April 2023 Grantee Events

Melinda Hall, 2023 Creative Engagement Grantee & UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee, Kathleen Chalfant, courtesy of Melinda Hall
Melinda Hall, 2023 Creative Engagement Grantee & UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee, Kathleen Chalfant, courtesy of Melinda Hall

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

Melinda Hall / Willful Pictures

13th Annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam
Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 1:00 PM
The Riverside Church, 9th floor lounge, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027

The 13th Annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam: 154 Readers of all ages & abilities perform all 154 of Shakespeare's Sonnets aloud in a 3-hour celebration of William Shakespeare. It is free to participate and to attend.

Find more information at www.sonnetslam.com

Grant Program: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


Miguel Aparicio and Anier Alonso

Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Urban Zen, 705 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10014

In a profound immersive style, Anier Alonso and Miguel Aparico, live out their destiny, their ORI, using modern interpretations of Cuban Folklore. Much like the cherished griots who came before them, this duo strives to share information and life values that will nourish, restore and enlighten a modern audience’s love of dance, song, music, and movement. You’ll witness an artistic copulation of compositions, that includes original and classical songs, percussive annotations, and transformative dance. While the concepts of dance of the Afro Cuban folklore combined musicality of today's street styles, maintaining essence and storytelling so you understand who they are today. ORI is an ongoing concept that is a reflection of love. It is the journey and not the destination that is priceless.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement



Friday, April 28, 2023 at 8:00 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

ICEBERG New Music partners with acclaimed ensemble Decoda (Some of the brightest young musicians in the world." - Time Out) and master improvisers Louis Kornfeld and Rick Andrews ("Refined... effortless... Almost mystical." - New York Times) to create a new program of world premiere music and improvised drama. Ten pieces of never-before-heard music will inspire ten never-before-seen plays, performed by some of the best contemporary musicians and improvisers in the country. These concerts will feature world premieres by Drake Andersen, Victor Baez, Stephanie Ann Boyd, Alex Burtzos, Yu-Chun Chien, Derek Cooper, Jack Frerer, Max Grafe, Jessica Mays, and Harry Stafylakis. Like all ICEBERG events, the events will include open bar happy hour and will be followed with an opportunity to talk with the composers, musicians, and improvisers. "

Find more information at https://www.icebergnewmusic.com/concerts

Grant Program: Creative Engagement