August 2019 Grantee Events

Image: Taikoza Concert in the Park Series by Taikoza, 2019 UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee
Image: Taikoza Concert in the Park Series by Taikoza, 2019 UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee

Ripple Effect Artists, Inc.

2071: The World We'll Leave Our Grandchildren

August 1-11, 2019
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM; Sundays at 2:00 PM
Episcopal Actors Guild, 1 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

2071 was co-written by acclaimed playwright Duncan MacMillan and climate scientist Chris Rapley. It premiered in London in 2014. Now making its U.S. Premiere, Ripple Effect Artists brings this cerebral one-man show, a dramatic lecture, to Off-Broadway for a limited engagement. Talk-backs after performances will include input from experts at and 2020 or Bust. Directed by Carin Zakes and starring Robert Meksin.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement



L'Amore della Musica, Inc.

A Concert Series for Senior Citizens        

August 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM at The 80th Street Residence, 400 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075
August 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Riverview Senior Residence, 519 West 49th Street, New York, NY 10019
August 24, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Brookdale Senior Living, 455 North End Avenue, New York, NY 10282

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement



Matthew Westerby Dance Company, Inc.

The Harlem Project

August 13, 2019 at 5:50 PM
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mount Morris Park West, New York, NY 10027

The Harlem Project is a celebration of dance in the community, bringing together groups of young people from Brooklyn, the Bronx and Harlem every summer to dance alongside the professional dancers of Matthew Westerby Company. This years performance is a collaboration with visual artist Marc Boone, and the final event will include art-making for children and live music from a Harlem DJ. Culminating in a free performance in the Amphitheater of Marcus Garvey Park, the professional dancers will also perform Pop-Up performances around the neighborhood leading up to the final event:

Pop-Up Performance: August 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM at Duke Ellington Monument, 110th Street & 5th Avenue

Pop-Up Performance: August 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM at Frederick Douglass Memorial, 110th Street & 8th Avenue

Pop-Up Performance: August 9, 2019 at 4:00 PM & 5:00 PM at Uptown Grand Central, 125th & Park Avenue

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement



Voyage Theater Company

Parts Unknown Reading Series

August 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM
53rd Street NYPL, 18 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019

Voyage Theater Company continues its PARTS UNKNOWN Play Reading Series with a reading of FOR THE SMOG IS RISING by Minghao Tu, directed by Luke Leonard. Three American sisters are having an unpleasant reunion on the Great Wall of China. A late U.S. president shows up and offers them some help. However, mending broken sisterhood is never easy, especially when adoption and race come into play. FOR THE SMOG IS RISING is a comedy about family as a reality and as a myth, the capitalization on diversity and differences, what keeps us together and what keeps us apart.            Admission is FREE. Doors open at 6:45pm.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement



Torkomada, Inc.

Raqs Without Borders: A MENA Dance Festival in Cultural Diplomacy

August 23 - 25, 2019
Dance Performance on August 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM
The Lucid Body House at 230 Lexington Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10016

From August 23 - 25, 2019, NYC will become the epicenter of cultural diplomacy: dance workshops, dance show, lecture, and certificates of completion. This project's mission is to foster mutual understanding between the West and the Middle East through dance. Raqs Without Borders supports dance artists in a dynamic, inclusive and intellectually engaging environment, contributing to community and a thriving, sustainable New York City.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement




Taikoza Concert in the Park Series           

August 25, 2019 at 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Muscota Marsh in Inwood Hill Park, 575 W 218th Street, New York, NY 10016

Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance.

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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

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