December 2021 Grantee Events

Bonita Oliver, 2021 Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee, Photo by Amber Peterson
Bonita Oliver, 2021 Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee, Photo by Amber Peterson

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

Cecile Chong 

El Dorado
On View through August 30, 2022
Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

The New Forty Niners is a public art installation traveling to each of the five boroughs of New York City. The installation pays tribute to the 49% of NYC households that speak a language other than English. 100 colored “guagua” sculptures, 49 painted gold, 8 to 24 inches tall. In this fifth and final iteration the sculptures are arranged on 17 colored planks representing the 17 UN sustainability goals.

Find more information at http://cecilechong.com/el-dorado.html

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


Ranardo-Domeico Grays/VISIONS Contemporary Ballet

In Truth and In Light
December 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM & December 4, 2021 at 6:00 PM
The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas Street, New York, NY 10007

Ranardo-Domeico Grays/VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, an ethnically diverse company, will present In Truth and In Light, a thought-provoking, moving dance concert of heartfelt works. The evening’s performance features Shattered Lives, a new ballet choreographed by Ranardo-Domeico Grays, Founder/Artistic Director, recently commissioned by the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning for the Making Moves Dance Festival 2021 ~ To Life. With music by Vir-Amicus, Patrick Avalon and Terence Trent D'Arby, Shattered Lives is about vulnerability, devastation and lack of control while facing unfortunate events and negative situations. The 

company will also perform two other heartfelt works: Still Healing, inspired by stories of people who experience pain and suffering through no fault of their own, yet they persevere, and Roots, rooted in prayer, about self-growth.

Find more information at https://vcbintruthandinlight.eventbrite.com

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


Judith Modrak

Endangered Fossils @ Bowling Green
December 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Bowling Green Park, Cobblestone Plaza, Broadway and Whitehall Streets, New York, NY 10004

“Endangered Fossils” seeks to engage the public in considering the origins of our ecosystem and our symbiotic role and relationship to that environment in light of disastrous climate change which is causing many species to tragically become extinct. Fossils are even “endangered” as certain species may not leave a trace that they ever existed. The “Endangered Fossils” project is a homage to our beloved Mother Earth in a critical time requiring immediate attention.

Find more information at: https://judithmodrak.com/endangered-fossils-bowling-green-on-december-4th/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


​​Inside Change from Within

Bowery Resident Artists and Homeless Street Artists Exhibition 2021
December 4, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Community Garden at 6th Street and Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

Inside Change from Within will present a projected exhibition of the Resident Bowery Artists and Homeless Street Artists at the community 6th Street/Avenue B Garden on December 4 at dusk. Prior to the exhibition projection of the work; the artists will make a piece of street art with the community, outside the garden fence.

Find more information at caroldavisart.com

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


Venus Radio Theater/Eric Emma

THE FACULTY ROOM
December 5, 2021 at 3:00 PM
155 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Crystal Field executive director and Theater For the New City presents the web launch of THE FACULTY ROOM, an audio drama from the Venus Radio Theater. 

You are invited to join the actors and writer/director william electric black for an afternoon to listen to selected audio scenes, meet with some of the actors, and engage in a dialogue about gun violence with special guests from Guns Down, Life Up and others. 

Find more information at https://theaterforthenewcity.net/shows/a-gunplay-series-special-event/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


The India Center

LAXMI INDIAN FOLK ARTS WORKSHOP
December 5, 2021 - December 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Virtual

Rukminee Beepath will teach participants traditional Indian Folk Arts that women have practiced for centuries.

Find more information at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/laxmi-indian-folk-arts-workshop-tickets-154093609133

Grant Program: Creative Learning


Advent Lutheran Church

Music Mondays
December 6, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Forward-thinking violinist Jennifer Koh is widely admired for her commanding performances of “stirring intensity” (New York Times); she has also promoted inclusivity in classical music by commissioning over 70 new works from a truly diverse range of composers. Here, she expands upon her Bridge to Beethoven project with two world premieres (commissioned by Music Mondays), alongside Beethoven’s ”Kreutzer” Sonata and his first violin sonata, op. 12, no. 1.

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

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Courtney's Stars of Tomorrow

Feel the Spirit
December 9, 2021 at 7:00 PM
The Riverside Church (Assembly Hall) 490 Riverside Drive, New York, New York 10027

Soprano Mari-Yan Pringle, mezzo-soprano Krysty Swann, tenor Limmie Pulliam, bass-baritone Samson Setu, and members of the Brooklyn Ecumenical Choir and The Concert Chorale join forces for a performance of part I of the exciting new oratorio What Manner of Man is This? written and conducted by Courtney Carey.

Find more information at cstarsoftomorrow.com

Grant Program: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


Karen Oughtred & Spica Wobbe 

Inseparable
December 10, 2021  at 8:00 PM & December 13, 2021  at 8:00 PM
St John's Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St, New York NY 10014 and Virtual

Puppetry Artists, Spica and Karen interviewed 6 extraordinary elders who are representative of New York’s resilience, vibrancy and uniqueness. Their remarkable stories, woven together, are retold through Object and Shadow Theater. “Inseparable”, explores our common humanity through the transformative lens of these individuals. Based on interviews with Julie Azuma, Nicky Paraiso, Mee Mee Chin, Agosto Machado, Margaret Yuen and Eung Ho Park.

Find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inseparable-tickets-202094338607?fbclid=IwAR1R6gTI_QWNRCmT18z8aQ7eBH-e6gQgp7NiOc1BIC4nzh3hJgs0q6AO4ZY

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


The Stonewall Chorale

"Here Comes The Sun"
December 11, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Holy Apostles Church, 296 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Works by Lauridsen, McDowall, Boulanger, and more plus a chamber orchestra.

Find more information at stonewallchorale.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


Daniel's Music Foundation

2nd Annual Danny Awards
December 12, 2021 at 4:00 PM
The Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

The 2021 Danny Awards will include performances by the top 11 Award Recipients. These artists were selected by our panel of judges, composed of musicians and music industry professionals. Our very own Daniel Trush (The Danny Awards namesake) and Gerry Powers will also be taking the stage - in addition to The 2021 Fan Favorite Award winner!  We hope you can join us to celebrate these incredible musicians as we share their talents with the world.

Find more information at https://www.danielsmusic.org/thedannys/2021/register

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Sachiyo Ito and Company

Salon Series: Japanese Performing Arts
December 12, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Salon Series on Japanese Performing Arts No. 70: Language of Flowers Welcoming autumn, we explore symbolism of flowers and plants as expressed in Japanese poetry and performing arts. Program includes the classical dance Flowers in Four Seasons, and improvisation on Renku(Linking Haiku verses). Audiences are welcomed and asked to join in contributing haiku verses.

Find more information at dancejapan.com

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


ANDPLAY INC

andPlay (in) Conversation
December 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Virtual 

The third season of "andPlay (in) conversation," a free virtual series, explores the intimate experience of creating art as a duo. The final this year invites Tracy Cowart and Sian Ricketts to discuss their newly formed duo, Freelance Nun, which fuses early music instruments and performance practices with electronics. Musical performances will be shared by both andPlay and Freelance Nun.

Find more information at http://andplayduo.com/andplayinconversation

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


Bonita Oliver

Seeking Truth
December 17, 2021 at 6:30 PM & December 19, 2021 at 4:30 PM
Virtual 

Seeking Truth is a VR experience which invites participants to re-examine the prismatic, historical representations of activist and itinerant preacher, Sojourner Truth. Actors, musicians and digital artworks distinguish the real and imagined versions of Truth in this interactive virtual gallery which participants enter as avatars. Engage in activities and gaze upon historical photos, documents and short film clips while embarking on a guided tour- led by Bonita Oliver (AKA French Leave).

This event can be experienced via PC, MAC or VR Headset only.

Find more information at https://bit.ly/3ooPHqr

Grant Program: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement 


Melodia Women's Choir of NYC

Sun, Moon and Stars - a live concert by Melodia Women's Choir of NYC
December 18, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Virtual

Melodia returns to the concert stage for the first time in two years in a concert celebrating the universe as a constant force and source of wonder. Music for treble voices, piano, flute and strings. Conducted by Cynthia Powell with an all-female chamber ensemble.

Find more information at melodiawomenschoirNYC.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

Tilted@10 - Celebrating 10 Years of Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
December 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM at Astor Place Hair Stylists, 2 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003
December 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM at Alchemical Studios, 104 W 14th Street, New York, NY 10011

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is a group of guitarists and percussionists led by composer/performer Patrick Grant. They perform original music untethered via mini-amps strapped over their shoulders. Since their inception at the first annual Make Music Winter in NYC 10 years ago, they have created and performed numerous new music events in the USA, Europe, and Brazil.

These performances include new music premieres from core members Howie Kenty, Elisa Corona Aguilar, jc (Jon Clancy), and Patrick Grant. The movement direction is by Christopher Caines.

Find more information at http://tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


LP21 

La Gran Fiesta Navideña
December 19, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Taino Towers, 221 E 122nd St, New York, NY 10035

LP21 is excited to announce the 33rd annual Fiesta Navideña is returning LIVE and IN-PERSON to the Crystal Ballroom in Taino Towers! Tickets go on sale, December 1st. Space is limited. To inquire about pre-ordering a table, email programs@lp21.org

Proof of Vaccination and Masks are required. 

Find more info at https://www.losplenerosdela21.org/fiesta-navidena

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement 


Yiddish New York

Yiddish New York
December 25 - 30, 2021
The 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003 

Yiddish New York is the nation's largest annual festival of Yiddish music, culture and language. Films, lectures, theater, Yiddish song, folk dance, Yiddish language, Yiddish culture and history, visual arts, master classes, ensembles, foods, Klezmer music, local community, art exhibition, special programs for kids & teens and more!

Find more information at www.yiddishnewyork.com

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


 

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