June 2019 Grantee Events

FIGMENT NYC_Flights of Fantasy by Helen Chin_Photo by Adela Wagner

FIGMENT NYC_Flights of Fantasy by Helen Chin_Photo by Adela Wagner

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


Andrea Arroyo

“Evidence of Movement – Public Art exhibit by Andrea Arroyo”

June 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019
Exhibition on view during gardens’ open hours.

Meet the Artist Event: June 15, 2019 at 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Friendship Garden
Friendship Garden (Wicked), 499 West 150th St. New York, NY 10031 &
Family Garden -Sponsored by Tiffany and Co., 431 East 114th St. New York, NY 10029

Andrea Arroyo’s exhibition, Evidence of Movement, presents large-scale, site-specific artworks created with repurposed materials and integrated within the natural environment of plants, grass, canopies and other elements in each garden.

Find more information at www.eventbrite.com/e/evidence-of-movement-public-art-exhibition-by-andrea-arroyo-tickets-61431846306.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


The Gatekeepers Collective

The Same Gender Loving Harlem Legacy: Harlem Renaissance 2.0   

June 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM in front of The Forum, 601 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027
June 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM at The Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Gallery, 163 West 125th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10027

The Gatekeepers Collective (TGC), with West Harlem Development Corp and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council 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 125th Street 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. Bessie Smith, Claude McKay, Alain Locke, Langston Hughes, and Gladys Bentley were among the originators of the Movement, all of whom were SGL. Locke, the first African American Rhodes scholar, is “the father of the Harlem Renaissance,” having coined the term. Historian, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. noted that the Renaissance “was surely as gay as it was black.”

Find more information at www.thegatekeeperscollective.com/harlemheroes.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Empire City Men’s Chorus

ECMC Silver Celebration: 25 Years Strong

June 1, 2019 at 6:00 PM -7:30 PM
Saint Bartholomews Church, 325 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

ECMC was originally founded in 1993 as The Gay Gotham Chorus, a chamber group to perform classical repertoire primarily of and for the LGBTQ community. The chorus was later renamed Empire City Men’s Chorus to reflect inclusivity of all men and to comment on a variety of social justice causes, especially via new commissions. The Silver Season Concert is the inexorable culmination of a gay-affirming group of men and allied women who have touched thousands of hearts, lives, and legacies of those who are no longer with us. RESPLENDENT will kick off NYC World Pride 2019 and ECMC’s next 25 years by presenting two world premieres from two rising composers. Join ECMC in its 25th Anniversary Celebration concert at St. Bart’s in Midtown on June 1, 2019.

Find more information at www.empirecitymenschorus.org/ecmc25/resplendent.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Young New Yorkers’ Chorus

A Bell Awakened     

June 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM 
Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway, New York, NY, 10025

A Bell Awakened is an exploration of what the power of women can make possible. Introducing repertoire co-curated with the YNYC Women’s Ensemble and featuring the Competition for Young Composers finalists – Lauren Bydalek, Sawyer Denton and Scott Senko.

Find more information at www.ynyc.org.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Figment Project, Inc.


June 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
June 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Lighthouse Park, Roosevelt Island, Good Shepherd Chapel, Roosevelt Island Cultural Center, and other locations around Roosevelt Island

FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy. It’s a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. For one weekend this summer, it will transforms Roosevelt Island into a large-scale collaborative artwork – and then it’s gone. Come prepared to participate! What are you bringing?

Find more information at www.newyork.figmentproject.org.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Keoni Movement Arts

Engaging Special Needs Individuals and Seniors through Contemporary Dance

June 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Stepping Out Studios, 37 West 26th Street, Floor 9, Grand Ballroom

Join Keoni Movement Arts at Stepping Out Studios in Chelsea for our Spring Project Performance and Friend-Raiser, and watch our students experience JOY as the center of the creative process. They will be showing off the movement they have helped to choreograph, and executing the yoga, dance, and gymnastics skills they’ve learned.

Our students range in age from 3 – 80+, and in abilities, including special needs. Come support their achievements and observe their unique talents and expressions of joy through movement. You may leave with feelings of joy as well.

After the performance, stay and enjoy food, drink and conversation, and bid on our array of silent auction items. It is a great day with family friendly activities, so feel free to bring the whole crowd. Admission is free but space is limited so get your tickets today!

Find more information at www.eventbrite.com/e/kma-2019-spring-project-performance-and-friend-raiser-tickets-60672202190.

Grant Program: Creative Learning


New York Scandia Symphony

The Scandinavian Music Festival 2019     

June 2, 9 & 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM     

Fort Tryon Park, Billings Lawn, Fort Washington Avenue & 193rd Street    

The Scandinavian Music Festival is a unique series of three outdoor summer concerts, scheduled on Sundays in June and performed by members of the Scandia Symphony. The venue, Billings Lawn in Fort Tryon Park, is located beneath the Heather Gardens and with views of Hudson River. Concerts are open to the public and there is no admission fee.

Find more information at www.nyscandia.org.

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



STUFFED: Dinner & Dance

June 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10021

STUFFED: Dinner & Dance is happening Wednesday, June 5th at Judson Memorial Church. Doors Open @ 7:00PM, Dinner @ 7:15PM, Show @ 8:00PM

We are very excited about this show and we hope you will join us for a delicious meal and scrumptious dance by artists:

Find more information at www.stuffed-arts.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


EPIC Players Inc.

Little Shop of Horrors; a neuro-inclusive production

6/5/19 – 6/16/19 Wednesday-Saturday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Sunday at 2:00 PM
The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, 18 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012

When underdog orphan Seymour discovers an alien plant the likes of which Skid Row has never seen before, his luck begins to change. But Seymour’s stardom might not be able to out-pace the plant’s insatiable thirst for blood! EPIC Players is proud to present a neuro-inclusive production of Little Shop of Horrors, uniquely brought to life through the lens of its neuro-diverse cast!

Book and Lyrics by, HOWARD ASHMAN; Music by ALAN MENKEN. Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith. Originally produced by the WPA Theatre (Kyle Renick, Producing Director). Originally produced at the Orpheum Theatre, New York City by the WPA Theatre, David Geffen, Cameron Mackintosh and the Shubert Organization. Little Shop of Horrors is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 423 West 55th Street, NY 10019 Tel: 212 541-4684, Fax 212-397-4684 www.MTISHOWS.com.

Find more information at www.sheencenter.org/shows/littleshop/2019-06-06/.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


The Stonewall Chorale

Quiet No More

June 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 Ninth Avenue New York, NY 10001

Quiet No More, a new work co-commissioned by the New York City Gay Mens Chorus, Gay Mens Chorus of Los Angeles, The Stonewall Chorale, and others commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that launched the LGBTQ rights movement.

Find more information at www.swcpride19.brownpapertickets.com.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Gudrun Buhler

June 7 – 9, 2019        
St.Francis Cabrini Shrine 701 Ft.Washington Ave, New York, NY 10040

Event starts on Friday at 5pm with the opening of the exhibit. Saturday and Sunday the Exhibit will remain open from 10am to 5pm. On Saturday at 3pm there will be a classical concert. Wheel chair access is available.

Visual art and classical concerts will be presented in fresh, innovative ways. Located next to the beautiful Ft.Tryon park. Tickets only $10 per adult and free entrance for children. Children will have the opportunity to paint and draw in the exhibition space. Children and Adults are invited to add to our poetry wall.

Find more information at www.aninaartevents.com.

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


New Light Theater Project

The Great Novel – a new play by Amina Henry

June 7, 2019 – June 29, 2019 at 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas Street, New York, NY 10007

The Great Novel is a beautiful and funny new play from playwright Amina Henry. About the play: For most of her adult life, Bertha has served as the Brennans’ housekeeper. While polishing the silverware and washing the windows, she dreams of honoring the promise she made to her grandmother long ago to write the next great American novel. But as she drafts her story, she can only see the imprints of the Bronte sisters, Dickens, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and most of all, the Brennans. Spurred on by recurring visits from her Granny in the afterlife, Bertha seeks a new language for a narrative that only she can tell, uninhibited by the ghosts of literary convention.

Find more information at www.newlighttheaterproject.com/the-great-novel.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Gabrielle Revlock

Shield the Joyous: Works by Aleksandr Frolov, Gabrielle Revlock, Alexandra Tatarsky

June 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002

In Fall 2019 Aleksandr Frolov, Gabrielle Revlock and Alexandra Tatarsky will present a new collaboration, Exposure Therapy an embodied, creative, and personal response to anxiety and the language of anxiety research. To commence this collaboration between two Americans and one Russian, this evening is devoted to showing an exploration from each artist, which will then inform the forthcoming piece. Come experience these distinctive voices in contemporary performance and get a sneak peek into the creative process.

Find more information at www.dixonplace.org/performances/shield-the-joyous-6-8-2019/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Kaoru Ikeda/MoustacheCat Dance

Freedom isn’t Free

June 14, 2018 at 8:00 PM
June 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Downtown Art, 70 East 4th Street, New York NY, 10003

Kaoru Ikeda/ Moustache Cat Dance presents the dance work Freedom Isn’t Free, inspired by Japanese-American experiences during WWII, at Downtown Art on June 14th and 15th.

Freedom isn’t Free explores the internal struggles of Japanese-American communities that were isolated in U.S concentration camps in the 1940s. This project aims to connect how this experience relates to current biased reactions toward people of various races, religions, and ethnicities in the U.S and the world.

Find more information at www.moustachecatdance.brownpapertickets.com.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


NYC Kids Fest

NYC Kids Fest

June 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Morningside Park at Manhattan Avenue and 110th Street
June 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Avenue and West 148th Street

NYC Kids Fest is entering it’s 14th year as upper Manhattan’s most exciting multi-cultural arts festival produced especially for families with young children. We pack the day with engaging and innovative entertainment and we’re also known for our great face-painters and art activities.

Morningside Park will once again be hosting us…same great arts, culture entertainment and activities. See you there on Saturday, June 15, 2-7PM.

And, wait… there’s a BONUS! We are GROWING! This year we are thrilled to add a SECOND DAY of fun at a NEW LOCATION!
Hello Jackie Robinson Park! We are excited to spread the NYCKidsFest love with you!

Find more information at www.nyckidsfest.org.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


Born Dancing, Inc.

Born Dancing & Misty Boyce

June 14 & 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM
June 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Riverside Theater, 91 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027

Born Dancing will show three works, including two premieres with live music with Music Direction by Misty Boyce.
Spin 1/2 – Featuring some of our newest young dancers about orbiting and (r)evolving. Stop-Loss – Inspired by Misty’s album ‘Get Lost’ and a yet to be released new song about estrangement and loss and living with both.
Wasted Love – Born Dancing’s Not So Fairy Tale set to Misty’s music with photography by E.M. Whiteley & video by Cheyenne Picardo.

Run time 95 min. 10-min. intermission. American Sign Language Interpretation by Elizabeth Botti on Sat. June 15 & Sun. June 16. Live Audio Description by Laura Congleton on Sun. June 16. Please email borndancingINC@gmail.com to reserve your receiver. As always our cast features dancers of all ages and abilities.

Parents/Audience: Please be advised that Stop-Loss includes the following lyrics “Johnny…. took a handgun to the trees”. This dance does not include any minors.

Find more information at www.borndancing.org.

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


East Winds, Inc.

Taikoza Live in the Park     

June 15, 2019 at 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Isham Park, NY, NY10034   

Concert of the ancestral large Taiko drums and bamboo flutes concert in the Park in Inwood. Bring a blanket or a chair to sit on lawn.

Find more information at www.taikoza.com

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Night Multimedia Art

Whispers in the Grove

June 15, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Opening June 15, 3:30 PM – 8:00 PM
East River Park Compost Yard New York, NY 10002

Calling all Art, Science and Nature lovers! Come visit Whispers in the Grove, an interactive, multimedia art installation inspired by plant communication, called mycorrhiza. Free activities on opening day are appropriate for all ages. View soil samples under BioBus’ microscope, see the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s worm bin demonstration, mix potting soil, and decorate a planter to take home.

For more information visit www.whispersinthegrove.eventbrite.com.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


The American Slavery Project

The ABC’s: African-Americans Fro Bondage Through Crow   

June 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM
The National Black Theatre, 2031 5th Ave. New York, NY 10035

The American Slavery Project presents a play reading series focusing on African descended voices in America from Bondage through Jim Crow.
On June 17, Ode to Juneteenth, “Emancipation Jones” explains is all and then we celebrate!

Find more information at www.americanslaveryproject.org.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


Banana Boat Productions

The Ritual

June 19, 2019 – June 30, 2019 at 7:30 PM on Wedsneday-Saturday & 4:00 PM on Sunday
New Perspectives Studio, 458 West 37th Street, NY, NY 10018

THE RITUAL by Zeno Obi Constance. Friday morning, first period at Senior Secondary School in Trinidad and Omega is pregnant. Through “ritual” portrayals of the world around them “ lecherous taxi drivers, sanctimonious bourgeois, attractive Rasta boys, and frightened parents” her friends find that the key to empowerment lies within themselves.

Find more information at www.bananaboatproductions.org.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement



5th Annual Make Music Harlem     

June 21, 2019 at 4:00 – 8:00 PM
West 119th Street between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and St. Nicholas Avenue     

We are thrilled to announce the best, biggest ever, 5th annual Make Music Harlem. Free outdoor concert, community festival and block party.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


Michael Moss, Ph.D.

Qabbala::Entanglement, a suite in 12 movements: Ain Soph, Kether, Hokhmah’, Binah, Hesed’, Pa’had, Tiphereth, Ne-tza-h, Hod, Yesod, Malkuth

June 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Westbeth Community Room, 155 Bank Street, New York, NY 10014

QABBALA::ENTANGLEMENT–twelve compositions based on the Kaballah each representing one of the limbs of the Tree of Life. For this series of three concerts, Moss explores links between Eastern mythology, quantum mechanics, and classical physics. Multi-instrumentalist/composer Michael Moss, a veteran of New York’s free jazz scene, has assembled a brand-new band, the Accidental Orchestra, comprised of string, reed, brass and rhythm sections, emulating what he refers to as a small renaissance jazz orchestra. The Accidental Orchestra is comprised of a pool of the most exciting improvising artists on the New York scene: Jason Hwang, Rosi Hertlein, Melanie Dyer, Carol Buck, Lenny Mims, Brian Groder, Waldron Mahdi Ricks, Libby Schwartz, Peter Zummo, Steve Swell, Richard Keene, Elliot Levin, Michael Lytle, Ras Moshe, Dave Sewelson, Steve Cohn, Billy Stein, Dom Minasi, Larry Roland, Ken Filiano, Warren Smith, Bob Meyer, Michael Wimberly, Chuck Fertal.

Find more information at https://m2-theory.com/2018/05/07/qabbalaentanglement-quantum-physics-ancient-thought-and-jazz/.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Infinity Dance Theater

Ghosts in the Machine: Infinity Dance Theater and Alison Cook Beatty Dance at The Riverside Theatre

June 28 & 29, 2019 at 8:00 PM
The Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Ave., New York, NY 10027

Join Infinity Dance Theater and Alison Cook Beatty Dance for a dynamic performance at The Riverside Theatre featuring 24 dancers with and without disabilities. Infinity’s first formal New York concert program was presented at The Riverside Theatre in 1997, so Infinity is thrilled to return to Riverside in 2019 for a full concert engagement with Alison Cook Beatty Dance. Alison Cook-Beatty, Founder and Artistic Director, has performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Taylor 2. She has performed with Infinity Dance Theater at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Ms. Cook-Beatty has adapted two of her works for a collaboration of dancers from both companies: the duet Touched by Fire and her inspiring Mahaway: Spring Eternal (dancers from both companies joined by 11 community dancers). The program will also feature two world premieres by Kitty Lunn: the ensemble piece Ghosts in the Machine and the solo Pieta.

Find more information at https://trtnyc.eventbrite.com.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


OPEN DOORS Reality Poets   


June 29, 2019 at 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM         
Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, 548 Main Street, New York NY 10044

FADE takes you into The Barbershop, where humor and courage turn violence and injustice into a redemptive force. Based on the real-life stories of men who use wheelchairs because of gun violence, FADE delivers realness, resilience and healing with a hip-hop beat.

Find more information at www.opendoorsnyc.org.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

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