Project Description

LaVerne Cody Gittens is an Producer, Actress, Educator and Artist.  She has produced “LINK, Everyday Dramas in the Lives of African Americans” a weekly television show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network for over twenty two years, which spotlights the contributions of people in the arts  and education.  The show is named after my work, “The Link”, a steel and bronze sculpture of an African American woman presenting her story to the world. “Ramona’s Roundtable”, “Out Here”, and “Tiger and Me ” are some of the series I created for LINK, and several of my screenplays have been enacted, including “Baby Talk” and “The Week Before”. Guests on LINK have included Dr. Adelaide Sanford, Randy Weston, Abbey Lincoln, Jitu Weusi, Otto Neals, Bashiri Johnson.

As Executive Director of the New Sculpture Workshop, she and founder James A. Gittens provided sculpture workshops and exhibited the work of students from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, East New York, and other parts of Central Brooklyn, in public and private schools, museums, libraries, and a variety of community facilities throughout New York City, beginning in 1967.
 
LaVerne Gittens holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education.  She self published “Confessions of a Retired New York City School Teacher”, “Angry Black Woman Almanac” and recent short stories. She also studied, created, exhibited and taught sculpture in New York City and created maquettes for pieces that she knows will one day be monuments.