Red Hook Art Project

Providing a place where we feel safe to create!

The Red Hook Art Project, Inc. (RHAP) is A tutoring and mentoring project that organizes professionals to volunteer to provide gifted, Under-served children and youth with free classes and tutoring in visual art, music and Homework Help. RHAP’s mission is to help under-served children and youth who have shown previous dedication to their creative talent to develop their self-esteem, self- expression, creativity, and sense of responsibility through education- based relationships with working artists, musicians, and writers.

I created an eye catching WordPress website to attract donors and volunteers they could update easily. I also provided the main photographs and helped organize their content.

Visit RedHookArtProject.org

Magda Love + Dream Circle

Art: Magda Love / http://cargocollective.com/Magdalenam
Music: Dream Circle + A-Frillz / http://facebook.com/dreamcirclemusic

Born in Argentina, Magdalena Marcenaro aKa Magda Love has lived in New York City for more than a decade. Mostly know by her street art and public works, she enjoys working with illustration, photography and mixed media, The artist forms deeply textured, often ferocious, narratives joining nostalgic images with sudden, emotional moments. Her aim is to inspire dialogue about personal experience and prompt a thoughtful pause in the roller coaster of life. Her work, often deeply textured, exposes vulnerability joined with sudden ferocity, and nostalgia linked to sudden joy.

Edited and shot with GoPro & Cannon DSLR in Red Hook, Brooklyn by Katy Walker-Mejia

Dream Circle Music Videos

Dream Circle – Medicine Man

Official Selection International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts (Shorts and Micro Cinema) 2013

Dream Cicle – The Hurricane – PSA


Official Selection and screened at the Red Hook International Film and Video Festival 2013
In October of 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast causing more than $50 billion in damage. To commemorate Sandy and to raise awareness about the importance of conservation and living sustainably, we created a music video with photos and video of the storm and relief effort, including a timeline of events and powerful quotes. The song was written the day after more than of six feet of water surged into our neighborhood in Red Hook, Brooklyn, knocking out power for three weeks.

 

Dream Circle – School of Life

Dream Circle – School of Life (official music video) from Things Are Changing Productions on Vimeo.

My M.O. – Monkey

Dare to Dream Youth Media Project

The TAC Productions Dare to Dream “Video-Pals” project & curriculum is an initiative created for Brooklyn and Central American youth developed by mentors Joél Mejia and Katy Walker. Providing adolescents and young adults with hands-on artistic training and opportunities for creative expression, the Cultural Exchange Program is an initiative that facilitates a cultural connection between American and Central American youth to specifically encourage communication and discovery between their communities and their natural environments. The four week curriculum noticeably improves communication, geography, literacy, and creative skills; we use the exposure to photographs, documentaries, and other important cultural elements of their pen-pals, so they may learn about the different issues that affect their lives as members of their community and as the future generation on this planet. For the initial three to four week period, participants are required to develop and create short video diaries, 2 to 5 minutes long, with the goal of sharing with their “pen pal” various aspects of their lives and answering questions each may have for the other. The initial video diaries will be with the assistance of Katy and Joél, but the goal is to empower them to create their own videos and maintain the connection between friends across the world.

TAC & participants from Red Hook Art Project kicked off the workshop in November. Using GoPro cameras, they created videos to be shared with “video pals” from youth serving organizations in Nicaragua.

RHAP’s mission is to help children and youth who have shown previous dedication to their talent to develop their self-esteem, self- expression, creativity, and responsibility through mentor relationships with working artists, musicians, and writers.

Atelier Favela in Nicaragua is a humanitarian organisation that supports the poverty-stricken children of Ticuantepe Nicaragua. Through lessons in Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Circus and Capoeira at our cultural centre we hope to stimulate personal development in our students. In this way these children can grow up to become independent adults with a future in the arts or whatever their passion may be.
RHAP will be sharing their videos with participants from Nicaragua in January 2015.

More info:
http://thingsarechanging.com/youth-media-arts-project-with-atelier-favela-in-nicaragua/

Time is Art Feature Film

Time is Art’ is a documentary film that follows the journey of a writer, compelled to make sense of the mysterious and powerful energy she felt at her aunt’s deathbed. Considering herself a skeptic, a series of strange coincidences leads her on an exploration of synchronicity – the concept that everything is interconnected and that time is not so much a chronology as it is an infinite cycle. Compelling conversations with fellow seekers Toko-Pa Turner, Richard Tarnas, Graham Hancock, Amy Lansky, Daniel Pinchbeck and Rupert Sheldrake as well as artists and activists guide us through the underlying premise of the film: perhaps we can tap into a way of being that is not ruled by a finite sense of time, but rather by the ability to live in harmony with the true creative nature of our existence.

The film is now available On Demand, Blu-ray, DVD, En Español & in select theaters via TheSyncMovie.com

Produced & Directed by Katy Walker Mejia and Joel Mejia