July 2024 Grantee Events

Wheel City, 2024 Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee, Photo Courtesy of the Grantee
Wheel City, 2024 Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee, Photo Courtesy of the Grantee

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

MS Opera Productions Inc.,

The Festival of Chinese Opera 2024 - Resounding Opera Classics
Sunday, July 7, 2024 at 1:00 PM
CCBA 62 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013

The performances will showcase 9 excerpts from renowned classic Cantonese Operas. The highlight of the performance will be the participation of Ms. Lau Wai Ming, a distinguished Hong Kong Opera Star, who will perform 5 excerpts with our local Opera talents. Ms. Lau's collaboration with our New York-based Opera artists promises to be an electrifying experience for our community. Furthermore, we are excited to announce the inclusion of Children's Cantonese Opera. We will have two child Opera stars from Ms. Lau's prestigious Children's Opera school performing two well-known excerpts from the opera classics. The Children's performance is guaranteed to captivate the entire community's attention and hearts.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


24/6: A Jewish Theater Company

Mondays from July 8 – July 29 at 12:00 PM

Come enjoy a short one-person, uplifting and comedic play followed by a conversation with 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company's Artistic Director. During COVID, the effects of social isolation have been acutely felt by senior citizens and those who are housebound. In response, 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company has commissioned a diverse group of over 20 playwrights to write 10 minute plays which are performed live over the telephone to seniors and those who are housebound. Each Monday at noon a different play will be performed via DOROT's University Without Walls.

Seniors can register for free for TELEPHONE PLAYS via DOROT's University Without Walls: Call 1-877-819-9147 or email uww@dorotusa.org or register online at: https://dorotusa.jotform.com/92925604466161

If these dates/times do not work, please email info@246theater.com to schedule an alternate time of performance.

Find more information at https://twentyfoursix.weebly.com/

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement 


New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, Inc.

Pop-Up Memory Book
July 10, 2024 at 12:00 PM
Mott Street Older Adult Center, 180 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012

The “Pop-up Memory Book,” encourages older adults to open their body and mind and use the skills they have learned in each session of their multi-week Creative Learning workshop to create a visual diary of their memory in the form of a pop-up book. This tangible keepsake is an interactive art form that can be used as a memory prompt for them in lifetime storytelling, engaging the curiosity of listeners and delighting both the teller and the audience. The fantastic and meaningful works of art created by participants of the workshop will be shared with the public during a culminating event on July 10, 2024 at Mott Street Older Adult Center.

Grant Program: Creative Learning


Gregory Mills

Creating Art from the Heart
Final Presentation: Friday, July 12, 2024 at 1:00 PM
Adam C. Powell Building, 163 West 125 Street, New York, NY 10027

All welcome to create and explore art sessions. Art with curators (prerequisite of basics 1-3). All participants create two art canvases, one to take home and one to donate to the Art Exhibition. Enjoy hands-on learning and create original abstract art on canvases!

Introduction abstract and sewing artmaking
Conceptual Ideas
Paint and Canvas utilization
Color theory
Design Elements
Textures and canvas appliques sewing juxtaposing techniques
Creative Conversations
Social Connections
Abstract Art Exhibition

Grant Program: Creative Learning 


4 Wheel City

Sunday, July 14, 2024 at 11:00 AM

Central Park Bandshell, Terrace Drive Near, West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Join us at Central Park for a day filled with incredible performances! The Disability Pride Month Hip Hop Jam, an annual event hosted by the 4 Wheel City Foundation, is set to ignite the stage with the vibrant talents of disabled hip hop artists. Held during Disability Pride Month in July, this dynamic gathering is scheduled to take place on July 14, 11 am to 4 pm at the Central Park Bandshell as part of the Disability Unite Festival.

4 Wheel City Foundation, spearheaded by Namel “Tapwaterz” Norris and Ricardo “Rickfire” Velasquez, distinguished wheelchair users due to spinal cord injuries, is at the forefront of advocating for disability rights and social change through music. This upcoming event serves as a curated platform to amplify the voices and narratives of disabled artists within the hip hop culture.

The Disability Pride Month Hip Hop Jam embodies a spirit of acceptance, inclusion, and awareness, shedding light on the contributions of disabled artists to the hip hop community. Namel and Ricardo, known for their empowering music, have utilized hip hop as a powerful tool to raise consciousness on accessibility, discrimination, and resilience. Through their personal journey, 4 Wheel City exemplifies how hip hop can drive conversations and facilitate change. As hosts of the Disability Pride Month Hip Hop Jam, Namel and Ricardo extend their mission to provide a supportive and empowering space for disabled hip hop artists to showcase their talents and stories.

We are thrilled to announce performances by:

4 Wheel City
Gifted Hands
Mia Money
Maserati Money
And more talented artists!

Find more information at https://4wheelcity.com/pages/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


Michael Jacobsohn

New Plaza Cinema Presents Short Films by New York Filmmakers
Sunday, July 14, 2024, at 2:00 PM
Local 42, 574 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

New York Filmmakers gather at LOCAL 42 to discuss how we can support each other find audiences for our films.

Find more information at https://newplazacinema.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Frank Ruiz

I'm Gonna Say It Now: Exploring Protest Through Topical Songwriting
July 15th - 19th, 2024 at 1:00 PM
Harlem Music Studios, 610 W 139th St, New York, NY 10031
Final Sharing hosted at NBHD Brûlée, 2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10030.
July 19th, 2024 at 1:00 PM

I'm Gonna Say It Now is a 5-session songwriting workshop for students (ages 13 - 18) to learn how to write action-driven lyrics. Students are encouraged to express and explore their own feelings surrounding social justice issues. At the end of our week together, students will have the opportunity to share their songs with family members and their community. Class is intended for students ages 13-18 in Harlem. All are welcome to attend the Final Sharing.

Find more information at https://forms.gle/6eQFa6T69kdMW4Cw7

Grant Program: Creative Learning