March 2022 Grantee Events

Earth Celebrations, 2022 Creative Engagement Grantee, Photo by Rachel Elkind
Earth Celebrations, 2022 Creative Engagement Grantee, Photo by Rachel Elkind

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

Samantha Mcloughlin

SammyJDance Classes
March 1 - March 30, 2022, on Wednesdays at 11:00 AM
2307 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030

SammyJDance’s unique program uses dance and music to help young children learn and practice developmental skills. Imagination and self expression, encouraging children to grow physically and emotionally are at the core of the SammyJDance program. Without realizing they are learning, dance enhances their classroom experience. Join SammyJDance Wednesdays at 11:00  AM in Harlem for a parent toddler dance class. 

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Grant Program: Creative Learning


March 4, 2022, at 6:30 PM
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

“Mushin” – 'Mushin' is a state of mind, free of all emotions and thoughts. In this state, the mind is clear and ready. Martial artists aspire to this state, as do musicians and dancers. On March 4th, 2022, Miolina collaborates with choreographer/dancer Yukari Osaka, and her dance company ENTERART, as well as with Kendo Sensei Noboru Kataoka (Kendo 7th Dan), founder and director of the NYC Kendo Club. They will be joined by dancer Katy Procopio and Geoffrey Werner (Kendo 5th Dan). The evening begins at 6:30pm with a lecture/demonstration of Kendo by Sensei Kataoka and Mr. Werner. At 7pm, Miolina, Ms Osaka, and ENTERART present the world premiere of Lynn Bechtold's expanded version of 'No Kendo,' a composition for two violins and electronics, featuring the sounds of the NYC Kendo Club and Sensei Kataoka. EnterArt also performs two works: 'Shuri,' & 'Sakura,' and Miolina presents Lynn Bechtold's 'Away/Home 1.1.'

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Earth Celebrations Inc.

Ecological City - Creative Climate Solutions Action
March 5 - May 11, 2022, Wednesdays at 6:30 PM and Saturdays at 12:00 PM
Earth Celebrations at Sixth Street Community Center, First Floor, 638 East 6th Street, New York NY 10009

Create visual art, giant paper-mache puppets and costumes celebrating local climate solution initiatives in collaboration with Earth Celebrations' artists-in-residence. FREE.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Mason Holdings Theatre

Hart Island
March 8 - April 9, 2022
Thursday - Saturday at 8:00PM, Saturday  at 2:00PM, and Sunday at 3:00PM
The Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

Based on historical research, Hart Island weaves together six seemingly disparate voices, all connected to Hart Island. As audiences enter The Gym at Judson, they’ll be greeted by a scenic installation that suggests the depths of an archeological dig. At first, the characters of Hart Island seem anonymous and alone, locked in their own solitary existence. Gradually, however, the walls that separate them become more porous until every voice is revealed to be intrinsically linked.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

LayeRhythm Productions Inc.

The LayeRhythm Experiment & Guests
March 11, 2022 at 7:30 PM
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128

The LayeRhythm Experiment & Guests present a monthly performance of street dance, live music, invention, and interactive connection at 92nd Street Y.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement

ArtCrawl Harlem

Fire and Soul 2022, “We’re Still Harlem”
March 12 - April 2, 2022, Tuesday - Wednesday at 7:00 PM, Thursday - Saturday at 1:00 PM
Heath Gallery, 24 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027

Harlem’s vibrant history and influence stretches far beyond the five boroughs. The music, art, culture, social life, food, fashion, politics and businesses that have originated in Harlem have had a profound impact on the world stage for generations. This is the magic of Harlem –it’s Fire & Soul. Even when the world is dim, bleak and uncertain, the hearts, souls and resilience of Harlemites burns bright. Our Fire & Soul 2022 exhibition exemplifies this very statement. The exhibit features 10 multi-generational artists whose work embodies the notions of beauty, joy, and connection. Let this exhibit provide you strength, optimism, connection, and hope during these remarkably challenging times wherever you find yourself.

Curated by Saundra Alexis Heath and Fable Jones Studios, the 3 -week-long exhibit will feature various media including paintings, sculpture, collage, abstract and mixed media art. The roster of featured artists includes Bianca Allen, Jazzmine Bustamante, Jonte Drew, Yvonne Lamar-Rogers, Demarcus McGaughey, Kenwyn Murray, MarkAnthony McLeod, Erica Morales, Cj Priester, and Heather Williams. 

Co-curated by Saundra A. Heath, Heath Gallery director and co-owner and Fable Jones Studios.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement and UMEZ Arts Engagement

Urban Garage

Urban Garage
March 13, 2022 at 4:00 PM
The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012

Urban Garage is a performance lab for young musicians, aged 11-21, interested in genres of music not typically taught in schools - pop, rock, folk, blues, country etc. Through free, monthly open mics, guided jams and community service concerts, kids learn practical skills in musicianship and collaboration from seasoned professionals.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Ogemdi Ude

March 31 - April 2, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

In Dig/Hear/Sing/—, artist Ogemdi Ude performs three different solos across three evenings. Using movement, voice, and installation, Ude contends with distinct experiences of loss and her efforts to develop coping rituals in their aftermath. By charting the lasting marks that loss has made upon her, Ude opens a space for audiences to simultaneously process their own grief. The performances are accompanied by a collection of writings: performance scores, personal essays, and theory that takes a Black feminist approach to unpacking death, memory, and mourning.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


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