February 2021 Grantee Events

Creative Traffic Flow, 2020 Creative Learning Grantee, photo by John Quincy

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

Harlem Needle Arts

Up South
On view through July 31, 2021
Col. Charles Young Triangle Park, 153rd Street, and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. along the metal gate/fence.

Presenting, Up South, a public art installation honoring the history of those who birthed the movements leading up to, during, and beyond The Harlem Renaissance— forging a continuum of Black thinkers that amplify the historical contributions of African/Black/Americans in Harlem. Through scholarship, literature, philanthropy, activism, entrepreneurship, art, community building, multi-lingual and ethnically diverse people, Harlem made a significant impact on the shaping of New York and the larger landscape of America. This visual interpretation in textile highlights and gives voice to Casper Holstein (H), the Harlem Hellfighters 369th Regiment Orchestra (A), Georgina Douglas Johnson (R), Lois Mailou Jones (L), Aaron Douglas (E), and the northern migration to Harlem (M). Each figure corresponds with a letter to spell HARLEM, as seen in parenthesis after each name. Constructed through the use of textile, Up South includes artist mediums that include embroidery, applique, surface design, and or mixed media fiber construction.

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Shanzhai Lyric

Canal Street Research Association
Office Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM and by appointment
327 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013

Canal Street Research Association is a temporary center of operations for itinerant research unit Shanzhai Lyric. Bringing their roving investigation of bootleg goods to the epicenter of counterfeit culture in New York City, Shanzhai Lyric repurposes 327 Canal Street, as space for gathering ephemeral histories, mapping the major thoroughfare’s lore, past and present, and tracing the flows and fissures of global capital.

Find more information at https://www.instagram.com/canal_street_research/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


The Art Song Preservation Society of New York

A Season of Song Festival: Mark Markham, My Songs Without Words (A Valentine's Day Concert)
February 14, 2021 at 3:00 PM

Pianist Mark Markham is considered one of the finest artists of his generation. He is known around the world for his twenty-year collaboration with the legendary soprano Jessye Norman, as well as his partnerships with a new generation of stars, and his solo performances in recital and with orchestra. This virtual program is a recital of solo piano pieces that are "songs" without words representing a range of composers from Bach to Schumann and Poulenc. The program will also include Mr. Markham's personal improvisations on the songs and the results are different on every occasion.

Find more information at https://www.artsongpreservationsocietyny.org/season-of-song-festival-2020-21.html

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


New Amsterdam Musical Association

Musical Mondays in FEBRUARY at NAMA- Celebrating African American Heritage Month 2021!
February 15 & 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM
NAMA Harlem, 107 W 130th St New York, NY 10027 & Virtual

Come join us for the longest running Monday Nite Music Jams & Open mic as we celebrate African American Heritage Month 2021 and continue celebrating a year long of NAMA HARLEM'S 116TH Anniversary kicked off in January this year! Enjoy live music Monday Nite Jam & Open Mic at it's finest at NAMA HARLEM in February & each Monday with these spectacular events! Events will operate at reduced capacity and patrons must wear masks and maintain social distance. Temperatures will also be checked upon entry.

Events will also be live-streamed on Facebook.

Find more information at www.facebook.com/events/412554690080738/

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Creative Traffic Flow

Duets of Difference: What Matters to Us
February 18, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Duets of Difference: What Matters to Us is a short film exploring the identities/stories of University Settlement community members studying English as a second language in the Adult Literacy Program accompanied by music and dance. The film is a culmination of a month long teaching artist residency with four different  classes. What Matters to Us is a virtual re-imagination of Creative Traffic Flow’s project, Duets of Difference. In this time of heightened xenophobia and political intolerance, the project explores how people from different communities with different life experiences can connect in their differences. Students in the  program represent many different ages, ethnicities, and experiences. There were at least 11 different languages spoken amongst the class. What Matters to Us explores differences in family, relationships, and how to communicate as an English Language Learner.

Find more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/770327290539036/

Grant Program: Creative Learning


The Gatekeepers Collective

Zoom Teleplay: Harlem Renaissance 2.0 Celebrating Our Community
February 18, 2021 at 8:00 PM

This virtual production lauds the extraordinary contributions of same gender loving (SGL), gay, lesbian, bisexual, Transgender and Queer (SGLBTQ) elders of distinction as the successor generation to SGL pioneers of the Harlem Renaissance. Directed by John-Martin Green, HR 2.0 features Broadway, film and television veterans Stephanie Berry, Stephen Conrad Moore, Petronia Paley, Jeffery V. Thompson and Charles Wallace playing Tony Award-winning Theater producer, Irene Gandy, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Bonnie Harrison, NYS Supreme Court Justice W. Franc Perry, and Tony Award-winning Choreographer, George Faison.

Find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harlem-renaissance-20-celebrating-our-community-a-zoom-teleplay-tickets-140013027735?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


New York Scandia Symphony

New York Scandia Symphony Presents Scandia String Quartet
February 20, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Join us for a special event and explore this beautiful music of Scandinavia. Scandia's first virtual concert will live stream on Saturday February 20th at 4:00 PM ET. The concert will feature the Scandia String Quartet and Flutist Lisa Hansen in a performance of works by Edvard Grieg, Friedrich Kuhlau and Frank Foerster.

Find more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/443874573479384

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Steve Wallace

Hal King: Virtual Screening+Q&A
February 28, 2021 at 6:00 PM

The cast and creatives of the groundbreaking R&B Opera, Hal King invite you to a special Zoom screening of scenes interspersed with Q&A sessions hosted by BMCC Professor, actor and comedian Chuck Burks on Feb 28th 6pm. Come engage with the art and the discussion. Open to the public! 

Find more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/121582753209998

Grant Program: Creative Engagement