8/2 | Live at the Archway: Strings N Skins

This week at Live at the Archway, dance to the infections Haitian-Colombian rhythms of singer and drummer Okai and Latin Grammy Winner violinist, dancer, and singer Luisa Bastidas. Plus, get up-close with a live art experience led by artist Pasqualina Azzarello.

TODAY AT #LiveAtTheArchway

  • ON STAGE: Strings N Skins
  • IN THE GALLERY: Pasqualina Azzarello

Live at the Archway is always free, always all ages, and always rain or shine


The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge is a public plaza in DUMBO, Brooklyn. It’s on Water St between Anchorage Place and Adams St.


THE BAND. Strings N Skins was founded by singer and drummer Okai and Latin Grammy Winner violinist, dancer, and singer Luisa Bastidas. Luisa, born in Cali, Colombia, shares her influences of cumbia, currulao, and salsa. Okai, born in Brooklyn with Haitian heritage, brings Caribbean flavor with his kompa, soca, and hip hop influences. Through their music, Strings N Skins shares the message of unity between locations and cultures.

THE ARTIST. Pasqualina Azzarello is a painter, public muralist, educator, and community advocate. Within grassroots, nonprofit, and academic channels, she works with others to cultivate generative spaces, initiatives, and partnerships that are innovative, collaborative, and inclusive of all participants. Throughout her unique professional path, each experience has been driven by core values including a profound belief in the creative potential of individuals and communities. Pasqualina serves as City Arts Coordinator at Easthampton City Arts in Easthampton, Massachusetts and is also part-time faculty at Parsons The New School in New York City.

THE GALLERY. Every Live at the Archway, Tfnf’s The Space Station pops up in the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge  Brainchild of artist Nathan Sinai Rayman and with a footprint of only 32 square feet, Tfnf’s The Space Station replicates (in flat pack, modular, franchisable form) his DUMBO gallery This Friday or Next Friday – “likely the tiniest, most inconsequential gallery in NYC, maybe on the face of the Earth”. Each week, we present an exhibition featuring a DUMBO-based artist and invite the public to create a collaborative piece with the artist over the course of the evening.


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