Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month in Prospect Park

Carbopolitan illustration for Caribbeing.
Andrea Pippins

Prospect Park Alliance and caribBEING will celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month in Prospect Park with a series of events starting June 1.

Brooklyn’s Backyard will be home to a month of workshops, art installations and other special events. There will be Caribbean art, music, dance, food, wellness and much more during this cultural celebration for Brooklynites of all ages. All participating artists and vendors are based in Brooklyn, and come from Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, Panama, Barbados, Dominican Republic and Guyana.

Art Installation: Gallery

June 1–30, 2019, Opening Reception: Thursday, June 6, 4–6 pm, All ages, Free, Lefferts Historic House

Caribbean-American artists Devin Osorio and Tania L. Balan-Gaubert’s Gallery transforms the Lefferts Historic House front porch into a Caribbean veranda with a multimedia installation featuring Osorio’s tropical-patterned Dracaena Cane Coil Curtain, comprised of hanging coiled balls, and Balan-Gaubert’s salvaged furniture sculptures, Somewhere in the Unfinished. Says Osorio: “I am referencing the plants and types of objects that my grandmother decorated her own patio at her home in the Dominican Republic. This was my favorite place to be when I visited, and I want to bring that same joy and sense of island summer ease to Lefferts Historic House.” Says Balan-Gaubert: “Chairs placed in front of homes in a way that suggests continued use are evocative of the lives inside who come outdoors to enjoy the weather or be in the company of others, and can be visual representations of a city… Stoop life… porch sitting… block parties and barbecues signal the aesthetics of community.”

Mind, Body + Soul

June 2, 2–4 pm, All ages, Free, RSVP!, Lefferts Historic House

Discover traditional Caribbean herbs used as a means of holistic healing for the mind, body and soul with Brooklyn’s own Golden Flourish; tea made from herbs in the Lefferts garden will be served. Then join our pop-up wellness stations, powered by Minka Brooklyn, including yoga, Reiki and more (please bring your own mat, but mats are not required).

Soca Skate Party with Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco

Thursday, June 13, 7:30–10 pm, Ages 21+, Tickets: $20+, LeFrak Center at Lakeside

This event sells out! Advance tickets recommended at prospectpark.org/socaskate; tickets will go on sale Friday, May 17.

Join this hi-energy Soca-themed skate party with Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, featuring a DJ spinning the hottest Soca dance floor grooves from the 1970s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today; plus live entertainment, a skate dance competition, costume contest and more exciting surprises!

Smorgasburg Prospect Park Jerk Festival

Sunday, June 16, 11 am–6 pm, All Ages, Free Admission, Food Prices Vary, RSVP!, Breeze Hill

Love spice? Dig into Brooklyn’s finest Flatbush aka “Little Caribbean” eateries Peppa’s and Creme and Cocoa Creamery alongside Smorgasburg vendor Excell’s Kingston Eatery. Enjoy live music and Caribpolitan packaged goods by Breukelen Rub and Shaquanda Can Feed You.

Prospect Park Soiree

Saturday, June 22, 5–10 pm, Ages 21+, Tickets: $45+ This event sells out! Get advance tickets at prospectpark.org/soiree, Prospect Park Peninsula

Join caribBEING and Prospect Park Alliance for the Alliance’s annual pop-up dinner party in the park, and enjoy a tropical tableau photo booth installation by artist Tiffany Smith. New to the Soiree? Join thousands of friends and park lovers for dining and dancing under the stars: you bring the food, wine, beer and table decor, and the Alliance provides live entertainment and the spectacular setting!

Wukkout!

June 23, 2–4 pm, All ages, Free, RSVP!, Lefferts Historic House

Learn how to juk, wuk-up, and wine in this high-energy Caribbean movement workshop led by Brooklyn-based professional choreographer and founder of Wukkout!, Krista Martins.

Textile Circle

June 30, 2–4 pm, All ages, Free, RSVP!, Lefferts Historic House

Relax and join our guided textile circles led by Caribbean teaching artists led by artist Devin Osorio to create textile ornaments and embellish our exhibition installation Gallery, inspired by a traditional Caribbean porch.

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