similarly are led by and service BIPOC folks. We do this as a means to do our part in undoing the systemic racism that has been perpetuated in all the threads of our society. We encourage our white neighbors, businesses, attendees, and leaders to be intentional in doing work within their own communities to raise up and honestly support BIPOC people. We all should make shifts in how we work to recognize and take steps to undo the racism that has affected all our humanity.
Pictured above is STooPS alumni artist Taja Lindley performing excerpts of her work “This Ain’t A Eulogy.” where she created a tapestry of 86 trash bags that names each of the 86 unarmed Black people killed by the police since Amadou Diallo in 1999. She performed this in 2015; we are saddened that this year her tapestry would need to lengthen. However, we are honored to feature artists whose work speak to the activism we support and practices we embody inside our organization.