May 2022 Grantee Events!

Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum, 2022 Creative Engagement Grantee, Photo courtesy of the grantee
Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum, 2022 Creative Engagement Grantee, Photo courtesy of the grantee

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

24/6: A Jewish Theater Company

Telephone Plays
Section B: 3 Tuesdays at 10:00 AM April 26 – May 10, 2022

During this time when theaters have shut down, the effects of social isolation have been acutely felt by senior citizens and those who are housebound. In response, 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company has commissioned a diverse group of 16 playwrights to write 10 minute plays to be performed over the telephone to seniors and those who are housebound. Seniors can sign up for our TELEPHONE PLAYS performance dates in March-May 2022 via DOROT's UNIVERSITY WITHOUT WALLS.

Find more information by calling  1-877-819-9147 or send an E-mail  to

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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

White Box

Off The Cloth
March 25 - May 4, 2022
9B9, 9 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

WhiteBox East Village is thrilled to inaugurate its new downtown location at 9 Avenue B with Off the Cloth, the first exhibition in a two year series of Feminist curatorial program. Curated by Karen Cordero Reiman and Juan Puntes, Off The Cloth runs from March 25—open installation previews—through May 4th, 2022. Reception, public panel discussion and performances on April 1, 5-8pm. The exhibition forms part of WhiteBox’s ongoing “EXODUS” series highlighting the work of émigré and ex-pat artists living and working in New York City.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Samantha McLoughlin

SammyJDance Classes
April 13 - August 31, 2022
Morningside Park, Morningside Drive, New York, NY 10026

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

Francine LeClercq

April 1st  - December 1st, 2022

New York Covid-19 Pencil Tracker is a variable art edition of foil stamped lead pencils that seeks to acknowledge those who passed away from Covid-19 in our City and engage the public across New York City with the “spread” of the message, charting and replacing the devastating outbreak of the virus with an equally viral transmission of recorded facts.

The pencils will be placed during the months of April to December 2022 at random locations around the City, from waiting rooms to cafeteria, park benches and subway to list just a few. The printed message carries accurate data recorded from the NYC Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on the date of the pencil manufacturing orders. The public is expected to pick up the found object and participate in its migration.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Nadema Agard

Gallery in the Gazebo Exhibition Season 2022
May 1 - June 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Opening Reception May 8, 2022 at 1:00 PM
Bruce Reynolds Memorial Garden, Isham Park, 1 Park Terrace East, New York, NY 10034

Gallery in the Gazebo presents: MEDICINE WHEEL INSPIRED: ART AS A VISUAL PRAYER. Recent works by Nadema Agard. Winyan Luta Woman Holy Red, Curator. A One Person Paper Show Retrospective.

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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement 

Heights Perspectives Collective

Uptown Perspectives: Art exhibit at Buunni Inwood and Recirculation (Word Up) Bookshop
May 2 - May 31, 2022
Artist Talk/Reception May 14, 2022 at  6:00 PM
Buunni Coffee, 4961 Broadway, New York, NY 10034

Heights Perspective Collective's first exhibit, Uptown Perspectives, is a collection of works that show a love for the quirky or beautiful parts of the artists' neighborhoods, Washington Heights and Inwood. The Collective will present two events with interactive artist talks at each venue. All are welcome to attend, view our works, and sign and draw your own favorite Heights places in our Album!

The Heights Perspective Collective are: Francis Hsueh, Sara Poleman, Suzanne Russo, René Clairin (Yumayork), and Jerise Fogel.

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Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement 

Tami Tyree

Colored Silk: A Civil War Odyssey
May 4 - 6, 2022 at 7:30 PM
THE GRINNELL Community Room, 800 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032 

Colored Silk is historical fiction starring Tami Tyree. Her portrayal is one of a series of events highlighting wives, mothers, and lovers of black men who fought in the Civil War (United States) Colored Troops. Tami Tyree's one-woman play retells the story of Elizabeth Keckley, an emancipated slave who rose to fame as America's first dressmaker/fashion designer with permanent residence in the White House. Based upon Ms. Keckley's published narrative (Behind The Scenes 30 Years A Slave or Four Years in the White House) in 1868, we hear what was "left out" of the authentic narrative; as Ms. Tyree takes us on a journey which details the truth about her sexual trauma, fight for emancipation, she and her son's mulatto status, the death of her son in the Civil War, ascendancy into entrepreneurship and what it meant to be 'best friend' to Mary Lincoln during and after the White House.

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Grant Programs: Creative Engagement and UMEZ Arts Engagement 

Up Theater Company

A Barn Play
May 4 - 21, 2022, Wednesday - Saturday at 8:00 PM
Ft. Washington Collegiate Church, 729 West 181st Street, New York, NY 10033

A Barn Play by Lizzie Donahue, directed by Leslie Kincaid Burby. A cast of farm animals perform a darkly comic fable for our time.

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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement 

Washington Heights Community Services / Star Senior Center

Arts for the Stars
Friday, May 6, 2022 at 11:45 AM
650 West 187 Street, New York, NY 10033


Facundo Agustin, Argentinian singer, dancer, and musical theater actor sings classic Spanish language songs to sing along to. Join us at Star Senior Center for this intergenerational Celebration of Mothers. This concert is one of eight arts performances presented from May to December, 2022 Arts for the Stars. 

Admission: Seniors 60+ Free, Guests $5

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Akiko Fujiwara and Kaori Takada

A world premiere translation of the Japanese play "Manzanar: Our Town" by Hisashi Inoue
Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Sea Dog Theater, 209 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003

Highly acclaimed author Hisashi Inoue’s “Manzanar: Our Town” (Japanese title: "Manzana, Waga Machi") is an exploration of women’s solidarity in the context of Japanese American internment during WWII. Manzanar: Our Town tells the story of five women of Japanese descent who were sent to Manzanar internment camp and ordered to perform a propaganda play which promotes the camp as a dreamland during WWII. Presented in partnership with Sea Dog Theater as part of their reading series. Join us for this special sneak peek into the process of interpreting work across language and culture while remaining true to the author's vision.

Masks and proof of vaccination are required and will be checked at the door.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Leonor Falcon

Imaga Mondo Vol. II by Leonor Falcon
Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 6:30 PM
Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church, 178 Bennett Avenue, New York, NY 10040

We'd like to invite you to the Imaga Mondo Vol. II CD release show! Venezuelan violinist Leonor Falcón’s Imaga Mondo: Volume II is her captivating, genre-shifting follow up to her acclaimed 2017 debut, Imaga Mondo, which All About Jazz hailed as “[a]mbitious and idiosyncratic.” As with the latter, whose title translates to “Imaginary World” in Esperanto, the music on Volume II draws inspiration both from the mythological and fabular, using a sonic palette inspired by fantastic creatures and elements as a springboard for musical exploration.

Leonor Falcón: Viola & Compositions

Christof Knoche: Bass Clarinet & Alto Sax

Juanma Trujillo: Guitars

Zachary Swanson: Bass

Juan Pablo Carletti: Drums & Percussion

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Jessica Mitrani

Resist (I Dreamt the Landscape Was Looking at Me)
Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 1:30 PM
La Mama La Galleria, 47  Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10003 

#RESIST will be a performative action created and led by choreographers Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner, aka Chameckilerner.

The premise of #RESIST is simple, inclusive, and communal: an invitation to activate our bodies in the act of resistance. It reimagines the communal march through the intimate act of moving and thrusting the pelvis, displacing the private into a group action. Each participant becomes an activist and uses the pelvis as a "tool" of provocation, liberation, and protest.

The march is part of a series of actions inspired by feminisms and “artivism” from Latin America under Jessica Mitrani's exhibition "I Dreamt the Landscape Was Looking at Me" at La Mama Galleria.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Advent

Music Mondays
Monday, May 9, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Jupiter Quartet & Jasper Quartet: Two acclaimed quartets join forces for a program of classic and contemporary octets. The Jupiter Quartet is “an ensemble of eloquent intensity ... one of the mainstays of the American chamber-music scene” (New Yorker); the “outstanding” Philadelphia-based Jasper Quartet (New Yorker) received acclaim by The New York Times for its album, Unbound, as one of the year’s best. The two quartets recently recorded a new album together, released by Marquis Classics in 2021.

Proof of vaccination and face masks required.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Casea Arts Inc.

Casea Arts Inc./The Carmen Mathis Show presents "A Jukebox Jamboree!" - Teaching Great Songs from the 20th Century
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell, 116 Bradhurst Avenue, New York, NY 10039

Casea Arts will present a “A Jukebox Jamboree!", a revue-styled show focusing on songs, music, and dance created by gifted artists who recorded great music in the 20th Century. The creators of the material entertained, informed and uplifted a people who were sometimes notoriously disparaged and maligned. This legacy of rich recorded history will be performed by student actors, singers and dancers from Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the Harlem School of the Arts. By presenting this cultural treasure trove to the Youth from the Harlem Community, teacher-performers from The Carmen Mathis Show will teach to inform the Youth and honor these artists. Focus is on material from the mid-20th Century when the Jukebox was a significant means of communication. Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke, and Chubby Checker are among the artists honored.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York

Harrington String QuartetW
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 6:30 PM
Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria, 121 East 62nd Street, New York, NY 10065

Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York, a Contemporary Concert Series, is dedicated to the presentation of composers and performers from Bulgaria and their colleagues from the international community.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Andrea Arroyo

Art as Solidarity
May 14 - July 31, 2022.
The United Palace, 4140 Broadway, New York, NY 10033

ImagiNATIONS: Art as Solidarity is a series of artworks created in response to issues that touch us everyday, like immigration, civil and gender rights, displacement, gun violence, international conflicts and the environmental crisis. The works reflect universal values of love, justice, equality and peace, and aim to build bridges across borders, languages and cultures, and to generate a dialogue about issues that are relevant at both the local and global level. 

Bearing witness to injustice and political upheaval on a daily basis, inspires me to create images that not only document the turbulent times we live in, but also celebrate the beauty and resilience of the most vulnerable communities. For me, art-making is a practice of hope in action. My hope is that these images will inspire reflection, empowering individuals and communities to create change, by raising their voices in empathy, in solidarity and in love.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Earth Celebrations Inc.

Ecological City - Creative Climate Solutions Action
Saturday, May 14, 2022 (rain date May 15) at 11:00 AM
Starts: 638 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10009 

ECOLOGICAL CITY - Art & Climate Solutions Pageant features spectacular procession of visual art, giant puppets, costumes and 20 site performances of music, dance, theater and poetry celebrating climate solution initiatives throughout the community gardens, neighborhood and East River Park waterfront of the Lower East Side. Over 50 community partner groups collaborate on Ecological City over many months exploring and creating visual and performance works celebrating the inspiring urban ecosystem of sustainability sites and climate solutions initiatives.

Volunteers are invited to sign up to wear spectacular Earth Celebrations climate solution costumes, marshal procession and assist with visual art, puppets and performance sites.

Sign up on Eventbrite to volunteer -

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Los Pleneros de la 21

Las Fiestas de Cruz 2022
Saturday, May 14, 2022  at 8:00 PM
La Marqueta, 1590 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10029

The Feast of the Holy Cross is a special annual event. The popular celebration of chanted rosaries is based on a Catholic tradition in honor of the Cross that Puerto Ricans inherited from Spain. The celebration became further ingrained on the island by survivors of an earthquake that struck many years ago. Because Las Fiestas de Cruz is a long-standing testament to key cultural expressions of Puerto Rico, and is still practiced by the Puerto Rican community in East Harlem, LP21 has consistently made it a point to celebrate. This event has primarily been used to strengthen family and community ties through communal rejoicing, and has been celebrated to ensure that these oral and community traditions thrive in the Puerto Rican Diaspora and for generations to come – ¡QUE VIVAN LAS FIESTAS DE CRUZ!

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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement 

Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum

Greek Jewish Festival
Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 12:00 PM
280 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002

Join the Greek Jewish Festival as we celebrate the unique Romaniote and Sephardic heritage of the Jews of Greece! Experience a feast for the senses including authentic kosher Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, traditional Greek dancing and live Greek and Sephardic music, an outdoor marketplace full of vendors, arts and educational activities for kids, and much more!

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

Stephanie Chou

LianXi: Connection
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Joe's Pub at the Public, 425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place), New York, NY 10003

Stephanie Chou’s music combines classical and Chinese influences with Western jazz and pop to create an entirely original, unique musical world. She will present a bilingual (English and Mandarin) show, including fresh takes on Chinese folk songs and tongue-twisters (from her album “Asymptote”), excerpts from her evening-length jazz-opera “Comfort Girl”, songs exploring her passion for math and literature, and several new tunes. Stephanie’s music is all about connecting with the audience and sharing her experience as a Chinese-American growing up in NY through her music.

Stephanie Chou – Voice, Alto Saxophone, Compositions

Andy Lin – Erhu, Viola

Or Matias – Piano

Ronen Itzik – Drums

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc.

De la Historia a la Histeria
Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 3:00 PM
El Barrio's Artspace, 215 East 99 Street, New York, NY 10029

La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña se enorgullece de presentar por primera vez juntos en la ciudad de Nueva York al actor y comediante Ángel Vázquez junto con Jesús Omar Rivera “El Boricuazo” en: DE LA HISTORIA A LA HISTERIA ¡Para morirse de la risa! Un espectáculo que dará mucho de qué hablar (y de qué reír).

Por demanda popular Ángel presentará su icónica pieza Hecho en Puelto Rico, un monólogo sobre la historia de los grandes hombres y mujeres de la isla.

Y por su parte El Boricuazo nos sorprenderá con su presentación, que además es sumamente jocosa y educativa. Jesús es conocido por sus apariciones en la televisión y la radio puertorriqueña, donde ofrece historias, hechos y trivialidades sobre Puerto Rico que no son bien conocidas por el público en general.

Para boletos e información favor de comunicarse al: (646) 360 - 4126,

La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc. (The Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage House, Inc.) is proud to present for the first time in NYC the actor and comedian Ángel Vázquez along with Jesús Omar Rivera “El Boricuazo” in FROM HISTORY TO HISTERIA: To die of laughter! A show that will give a lot to talk about (and laugh too).

By popular demand Ángel will present his iconic piece Made in Puelto Rico, a monologue about the history of the great men and women of the island. This captivating and hilarious theatrical piece has been presented on over 130 occasions and has delighted over thirty-three thousand people.

 And for his great part, El Boricuazo will surprise us with his presentation, which is also extremely humorous and educational. Jesús is known for his appearances on Puerto Rican television and radio, where he offers stories, facts, and trivia about Puerto Rico that is not well known to the general public. An unforgettable afternoon that you cannot miss!

For tickets and information please contact La Casa at: (646) 360 - 4126 or at

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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

Washington Heights Community Services / Star Senior Center

2022 Arts for the Stars
Friday, May 27, 2022 at 11:00 AM
650 West 187 Street, New York, NY 10033

Star Senior Center Presents... ARTS FOR THE STARS WITH SONIDO MAGICO. Join us for live music with local favorite, Sonido Magico performing popular Spanish & English cover tunes from Latin America and the US. This concert is one of eight arts performances presented from May to December, as part of the 2022 Arts for the Stars series. 

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Leadlights Ensemble

Rising in the Heights: "Feel the Beat"
Friday, May 27, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Word Up Community Bookshop / Librería Comunitaria, 2113 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10032

Rising in the Heights is a festival of free monthly outdoor public arts performances curated by Leadlights Ensemble in partnership with Word Up Community Bookshop. The festival celebrates the rich artistic contributions of Latinx and Black cultures and promotes children’s literacy through music and storytelling.

“Feel the Beat" by Marilyn Singer is a vibrant collection of poems celebrating all forms of social dance from samba and salsa to tango and hip-hop. This event features hip hop artist Randy Mason performing original songs and dance-inspired music by Leadlights. Free copies of “Feel the Beat” will be distributed to families, and gift cards to local restaurant Native Noodles will be raffled off. "

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement 

East Winds, Inc

Japanese music concert series
Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM
Bruce's Garden in Isham Park , 11 Park Terrace East, NY, NY 10034

East Winds Ensemble brings you a magical afternoon of music played on the Shakuhachi bamboo flute and the 13-string Koto. Over 6 million streams on Spotify of their music. The concert will include traditional and modern pieces played on the instruments. A concert you will not want to miss in the perfect setting of Bruce's Garden, a community garden in Inwood.

Plastic chairs will be provided. You might want to bring cushion.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


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