April 2022 Grantee Events

MorDance, 2022 Creative Engagement Grantee, Courtesy of MorDance, Photo by: Kelsey Campbell
MorDance, 2022 Creative Engagement Grantee, Courtesy of MorDance, Photo by: Kelsey Campbell

Experience a wide range of art activities by supporting our Creative Engagement, Creative Learning, and UMEZ Arts Engagement grantees and their events this month.

Mason Holdings Theatre

Hart Island
March 8 - April 9, 2022
Thursday - Saturday at 8:00PM, Saturday  at 2:00PM, and Sunday at 3:00PM
The Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

Based on historical research, Hart Island weaves together six seemingly disparate voices, all connected to Hart Island. As audiences enter The Gym at Judson, they’ll be greeted by a scenic installation that suggests the depths of an archeological dig. At first, the characters of Hart Island seem anonymous and alone, locked in their own solitary existence. Gradually, however, the walls that separate them become more porous until every voice is revealed to be intrinsically linked.

Find more information at www.masonholdings.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

ArtCrawl Harlem

Fire and Soul 2022, “We’re Still Harlem” 
March 12 - April 2, 2022, Tuesday - Wednesday at 7:00 PM, Thursday - Saturday at 1:00 PM
Heath Gallery, 24 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027

Harlem’s vibrant history and influence stretches far beyond the five boroughs. The music, art, culture, social life, food, fashion, politics and businesses that have originated in Harlem have had a profound impact on the world stage for generations. This is the magic of Harlem –it’s Fire & Soul. Even when the world is dim, bleak and uncertain, the hearts, souls and resilience of Harlemites burns bright. Our Fire & Soul 2022 exhibition exemplifies this very statement. The exhibit features 10 multi-generational artists whose work embodies the notions of beauty, joy, and connection. Let this exhibit provide you strength, optimism, connection, and hope during these remarkably challenging times wherever you find yourself.

Curated by Saundra Alexis Heath and Fable Jones Studios, the 3 -week-long exhibit will feature various media including paintings, sculpture, collage, abstract and mixed media art. The roster of featured artists includes Bianca Allen, Jazzmine Bustamante, Jonte Drew, Yvonne Lamar-Rogers, Demarcus McGaughey, Kenwyn Murray, MarkAnthony McLeod, Erica Morales, Cj Priester, and Heather Williams. 

Co-curated by Saundra A. Heath, Heath Gallery director and co-owner and Fable Jones Studios.

Find more information at https://artcrawlharlem.org/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement and UMEZ Arts Engagement 

Rose Deller

History Now
March 14 - April 2, 2022
Morris Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY 10032

Through April 3, 2022, Morris-Jumel Mansion’s new exhibition, History Now, by Washington Heights artist Rose Deler, features a selection of large-format, black and white film portraits depicting the residents and architecture of one of New York’s most historic – and unexplored – neighborhoods, the Jumel Historic District in Washington Heights.

Find more information at https://heightsites.com/event/morris-jumel-mansion-presents-local-artist-rose-delers-history-now/all/

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement 

24/6: A Jewish Theater Company

Telephone Plays
Section A: 3 Tuesdays at 10:00 AM March 22 - April 5
Section B: 3 Tuesdays at 10:00 AM April 26 – May 10, 2022

During this time when theaters have shut down, the effects of social isolation have been acutely felt by senior citizens and those who are housebound. In response, 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company has commissioned a diverse group of 16 playwrights to write 10 minute plays to be performed over the telephone to seniors and those who are housebound.

Seniors can sign up for our TELEPHONE PLAYS performance dates in March-May 2022 via DOROT's UNIVERSITY WITHOUT WALLS.

Find more information by calling  1-877-819-9147 or send an E-mail  to uww@dorotusa.org

To register online: https://dorotusa.jotform.com/92925604466161?

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

White Box

Off The Cloth
March 25 - May 4, 2022
9B9, 9 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

WhiteBox East Village is thrilled to inaugurate its new downtown location at 9 Avenue B with Off the Cloth, the first exhibition in a two year series of Feminist curatorial program. Curated by Karen Cordero Reiman and Juan Puntes, Off The Cloth runs from March 25—open installation previews—through May 4th, 2022. Reception, public panel discussion and performances on April 1, 5-8pm. The exhibition forms part of WhiteBox’s ongoing “EXODUS” series highlighting the work of émigré and ex-pat artists living and working in New York City.

Find more information at https://whiteboxnyc.org/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Ogemdi Ude

March 31 - April 2, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

In Dig/Hear/Sing/—, artist Ogemdi Ude performs three different solos across three evenings. Using movement, voice, and installation, Ude contends with distinct experiences of loss and her efforts to develop coping rituals in their aftermath. By charting the lasting marks that loss has made upon her, Ude opens a space for audiences to simultaneously process their own grief. The performances are accompanied by a collection of writings: performance scores, personal essays, and theory that takes a Black feminist approach to unpacking death, memory, and mourning.

Find more information at https://www.abronsartscenter.org/program/ogemdi-ude-dig/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Samantha McLoughlin

SammyJDance Classes
April  1, 2022 - August 31, 2022, Wednesdays at 11:00  AM
April 6, 2022 at Go Hard Dance Studio
April 13 - August 31, 2022  at Morningside Park

SammyJDance’s unique program uses dance and music to help young children learn and practice developmental skills. Imagination and self expression, encouraging children to grow physically and emotionally are at the core of the SammyJDance program. Without realizing they are learning, dance enhances their classroom experience. Join SammyJDance Wednesdays at 11:00  AM in Harlem for a parent toddler dance class. 

Find more information at www.sammyjdance.nyc

Grant Program: Creative Learning


ICEBERG New Music Concert Series 2021-22
April 1 - May 13, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

ICEBERG New Music, Decoda, and acclaimed poet Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz present "The Peace Chronicles," two evenings of world premiere music and spoken word focused on finding peace in a violent and chaotic world. Decoda will perform world premieres by Drake Andersen, Victor Baéz, Stephanie Ann Boyd, Alex Burtzos, Yu-Chun Chien, Derek Cooper, Jack Frerer, Jessica Mays, Max Grafe, and Harry Stafylakis, as well as new music by Becky Turro and Johnny MacMillan. Dr. Sealey-Ruiz will read from her recent book "The Peace Chronicles."

Find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-peace-chronicles-part-i-iceberg-x-decoda-x-yolanda-sealey-ruiz-tickets-278838993937

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

WOW Cafe Theater

WOW 40 Festival of Joy: A Doomsday Meditation
April 9, 2022 at 8:00 PM & April 10, 2022 at 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
WOW Cafe Theater, 59-61 East 4th, 4 floor, New York, NY 10003

"In a world that is falling apart, two strangers struggle to find connection while reflecting on their past.”vJoin us for a dark comedy that explores human’s need for others during distressing times. Text written and devised by the ensemble. Proof of vaccination (or exemption) and masking required. We will provide masks if you don’t have one.

Find more information at www.wowcafe.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


you have to look through this to see me
April 14 - 16, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Gibney: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center Enter, 53A Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

MICHIYAYA’s new work 'you have to look through this to see me' is a reimagination of intimacy and reclamation of queer femme and nonbinary sensuality. MICHIYAYA Dance processes the complexities of how we crave, sustain, and heal in relationship with one another as sensual beings. Without stigma from heteronormative sources, MICHIYAYA takes control of their dialogues in raw yet fanciful ways. It is a rewrite of how we belong together as our most authentic selves.

This new work is created by Artistic Directors Anya & Mitsuko Clarke-Verdery in collaboration with and featuring their five dance artists Alex Bittner, Bree Breeden, Joy Carlos, Alex Schmidt, and Alexandra Wood, with guest artist Gabriella Sibeko. It features an original score created by grammy-nominated Hip-hop recording artist and composer Billy Dean Thomas, and costume design by Bones, newly featured artist of tv series Project Runway.

Find more information at https://gibneydance.org/event/spotlight-michiyaya-dance/2022-04-14/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Simona Smirnova

Bird Language
April 14, 2022 at 9:00 PM
Rockwoood Music Hall, Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Bird Language: an album release show of a new studio album composed by a New York based Lithuanian composer, zitherist and vocalist Simona Smirnova. “Bird Language” is an innovative and interactive show, which combines folkloric melodies, sounds of a zither, jazz and incorporates the audience into the singing experience.

Find more information at https://rockwoodmusichall.com/event/simone-smirnova-bird-language-official-album-release-show/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Andrea Arroyo

Art as Solidarity
April 14 - June 12, 2022
Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum, 65 Jumel Terrace New York, NY 10032
April 23 - July 31, 2022
The Hispanic Society of America, 613 West 155th Street, New York, NY 10032. 

ImagiNATIONS: Art as Solidarity is a series of artworks created in response to issues that touch us everyday, like immigration, civil and gender rights, displacement, gun violence, international conflicts and the environmental crisis. The works reflect universal values of love, justice, equality and peace, and aim to build bridges across borders, languages and cultures, and to generate a dialogue about issues that are relevant at both the local and global level. 

 Bearing witness to injustice and political upheaval on a daily basis, inspires me to create images that not only document the turbulent times we live in, but also celebrate the beauty and resilience of the most vulnerable communities. For me, art-making is a practice of hope in action. My hope is that these images will inspire reflection, empowering individuals and communities to create change, by raising their voices in empathy, in solidarity and in love.

Find more information at www.andreaarroyo.com

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Advent Lutheran Church

Music Mondays
April 18, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd Street, New York, NY 10025

PUBLICQuartet& Big Dog Little Dog: The Music of Jessie Montgomery. Lower East Side native Jessie Montgomery composes music that is “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life” (The Washington Post); she is currently Composer in Residence at the Chicago Symphony. An accomplished violinist, her chamber music combines elements of vernacular styles, improvisation, and themes of social justice the speak powerfully to performers and audiences alike. PUBLIQuartet (of which she was a founding member) joins her current ensemble, Big Dog Little Dog, for an exploration of her music.

Find more information at https://www.musicmondays.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Pele Bauch

A.K.A. Ka Inoa an Interdisciplinary Solo Performance Work
April 22 - 24, 2022, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 PM, Sunday at 4:00 PM
La MaMa Downstairs, 66 East 4th Street, Basement Level, New York, NY 10003

Pele Bauch’s A.K.A. Ka Inoa (also known as the name) weaves supple movement, vivid characters, and personal story together with rope and name tags. It explores the messy gray areas in ethnic identity through visual metaphor. Taking place on a floor carpeted by a sea of discarded name tags, Bauch sifts through these papers. What does it mean to wear a label, to wear a name? This interdisciplinary solo mines Bauch’s experience as a multiracial New Yorker and Native Hawaiian who carries the weight of being named after one of Hawaii’s most significant and beloved deities, Pele, the goddess of volcanoes. Naming someone after her is generally not done. And on top of that, Bauch doesn’t pronounce her name correctly. A.K.A. Ka Inoa uses this name conundrum to unpack our expectations around racial identity.

Find more information at https://www.lamama.org/shows/pele-bauch-marina-celander-2022

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc.

The JCE Jazz Dance Project
April 23, 2022 at 8:00 PM & April 24, 2022 at 4:00 PM
KnJ Theater at Peridance, 126 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003

Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc., presents The JCE Jazz Dance Project on April 23-24th, 2022, celebrating 15 years of its semiannual dance concert devoted exclusively to jazz. Through this in-person show, people of all ages can enjoy a variety of jazz styles and see first-hand JCE’s mission to promote the creation of original jazz dance in concert form. A talkback with the choreographers follows the April 24th performance.

Find more information at https://www.jazzchoreography.com/project/april-2022/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


MorDance Eighth Performance Season
April 29 & 30, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Symphony Space Peter Jay Sharp Theater
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990

MorDance, a trailblazing female-led dance company celebrated for creating original collaborative works that push the boundaries of classical ballet returns to stage, April 29-30. With three world premieres woven together by themes of humanity, an ensemble of eight dancers, joined by composer Polina Nazaykinskaya, pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski and lighting designer Becky Hiesler, will push ballet to its limits.

Find more information at https://www.symphonyspace.org/events/vp-mordance-2022-spring-season

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Leadlights Ensemble

Rising in the Heights: "All the Way to Havana"
April 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Word Up Community Bookshop / Librería Comunitaria, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10032

Rising in the Heights is a festival of free monthly outdoor public arts performances curated by Leadlights Ensemble in partnership with Word Up Community Bookshop. The festival celebrates the rich artistic contributions of Latinx and Black cultures and promotes children’s literacy through music and storytelling.

The event on Friday, April 29th features Cuban-American author Margarita Engle’s picture book All the Way to Havana," a book about a boy and his family's beloved car, "Cara Cara." It is a joyful celebration of the Cuban people and their resourceful, innovative spirit. This event features a reading by Broadway actor Reza Salazar and music by Cuban composer Paquito D’Rivera, among others."

Find more information at https://leadlightsensemble.weebly.com/events.html

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Barkin/Selissen Project

An Evening of Math & Dance: Barkin/Selissen Project’s 'Differential Cohomology; Dance of the Diagram' and Panel Discussion
April 29 & 30, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 524 West 59th St, New York, NY 10019

Barkin/Selissen Project contemporary dance company, in conjunction with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, presents two evenings of mathematics-inspired dance, followed by a panel discussion amongst notable mathematicians and choreographers collaborating in and across fields. Moderated by Heather Berlin both nights, along with special guest Ira Flatow on Friday 4/29, this lively conversation includes Jim Simons, and Barkin/Selissen Project Artistic Directors Aaron Selissen and Kyla Barkin.

'Differential Cohomology; Dance of the Diagram' brings math to life as dancers expand and redraw concepts with their bodies and on the stage following algebraic principles. Manifesting mathematical theory in movement, this dance brings the subject to a new horizon, for the mathematically inclined and challenged alike.

Find more information at https://www.barkinselissenproject.org/math-and-dance-4-2022

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

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