June Newsletter

The 2018 River To River Festival begins June 15!

The city’s best free summer arts festival returns!

From June 15-24, LMCC’s River To River Festival will enliven 40 unique sites, venues, and landmarks across Lower Manhattan with dance, musical performances, visual art, and other activities and events. The festival is completely free and open to the public – click here to explore this year’s program!

MasterVoices will present Naamah’s Ark, a dramatic oratorio that tells the story of Noah’s Ark from the perspective of Naamah, Noah’s wife. Before the concert, art-lovers of all ages are invited to Ark in the Park: a free, art-making project where members of the public can come to Rockefeller Park to help create large animal “sculptures” to adorn the Naamah’s Ark concert that evening!

Other performances include Of Granite and Glass, Catherine Galasso’s site-specific dance inspired by The Decameron; Grandma, a live performance by Cori Olinghouse that excavates the effects of television, the media, and dark familial pasts as portals; the collaborative and community-focused LES Citizens Parade; Night at the Museums; Tribeca Art + Culture Night, and more.

LES Citizens Parade is an activist processional and series of performances connecting community members of NYC’s Lower East Side, co-created by choreographer and Dances for a Variable Population artistic director Naomi Goldberg Haas and visual artist Laura Nova. Performed by legendary senior dancers and neighborhood senior citizens, the work creates a celebratory, visual journey that honors the experience of long-term residents of the Lower East Side, examining the community through lenses of movement, performance and visual art.

Select events require RSVP; visit our website to learn more.

Studio in the Park Artist-in-Residence Announced

Congratulations to Seward Park’s newest artist-in-residence!

Many congratulations go to the artist collective Art Parley (Sue Jeong Ka and Melissa Liu), this summer’s Studio in the Park artist-in-residence in Seward Park! From July 1 to August 15, Art Parley will use a 150 square foot mobile studio space to explore the 2018 residency themes of immigration, neighborhood change, and cultural heritage through their ongoing, socially-engaged project Round Robin, which started as a free trilingual newspaper in Chinese, English, and Spanish. This summer, the Round Robin newspaper will come to life in the form of a collaborative forum for self-empowered leadership, cross cultural solidarity, and language access. Art Parley invites all immigrants and local residents to participate in this forum through in-person summer workshops to create a network of communication channels and platform involving creative forms of expression in the LES/Two Bridges/Chinatown neighborhoods.

You’re Invited to SU-CASA Public Presentations in June

Our SU-CASA artists-in-residence calendar is jam-packed with public events this month!

Our talented SU-CASA artists-in-residence continue their public events with senior artists and senior centers in June, with offerings that range from flamenco dancing to stand-up comedy to everything in between! Click here to see the full calendar of free events, with times and location information.

June Grantee Events

LMCC’s Creative Engagement and Creative Learning grantees are presenting fantastic events throughout Manhattan this June! 

Our Creative Learning and Creative Engagement grantees continue to impress with a wide array of art activities and events. Click here for more information.

Join the R2R team!

Help out as a volunteer at the River To River summer arts festival – click here to volunteer. Learn more about River To River here!

Photo by Victoria Sendra, featuring Mei Yamanaka and Doug LeCours, performing in Of Granite and Glass choreographed by Catherine Galasso


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