Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn

Creative Time

Funding Received: 2013
Brooklyn, NY
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months
April 1, 2014

Malika Iman and Adeyemi Bandele in front of ‘The East’ at 10 Claver Place; photo by Osei Terry Chandler

The Board of Directors of Weeksville Heritage Center has voted to appoint Tia Powell Harris as the Center’s third Executive Director. Ms. Harris, who brings more than 20 years of experience directing arts-education and other cultural programming for some of the most distinguished institutions in the country, will lead WHC in its efforts to significantly expand its education, programming, and research capabilities and elevate its standing as one of the nation's leading centers for African American history and culture.

As Weeksville Heritage Center’s partner for “Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn,” Creative Time is thrilled with Ms. Harris’s appointment and joins Weeksville Heritage Center in looking forward to great things to come.

Recent Wins
Xenobia Bailey, Simone Leigh, Otabenga Jones & Associates, and Bradford Young are steadily working with their respective community partners to develop four unique visions for the artworks, programming, and events that will comprise “Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn,” which opens in September 2014. Please be sure to visit the Creative Time website and read upcoming blog posts here on the ArtPlace site for additional information and announcements about this exciting and important project. As the project comes together, its powerful evocation of the historic struggle for self-determination that continues to characterize the neighborhood becomes ever more vivid.

From Tia Powell Harris: "I am very honored and humbled to have been given this great opportunity to lead such a dynamic and historical organization. Weeksville is such an integral part of the African-American experience in this country. It must be preserved and nurtured for long-term sustainability. I am excited to continue the hard work of fulfilling the vision of my predecessors. What I see as critical for the success of the organization is expanding our donor base, programs and partnerships. I truly believe that Weeksville has a bright future and with the support of the City and our community it will flourish as a leading cultural arts institution in Central Brooklyn and beyond."