West Harlem Arts, a collaborative initiative from The Children’s Art Carnival and Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano, is pleased to announce its inaugural group show, Resilience.The virtual exhibition series celebrates the work and resilience of visual artists residing in West Harlem and the surrounding community during the COVID-19 pandemic and features works by Cathleen Campbell, Nicole Goodwin, Wilhelmina Grant Cooper, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Julia Justo, Carolina Leiva Ureta, Luis León, Candace Leslie, Michelle Melo, Dionis Ortiz, Daisy Ruiz, Marco Saavedra, Uniqua Simmons, Jonas St. Juste, Yasuyo Tanaka, and Carla Torres.

West Harlem Arts: Resilience 2021 is made possible with funding from West Harlem Development Corporation.

Candace Leslie

Biography Candace Leslie is a visual artist who currently works in oils and collage. Born and raised in Columbus, GA, she developed a strong appreciation for nature. Ever experimenting with materials, she is inspired by… Read More »Candace Leslie

Carla Torres

Biography Carla Torres is a visual artist, who works across several media including drawing, painting, illustration, animation, and murals. Originally from Ecuador, she relocated to New York City in 2006, looking to expand her horizons… Read More »Carla Torres

Daisy Ruiz

Biography Daisy Ruiz, better known online as @Draizys, is a Bronx-bred Illustrator, Founder and Creative Director of award-winning compilation zine Deadass Tho NYC, and a one-third of WOC art Collective Spicy Mango Comics. Her illustrations… Read More »Daisy Ruiz

Dionis Ortiz

Biography Dionis Ortiz is an interdisciplinary artist, community art producer, and Educator born and raised in Harlem. In 2020, he was Artist in Residence at Children’s Museum of Manhattan. In 2019 he received the Rema… Read More »Dionis Ortiz

Julia Justo

Biography Julia Justo is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist working across photography, installation, mixed media and social practice. Justo, of combined Indigenous and European descent, was born in La Plata, Argentina, in 1963. When she… Read More »Julia Justo

Marco Saavedra

Biography Marco Saavedra has lived as an undocumented immigrant for 28 years and is currently seeking political asylum stemming from his immigrant justice work. He works at his family’s Oaxacan restaurant in the South Bronx,… Read More »Marco Saavedra

Michelle Melo

Biography Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Michelle Melo is an artist living and working in New York  City.  She holds a BFA in Contemporary Sculpture from La Universidad Nacional de Colombia. As  a  multidisciplinary … Read More »Michelle Melo

Nicole Goodwin

Biography Nicole Goodwinaka GOODW.Y.N. is the author of Warcries, as well as the 2020 Pushcart Nominee, 2018-2019 Franklin Furnace Fund Recipient, the 2018 Ragdale Alice Judson Hayes Fellowship Recipient, 2017 EMERGENYC Hemispheric Institute Fellow as… Read More »Nicole Goodwin

Uniqua Simmons

Biography Uniqua Simmons is  a self taught Visual Artist, Jewelry Artist, Certified Fitness Practitioner, and Performance Artist.  She has been creating art since She was 10 years old.  As a Teaching Artist  for over 20… Read More »Uniqua Simmons

Yasuyo Tanaka

Biography Yasuyo Tanaka is a first-generation Japanese immigrant, with passionate interest in radiation disasters, caused by the Fukushima nuclear accident, and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She is a social practice artist, educator,… Read More »Yasuyo Tanaka


West Harlem Arts invited established and highly recognized professional artists, curators and arts administrators from our community to participate in our selection process. They spent two days reviewing the work and discussing the submissions’ aesthetics,… Read More »Judges


The body of work selected for this exhibition reflects not only the hardships and the turmoil the West Harlem community experienced during the pandemic, but social unrest of BLM and the plight of the undocumented.… Read More »Curators