May 2019 Grantee Events

Courtesy of Center for Remembering & Sharing
Courtesy of Center for Remembering & Sharing

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.


Night Multimedia Art

Whispers in the Grove

Exhibition: April 29, 2019 – June 7, 2019

Free lecture: Friday, May 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM

6BC Botanical Garden, 630 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009     

Come to Whispers in the Grove, an interactive, multimedia sculpture at 6BC Botanical Garden in the East Village, on view from April 29 through June 7. Come for refreshments and a talk about tree communication by Samuel Bishop of Trees NY.

Did you know trees communicate through underground networks of roots and fungus? Visit this woman-made forest of interconnected, neuron-like, steel forms that rise to support bulbs, the leaf canopy. Each bulb is enveloped in found materials and illuminated, like fireflies who express through their flicker. Hear Whispers in the Grove. The lecture is aimed toward ages 13 and up.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Noam Shapiro & Paulo K Tiról

On This Side of the World 

May 2, 2019 – May 12, 2019           

Access Theater Black Box, 380 Broadway, New York, NY 10013                 

Music & Lyrics by Paulo K Tiról

Directed by Noam Shapiro

Presented by Three Hares in Association with Access Theater

Produced by Megumi Lee


Stories of selfless overseas workers, young lovers, judgmental church ladies, undocumented immigrants, and millennials struggling to make a new life in their adopted country. On This Side of the World is an anthology of musical monologues capturing voices from the Filipino immigrant experience in the United States, and lifting up stories of new immigrants and the children of immigrant families. What emerges is a mosaic of love and loss, humor and heartache, yearning and faith eight thousand miles from home.

Please Note: Access Theater is a fourth-floor walkup. Please contact for information regarding elevator access.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Dona Carter

Harlem Celebrates Women in Music      

May 3, 2019 at 7:00 - 10:00 PM     

St. Stephen Community AME Church, 2145 Frederick Douglass Blvd NY, NY 10030      

This Concert will feature original music and performances by outstanding women musicians and singers.  Dona Carter, pianist/composer,  will lead a band that will include a variety of styles of music, jazz, gospel, and contemporary compositions. There will be instrumentalists and vocalists portraying music as a unifying and positive force in the community.  It will be an exciting cultural evening for all to enjoy. Concert will be held in the lower level of the church, in a spacious performance room.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Vienna Carroll

Shallow Brown: Thessalonia and the Free Sailor                    

May 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Langston Hughes House, 20 East 127th St, New York, NY 10035

Virginia, 1829.  Thessalonia, an enslaved tailor, meets free sailor Levi when he asks her to unpick the seams of his coat for the radical abolition papers sewed inside.  From that moment, he life and love are inextricably entwined with anti-slavery rebels.  Smuggling radical abolition documents and joining the Nat Turner rebellion is a Family Affair!


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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Colleen Thomas Dance

but the sun came up and we were here 

May 3 & 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM; May 5, 2019 at 3:00 PM   

The Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa, 66 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

In her evening-length dance, but the sun came up and we were here, premiering at La MaMa Moves! Festival in May 2019, choreographer Colleen Thomas collaborates with dancers from Eastern Europe and the US to delve into the embodied experience of self in a climate of heightened political and social unrest.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Ukrainian Village Voices

Vocal Workshop: Marichka Marczyk      

May 4, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 PM           

Playwrights Rehearsal Studios, Room 4C, 440 Lafayette St. , New York, NY 10003         

UVV is elated that the brilliant vocalist Marichka Marczyk is our next vocal workshop leader! We invite you to learn lyrical Ukrainian love songs in the traditional polyphonic style of central and eastern Ukraine. Marichka has spent years traveling on expeditions to record songs from the oldest villagers for posterity. These songs are over a hundred years old and have tremendous power, as they are derived from very emotional, heartbroken personal stories. Marichka will focus on teaching us beautiful and challenging multi-part harmonies.

Please join us on Saturday, May 4, to collectively learn heart-felt songs that should be preserved and enjoyed by all!


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Tami Tyree

The Frederick Douglass Continuum 2019         

May 4, 2019 at 2:00 – 5:00 PM      

Mother A.M.E. Zion Church, 140 West 137th St., New York, NY       

The Frederick Douglass Continuum is the brainchild of singer/historian of African-American History: Tami Tyree, founder of Echoes of Our Ancestors, African-American History & Song. In its third year, the gala in honor of the abolitionist, statesman, journalist and social reformer brings forth Harlem's most illuminated singers, actors, musicians, faith, social justice, civic and academic leaders. Free and open to all, it takes place in the historic Mother A.M.E. Zion Church, a space where Douglass himself once spoke.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Melodia Women's Choir of NYC

Melodia Spring Concert: Gloria - Lifting the Veil on Vivaldi's Masterpiece

May 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM & May 5, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Holy Apostles Church, 296 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10001           

Melodia Women's Choir of NYC, Cynthia Powell Artistic Director, presents Gloria - Lifting the Veil on Vivaldi's Masterpiece. Melodia performs Vivaldi's masterpiece as it was originally intended - by women's voices.

The year is 1715; the place is the Ospedale della Pieta orphanage and music school, Venice, Italy; the characters are the women and girls who first performed Vivaldi's great work. Through interwoven dramatic scenes, a cast of three actors tell their story. Directed by Christa Scott-Reed. Script by Pam McAllister. With Taisiya Pushkar, harpsichord, and an all-female chamber ensemble.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Crossing Jamaica Avenue

Momotaro: In Search of a Hero   

May 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM & 3:00 PM

Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017

Momotaro: In Search of a Hero is a cross-cultural gender-bending heroic tale based on the famed Japanese story Momotaro "Peach Boy. In CJA’s innovative production, a three women cast – featuring a taiko/piano player, narrator, and singer/dancer – retell the adventures of “peach boy” Momotaro in a gender-bending production.

Momotaro bravely travels to an island filled with ogres to save his town. This highly interactive production that tells the story through live music, song, and dance, all cleverly narrated through the Japanese theater technique known as “TAYU” where one performer narrates while the other performs. The production aims to bridge together one of Japan’s most popular traditional hero quest stories with issues in contemporary American society in order to highlight lessons of cultural diversity, empowerment, and inclusion. This show is presented as a part of Japan Society's Children's Day Festival.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Cornerstone Chorale

Concert Performance of Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass  

May 5, 2019 at 5:00PM       

Holyrood Church, 715 West 179th Street (at Fort Wash. Ave.), New York, NY      

The CORNERSTONE CHORALE will perform its Spring Concert, presenting the Mass in d minor, “Missa in Angustiis,” Hob. XXII/11 (“Lord Nelson”) of Haydn, for chorus, soloists, and orchestra. The Chorale will also present music of Schubert and Rheinberger. The concert will feature soprano Jane Thorngren, mezzo Alaina Logee, tenor Walter MacNeil, and bass Robert Mobsby. The Chorale, orchestra, and soloists will be conducted by Music Director Richard Stout.


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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


American Slavery Project

The ABC's from Bondage through Crow:  "Throw Pitchfork" by Alexander Thomas

May 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM      

The National Black Theatre, 3rd Fl, 2031 Fifth Ave, at 125th Street, NYC  10035

The search for self-definition is passed on through four brothers as they struggle with the Jim Crow legacy of their father. Deep wounds left on his psyche are passed onto a generation of sons. Told with humor and pathos by one of those sons, Alexander Thomas. This true story puts human faces on the fallout of America's original sin.


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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement & Creative Engagement


National Asian Artists Project, Inc.

Discover: New Musicals    

May 6, 2019 at 7:30 - 9:30 PM       

Theater 315, 315 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036                     

Discover: New Musicals is an evening of short new musicals that mixes writing teams with established and emerging Asian artists.  The evening showcases new works and deepens both the conception of the pieces and the theatergoing experience through the use of artists of Asian descent.  NAAP is a community of educators, artists, community leaders, and professionals, who recognize the need to build bridges between the work of artists of Asian descent, and the many communities that the work can serve, from primary school students to seasoned arts patrons.

This year the evening will showcase “Bethune” written by Yan Li and directed by Robert Lee; “Zookeeper” written by Ellen Mairin Johnston with music by Emily Chiu and directed by Nina Zoie Lam; and “You, Me, I, We” written by Jessica Wu and directed by Cassey Kivnick.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Advent Lutheran Church

Music Mondays       

May 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM      

Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 9rd St., New York, NY 10027

MUSIC MONDAYS PRESENTS BROOKLYN RIDER AND KINAN AZMEH: The most versatile of string quartets joins with Kinan Azmeh, the “spellbinding” Syrian clarinetist from Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble (New Yorker), for the debut of an exciting new project. New works by the quartet’s violinist, Colin Jacobsen, and Azmeh share the program a variety of traditional and folk-inspired music. Hear why "the dazzling fingers-in-every-pie versatility that Brooklyn Rider exhibits is one of the wonders of contemporary music.” (L A Times). The program includes the New York Premieres of pieces by Caroline Shaw and Azmeth, and the World Premiere of "Starlighter" by Colin Jacobsen.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


The Aks Chorale, Inc.

Dalton Chorale - Lux Aeterna: 20th-century choral music from Paris        

May 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM - 9:30pm  

The Brick Church, 1140 Park Avenue, New York, NY 


On Tuesday, May 7, at Manhattan’s Brick Church, the Dalton Chorale, under the direction of David Shuler, presents Lux Aeterna: 20th-century choral music from Paris. The program features Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem (1947), as well as Duruflé’s Tu es Petrus, Tantum Ergo and Ubi Caritas (1960), and Louis Vierne’s Messe Solennelle (1900). Christopher Creaghan will accompany the Chorale on the organ, and the evening’s soloists will be mezzo-soprano Catherine Hedberg and baritone Peter Stewart.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Center for Remembering & Sharing

Crossing Boundaries Concert Series Vol. 4:  FOUR SYSTEMS       

May 10, 2019 at 8:00 PM    

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing), 123 4th Ave, FL 2, New York, NY 10003        

CRS Presents Crossing Boundaries Concert Series Vol. 4: FOUR SYSTEMS. Four daring improvisers and acclaimed performers of traditional music from different cultures — Chatori Shimizu (cho, Japan), gamin (piri and saenghwang, Korea), JunYi Chow (cello, Malaysia), Yunzhuo Gan (Yangqin, China) — invite mayhem and unlock surprising congruities by improvising over four compositions inspired by their respective cultures, stitched together through an imaginative graphic notation using visual symbols of their own choosing. A conversation with the artists will be held after the concert.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement



Spring in Manhattan 2019 

May 10, 2019 at  7:30 PM   

550 West 155th Street, New York, NY 10032

This program takes the spiritual and nostalgic atmosphere of the crypt as inspiration. Each of the pieces is deeply human, as befits a set for voices unaccompanied, with works inspired by Sufism, silence, cooking, and humor.

Forrest Pierce – Tighten to Nothing (2012)

Taylor Brook – Motorman Sextet (2013)

Ekmeles commission Lucia Ronchetti – Anatra al sal (2004)

U.S. Premiere Agata Zubel – Alphabet of the Ars Brevis (2016)

Evan Johnson – Three in, ad abundantiam (2012)

Evan Johnson – vo mesurando (2012)


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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement & Creative Engagement


The Art Song Preservation Society of New York

Spring Into Art Song Festival 2019         

May 10, 2019 – May 21, 2019        

120 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027    

The Art Song Preservation Society of New York (ASPSNY) is pleased to announce its season and overview of the 2019 Spring Into Art Song Program. All events will take place at the Manhattan School of Music.


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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement & Creative Engagement



andPlay (in) conversation: Graphic Score Workshop for Kids         

May 11, 2019 at 2:00-3:30 PM       

Bread & Yoga, 5000 Broadway, New York, NY 10034

Join violin/viola duo andPlay and composer Leah Asher as we explore the connections between music and visual art in a fun, participatory workshop about graphic scores. In this session, participants will learn about graphic scores and create their own using provided art supplies. At the end, andPlay will perform the world premieres of the participants' original compositions! A graphic score is any visual representation of sound outside of traditional music notation - no musical background is necessary. This is a great opportunity to spark musical and artistic creativity in a new way and is ideal for kids ages 5+. This event is part of andPlay (in) conversation, a free series that connects the public with the collaborative process of making new music. This session is free but limited to 15 participants with pre-registration.


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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement & Creative Engagement


Earth Celebrations

Ecological City: Procession for Climate Solutions      

May 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM       

Sixth Street Community Center, 638 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Join Earth Celebrations for our second annual ECOLOGICAL CITY: Procession for Climate Solutions, engaging the Lower East Side community through collaborative arts strategies, to bring together climate solutions and ecological sustainability initiatives throughout the gardens, neighborhood, and waterfront.

The Ecological City: Procession for Climate Solutions on Saturday May 11, 2019 (Rain Date: May 12) is a creative climate action, urban ecological pilgrimage, and performance art event featuring a spectacular 6-hour procession of large-scale puppets, costumes, and visual arts with 20 site performances of dance, music, theater, and poetry throughout the community gardens and East River Park waterfront.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Eve Sicular

Metropolitan Klezmer: Jubilation! 25th Anniversary Octet Concerts          

May 12, 2019 at 11:00am-2:00pm

City Winery NYC: The Loft (2nd floor), 155 Varick St, New York, NY 10013           

Performing in celebration of the group's quarter century together ('Silver Jubilee' year), Metropolitan Klezmer plays in Manhattan concerts featuring rarely-performed special full-band repertoire. From haunting Second-Avenue Theater melodic heartbreak full of spooky, sonorous tri-tones, to Soviet Yiddish stage hits and vintage television underscore, to nearly-forgotten wedding soundtrack classics and Yiddish disaster balladry of the Triangle Fire, the band will explore electic and exuberant corners of their rarefied musical archives.


Led by drummer /film scholar Eve Sicular, this ensemble has toured coast to coast with a unique panoply of tunes as presented by all-stars whose backgrounds also span genres from Albanian to Latin jazz, and Reggae to Zydeco, as heard on latest recording 'Mazel Means Good Luck' and worldwide from HBO to Public Radio International. ""Modern-day purveyors of time-honored traditions"" - Flavorpill


Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance

Ground Revision Phase 1 Opening         

May 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM          

4881 Broadway, New York, NY 10034     

Through a generous grant through UMEZ Arts Engagement and a partnership with local artist, Peter Hoffmeister, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum aims to bring attention to slavery and the untold past of Inwood. Utilizing historic texts, Hoffmeister is influenced by where dominant historic narratives come from, who creates them and why. The first two installments of Hoffmeister's work, titled Ground Revision will be on display in April and his work will evolve in response to new information as it is uncovered through historical research.


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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Spicy Witch Productions

The Virtuous Fall of the Girls of Our Lady of Sorrows and Measure for Measure in Repertory

May 17, 2019 – June 1, 2019

The Siggy at The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas Street New York NY 10007

Spicy Witch’s seventh repertory season explores the vital and gendered relationship between speech and power. The Virtuous Fall of the Girls from Our Lady of Sorrows, inspired by Shakespeare’s problem play, is a hilarious exploration of teenage revolution in the face of petty authoritarianism. Set in a Catholic girls’ school, Gina Femia's play recounts the ripple effects caused by one student's decision to produce M4M2, a controversial sequel to Measure for Measure. SWP’s fresh take on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure tells the story of women coming together to uncover a history of sexual harassment buried within the Justice System. This production explores sisterhood through a problematic classic and uncovers the zany humor at its core. In the wake of the political and cultural tumults women have endured this past year, the season re-examines a frustratingly timeless question: even if you speak the truth, who will believe you?


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Central City Chorus

Music Magnifical     

May 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM    

St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 552 West End Ave., New York, NY 

Central City Chorus will perform works by two 20th century British choral icons, Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb and John Rutter's Requiem. The Chorus will be joined by a chamber orchestra of musicians from the New York metropolitan area.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Evolve Puppets


May 30, 2019 – June 2, 2019

The Tank NYC, 312 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018         

HOME is a play that fuses puppetry, theatre and multimedia into a visually thrilling and emotionally moving story of a woman’s connection to the universe. Alice is an archaeologist, mother and scholar at the final crossroads of her life. A visit from an intimidating guardian angel (and his strangely familiar young companion) sends Alice on a trip through time and memory, digging through the layers of the past, unearthing her life with her brilliant but troubled husband and their young daughter, and her years studying the people of Pompeii, frozen forever in their last moments on Earth.

HOME uses live actors alongside full-figure puppets inspired by Japanese bunraku techniques, shadow play, state-of-the-art digital projections, object manipulation and more to tell Alice’s story through the very contents of her home. HOME is a play for adults, suitable for audience members 12 and up.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Center for Remembering & Sharing

Crossing Boundaries Concert Series Vol. 5: ROSE OF SHARON    

May 31, 2019 at 7:30 PM    

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing), 123 4th Ave FL 2, New York, NY. 10003        

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) presents CROSSING BOUNDARIES Concert Series Vol. 5: ROSE OF SHARON, curated by gamin. “Rose of Sharon” is the national flower of Korea and so represents the people’s identity. This performance employs both Korean traditional music (Yeonsanheosang, one of the most representative Korean traditional court music compositions) and contemporary art (mandala paintings) inspired by Buddhism. The musicians are gamin (piri and saenghwang, Korea), Minkyung Park (haegeum, Korea), and Sangmi Kang (gayageum, Korea). The visual artist is Heejung Kim.


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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


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