One (1) admission to African Services Committee's "#Home4AfricanServices"Campaign Kickoff Event Sept. 29, 2015. 6:30 p.m. Proceeds directly go to support African Services Committee. We are grateful for your support.
Exciting art, delicious African bites from Tsion Cafe, an important campaign
Dr. Demetri Blanas
Uzoamaka N. Okoye
Please join us at the James Cohan Gallery as African Services Committee (ASC) raises critical support for our Capital Campaign “#Home4AfricanServices.”
Because of sharply rising rents in its current West Harlem location, ASC has to move. Focusing on the Bronx, we plan to open a new community space with exciting plans for a roof garden, teaching kitchen, an expanded fresh food pantry, classrooms, private counseling space and a legal clinic. It will also be the base for our 5 HIV clinics serving the most vulnerable areas in Ethiopia. This summer, ASC launched a $5.1 million capital campaign to fund the new space.
Our September 29th event will be the kickoff to this exciting fundraising time! Please join us.
ASC is at the frontlines every day, providing services to enhance immigrants' prospects of thriving in this country through:
- Adult literacy programs, - A food pantry, - Free legal assistance, - HIV testing & counseling, - Housing & mental health help - Health advocacy.
Started by a group of African refugees more than 30 years ago, we were here during the start of the AIDS crisis in New York, which continues to this day among the African Diaspora. ASC also has five HIV clinics in Africa, providing pediatric and adult HIV treatment in areas where there are no other services. Our capital campaign seeks to create a permanent sustainable home in the Bronx for our mission and our clients.
Elias Sime is one of the most prominent names and a driving force in the East African art scene, having founded, designed and constructed the Zoma Contemporary Art Center in Addis Ababa, an international residence program and gallery described by the New York Times as “a voluptuous dream, a swirl of ancient technique and ecstatic imagination.”
Sime is a collector of thread, buttons, plastic, animal skins, horn, fabric, bottle tops, and electric parts, with much of the material coming from the Addis Ababa open-air market. From these objects he creates expansive collages and sculpture. The methods employed in the stitched canvases and computer-part collages of his exhibition range from assemblage to traditional Ethiopian braiding.
Sime is also a collector of histories and vernacular techniques, and his work achieves effects from dense narrative to austere modernist abstraction. The artist resists the collagist’s shorthand of using discarded objects as traces or poetic stand-ins for human feelings or individual lives, favoring instead the idea of what Frieze writer Quinn Latimer called “the feverish fusion of a multivalent society.”
Please consider giving to the campaign. Any amount helps and we’ll name parts of the facility in your honor with gifts above $100,000. Please contact Co-Executive Director, Kim Nichols, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 212. 222.3882 x 2119 to learn more about the following naming opportunities.
Contact Eirik Omlie at email@example.com or call 212.222.3882 x 2130 for any questions about the event.
To learn more about African Services Committee and the "#Home4AfricanServices" Capital Campaign, please contact: Co-Executive Director, Kim Nichols, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 212. 222.3882 x 2119
Founder and Co-Executive Director, Asfaha Hadera, at email@example.com, or 212. 222.3882 x 2147
Learn more about the delicious Ethiopian cuisine at Harlem's Tsion Cafe.