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2022 Shared Dialogue, Shared Space (SDSS) +
Mott Haven Art Block Party (MHABP)

Sunday, September 25, 2022
from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mott Haven at 349 E 140th Street adjacent to Willis Playground

Mott Haven Art Block Party



Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Maple Playground

Flushing, Queens


Heng-Gil Han


Cody Herrmann

David Yonghwan Lee

Lily & Honglei

Eunhae Park

Mott Haven, NY, Sunday, September 25, 2022 — Korea Art Forum (KAF) is proud to inaugurate the Fall 2022 program with Shared Dialogue, Shared Space (SDSS) + Mott Haven Art Block Party (MHABP), a collaborative project between KAF and the Mott Haven - Port Morris Community Land Stewards.


SDSS, organized by KAF, is a series of one-day interactive art initiatives presented for free in NYC Parks and Public Places. Since 2020, SDSS programs have connected immigrant communities and underserved ethnic enclaves in New York City to visual arts and culture through language access and participatory art activities. KAF has offered artist-run workshops and activities to populations with limited English proficiency free of charge with translation services in English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish at local parks embedded in the community.


MHABP is co-sponsored and co-presented by KAF with the Mott Haven-Port Morris Community Lans Stewards (MHPMCLS ) organization, and co-organized by Heng-Gil Han, KAF’s Director, Mychal Johnson, community activist and Board of Director of the MHPMCLS; and Libertad Guerra, an art professional and Board of Director of the Mott Haven - Port Morris Community Land Stewards.


SDSS + MHABP presents participatory art projects led by Hannes Bend, Yeon Jin Kim, Yunjeong Lee, Quintin Rivera-Toro, and Minshik Shin, including deep breathing exercises, “Jogakbo” (a Korean style of collective quilt-making), collective painting, flag-making workshops, and more. On September 25th, a series of free workshops will invite participants to design, paint, and install their own art works, bringing attention to Mott Haven. To participate in the workshops and activities, please sign up for the workshop here:


The Art Block Party welcomes Little Amal, who will be joining the party at 4PM to walk through the events’ site and continue walking to the Lincoln Avenue waterfront. Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles of the Processional Arts Workshop will provide participants with Silk Rivers and Hudson River fish, banners and hats, to join in this walk.


Since 2020 Shared Dialogue, Shared Space has broadened channels of communication between the contemporary art world and immigrant communities in New York City, advancing the artists’ creative endeavors of engaging the public. Focused on the expansion of public access to the artists’ creative work, the project fosters dialogues between the audience and artists, exploring a wide range of subject matters and the multidimensional role of art in the processes of cultural production and social change.


The contents of the full FY23 SDSS program, which incorporated in-person events at local parks and public spaces in both Flushing, Queens; and Mott Haven, the South Bronx, will be made available on post-event videos accessible through the Korea Art Forum’s Facebook page and YouTube page at later date. For more information, visit, or email

Upcoming Program Summary:

SDSS + MHABP at 349 E 140th Street

on Sunday, September 25, 2022, from 11 am - 4 pm


Join artists, Hannes Bend, Yeon Jin Kim, Yunjeong Lee, Quintin Rivera-Toro, Minshik Shin with Little Amal, Alex Kahn and Sphia Michalles to celebrate public art activities along E 140 Street and Alexander Avenue. Participants will enjoy making their own art with icons, texts, and personal designs.

About Korea Art Forum


(KAF) Founded in New York 2013, Korea Art Forum (KAF) is led by artists, scholars, and peacemakers committed to bridging the world through art, serving to advance indispensable values of art’s connectivity, relevance, and equity to create a peaceful world and enhance people’s quality of life and well-being. KAF’s goals are to fight against inequality found in the contemporary art field and promote an eco-human-centric framework of art as public engagement that enables the creation of a peaceful world of coexistence, cooperation, and shared prosperity. Operating at the intersection of the visual arts and humanities, KAF annually produces interrelated programs, Commissions, Exhibitions, Forums, and Publications, to bring together all people from the art world and beyond to share dialogues, serving to build an interconnected peaceful world and support inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.


About the Mott Haven - Port Morris Community Land Stewards (MHPMCLS)


The Mott Haven–South Bronx residents created Port Morris Community Land Stewards to respond to confusing and opaque land use policies that have for decades harmed, displaced, and excluded under-resourced communities like ours. We seek (1) to acquire public land for public use to create deeply affordable housing, community, and open spaces for the public good. To ensure community members can preserve a stake in a neighborhood profoundly impacted by decades of environmental injustice and economic neglect; and (2) to promote pathways to meaningful self-determination for Mott Haven and Port Morris residents.

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Korea Art Forum (KAF) is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. KAF’s 2022 SDSS programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, and are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. The programs are also made possible in part with funding from the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), and the UMEZ Arts Engagement, a regrant program supported by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ) and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). WQXR is the media partner of Korea Art Forum presenting Shared Dialogue, Shared Space.

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