The Omo Valley people are located in southwestern Ethiopia, the oldest independent country and one of the oldest in the world. The tribesof the Omo Valley still practice many of their traditions from hundreds of years ago. One of the most beautiful of their traditions is their body art. The women in particular use natural berries, flowers, mud, ash and twine to decorate their bodies into exquisite works of art. The West Harlem Art Fund in an attempt to preserve this tradition will re-create some body art for Armory Week and project them at the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan; produce an abstract installation at the Mink Building in West Harlem and create blog posts on this site.

The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is a fourteen year old public arts organization. WHAF offers exhibition opportunities for artists and creative professionals wishing to share their talent with residents uptown and around the City. The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. showcases art and culture in open, public spaces to add aesthetic interest to our part of the city; promote historical and cultural heritage; and support community involvement in local development. Our African symbol is the double crocodile from West Africa. Funtunmmireku-Denkyemmirreku means unity in diversity.

photograph by artist John Kenny


The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York, takes place every March on Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan. Now celebrating its fourteenth year, the Armory Show is re-establishing itself as the most adventurous and dynamic contemporary art fair in New York City. For more information, please visit www.thearmoryshow.com.


  1. To whom it may concern,

    We would like to showcase “Sacred Body Art of The Omo Valley” on the Huffington Post Arts Page. We just need the following items so we can build a slideshow featuring the work. We will be writing the piece today so if it is possible to get these materials before end of day today that would be ideal.

    Here is a checklist of what we need:
    Send the below as text and photo attachments in ONE email.
    No “You Send it” files or large images.
    The images you’re providing shouldn’t be so large that they can’t fit in one email.
    No Word Docs or PDFs.

    1) Artist Name in Subject of Email

    2) Basic Information about the show
    WHO: Names of Artists
    WHAT: Name of show
    WHEN: Dates of show and Opening night
    WHERE: Address, City, State, Country & Link to gallery or venue.
    WHY: 1-2 paragraphs about the work/show for reference.

    3) 10-15 numbered images (or videos if applicable) of the work (900w x 900h pixels MAX for each side, the other side will be smaller), file names accordingly: 1_name.jpg, 2_name.jpg, 3_name.jpg, etc.

    4) In the email, include numbered captions that correspond to the numbered images written exactly as you would want them to appear below each image in the slide show (usually: 1_Artist Name, “Title”, Media, Dimensions, Year, Courtesy of , etc.). You can also include particular notes about the image or installation.

    5) send all the information to the Arts Team at arts@huffingtonpost.com

    We keep track of openings and closings and do our best to pace the features to coincide with the duration of the show but no promises! We look forward to receiving the information and materials at your earliest convenience.

    Best regards,
    The Arts Team
    Huffington Post

    • NYC Arts! says:

      Hello Mr. Reilly,

      We are in production with the images which includes video and stills. We are doing this for Armory Week. We were selected two years in a row. Please email me so we can work this out.

      Savona Bailey-McClain

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