April 2019 Grantee Events

Untitled 19, Magnificent Mile, IL_Jon Henry

This month's grantee events include an eclectic range of shows and performances across all disciplines.

Immerse yourself in a dynamic chamber music performance by SYBARITE5, enjoy an evening of Indian Folk Dance at the Natraj Folk Arts Festival, and attend a free talk featuring writer Antwaun Sargent and Jon Henry, the photographer behind 14x48's newest billboard and recent photographic series, Stranger Fruit at the ICP Museum.

Read more for the full calendar of events!

Photo credit: Untitled #19, Magnificent Mile, IL by Jon Henry, Courtesy of 14x48, 2019 Creative Engagement Grantee

Earth Celebrations   

Ecological Arts Workshops           

Wednesdays, April 3, 2019 – April 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM & 9:30 PM      

Two Bridges Neighborhood Council (Community Room), 82 Rutgers Slip, New York, NY 10002

Join Earth Celebrations for free, public Ecological Arts Workshops! Create spectacular giant puppets and costumes for this year's Ecological City: Procession for Climate Solutions to celebrate climate resiliency and ecological sustainability solutions throughout the Lower East Side gardens, neighborhoods, and East River Park waterfront.

The workshops culminate in the Ecological City: Procession for Climate Solutions on Saturday May 11th, 11am-5pm, starting at Sixth Street Community Center, 638 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009. The 6-hour procession of giant puppets, mobile sculptures and costumes with 20 site performances of dance, music, theater, and poetry are presented along the route visiting community gardens and neighborhood and waterfront sites. The artistic works explore these sites and the ecological sustainability solutions being implemented throughout the neighborhoods.


Find more information at www.earthcelebrations.com/register-ecological-city-workshops-2/.


Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


The American Slavery Project

The ABC's: African-Americans Fro Bondage Through Crow: Black Women and the Ballot           

April 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM      

The National Black Theatre, 2031 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10035   

The American Slavery Project presents a play reading series focusing on African descended voices in America from Bondage through Jim Crow.


"Between the Ballot"" is an evening 3 short plays and conversation by Judy Tate and Saviana Stanescu. "In the Parlour", the featured play, visits the 1913 women's march where 22 black sorority sisters seek to march for the right to vote. The march organizer has other plans! "Don't/Dream"" centers on a modern day domestic worker who dares dream of voting. ""Pulling the Lever"" by Judy Tate visits 3 generations of Black Women remembering their first time voting. Conversation with members of Black sororities, Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. follow.


For more information visit www.americanslaveryproject.org.


Grantee Program: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement



14x48 Public Art Projects

Stranger Fruit           

April 9, 2019 at 6:30 - 8:00 PM       

ICP Museum, 250 Bowery, New York, NY, 10012

Join 14x48 Public Art Projects for a critical discussion with photographer Jon Henry and writer Antwaun Sargent about the effects of police brutality on black American families and communities. The conversation will center on Jon Henry’s recent photographic series, Stranger Fruit, which captures black mothers and sons across the country in a hauntingly suspended embrace referencing the pietà, a subject often depicted in historic Christian sculpture showing the Virgin Mary cradling Jesus in sorrow. In Henry’s images the mothers and sons appear frozen in an inconceivable eventuality, a reflection of the tensions felt today. This conversation is held in conjunction with the upcoming release of Jon Henry’s work on a billboard in Times Square, through the 14x48 Project.


Accompanying billboard will be posted at 38th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan from March 20th to April 10th.


For more information visit www.icp.org/events/stranger-fruit.


Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



New York Scandia Symphony

Concert in Symphony Space         

April 11, 2019 at 8:00 PM    

2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

New York Scandia Symphony will present a concert titled "Under Northern Lights" in Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street) on April 11th, 2019 at 8:00 PM. This symphonic performance will feature composers Carl Nielsen and Bernhard Crusell and will engage 50 of New York City's finest musicians Clarinetist Steven Hartman will be the soloist and Scandia's Music Director, Dorrit Matson will be conducting the concert.


For more information visit www.symphonyspace.org & www.nyscandia.org.


Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Sybarite Chamber Players LTD

2019 Lab Series at The Cell

April 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM    

The Cell Theatre, 338 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011

Their rock star status…is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience...” That is how The Sarasota Herald Tribune described SYBARITE5, classical music’s most dynamic new music group. Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance.


Find more information at www.sybarite5.org.


Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Advent Lutheran Church

ECCO: Chaconne    

April 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM    

Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway, New York, NY 10027        

The conductor-less East Coast Chamber Orchestra brings its luminous sound and high-energy enthusiasm back to Music Mondays. Their cleverly designed program draws together chaconne dances from across the centuries “from Bach’s touchstone violin Chaconne (arr. Michi Wiancko) to Purcell’s and other Renaissance works, to Britten’s and a recent work by Gabriela Lena Frank inspired by Andean folk dances. ECCO perfectly balances “the transparency and coherence of a string quartet with an orchestra’s warmth and heft” (NY Times).


Find more information at www.musicmondays.org.


Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



The India Center


April 27, 2019 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM          

Manhattan Neighborhood Network, 537 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019     

Indian Folk Dance, Indian Folk Music and more...


Find more information at www.theindiacenter.org.


Grantee Program: Creative Engagement




ICEBERG New Music Concert Series 2019           

April 26, 2019 at 8:00 PM    

Cary Hall at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018

"Contemporaneous is an ensemble whose mission is to bring to life the music of now. Recognized for a “ferocious, focused performance” (The New York Times) and for their “captivating and whole-hearted commitment” (I Care If You Listen), Contemporaneous performs and promotes the most exciting work of living composers through innovative concerts, commissions, recordings, and educational programs. They have premiered more than 150 works and recorded for the New Amsterdam, Cantaloupe, Innova, Roven, and Navona labels.


On April 26, 2019, musicians from Contemporaneous, led by conductor David Bloom, will premiere new pieces by ICEBERG composers Drake Andersen, Alex Burtzos, Yu-Chun Chien, Will Healy, and Harry Stafylakis, and perform music by call-for-scores winner Charles Peck. The concert features an open bar happy hour beginning at 7:30, and a discussion with the composers and performers after the show. Come join us for an evening of free drinks, great conversation, and incredible music!"


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


Grantee Program: Creative Engagement





April 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM

April 26, 2019 at 8:00 PM

April 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM

April 28, 2019 at 4:00 PM    

The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street. New York, NY 10003

Co-presented by the Theater at the 14th Street Y, MICHIYAYA Dance presents /wē/ -- a collective study on gender identity through a femme-identifying lens that rids the binary, embraces the inner self and builds without walls. States of transcendence, embodiment, neutrality and autonomy are explored as MICHIYAYA Dance interweaves thoughts, memories, and dreams.


“/wē/ presents journeys through challenging binaries, as the dancers explore queer magic, sexuality, taboo, instinct, intuition and prejudice in the face of social norms.” - Julieta Varela, (Medium)


Find more information at www.michiyayadance.org/we-world-premiere.


Grantee Program: Creative Engagement

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