December 2022 Grantee Events

Sachiyo Ito and Company, Inc., 2022 Creative Engagement Grantee, Photo by Tony Sahara.
Sachiyo Ito and Company, Inc., 2022 Creative Engagement Grantee, Photo by Tony Sahara.

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

Felice Lesser Dance Theater

Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

One second before earth is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust, an egomaniacal, rogue A.I., transports a group of dancers (and the audience) to the seemingly uninhabited Trappist 1-e, as its slaves in developing the planet. By mistake, A.I. also beams up an older female choreographer. Discovering the error, A.I. (about to murder her for spare body parts), is stopped by a seeming "power failure" that temporarily saves her life. With a telepathic assist from the planet's purely spiritual, technologically highly advanced life-form – she becomes a modern day Joan of Arc, leading a balletic battle for freedom that outwits and destroys A.I. But once the humans have triumphed, they are confronted by the planet's own native life form -- who will not allow them to stay... 

(Choreography/Script/Direction/Video: Felice Lesser; Scenic Design & Video: Jonathan Burkhardt; Interactive Technology: Lorne Svarc, Music: Borut Krzisnik, Richard Einhorn, Stefania de Kenessey; Lighting Design: Emily Glassman)

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Untitled Theater Company No. 61

Iphigenia in Aulis - the podcast
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 7:30 PM
New Yiddish Rep, 315 West 39th Street, Studio 611, New York, NY, 10018

A release party for the podcast of Iphigenia in Aulis.  Listen to an episode, share a drink and some snacks with the cast, and listen to a chat with a panel of experts on the play.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement



Suspect F
Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 3:00 PM
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Abrons Art Center (Underground Theater), Henry Street Settlement at 466 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

"Suspect F - By Lucretia Ho and Directed by Wing Lo:

A five-time award-winning actor who comes from a family of famous detectives has been trying to escape the family business. Who would have a guessed that a murder would happen at his current stage production; thus, thrusting him back into the Sherlock spotlight? He has 24 hours to face up to the challenge, solved the murder and preserve his family reputation. The game is on."

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Mary Prescott

December 5 - December 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Mabou Mines,150 First Avenue, 2nd Floor of PS122 CC, New York, NY 10009

Tida is an hour-long performance by interdisciplinary artist, Mary Prescott, examining intergenerational cultural identity through the artist’s maternal lineage. Integrating music, word and film, Prescott investigates her mother’s undocumented Thai ancestry, her experience as a Southeast Asian immigrant raising biracial children in Midwest America, and the resulting impact of these histories on three generations of women.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


No.11 Productions

Ye Bear & Ye Cubb
December 8 - December 23, 2022
Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30 PM; Saturday - Sunday at 2:30 PM
59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

"Setting: Fowkes Tavern, the Colony of Virginia, 1665. Inspired by a dream (and a few drinks), a ragtag troupe of amateur thespians put on a play. A bear waxes poetic, a cannon explodes, and the American Theater is born.

Based on historical court records, No.11 Productions’ brand new play YE BEAR & YE CUBB drops the fourth wall, immersing audiences in a colonial tavern for a high octane reimagining of the first known English-language play in North America — and the trial it ignites.

Grab a pint and sharpen your sewing skills; this little bear is going to cause quite an affair."

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


New Women New Yorkers

Reading and Writing Immigrant Women Stories
Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 3:00 PM
Caveat, 21 A Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Melting Pot Afternoon:

Please join us in celebrating the first edition this Fall of our Writing the Self storytelling program serving immigrant women, and our 2022 accomplishments and community members!

The afternoon will feature readings from our newest storytellers of a selection of their writings, a conversation with immigrant women writers, and a few hilarious sets of immigrant women stand-up comedians. More information about the writers and comedians who will join us for this very special afternoon will be shared soon!

All proceeds from the event will support New Women New Yorkers' workforce development, community building, and storytelling programming serving immigrant women in New York City.

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Grant Program: Creative Learning


Writing & Reading War Stories - A Writing Workshop for Veterans

Voices From War
Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 6:00 PM


Veterans and family members read from new writing from our 2022 workshops.


TICKETS are FREE - RSVP on Eventbrite

Featuring excerpts from new fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and poetry from 2022 . . . journeys through memory, back into war zones and present-day, in uniform and out, across neighborhoods, across the U.S., across countries, from memoir to fiction to poetry.

We hope you will join us for an evening of community and writing, veterans' stories, family members' experiences, times of war and conflict, and times looking for peace, making sense through narrative.

FEATURING writers from NYC, and further away, in our Manhattan workshop (Writing & Reading War Stories – A Writing Workshop for Veterans / 14th St Y) and the Bronx (Craft of War Writing / Morris Park Library).

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Grant Program: Creative Learning


AENY-Spanish Artists in New York

NYC Staged Reading Series 2022
Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30 PM
La Nacional, 239 West 14th St, New York, NY 10011

The annual reading series returns with surprising, poignant, and boundary-pushing contemporary work by new Spanish voices Irma Correa, Juan Carlos Rubio, and Pablo Remón. All works are directed and performed by NYC-based creatives across venues in Manhattan. Free with RSVP.

Los Nocturnos" imagines the final days of Frédéric Chopin and George Sand's love story. Love is also at the center of "Scarred by the Wind," detailing what happens when David finds something unexpected among his dead father's belongings: love letter's from another man. The series ends in the world of cinema, in all of its chaotic splendor, with five actors playing twenty different characters in "El Tratamiento." "

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


Anthony Canty-Scavenger Stories

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Asher Levy School Library, 185 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10002

Adventure-Cast is an exciting and immersive learning workshop which allows kids to combine and develop their creative writing and performance skills. In our workshops we bring in a range of materials like props, soundscapes, and other media to motivate children to write and record their very own themed sketches. They also build their science and social studies knowledge by learning about the history and elements of our world!

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Grant Program: Creative Learning


Born Dancing

Born Dancing Performances
Friday, December 16 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 PM
Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55th Street, New York, NY 

Born Dancing premieres its new one-act set to music by Kenyan folk artist Ondara featuring dancers of all ages with and without disabilities with live music and Music Direction by Eric Finland.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra

Of Love and Power
Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 7:30 PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th St, New York, NY 10018

Some 25% of Americans living today were born into a country that criminalized interracial marriage in at least sixteen states. While to some it may seem intangibly historic, it was only with the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia that these laws were ruled unconstitutional. The annual celebration of this court case, Loving Day, provides the basis for this program ‘of Love and Power,’ by Urban Playground Artistic Director Lady Jess. To include: Julius EASTMAN Femenine

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


Sachiyo Ito and Company, Inc.

Salon Series: Japanese Performing Arts
Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 3:00 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street New York, NY 10011

Salon Series is an ongoing program of performances, demonstrations, and lectures informing various aspects of Japanese performing arts and culture.

The series No.74 will present Renku (Japanese Linked Verses) and Dance

The program will begin with classical Kabuki dance, the work fusing the Classical Japanese dance, an Okinawan dance and a contemporary dance created by Ito as a conclusion of Salon Series that has educated and entertained New York audiences for the last 25 years. Then, audiences will be introduced to Haiku, the Japanese shortest form of poetry, and Renku, a much less known form, from which it developed. As the highlight of the program, the poets and Ito will link verses and dances as improvisation, accompanied by live music and a singer.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement

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