This Saturday, October 3rd, The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (SHCMAS) will host an all-day neighborhood stoop party to celebrate its highly anticipated grand opening. The free family event will include music, art-making, activities and food, as well as the first public access to the museum’s galleries: The Legacy Gallery will hold an exhibit entitled People, Place and Things, which has been organized by the Studio Museum in Harlem and includes works from their collection from the 1930s-1980s depicting everyday life; The museum’s Salon Gallery will feature Txt: art, language, media, presented by El Museo del Barrio, and a large-format installation by Saya Woolfalk will be highlighted in the main gallery of museum’s Living Room. Additionally, the museum will present an Open Studio with its inaugural Artist-in-Residence, David Shrobe.
A program of Broadway Housing Communities, SHCMAS was designed to leverage the synergies of housing, education and art to improve outcomes for underserved children, adults and entire communities. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect David Adjaye, the Sugar Hill Apartment Building – which houses the museum and more than 120 families – is located at the cross-section of Harlem and Washington Heights. Characterized by its sleek, geometric silhouette, the building has become affectionately known in the neighborhood as The Sugar Cube. Added features in the structure’s facade include subtly engraved roses that, like hidden gems, glisten in just the perfect light, and ground level picture windows that seem to frame the 155th Street/St. Nicholas corner. With all the building’s bold, nuanced, and functional attractions, however, the museum is where Adjaye’s genius really shines. On Saturday, the public will get its first taste of this welcoming and breathtaking art space, which has been specifically created to inspire, celebrate, and share a world of art and stories with children and families.
Museum admission is free all day, from 11am-5pm. Rain or shine, the Stoop Party includes live music by Mark Kelley of The Roots and Shine & the Moonbeams, performances by Aisha Cousins/Double Dutch, a storytelling marathon, and food trucks curated by Taste Harlem Tours. Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, 898 St. Nicholas Ave. @ 155th Street | www.sugarhillmuseum.org
Photos: 1. Ed Reeve/sugarhillmuseum.org 2. Artist-in Residence David Shrobe 3. SHCMAS floor plan