June 2021 Grantee Events

Image: Reveries by David Zheng, 2021 Creative Engagement Grantee
Image: Reveries by David Zheng, 2021 Creative Engagement Grantee

Experience a wide range of virtual art activities by supporting our Creative Engagement and UMEZ Arts Engagement grantees and their events this month! Be sure to keep an eye out for events taking place as a part of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s 2021 Uptown Arts Stroll, indicated in the descriptions of participating grantee events.

Carriage Trade

Hearts & Minds
On View: April 15 - June 13, 2021
277 Grand Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10002

Civilization and barbarism are never far apart. As the spoils from subjugating distant countries fill closets, living rooms, and dinner tables, citizens of the empire are encouraged to witness the "improvements" offered by their way of life bestowed upon the many invisible hands responsible for producing it. Employing the tools of public relations to invert standard meanings into their opposites (slavery = freedom, war = peace) the minds of those at home are massaged while villages abroad undergo “pacification”. Living within a kind of informational breakdown, many are now questioning how we got here. Linking past to present through artwork and archival material that collectively address links between the diversions of consumerism and techniques of propaganda in the service of empire, Hearts and Minds, a joint project of Carriage Trade and Rectangle, Brussels, reflects on the inseparable rapport between public relations and social control both abroad and at home.

Find more information at http://carriagetrade.org/hearts-and-minds

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

worthless studios

The Plywood Protection Project
On View through November 1, 2021
Thomas Paine Park, New York, NY 10007

During the peak protest months of 2020 across New York City, plywood prices skyrocketed and supply was rapidly depleted citywide. In response, worthless studios launched the Plywood Protection Project, an initiative to collect the used wood and redistribute it to artists, extending and repurposing the life of this material. Be Heard, Behin Ha Design Studio’s sculpture for the Plywood Protection Project, is a large-scale plywood megaphone. Plywood panels are arranged to create the conical form of the megaphone and assembled to create the structural framework that holds it up.

Find more information at www.worthlessstudios.org/be-heard

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Zaq Landsberg

Reclining Liberty
On View through April 25, 2022
Morningside Park

Reclining Liberty is a mashup of the Statue of Liberty and the giant reclining Buddha statues of Asia. The piece, coated in plaster resin, is sturdy enough to allow viewers to touch, climb, sit atop, lean up against the figure, and interact with the monument at a human level. Finished with copper paint and an oxidizing acid, the patina mimics the actual Statue of Liberty.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

Jonathan Bauch

Visual Rhythms
May 27 - June 23, 2021
Carter Burden Gallery, 548 West 26 Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001

Sculptor Jonathan Bauch presents wall and freestanding steel sculptures that explore the challenges that humanity faces, both internal and external. In Visual Rhythms, Bauch’s steel abstractions of buildings are skillfully constructed to question the city planners and the real estate industry as to why it seems that people of lesser means are being pushed to the margins of New York City. He asks the question, “Where is this gentrification leading?” In taming the steel, the industrial quality of the medium is tempered by the indelible mark of the human hand, resulting in sculptures that seem to defy their material with their lacy and ethereal qualities.

Find more information at www.carterburdengallery.org/upcoming-exhibition

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

David Zheng

Where Did All the Flowers Go?
June 3 - 6 & June 10 - 13, 2021
55 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002

June 3 - 6: Where Did All the Flowers Go? features a selected group of oversized copy prints hanging from the ceiling and creating a maze through the gallery. The maze eventually leads the viewer to a backroom where the artist will be conducting live portrait sessions and providing free prints of these portraits to the sitter. 

June 10-13: The exhibition will move next door to a bigger exhibition space in the building where the show transforms. In the first room, darkroom prints and oversized copy prints are displayed in a way that resembles walking through the desolate streets during the pandemic. In a second room, viewers find the portraits created by the artist the weekend before in addition to portraits created through the year.

Find more information at http://davidzhengstudio.com/where-did-all-the-flowers-go-1

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Lorca Forever/Lorca por Siempre bilingual theatrical festival
June 5, 2021 at 8:00 PM
June 6, 2021 at 3:00 PM
La Nacional Performance Space: 239 West 14th Street New York, NY 10011 & Virtual

Our festival honoring the iconic poet/playwright Federico Garcia Lorca consists of virtual interviews in the week leading up to the actual festival, which can be seen thru our website and Youtube and the actual in person and virtual performances of international singers, musicians, actors, and visual artists on the days of the show. 

Find more information at www.Danisarte.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Broadway Bound Kids

Broadway Bound Kids High School Workshop - On Digging a Grave
June 5, 2021 at 7:00 - 8:30 PM

On Digging a Grave is a fictional existential journey centered around the real life murder of a high school girl in 1999. The show deals with our country's fascination with crime and murder as entertainment, the personal responsibility the creators have in the wake of that entertainment, and how victims often become footnotes in their own murders.

Find more information at bit.ly/BBWShow

Grant Program: Creative Learning

East Winds, Inc.

Taikoza concert In the parks
Isham Park in Inwood between Park Terrace East and West streets
June 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Japanese drum will present a concert with social distancing in Isham Park in Inwood. The concert will feature 150 lb drums and bamboo flutes. A fun and entertaining concert geared to families to introduce them to a multicultural concert of Japanese music. Bring a blanket to sit on and your mask - come celebrate the summer solstice.

This event is part of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s 2021 Uptown Arts Stroll. Find more information at www.nomaanyc.org/events/taikoza-japanese-taiko-drums/?occurrence=2021-06-06

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

Adrian Sas

Source to Spout
June 11 - October 30, 2021
Riverside Park, New York, NY 10025

An installation of panoramic photographs wrapped around drinking fountains throughout Riverside Park augments our understanding of reality. These photographs depict the system of protected lands, reservoirs, and aqueducts which delivers over 1 billion gallons of water per day to our taps and bring to light a vital infrastructure which all New Yorkers depend on, but which many have never seen before.

Find more information at adriansas.com/sourcetospout.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Los Pleneros de la 21

The Cultural Legacy Project 2021
June 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Los Pleneros de la 21 has come together with Pregones/PRTT to celebrate their 36th annual celebration of Las Fiestas de Cruz, a 200+ year old tradition in Puerto Rico. LP21 has celebrated Las Fiestas de Cruz every year since 1986, creating cultural bridges and providing spaces for expressions of traditional Puerto Rican celebrations in NYC. Our in-person celebration has been halted since the pandemic, but we are determined to celebrate with our community virtually, and we hope you feel the spirit through the screen!


Find more information at www.losplenerosdela21.org/las-fiestas-de-cruz.

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

Gwen Black Arts/Arts and Jazzfest NY™

Visual Arts and Jazz Day™ 2021
June 11 - 13, 2021 

We invite everyone to join us for our 5th Annual Visual Arts and Jazz Day™, a three day community event celebrating visual arts and jazz. Featured performers include Keith "The Captain" Gamble, Atiba Wilson & the Befoquotet band, Charles Butler & the Blues Bandits, Mrs. Biddie and Will, Terri Davis, Thabbit Iddin, Michael Young & Band, Emme Kemp & Trio, Gwen Black and other guest artists. 

This event is part of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s 2021 Uptown Arts Stroll. Find more information at www.nomaanyc.org/events/visual-arts-and-jazz-day-2021/?occurrence=2021-06-11

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

The Art Song Preservation Society of New York

Summer of Song Festival 2021

Collaboration and Working with Pianists Masterclass with Mark Markham
June 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Dr. Mark Markham, renowned for his work with legendary American soprano Jessye Norman (1945-2019), will work with singers and pianists on the art of partnership with particular focus on the French and German vocal repertoire. Discover your best performance practices and how to work best with your pianist in this class. Markham was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from John Hopkins University, and is considered one of the most prominent performers and teachers in his profession. In recent years, recitals have been given with a new generation of stars including sopranos, Leah Crocetto and Jennifer O'Loughlin and mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges. Markham also has his own summer workshop, Singing in Sicily – a non-profit intensive training program for talented young singers from around the world.

Dramatic Song with Raehann Bryce-Davis Masterclass
June 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Hailed by the New York Times as a "striking mezzo soprano" and by the San Francisco Chronicle for her "electrifying sense of fearlessness," Raehann Bryce-Davis will guide singers through how to get to the heart of the musical text and dramatic interpretation.


Find more information at https://www.artsongpreservationsocietyny.org/summer-of-song-festival-2021.html

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Christine Pulliam Melamed / Prelude Opera

Little Red Riding Hood: A Children's Opera by Seymour Barab
Fort Tyron Park, Dongan Lawn, New York, NY 10040
June 12 & 13, 2021 at 3:00 PM

Prelude Opera is excited to announce an upcoming production of a timeless storybook classic, Little Red Riding Hood, a children’s opera composed by Seymour Barab. The first American opera performed in China after the isolationist period has been enjoyed by young audiences since it was composed in 1962. Barab (1921-2014) was a Manhattan resident and has been deemed “the Rossini of our time.”

Find more information at www.preludeopera.com.

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

Dances For A Variable Population

REVIVAL 5: Hybrid!
June 12 & 19, 2021 at Grant’s Memorial Tomb 122 and Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027
June 24 - 26, 2021, Virtual

Join Dances For A Variable Population, Artistic Director Naomi Goldberg Haas and legendary guest artists for a celebration of the vitality and the joy of age through the lens of COVID and 20th century dance! Our FREE, five-day hybrid dance festival includes both in-person and virtual events. 

Find more information at https://revival5.com.

Grant Programs: UMEZ Arts Engagement

Casea Arts Inc.

Casea Arts Inc./The Carmen Mathis Show presents "A 70's Experience Extravaganza"
June 14, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater, 18 Mt. Morris Park, New York, NY 10027

Casea Arts will produce a live, multi-media stage show entitled "A 70's Experience Extravaganza". This virtual walk down memory lane will feature musicians, singers, dancers and spoken word artists performing the music, dance and poetry that reflect the social mores from 1970s Harlem. The performers have all been showcased on The Carmen Mathis Show and includes professionals, Karaoke song stylists, musicians and bands and singers who have regular gigs in Harlem.

Find more information at CaseaArtsInc.org.

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement

Sade Boyewa El

Faces of Harlem: Pop Up Photo Booth
June 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Morningside Park, New York, NY 10026
June 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Marcus Garvey Park, New York, NY 10027

Faces of Harlem Pop Up Photo Booth: Please come out and sit for a portrait for the Faces of Harlem photo series.

Find more information at @facesofharlem.

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement

The Harlem Chamber Players

Pity These Ashes: TULSA 1921-2021
June 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM

An online concert featuring Jessie Montgomery Starburst, Alice Coltrane Prema for Harp and Strings arranged by Tom Cunningham of Urban Playground Orchestra, Adolphus Hailstork TULSA 1921 (Pity Theses Ashes, Pity This Dust) for Mezzo-Soprano and Chamber Orchestra, libretto by Herbert Woodward Martin and Trevor Weston The People Could Fly for Violin Solo, Narrator and Strings.

Find more information at www.harlemchamberplayers.org/event/pity-these-ashes-tulsa-1921-2021.

Grant Programs: UMEZ Arts Engagement

East Winds, Inc.

East Winds Ensemble Summer Solstice Concert
June 19, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Bruces' Garden in Isham Park across from 10 Park Terrace East, New York, NY 10034

Live concert in Bruces' Garden with social distance. Audiences will be able to wander around Isham Park . The garden will be open with plenty of social distancing and some seats available and hear the music. Music will be played on the Shakuhachi bamboo flute and the 13 string instrument the Koto.

This event is part of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s 2021 Uptown Arts Stroll. Find more information at www.nomaanyc.org/events/east-winds-ensemble-koto-and-shakuhachi-concert/?occurrence=2021-06-19

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

Pluma Poetica del Arte

VII Festival Internacional Artistas Unidos
June 19 & 20, 2021

VII International Festival United Artists: The International Festival, United Artists is a two-day free and public event that brings together artists of different genders, nationalities and ages. Various artists based on Washington Heights will perform: singers, dominican crafts, music, food, folklore, dance, poetry, films, painting exhibitions, books presentation and more.

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement

NYC Kidsfest

16th Annual NYC Kidsfest
June 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Morningside Park
June 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Jackie Robinson Park

As part of NYC’s Open Culture Program, NYC Kidsfest will be taking to the streets this year—literally!!! We are thrilled to be part of this innovative initiative that brings the performing arts to open street spaces. And have we got a great show for kids and their families.

Find more information at https://www.harlemonestop.com/event/29724/16th-annual-nyc-kidsfest.

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

Rhymes With Opera

Red Giant
June 20, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Rhymes With Opera presents "Red Giant", a chamber opera with music by Adam Matlock and libretto by Brian Slattery, in our first-ever online production directed by Ashley Tata. The production will feature the RWO singer ensemble (Elisabeth Halliday-Quan, Bonnie Lander, Robert Maril) and the Rhymes With Orchestra.

Find more information at www.rhymeswithopera.org.

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement 

John P. Hastings

June 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM & 12:00 PM
June 21, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Isham Park, Inwood, New York, NY 10034

Cloudsplitter is a free, public, outdoor performance for brass ensemble that focuses on the mythic persona of radical abolitionist John Brown. There will be three performances in Isham Park.

This event is part of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s 2021 Uptown Arts Stroll. Find more information at www.nomaanyc.org/events/cloudsplitter/?occurrence=2021-06-20&time=1624147200

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement

Dona Carter Ensemble

June 21, 2021

Comfort, an online drama coming soon… How families overcome sorrow with the love of friends and community, featuring music by the Dona Carter Ensemble.

Find more information at  www.donacarter.net/.

Grant Programs: UMEZ Arts Engagement

Annette A Aguilar

Women in Latin Jazz Festival
June 21, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Women In Latin Jazz Festival: Annette A Aguilar & Stringbeans is Latin Brazilian jazz group. One of their focuses is Women in Latin Jazz. In 2014, Annette A Aguilar created the Women in Latin Jazz Festival in Northern Manhattan. NoMAA presents Annette A Aguilar and the 2021 Women in Latin Jazz Festival livestream from Dyckman Farmhouse Museum.

This event is part of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s 2021 Uptown Arts Stroll. Find more information at www.nomaanyc.org/events/annette-a-aguilar-live-from-dyckman-farmhouse/?occurrence=2021-06-21

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano 

Mothers and Fathers Concert
June 26, 2021 at 3:00 PM
The General Grant National Memorial, 122 Riverside Dr., New York,
NY 10024

Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano annual concert dedicated to mothers and fathers. Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano anual dedicado a las madres y padres.

Find more information at https://www.facebook.com/centrocivicoculturaldominicano/

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement

Sachiyo Ito and Company

Salon Series No. 69
June 27, 2021 at 3:00 PM

The Salon Series #69 will explore a topic of transformation from various perspectives: from gender transformation, from the ordinary to the unordinary in performing arts, to development of character changes from Shakespeare through Kabuki and the present. Theater director, actor, and writer Ernest Abuba will share discussions with Ito. The program will include Ito’s demonstration on techniques of transformation in Kabuki dance, joined by company members, Misha DuLac, and Jonathan Wong Frye. The program will conclude with the example of transformation by Ito portraying the male character in an excerpt from Ninin Wankyu (Wankyu, the Two Shadows), the Kabuki dance first staged in 1774, with Sato Kiyotomi.

Find more information at http://dancejapan.com/

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement

Mike Freeman

Hell's Kitchen Soul Sauce
June 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Pier 84 (44th street Westside Highway) Manhattan

Hell's Kitchen Soul Sauce: A series of Latinjazz/salsa concerts with narrative and photographs focusing on the rich history of Latin music in Hell's Kitchen, celebrating Mike Freeman’s 40th anniversary living in Manhattan, and in tribute to the late legendary percussionist Ray Mantilla.

Find more information at www.jazzvibe.com/mike-freeman/calendar.html.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement