July 2020 Virtual Grantee Events

Living Away, 2020 UMEZ Arts Engagement & Creative Engagement grantee, photo by Gigi de la Torre
Living Away, 2020 UMEZ Arts Engagement & Creative Engagement grantee, photo by Gigi de la Torre

The Square Theatre

The Art of Losing
July 11 & 12 at 6:00 PM

A Sample of Immigrant Life

First-generation immigrants with different cultural backgrounds have diverse perspectives of life in the US, but their voices are not often heard because many of them are English-language learners, working people with busy schedules, and outsiders who constantly try to navigate cultural differences. In fact, none of them are stereotypical immigrants. Their stories, ideas, questions, and conflicts make them unique human beings who have shared challenges and passions.

After eight months of research and community engagement, our findings are presented in A Sample of Immigrant Life. Instead of representing the immigrant community or summarizing immigrant experiences, it amplifies individual experiences re-rooting in New York City in a way based on extensive research because we agree that "personal is political". Through an original approach to online performance making, we are bringing you into a conversation, and a journey of reflection with us.

Find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/109886084236

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Ben Arthur

SongWriter: Roxanne Gay + Toshi Reagon + Celisse Henderson
July 11, 2020 at 8:00 PM

In this live reading and music event, bestselling author Roxanne Gay will read a piece of her writing, and Toshi Reagon and Celisse Henderson will perform "answer songs" written in response. The event will be recorded and released as an episode of the SongWriter podcast, and excerpts will air on the syndicated radio program Acoustic Cafe for 2M listeners. This will be Roxane's second appearance on SongWriter.

This performance will be hosted on Zoom; a private link will be emailed to ticket holders shortly before the show. Please note that this performance may include mature content.

Find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/songwriter-roxane-gay-toshi-reagon-celisse-henderson-tickets-80856412707

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans Trio

Women in Latin Jazz Porch Concert
July 15, 2020 at 5:30 PM

With Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans Trio (in Quarantine). Featuring: Nicki Denner on Piano, Jennfier Vincent on Bass, and Annette A Aguilar on percussion

Find more information at www.youtube.com/channel/UCx73PJju0IYti-PN385_4fg


Mujeres en Latino Jazz Concierto en el Porche Trasero
15 de Julio a las 5:30 PM 

Con Annette A Aguilar y StringBeans Trio (en Cuarentena). Junto con: Nicki Denner en el Piano, Jennfier Vincent en el Bajo y Annette A Aguilar sobre percusión

Find more information at www.youtube.com/channel/UCx73PJju0IYti-PN385_4fg

Grant Program: Creative Engagement



In The Sky I Am Walking
July 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Ekmeles’s core female vocalists perform a special live-stream edition of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s In the Sky I am Walking and a November 15th 2019 recording of a live performance of Raven Chacon’s Asdzaa Nádleehé & Yoolgai Asdzaa. Artists maya + rouvelle have created video elements for this special event.

Stockhausen’s theatrical work is based on English translations of poetry from the Chippewa, Pawnee, Nootka, Teton Sioux, Ayacucho, and Aztec nations. Chacon’s work is titled for two powerful goddesses in the Navajo tradition, Changing Woman and White Shell woman. The text draws on important elements of the Diné Bahane’ (Navajo: Story of the People). Pianist Steven Beck joined the singers for this work.

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


Living Away

Living Away Fest 2020
July 20 - July 26 at 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Living Away Fest 2020 is a socially distanced and domestic art event where the audience will be immersed in the works of artists from all over the world. We are proud to feature the unique voices of multidisciplinary artists, most of them women, representing over ten different nationalities. Living Away Fest is an opportunity to understand art as a healing and transforming force for society.

Find more information at www.livingaway.org

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


Gatekeepers Collective, Inc.

Unveiling of 125th Street Harlem Renaissance 2.0 Banners
July 25, 2020 at 12:00 - 12:45 PM

The Gatekeepers Collective (TGC) launch HARLEM RENAISSANCE 2.0, honoring the Centennial of the Harlem Renaissance and SGLBTQ (same gender loving (SGL), gay, lesbian, bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Heroes: a public art and performance initiative including a series of Banners along West 125thSt. celebrating SGLBTQ Sheroes and heroes who pioneered the Harlem Renaissance, as well as a public performance created from the lived experiences of the heirs to this legacy. The goal of the initiative is to celebrate and affirm the sexual identities of these giants of African American History and culture who elevated Harlem to mythic proportions. 

The Harlem Renaissance 2.0 Banners feature SGLBTQ heroes singer and Actress, Ethel Waters, poet, novelist and playwright, Countee Coullen, visual artist, Richmond Barthe, The “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey, and novelist and publisher, Wallace Thurman, whose pursuits spanned the social, political and cultural landscapes, and advanced political and social change.

Find more information at www.thegatekeeperscollective.com/harlemheroes 

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


Latino Film Market, Inc.

Latino Film Market 2020
July 27 - August 2, 2020

LFM 2020 is a seven-day virtual event featuring film screenings and artist panel discussions. Engaging participants from the USA, the Caribbean, other Latin American countries and the world. This year we are featuring 83+ latinx filmmakers, artists and dancers.

The objectives of the LFM 2020 is to educate the Latino community towards the entertainment business aspect and the exposure of the Latino films, arts and music while having the opportunity to network with established entertainment companies.

Find more information at www.seedandspark.com/festivals/latino-film-market

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


by XX Collective

Our NYC Journeys

Remember when you were new to NYC? Did you feel excited, frustrated or everything in-between? Adjusting to a new city is a journey with 4+ emotional chapters. Share your memories at different NYC locations and connect with other New Yorkers.

Find more information at www.ournycjourneys.com/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

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