5 Free Events in NYC: “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics,” Canstruction and More

5 Free Events in NYC: “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics,” Canstruction and More

Another week, another listing of free events. To mark the Nov. 6 election, some institutions are offering free admission to voters or are holding politically-themed discussions. We’ve included a couple of those events below for those who are still processing the results and the state of national affairs, along with arts events that place an emphasis on giving back to local communities and developing new skills.

Rubin Museum
Rubin Museum of Art, Manhattan
Nov. 7; all day
Did you vote? Did you keep your “I VOTED” sticker? If you answered yes to those questions, you’ve earned free admission on Wednesday to the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. The institution, which is dedicated to the arts and culture of the Himalayas, has erected an interactive exhibit where visitors are invited to share their post-election hopes and anxieties. Click here for more details.

Teens Take The Met!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan
Nov. 9; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Teens will get free admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday evening. More than 40 youth and cultural organizations have partnered with the New York institution to offer a full roster of activities, including art making, live performances and music.

“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics”
The Cooper Union, Manhattan
Nov. 12; 6:30 p.m.
An influential team of women, including Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore, will come together on Nov. 12 to discuss their book “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics.” The advice tome aims to provide a framework for other black women and girls who would like to become involved in politics, but aren’t sure where to start.

Battery Park City, Manhattan
Through Nov. 15; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Canstruction” is back in New York City for the 26th iteration of its annual competition. Part celebration of pop art, part charity drive, the exhibition houses work that artists have made using unopened cans of food, which will then be donated to local charities.

Art Inspired By…
Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center, Manhattan
Through Nov. 28; 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Not all of us are blessed with natural artistic ability. Still, a few tips and tricks go a long way in improving and developing a painting technique. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is continuing its “Art Inspired By…” series, wherein novice and expert painters alike are invited to create work in the style of a specific artist. This installment focuses on Kehinde Wiley, known for his naturalistic renderings of black life.


Top Image: Artwork created by high school students at "Teens Take the Met!"; photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.