August Grantee Events

Gal Nissim and Jessica Scott-Dutcher, 2018 Creative Engagement Grantee. Courtesy of the artist

Come experience a wide range of art activities by supporting our Creative Engagement, Creative Learning and UMEZ Arts Engagement grantees at their events this August.


If You Lived Here, You'd Be in Someone Else's Home by Now

July 23–August 23, 2018 all day

Southeast corner of Spring and Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

Anthea Behm and Avi Alpert’s billboard reads “If You Lived Here, You’d be in Someone Else’s Home By Now.” In subverting the common real estate advertising slogan, “If you lived here, you’d be home by now, “Alpert and Behm ask viewers to reflect on what it means to be home in a city of massive and ongoing gentrification and displacement. To create the billboard image, Behm, exposed photographic paper to varying degrees through digitally-cut masks and then unevenly developed the paper. The resulting photogram has been rescanned and further digitally manipulated. Using this unique process, Behm mimics the uneven development of New York housing. This project is accompanied by a digital pamphlet with more information about the project and how to get involved in fighting gentrification. Behm and Alpert have also produced a series of fake Craigslist ads which covertly guide readers to websites with information on housing justice.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Karla Murray and James Murray

Capturing The Faces and Voices of Manhattan's Neighborhood Storefronts

Opening: Friday, August 3, 2018 from 5:00-7:00pm

August 1–October 1, 2018 at 5:00-7:00pm

The Little Underground Gallery - Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10011

Capturing the Faces and Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts is a photography and oral history workshop and exhibition of the cultural significance of mom-and-pop stores in the borough of Manhattan and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities. James and Karla Murray held two separate 2-session workshops at the Neighborhood Preservation Center in the East Village which culminate in an exhibition of each participant’s work at The Little Underground Gallery at the Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village from August 1 - October 1, 2018. The workshops teach how photography and oral history can be tools for public awareness and advocacy. Participants learned to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts as well as record oral histories with shop owners, which communicate artistically and are insightful and moving.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Matthew Westerby

The Harlem Project

Preview Performance: Friday, August 10, 2018 at 4:00pm & 5:00pm

Uptown Grand Central - New Harlem East Merchant's Association, 125th Street & Park Avenue, New York, NY 10027

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 6:00pm

Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt. Morris Park West, New York, NY 10027

The Harlem Project, conceived by choreographer Matthew Westerby, brings together professional and community dancers of all ages. Inspired by ideas of renewal and regeneration, the project culminates in a free public performance in Marcus Garvey Park, produced in collaboration with the Harlem branch of the Children’s Aid Society. The show is preceded by a Family Zumba workshop open to everyone!

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement & Creative Engagement


Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria

Local Authors Present / Escritores del vecindario presentan

Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm

2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10032

Local Authors Present showcases a cross-section of the uptown writing community, with translation and interpretation provided by Word Up Community Bookshop.The inaugural event features Francis Mateo and Annabelle Gonzalez, with Max "Drlacxos" Cueto spinning vinyl. Curated by Francis Mateo/Dominican Writers.

Escritores del vecindario presentan, exhibe un corte representativo de la comunidad de escritores en Alto Manhattan en la Ciudad de Nueva York que invita a ocho escritores locales que ya han sido publicados, a elegir y leer junto con otros escritores y actores locales, contando con el apoyo de Word Up Librería Comunitaria para la traducción, interpretación y coordinación del evento. El evento inaugural presenta al poeta/actor Francis Mateo y a la poeta/maestra Annabelle Gonzalez, junto con los vinilos rotantes de Max "Drlacxos" Cueto explorando ritmos del Caribe y Africanos. Organizado por Francis Mateo y Escritores Dominicanos.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Voyage Theater Company

The Song Bird

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 7:30pm

53rd Street NYPL, 18 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019

The Song Bird: A Flight of Fancy. Book, Music & Lyrics by Dayna Webber and Joshua Chaplin. Directed by Susanna Frazer. In this delightful and charming fairytale musical, a magical songbird discovers a kingdom where all memory of music has been stolen by an evil sorcerer. The songbird is enlisted by a local witch to oust the power-hungry warlock and bring music back to the realm.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Gal Nissim and Jessica Scott-Ducher

The Synanthrope Preserve

Friday, August 17 & Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 8:00-9:30pm

Central Park (South East Corner), 71507 Grand Army Plaza, New York, NY 10019

The Synanthrope Preserve: The Washing Bear invites visitors to discover the urban wildlife of Central Park. A 35-minute audio experience takes listeners on a winding tour to discover and observe both natural and manmade features that are often overlooked or invisible during the day. Throughout the walk, listeners will explore the perceptions and realities of nature in cities, focusing in on the story of raccoons, in particular, to acknowledge how their nature has adapted and changed through their relationship with humans. The listeners movement is choreographed through sounds and narration to create an immersive psychological landscape. Please bring smartphones and headphones (you will be listening to the audio tour on your device). A link to the audio files will be provided with RSVP. The number of participants per walk is limited. The Synanthrope Preserve is a body of work presented by Gal Nissim and Jessica Scott-Dutcher, as a series of immersive audio tours that take place throughout New York City. Each walk focuses on a different synanthropic animal, that lives and thrives close to us, such as - pigeons, raccoons, and rats.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


The Dream Center Harlem

Harlem Teen Shakespeare Intensive

Friday, August 17, 2018 at 6:00pm

The Dream Center, 205 West 119th Street (right side of building), New York, NY 10026

The Harlem Teen Shakespeare Intensive (HTSI) is a free six week programwherein teens and pre-teens (8-18) will learn appreciation, basic mechanics, and grounded understanding of Shakespeare’s work, its importance in literature, and its relevance in their lives. Watch dreamers (ages 13 and up) perform their own original production and junior dreamers (ages 8-12) rock out their version of Antigone.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Wild Project

East Village Queer Film Festival

August 20–25, 2018 at 7:00pm

195 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10009 

Hosted by Director Lola Rock n Rolla, the East Village Queer Film Festival embraces an inclusive Queer identity, featuring films that entertain, explore and promote queer-themed issues, work by and featuring LGBTQ artists, as well as work inspired by the expanded innovative and audacious downtown Queer avant garde.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement






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