Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fwd: PR: Book Explores Story of Forgotten Black Child Hero



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2014

CONTACT:
Waymon Lefall
waymonlefall@aol.com
(866) 315-2708


NEW BOOK EXPLORES THE STORY OF JOCKO GRAVES -- AN UNSUNG AND FORGOTTON AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILD HERO

-- Waymon E. LeFall's new book, "Jocko: A Long Way from Home Down Under", is an intriguing journey through myth and truth. --

Jocko by Waymon E. Lefall
Bookcover and author, Waymon E. LeFall

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- New book, Jocko: A Long Way from Home Down Under from Page Publishing author Waymon E. LeFall is a thoroughly researched work of investigative literature. Attempting to reconstruct the past, LeFall endeavors to uncover the truth behind the commonly seen statues of a young boy holding a lantern found in many yards across the U.S.

LeFall, a renaissance man and accomplished scholar, has complete his first book, Jocko A Long Way from Home Down Under - a vibrant recounting of one man's quest for knowledge in a society that holds many secrets.

During the American Revolutionary War there were many heroes, and yet many more unsung and forgotten. One such story is that of Jocko Graves who was a son of a free black man and while Jocko was too young to join the American Revolutionary Army, he did so anyway. However, most of Jocko's history and legacy remain shrouded in mystery as one of the only records left of him are that of little black statues of a black boy holding a lantern found on many white folk's lawns.

Jock: A Long Way from Home Down Under explores the shrouded past of Jocko Graves, while trying to shift through what is fact and what has become myth. The book follows the trail of evidence followed by Waymon LeFall as he goes on a quest to find out if Jocko Graves is actually the first African-American child hero, or if the legends are just merely that - legends.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Waymon LeFall's exploration of the past is the grand sojourn into an uncharted wilderness of history.

Readers who wish to experience this adventurous work can purchase Jocko: A Long Way from Home Down Under at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or BarnesandNoble.com.

For additional information, review copies or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at (866) 315-2708.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fwd: Upcoming at BCA: Professional Development Workshops; BRIO Applications Available Week of November 3rd


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October 30th & December 4th
Two-Part
Intellectual Property Workshop for
Artists, Arts Organizations and Small Businesses
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Bronx Council on the Arts Unveils “Seeing It Through”
A Free Professional Development Workshops in November
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2015 BRIO Applications Available Week of November 3rd
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Support BCA with the Amazon Smile Program
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BCA’s Arts Fund 2015 Applications & Guidelines are Available


BCA and the Legal Aid Society present A Two-Part Intellectual Property Workshop for Artists, Arts Organizations and Small Businesses
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A Two-Part Intellectual Property Workshop for
Artists, Arts Organizations and Small Businesses
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Admission is free and all are welcome!
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The Bronx Council on the Arts and the Legal Aid Society present a two-part Intellectual Property Workshop for artists, arts organizations and small businesses to be held at Longwo
od Art Gallery @ Hostos, at 6:30pm, Thursday, October 30th and Thursday, December 4th in the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, located on the campus of Hostos Community College at 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.
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These workshops will feature attorneys from Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper and Scinto and the Community Development Project of the Legal Aid Society.
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Doors will open at 6:00pm
Workshop will begin promptly at 6:30pm.
Light refreshments will be provided.
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Information:

718-931-9500 x24 or ellen@bronxarts.org.
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Workshop Descriptions are as follows:

Part 1: You Made It Now Protect It: Trademarks and Copyright for Artists, Nonprofit Organizations and Small Businesses

Thursday| October 30 | 6:30pm
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10451

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For artists and arts organizations, creating or commissioning a work of fine or practical art is just the beginning. To protect the ownership of the finished work, it is essential to learn about trademarks, copyrights, design patents, and work-for-hire agreements. An expert panel of intellectual property attorneys will explain these concepts using examples that will be familiar to artists and arts organizations. The concepts learned in this workshop will also be useful to nonprofits and small businesses that are not arts-related.
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Register Here

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Part 2: The Website Audit: Best Legal Practices on the Internet for Artists, Nonprofits & Small Businesses

Thursday | December 4 | 6:30pm
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10451


This workshop is for any individual, organization or small business that has a website or is thinking about starting one. Learn the essentials of website management, including: Protecting your trademarks and copyrights, terms of use, implementing a privacy policy, linking, and ownership of the website.


Space is limited. Please register at the appropriate links above.

Directions to Hostos: 450 Grand Concourse is at 149th Street and is easily accessible by the #2, #4, and #5 IRT Trains. By bus: take the Bx1 or cross-town Bx19 to 149th Street and the Grand Concourse. Meter Parking available. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

These workshops are made possible with funding fromthe NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Councilmember James Vacca and the Bronx Delegation of the City Council.
Bronx Council on the Arts Unveils “Seeing It Through”
A Free Professional Development Workshops in November

Bronx Council on the Arts launches its “Seeing It Through” professional development series on November 6th, 2014 at BCA’s future headquarters in Westchester Square. The series’ inaugural workshop will feature with a special appearance by bookseller Aurora Anaya-Cerda of La Caza Azul Bookstore – New York City’s leading Latino book source. She will discuss how she created her business via public fundraising campaigns, and will conclude with a brief Q&A.

The workshop will be held at BCA @ 2700 East Tremont Avenue (corner of St. Raymond Avenue), Bronx, NY 10461, from 6:30-8:30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

“We created this program to improve our yearly BRIO awards submissions, but also to give Bronx artists and organization leaders the tools that could help them generate extra income,” says Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez.

Other presenters, such as Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa and Dramatic Question Theater, will address aspiring novelists and playwrights. Poets and Writers Magazine’s Reading and Workshops Director Bonnie Marcus will discuss how to get funded for literary presentations. Some of the workshops will be held at the Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College and all are free.
Registration is required for these workshops on BCA’s website at bronxarts.org.

For exact workshop info and to register go to: www.bronxarts.org/seeing_it_through.asp.

This series is made possible with funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., and NYC Council Members James Vacca, Andrew Cohen, Andy King and Melissa Mark-Viverito.
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2015 BRIO Award Applications Available Online Week of November 3rd
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Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) presents the 2015 Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Awards application and guidelines, starting Monday, November 3, 2014 at www.bronxarts.org. The BRIO applications will be available online only.


This year’s online application submission deadline
is Friday, January 30, 2015, 11:59 pm.

BCA’s 2015 BRIO Fellowship Program celebrates 26 years of supporting individual artists in the creation of work in literary, media, performing and visual arts. Bronx artists may apply in one of the following categories: Acting, Choreography, Crafts, Dance, Digital Arts, Fiction, Film Animation, Illustrated Text, Illustration/Artist Book, Installation Art, Instrumental and Vocal Music Performance, Mixed Media, Music Composition, Narrative/Documentary/Experimental Film/Video, Non-Fiction, Painting, Performance Art, Performance Poetry, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Printmaking/Drawing, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Spoken Word, and Storytelling.

A total of 25 awards of $3,000 each are available to Bronx artists. Eligible applicants must be 18 years or older, live in the Bronx, and may NOT be enrolled as a full-time graduate or undergraduate student. Individuals who work for BCA or who are recipients of any of the Council’s awards in 2014-15 including BRIO, Arts Fund, or Community Arts Grant, are also ineligible.

Application assistance and tips on presenting your work professionally is available at one of five free BRIO How-to-Apply workshops to be held on the following dates:
  • Friday, November 7, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451;
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 4:00-6:00pm at BCA @ 2700, 2700 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461;
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm at Bronx Library Center, 310 E Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458;
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014,1:00-3:00pm at New Hope for All Saints Lutheran Church, 585 East 163rd Street, Bronx, NY 10456 (Between Eagle & Third Avenues);
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 5:00-7:00pm at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451.
Due to New Guidelines, we urge you to attendone of these workshops! Space is limited.
Visit www.bronxarts.org to RSVP for your BRIO “How to Apply” workshop.

Individual Consultations by appointment only can be arranged with the BRIO Administrator.For Literary Applicants, 1-on-1 half-hour consultations can be arranged with the Bronx Writers Center Director to help prepare your manuscript for BRIO. Call 718-931-9500 x35 for information or e-mail BRIO@bronxarts.org.

The selection of awards are based solely on artistic excellence and decided by a panel of arts professionals of various disciplines. All materials involved in the selection process are reviewed anonymously. All applicants are notified of panel decisions by e-mail approximately four months after the deadline date. Winners are invited to an awards ceremony in June 2015 to receive the first payment of $2,500. The remaining balance of $500 is to be paid to the artist upon completion of a community service activity which is required of all awardees.

Funding for BRIO is provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs-Greater New York Arts Development Fund. Additional funding is provided by the NYS Council on the Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation,Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.and BCA’s membership program.
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Help Support BCA with Amazon Smile!
It’s a Free Way to Support BCA!
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BCA recently joined the AmazonSmile Program ─ A simple way for you to support the Bronx Council on the Arts every time you shop at no cost to you.

Simply go to smile.amazon.com, select BCA as your charity and you’re done.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same low prices, same products and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice.

Amazon Prime members can also participate in the program with no effect on their Prime benefits.

Thanks, in advance, for supporting BCA!
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BCA’s Arts Fund 2015 Applications & Guidelines are Available
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BCA’s Arts Fund 2015 Applications & Guidelines are Available at www.bronxarts.org/artsfund.asp.

BCA Arts Fund provides financial assistance to Individual Artists and Small nonprofit Organizations that develop high quality arts projects and programming that contributes to Bronx communities by providing opportunities for the public to experience and engage with the arts.
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Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 11:59pm.
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Go to www.bronxarts.org/artsfund.asp for information about the grant, its application and guidelines, and BCA’s Arts Fund Grant “How To” Informationals Schedule.


Good News for those of you who want to post your Bronx calendar events on BCA’s calendar page!
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BCA has a new calendar that you can easily post your Bronx events onto!

Our last calendar app developed major glitches so we are really happy that we now have one that is simple to use and takes minutes to submit your event.
Your submission is immediately forwarded to me for approval and could most likely go live the same day.

Please take advantage of our new calendar app and submit your upcoming Bronx calendar events. We want to promote your organization and all you do for our Bronx community.

Please go to www.bronxarts.org/bxcalendar.asp and click on the Submit Event button to get started.

 
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