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Artist Talk: The Enchanting World of Milagros Batista

March 16 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT

Please join us for an Artist Dialogue and Closing Reception at The Children’s Art Carnival on Saturday, March 16th at 5:00pm.

As we bring The enchanting world of Milagros Batista Exhibition to a triumphant conclusion, we would like to invite you to an Artist Talk. The discussion will be lead by community leader and advocate, Ofelia Rodiguez engaged in conversation with Milagros, as they reflect on the artists career and her contributions at the cross section of fashion and social activism.

Immerse yourself in the magic of Milagros Batista’s creations. Join us as we celebrate her work which lies at the intersection of art and fashion, where every piece is a manifestation of passion, purpose, and the extraordinary talent of Ms. Batista. Come and witness the alchemy of fibers and fashion.

Artist Talk and Closing Reception: Saturday, March 16th, 5:00-7:00pm (RSVP)

Exhibition extended until March 31st

Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 5:00pm

The Enchanting World of Milagros Batista.
 A mesmerizing solo presentation featuring the works of Milagros Batista—an extraordinary Fiber Artist, Master Knitter/Crocheter, Fashion Designer, and Social Activist.

Exhibition on view at the Children’s Art Carnival, 62 Hamilton Terrace, New York, NY 10031, Weekday visits available by appointment only, email us at [email protected]

Milagros Batista: Creator of Wearable Art!

Fiber Artist | Master Knitter/Crocheter | Fashion Designer | Social Activist

Personal and Artistic Journey

Milagros Batista is more than a designer; she’s a storyteller weaving tales of resilience, cultural vibrancy, and individuality through her wearable art. Born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, Milagros draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of her childhood—ocean waves, bustling markets, and the aroma of coffee and sugarcane. Growing up during a challenging political era, Milagros found strength in her family and guidance in the form of Doña Maria Luisa, a Freedom Fighter and Master Knitter. This mentorship became the foundation of her journey into the world of fiber arts, knitting, crochet, and social justice.

Early Influence and Mentorship

At seven, Milagros’ meeting with Doña Maria Luisa marked the beginning of a transformative journey. Hindered by financial constraints, Milagros proposed a unique arrangement—she’d work for knitting lessons. Doña Maria Luisa, a fearless advocate against dictatorship, not only agreed but ignited in Milagros a passion for social change. Doña Maria Luisa’s passing didn’t halt Milagros’ growth; instead, she became part of a collective of women mentors, guiding her until her family moved to New York. The vibrant culture of NYC, coupled with the influence of the “Black is Beautiful” movement, shaped Milagros’ perspective, fueling her commitment to equity, sustainability, and gender neutrality.

The Batista Collections: Brand Bio

Milagros Batista – Designing for Equity, Sustainability, and Gender Neutrality

A decade ago, Milagros transitioned careers to dedicate herself entirely to knitting and crochet. In 2016, she birthed Batista Collections, challenging preconceptions in high fashion. The resurgence of these crafts during the pandemic amplified her mission, solidifying their presence in the industry. Milagros’ designs stand out, incorporating intricate cables reminiscent of braided hair. Pieces like the “Free Spirited” shawl/jacket symbolize freedom and self-expression. As Batista Collections moves forward, it envisions pushing creative boundaries, defining a path where fashion meets individuality.

Mission Statement

At Batista Collections, we’re crafting a fashion revolution beyond gender norms. Fashion should liberate, allowing limitless self-expression. Rooted in inclusivity and authenticity, our gender-neutral garments empower individuals to embrace their unique identities without fear or limitation. Meticulously crafted, our designs blur gender lines, allowing wearers to explore personal style with confidence. We celebrate the beauty of diversity, honoring the rich tapestry of global identities. Committed to sustainability, we prioritize ethical practices and mindful production. Join us in this transformative journey where fashion becomes a tool for self-expression and empowerment.

Ana Ofelia Rodriguez

Ana-Ofelia is a multilingual Community Development individual who focuses on bringing people together through the arts and promoting exemplary projects by highly trained professional artists and educators whose passion is to work with people in marginalized communities. In 2002 she introduced legendary artist Faith Ringgold to Broadway Housing Communities to begin a conversation on the need of more structured spaces for children to learn about art. These conversations with Ms. Ringgold culminated with the creation of the first children’s museum in Harlem. The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, is a beacon of hope for current and future generations of children and families of Northern Manhattan.

The enchanting world of Milagros Batista is made possible with funding from West Harlem Development Corporation, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Ruth Foundation for The Arts and donations from New York Film Academy and Hamilton Heights community members. The exhibition is presented by The Children’s Art Carnival.



Email: info@childrensartcarnival.org


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