January 2019 Grantee Events

Stefanie Nelson Dance Group, The Moving Memory Project: using our bodies to make new memories. Photographer: Maria Baranova.


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

Stephanie Chou

Comfort Girl
Friday, January 11, 2019 at 8:00 PM
the cell, 338 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011

Comfort Girl is a musical exploration in song and story of the lives of “comfort women” who were abducted into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during WWII. The suite is a tribute to these young women’s incandescent courage and indomitable spirit, not only while in captivity during the War but also ”in a cruel irony” when they returned home to their families, who didn’t always welcome them back with open arms. While the suite focuses on Chinese comfort women, there were many others from Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, and throughout Asia – over 200,000 victims. Stylistically, it is a continuation of my recent recording, Asymptote, and is a blend of traditional Chinese music, jazz, classical, and pop. Tonight’s concert is a preview of the new music.

Stephanie Chou – voice, alto saxophone;

Andy Lin – erhu, viola, violin;

Kelly Lin – piano;

Isamu McGregor – piano;

Kenny Wollesen – drums, percussion.

Find more information at http://www.thecelltheatre.org/events/2019/1/11/comfort-girl

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Stefanie Nelson Dance Group

The Moving Memory Project: using our bodies to make new memories
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM & 6:00 PM
Aaron Davis Hall, 129 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10027

Presenting the launch event for the new festival devoted to memory and forgetting. This inaugural event features, ‘A, MY NAME IS…’, a playful exploration of memory and forgetting inspired by her personal encounter with a family member’s dementia, as well as a selection of short films from the Living With Alzheimer’s Film Project, curated by David Shenk. Both shows will be followed by a discussion with invited panelists and a reception (evening show only).

“This heart-breaker is the only depiction of insanity that I have seen that makes any sense. I don’t know whether to congratulate Nelson for having done so with such devastating effectiveness or to hate her for confronting me with the brutal truth. See the work for yourself. Whatever price you pay, it’s worth it.” -Huffington Post

Find more information at www.citycollegecenterforthearts.org/shows/moving-memory-project/

Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

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