June 2024 Grantee Events

nia love, 2024 Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee, Photo by Rhonda Lou Haynes
nia love, 2024 Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee, Photo by Rhonda Lou Haynes

Experience a wide range of art activities by supporting our Creative Engagement, Creative Learning, 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 2024 Uptown Arts Stroll, indicated in the descriptions of participating grantee events.

nia love

Saturday, June 1st, 2024 at 2:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Marcus Garvey Park, northeast corner at Sankofa Installation

UNDERcurrents is a multimedia performance and research platform that probes the seam between catastrophic history and quotidian memory and tends the textures of generational care. It pivots on this fundamental query: what remains of the Middle Passage as force, gesture, and affect? Through the elements of water and doors, UNDERcurrents conjures multiple registers of our living in continual rupture. Taking as a focal point Jerome Haferd’s multi-year installation “Sankofa” with its emphasis on the intricate accumulation of time, dancers investigate the installation’s structure, re-figuring it as a threshold or portal. This echoes the door of no return through which captive Africans passed, and its reverberations through the multitude of migratory pathways that Black people have taken to Harlem.

Find more information at https://www.nia-love.com/

Grant programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement


Andrew Ingall

Warlé, Yesterday, and Today
Sunday, June 2nd, 2024 at 2:30 PM
Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 West 181st Street, New York, NY 10033

Warlé: A Multimedia Event Exploring LGBTQ+ Caregiving and Community Using storytelling, archival documents, photography and dance, Warlé conjures the lives of long-lost gay relatives – who were partners in life and in business for 58 years – and opens a conversation about care for LGBTQ+ elders. Concept and story by Andrew Ingall. Choreography by Walter Perez. Costume design by Ethan Gekow. Featuring tango performances by Mariana Parma, Walter Perez, and Leonardo Sardella. The program includes Q&A and an introductory queer tango class. Presented by YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood; Co-hosted by Fort Tryon Jewish Center, Fort Washington Collegiate Church, and Friends of Argentine Tango.

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

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


West Side Community Garden

Music in a Garden
Sunday, June 2nd, 2024 at 6:00 PM – Cassat String Quartet
Sunday, June 9th, 2024 at 6:00 PM – La Manga
Sunday, June 16th, 2024 at 6:00 PM – Scott Munson Quartet
West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024 (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues)

Live performances of various musical genres by professional musicians in a beautiful garden setting. All performances are free of charge.

Find more information at www.westsidecommunitygarden.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


New Amsterdam Musical Association

Music of the Diaspora, June
Monday, June 3rd, 2024 at 7:00 PM with Ifacho Okeke
Monday, June 10th, 2024 at 7:00 PM with Captain and NU Gypsies
Monday, June 17th, 2024 at 7:00 PM with Atiba Kwabena Befo Quotet
Monday, June 24h, 2024 at 7:00 PM with Darien Denton & Tyler Mitchell
107 West 130th Street, New York, NY 10027


MUSIC of the DIASPORA at NAMA 2024: NAMA invites the Community & World at Large to experience a dynamic plethora of Musical expressions from Classical Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Afro Cuban Rhumba, Latin Jazz, and more!  A variety of performances by musicians & artists to live audiences onsite at NAMA's Historical venue as well as virtual platforms. 

Find more information at https://namaharlem.wixsite.com/namaharlem

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

The Art Song Preservation Society of New York

Summer of Song Festival
June 3 – June 21, 2024
Masterclass Workshops (Mon – Thurs) June 3 – 6 & June 10 – 13 at 5:00 PM in Mikowsky Hall
Recitals on Saturday, June 6  & Friday, June 15 in Miller Hall
Manhattan School of Music, 130 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027


Summer of Song, a collaborative partnership between ASPSNY and the Duncan Williams Voice Program, will showcase talented artists in a wide-ranging celebration of art song. Attendees will enjoy recitals and performance workshops at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) highlighting both canonical repertoire and underrepresented BIPOC composers and performers. In addition to the canonical music we program from France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the US, ASPSNY is committed to presenting music from Latin American and other Spanish-speaking countries, African American and Japanese composers. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the arts led us to design this multifaceted program. The festival kicks off by showcasing singers daily in performance workshops at 5 pm at MSM, Mon-Thurs June 3-6 and June 10-13, throughout the week with recitals presented on the weekends - Saturdays, June 8 and 15, and Friday, June 21 in celebration of Make Music Day (Fête de la Musique). For the daily masterclass workshops and 7-8:30 pm for the three recitals.

Find more information at https://www.artsongpreservationsocietyny.org/summer-of-song-festival-2024.html

Grant program: Creative Engagement 


Around The Block

Community Focused Theatre
Monday, June 3, 2024 at 6:00 PM
Open Jar Studios, 1601 Broadway, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10019, Studio 12J

Around The Block / Al Doblar La Esquina invites you to a staged reading Eros and Thanatos in Loisaida by Carlos Jerome # director: Rachael Langton associate director: Lluvia Almanza* at Open Jar Studios, Studio 12J Monday, June 3, 2024 6:00 pm Free Admission. But you must RSVP to info@aroundTheBLock.org (Fully accessible, but indicate if you'll need wheelchair access.) The Loisaida neighborhood is brought into a wild battle with a psychologist – CIA torture instructor, who is also investing in gentrifying Loisaida. with

Jenna Atkinson
Rick Benson
Sandra Bilu*
Lynsey Carroll*
Duane Ferguson
Antone Pagan
Sean Phillips*
Marc Reign
Nikaury Rodriguez
Orlando Rodriguez
Debra Whitfield*

* member, Actors Equity Association # member, Dramatists 

Find more information at https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16107006

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


Keep Rising to the Top

KR3T'S 116th Street Festival Performance
June 8th, 2024 at 10:00 AM
116th Street, New York, NY
KR3T'S will perform as part of the 116th Street Festival

Find more information at https://116thstfestival.com

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Latino Film Market

Latino Film Market Festival 2024
June 10th – 16th, 2024
The Kota Alliance, 43 St Nicholas Place, New York, NY 10031

Welcome to the Latino Film Market Festival 2024! Join us at The Kota Alliance for a celebration of Latino cinema like never before. Immerse yourself in a world of captivating films, engaging discussions, and networking opportunities with industry professionals. Whether you’re a filmmaker, film enthusiast, or simply looking for a fun event, this festival is the place to be. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to experience the vibrant Latino film scene up close and personal. See you there!

This event is part of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s 2024 Uptown Arts Stroll. Find more information at https://www.latinofilmmarket.org/lfm-2024

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement 


New York Mandolin Orchestra

Centennial Season Concert Season
June 11, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.
The Center at the Red Oak, 135 West 106th Street, New York, NY  10025

On Tuesday, June 11, the New York Mandolin Orchestra will perform at the NYC Department for the Aging’s Center at the Red Oak in Manhattan Valley in Upper Manhattan. The performance will feature classical music, popular tunes, original compositions by orchestra members, and traditional music that honors the Hispanic heritage of many of the neighborhood residents. The orchestra, conducted by Yuanlin Chen, has been in continuous existence since 1924. At that time, there were seven mandolin orchestras in New York City. Today there is only one, featuring a unique combination of instruments: mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass, and guitar. The orchestra performs regularly at the Red Oak. This concert is part of the orchestra’s celebratory centennial season. The Center at the Red Oak, 135 West 106th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Find more information at http://www.nymandolin.org/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Barrio Independent Productions

Tuya siempre, Julita
June 13-15,2024 at 8 PM Jun 16, 2024 at 4 PM
Julia De Burgos Performance and Arts Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10029


Do you know the love story between the two great Puerto Rican poets Julia de Burgos and Luis Llorens Torres?

Now you will find out!!!!!!! Yours always, Julita arrives in New York!

Play will be in Spanish with English Subtitles

The grand premiere of the new version of “Tuya siempre, Julita” written by Roberto-Ramos Perea arrives in New York thanks to Barrio Independent Productions. Much has been said about Julia de Burgos, her poetry and her tragic life. However, history continues to surprise us with new findings about her loves and her struggle to become what she eventually was and continues to be, the greatest Puerto Rican national poet in our entire history.

“Tuya siempre, Julita” was published for the first time in 1993 and following its publication and subsequent presentations of this work where the hypothetical love relationship between Julia and the poet Luis Llorens Torres was presented, there were many comments of astonishment, especially from Julia scholars who thought that this relationship was just gossip. However, after thorough studies, it was proven that not only was this relationship a reality, but also that the poetry of both poets reflected traits of a kind of mutual plagiarism.

Under the co-direction of Amneris Morales and Iván Goris, Belange Rodríguez will play Julia de Burgos while José Cheo Oliveras will play Luis Llorens Torres and Caridad del Valle will play La Gringa, a mysterious character that embodies the dark side of both poets. The play will be presented on June 13, 14, 15 and 16 at the Teatro Miriam Colón at Julia de Burgos Cultural Center (1680 Lexington Ave. New York NY 10029) and will have English subtitles. The author of the piece himself, Roberto-Ramos Perea, will be in New York to share with the audience.

Find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuya-siempre-julita-tickets-911412829307

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


WOW Cafe Theater

Thee Quest For Black Joy V2: BlackJOY in The City! (2024 WOW Festival of Joy and Resilience)
June 14 – 16, 2024 & June 20 – 22, 2024
Gallery Hours: 4 PM — 6:30 PM (free & open to the public)
Show seating starts at 6:30 PM for 7 PM showtime (ticket required)
WOW Cafe Theater, 59-61 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

Experience BlackJoy In The City, a captivating gallery and supper club event curated by multi-talented entrepreneur C. Joi Sanchez. Inspired by her ongoing art installation project, The BlackJoy Possibilitree, Sanchez invites participants to contribute to this evolving art installation, symbolizing the cultivation of a world that cherishes BlackJoy and personhood. Through loosely scripted cabaret performances, Sanchez seamlessly merges visual art, performance, and community engagement. Immerse yourself in this inclusive and joyful space, intentionally spotlighting Black artists. Gallery hours run from 4-6:30pm, followed by dynamic variety shows at 7pm, showcasing exceptional talent often overlooked. Indulge in delectable cuisine crafted by local culinary experts each night. Join us for a special all-day event on June 21st, celebrating the solstice with MMNY 2024 guests and featuring New York-based artists. Whether stopping by the gallery or attending an evening performance, BlackJoy In The City promises an unforgettable experience of art, community, and celebration.

Find more information at https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/ticketing/2765d76f-c65b-4a5d-8be1-12ddf61224f9

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Laura Nova

Sounds of the Tree Hotel (In 3 movements)
Saturday, June 15th, 2024 at 12:30 PM
M’Finda Kalunga Garden, 179 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002 (Entrance on Rivington Street between Forsyth and Chrystie)

Join us to explore the sonic world of the M’Finda Kalunga Garden in the Lower East Side. We’ll tune your ears to the music all around us, create a listening device, and compose a concert together with instruments we find in the garden. Listening with love and caring for our natural environment improves the health and well-being of human and beyond human alike.

Find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sounds-of-the-tree-hotel-tickets-914798425717?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=ebdsshcopyurl

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Ethan Minsker and Citizens for the Arts

Art Pawn
Saturday, June 15th, 2024 Curator Delphine Le Goff
Saturday, June 22nd, 2024 Curator Albee Kittenpup
Saturday, June 29th, 2024 Curator Amani Heywood
Saturday, July 27th, 2024 Curator Pri The Honeydark
Opening reception at 6:00 PM 

SK ArtSpace, 38 West 28th Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10001

Art Pawn is an innovative interactive project dedicated to fostering emerging curators and artists. During the months of June and July, we will feature five different weeks of exhibitions showcasing new and emerging artists who are taking on the role of curator. In addition to the openings, there will be workshops and learning opportunities on Sundays, as well as closing parties on Fridays. Our aim is to create diverse opportunities by blending formal and DIY methods for curating art exhibitions."

Find more information at http://www.citizensforthearts.com/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


Laura Nova

Sounds of the Tree Hotel (In 3 movements)
June 15, 2024 at 12:30 pm
M’Finda Kalunga Garden (Entrance on Rivington Street between Forsyth and Chrystie) 

Join us to explore the sonic world of the M’Finda Kalunga Garden in the Lower East Side. We’ll tune your ears to the music all around us, create a listening device, and compose a concert together with instruments we find in the garden. Listening with love and caring for our natural environment improves the health and well-being of human and beyond human alike.

Find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sounds-for-the-tree-hotel-tickets-914798425717?aff=ebdsshcopyurl&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing&utm-campaign=social&utm-medium=discovery&utm-content=attendeeshare

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Spectrum of Voices

June 16, 2024 at 4:00 PM
Good Shepherd Chapel, 543 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

Heirlooms: This Father’s Day, June 16 at 4:00 pm, in The Church of the Good Shepherd, Roosevelt Island Concerts is proud to present Trio Fadolín, a new ensemble with a unique sonority — featuring Sabina Torosjan on violin, Valeriya Sholokhova on cello, and Ljova, performing on the fadolín – a new instrument that encompasses the range of the violin, viola, and most of the cello. Trio Fadolín has been presented by Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the brand new Perelman Performing Arts Center (PACNYC) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. The program will consist of Armenian Folk Songs written by Sergey Aslamazyan (1897-1978), inspired by the Komitas collection, two Ukrainian chamber works — a Yidisher Kontsert by klezmer virtuoso Yehiel Goyzman (c.1816-1913) and a work by Vasyl Barvinsky (1888-1963), as well as original compositions by Ljova.

Find more information at https://www.riconcerts.org/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Association for the Development of Vocal Artistry and Neighborhood Cultural Enrichment

MORE Opera's Juneteenth Jubilee 2024 - A Celebration for All
Monday, June 17, 2024 at 4:00 PM
Bela Abzug Park, 542 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018

MORE Opera's Juneteenth Jubilee 2024 is a series of free choral workshops for children and their families to learn the history of Juneteenth and sing songs related to the holiday, culminating with their participation with professional artists in a family-friendly outdoor performance of spirituals and a narration explaining the history of Juneteenth at Bela Abzug Park at 4 PM on Monday, June 17th 2024. Come have a picnic and a great time with us in a beautiful park.

Find more information at www.moreopera.com/juneteenth

Grant Program:  Creative Engagement


Sugar Hill Salon

Sugar Hill Salon
Monday, June 17th, 2024 at 6:30 PM
United Palace, 4140 Broadway, New York, NY 10033
Sunday, June 30th, 2024 at 2:00 PM

Good Shepherd Auditorium, 620 Isham Street, New York, NY 10034

One of the first chamber music series and artistic collectives that centers on black and brown woodwind artistry in classical music. We are a collective of black and brown musicians in NYC that offers free public concerts.

These events are part of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s 2024 Uptown Arts Stroll. Find more information at https://www.sugarhillsalon.com/

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement 


Gregory Mills

Creating Art From the Heart
Friday, June 23, 2023 at 1:00 PM
PSS Harlem, 127 West 127th Street, New York, New York 10027

The funded project: “Creating Art From the Heart” is to commence on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm with support from the project’s “Cultural Partner” PSS Harlem located 127 West 127th Street (Between Malcolm A and Adam Powell Boulevards). The afternoon opens with registration, orientation and introduction of art workshops to public welcoming mature adults and older adults. The hands on sequential art focus on Collage Art and utilizing the techniques of juxtaposed canvases sewn together every Wednesday at PSS Harlem for first six workshops. The scheduling calls 3 immersive weekend workshops beginning, May 4 through May 18 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and a 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the ACP Building. The art participants return to PSS Harlem for final workshops Wednesdays June 5 and 12 Culminating on July 12 is Art Exhibition from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm open to Public.

Grant Program: Creative Learning


Keep Rising to the Top

KR3T’S Wellness and Dance Festival
Sunday, June 30, 2024 at 11:00 AM
99th Street, Between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10029

KR3T’S Wellness and Dance Festival will provide its local community with access to free wellness and health resources along side a day of incredible dance performances.

Find more information at https://www.instagram.com/p/C6ZCh27RfJD/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement