Photo credit: Courtesy of CARLOS DE JESUS


Come experience a wide range of art activities by supporting our Creative Engagement and Creative Learning grantees at their events this October!


Hamilton Madison House Inc.

Homesickness Among Elderly Asian Americans and Immigrants

Tuesday, September 5 – Tuesday, October 31

Monday to Friday from 9:00 am-4:00pm

Hamilton Madison House City Hall Senior Center, 100 Gold Street lower level, New York, NY 10038         

Through traditional painting, calligraphy, photography, singing and dancing, individuals are encouraged to self-express their homesickness by reinforcing topics on Chinese literature, history, and culture, comfort themselves, and focus on preserving their great memories of their homeland and background, as well as emphasizing the positive aspects of life. The City Hall Senior Chorus and Dancers is made up of 48 singers and dancers who range in age from 60-90. The music performed by the Chorus is a mixture of Chinese folk music, classical Chinese songs, and popular American music including Broadway show tunes and patriotic hymns which provides an entertaining cultural experience to all those who watch their performances. For more information visit:



Central Booking

Plant Cure

Wednesday, September 6 – Sunday, October 29 at 6:00 pm;

CENTRAL BOOKING, 21 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002

Plant Cure, a collaboration with the New York Academy of Medicine curated by Maddy Rosenberg, features the work of the current artists in residence at NYAM along with other international artists, whose research explores the subject of medicinal plants and botanical diversity. For more information visit:


Artists: Cynthia Back, C Bangs, Marisa Benjamin, Gaby Berglund-Cardenas, Nancy Campbell, Donna Cleary, Margot Glass, Tessa Grundon, James Martin, Agnes Murray, Geraldine Ondrizek, Maddy Rosenberg, Susan Rostow, Lee Salomone, Sarah Stengle, Kate Temple, Mary Ting, James Walsh, and Elizabeth Whiteley.



Carlos de Jesus

Amanié, What’s New?

Thursday, September 7th – Wednesday, October 18th; on view 24/7

LaGuardia & West 3rd Street, ground floor vitrines of the NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

Amanié, What’s New? is a photography and video exhibition by Carlos de Jesus and Claude Oudey, curated by Lydie Diakhaté. The exhibition brings together compelling archival photo and film material — 35 mm, Polaroid and Super 8mm — shot 35 years ago in the fishing village of Aby in Ivory Coast, West Africa.

The images illustrate the daily life, the landscapes and the architecture of Aby. They document the mourning ceremonies after the death of the spiritual leader in the village, accompanied by transcribed quotes from interviews of elders in the village and poetry by the late Ivorian writer Noël X Ebony.

The greeting “Amanié” (meaning “What’s new?” in Agni, the language spoken in Aby) can also include the sharing of nightly dreams. For more information visit:



Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company

Studies in Puppet Form

Thursday, September 7 – Friday, November 17, Thursdays from 10:00am-12:00pm

Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, 331 E 12th St., New York, NY 10003 (Between 1st and 2nd Ave.)

Studies in Shadow Puppet Form and Performance introduces you to the use of shadow puppetry and storytelling. You will make a shadow puppet and learn to manipulate them to tell a story. You will collaboratively develop a short shadow puppet piece, which you will perform for the public at Sirovich Center. For more information visit:



The Children’s Institute of Fashion Arts

Fashion Arts Workshop

Sunday, September 24th – Sunday, October 15th from 2:00pm-5:00pm; Culminating event on Sunday, October 22 from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

The Children’s Institute of Fashion Arts is a 501c3 non-profit organization devoted to teaching kids the culture and craft of clothing. In the Fall 2017 Fashion Arts Workshops, kids ages 8-14 learn global embroidery and textile techniques, and create garments using simple geometric shapes. Culminating in an exhibition/show, the workshops bring art and fashion together to create wearable creative clothing and sewn art pieces. For more information visit:



The Uni Project


October 1st, October 8th, October 15th, October 22nd from 11:00am-3:00pm

Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Hester St, New York, NY, 10002

Come DRAW with the Uni Project every Sunday in Sara D Roosevelt Park, presented in partnership with NYC Parks and Recreation Department. For more information visit:



The Rhythm Method

Broad Statements

Sunday, October 1st from 6:00pm-10:00pm

The Cell Theater, 338 W. 23rd St, New York, NY

“Broad Statements” is a concert/party featuring a stellar line-up of diverse female voices in the NYC music scene. The Rhythm Method string quartet will host and perform alongside TAK ensemble, Yva Las Vegass, Amirtha Kidambi, and Odetta Hartman. For more information visit:



Walter Perez

Tango for Wellness

October 2nd, October 9th, & October 11th from 1:00pm-2:15pm

YM & WYHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave, New York, NY 10040

Friends of Argentine tango is offering a comprehensive tango program that includes 20 free classes in the history, music, social etiquette and elements and figures of the dance specially designed for seniors For more information visit:



The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

PRELUDE 2017: Theater/Maker

Wednesday, October 4th – Friday, October 6th; Wednesday from 7:00pm-8:30pm; Thursday from 12:30pm-9:30pm; Friday from 12:30pm-12:00am

The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10016

The 14th annual PRELUDE Festival will feature new works-in-process, critical conversations, and new theater & performance scholarship. As a featured program of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, PRELUDE presents a unique snapshot of the contemporary New York experimental theater. By merging the critical with the creative, PRELUDE provides a space for artists to share and discover emerging practices in form, craft, and technology. For more information visit:



Ben Arthur

Answer Songs

Wednesday, October 4th from 7:00pm-8:45pm

Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street

In this live reading and music performance, Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen and songwriter Ben Arthur join us for a special night exploring the hazy intersection between literature and music. How does one artist’s ideas, characters and sounds inspire and inform new ideas, characters and sounds? Andersen will read from his new book, and Ben and special guest Jill Sobule will play songs written in response. For more information visit:!/shows



Lainie Cooke

From Abbey to Valerie The Music & Lyrics of Women

Thursday, October 5th from 7:00pm-8:30pm

City College Center for the Arts, Studio B, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY

Jazz Singer LAINIE COOKE celebrates The Music & Lyrics Written By Women
Miki Yamanaka (piano), Matthew Parrish (bass), Ralph Peterson (drums), & Myron Walden sax. For more information visit:
“…her unique brand of steel-lined warm – an enticing style that suggests the musical astuteness of Sheila Jordan blended with the salty panache of Anita O’Day…” Jazz Times



Peculiar Works Project

Androboros: Villain of the State

Friday, October 6th – Sunday, October 29th; Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays from 7:00pm-8:15pm

Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl Street, at Broad St., New York, NY 10004

Peculiar Works Project and Fraunces Tavern Museum announce their unique partnership for the world premiere of America’s first play – Androboros: Villain of the State. Written in 1714 by New York’s colonial governor, Robert Hunter, this 75-minute physical satire is based on a true story of gridlock and a scatological crime. It’s been freely adapted for today’s stage by S.M. Dale, and directed by Ralph Lewis, with original songs by Spencer Katzman, choreography by Diana Byrne, and a cast of a dozen singing, dancing, colonial clowns. This site-specific production of Androboros utilizes Fraunces Tavern Museum’s building, erected at the same time in which the play was written, to expose surprising comparisons to the current political scene with an edgy humor that parallels today’s non-stop partisan madness. 300 years later, its similarities to today’s trend against “establishment” government or the “deep state” are both undeniable and unfortunately, very comical. For more information visit:



Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra

Lineage & Heritage

Friday, October 6th from 8:00pm-9:30pm

Christ and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

Who are the role models of Classical music? We can all rattle off Mozart and Beethoven. Some folks even talk about learning music through the Bs (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms…). But where is the heritage of composers of color and female composers? You don’t come across Chevalier de Saint-Georges or Florence Price in any survey course on music history, but these men and women DID exist, and their works deserve to be heard. Continuing our series on the lineage and heritage of composers of color and female composers, UPNYC will present referential works by living composers Jennifer Jolley and Evan Williams, and an early masterpiece by late 19th/early 20th century composer S. Coleridge Taylor. For more information visit:–heritage-ii.html

Jennifer Jolley: Spielzeug Straßenbahn (NYC Premiere)
S. Coleridge Taylor: Nonet in f minor, Op. 2
Evan Williams: Dead White Man Music (UPNYC Commission, World Premiere)
Daniel Walden, harpsichord



Harlem Dance Club

Harlem Dance Club Guest Artist Immersions

Saturday, Oct 7th – Saturday, Nov 4th from 1:30pm-4:00pm

18 Mount Morris Park West New York, NY 10027

Harlem Dance Club Performance Workshop with Cesar Valentino is an opportunity for non-professional dancers to work with a renowned teaching artist for five weeks. This workshop culminates in a professionally documented showcase which will be open to the public. All programming takes place at the Pelham Fritz Recreation Center in Marcus Garvey Park. For more information visit:



JoAnna Powell

Pop The 4th Wall

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 5:00pm- 5:45pm

Overlook Pavilion Grant’s Memorial, Riverside Dr at 122nd St

Pop The 4th Wall is a series of site specific performances. I believe in the healing power of art and storytelling, and Pop The 4th Wall explores the dynamics of stories told through movement. Performing Artist JoAnna Powell teams with musician and kora player Salieu Suso and other artistic collaborators, to bring the unexpected to West Harlem public places and spaces, with the knowledge that even in our urbanity there is the room to create, experience and participate in art and ritual in our community. For more information:



Lenora Champagne

Traps: an intimate conversation in a public space

Monday, October 9th from 4:30pm-6:00pm at Hudson River Park, Christopher Street pier

Thursday, October 12th from 4:30pm-6:00pm at Hudson River Park at Chelsea Piers (on river)

Friday, October 13th from 5:00pm-6:30pm at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street (outdoor area)

Sunday, October 15th from 3:00pm-4:30pm at Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Avenue & 10th Street

A solo about getting stuck on the subway, struggling with squirrels, and seeking the light in a dark time, TRAPS is an intimate yet heightened look at the situation we find ourselves in today. Champagne talks about traps she encounters–both everyday and large scale–and wonders how to get past the obstacles that hinder us, both personally and as a society. She then opens it up to the spectators, and facilitates an open-ended conversation about what we can do now.



Pen Parentis

Pen Parentis Literary Salons

October 10th, November 14th, & December 12th from 7:00pm-9:30pm

Andaz Wall Street, 75 Wall Street, New York, NY

Love books? Each month, the Pen Parentis Literary Salon presents small groups of eminent and emerging writers in an upscale, easily accessible location. Readings, wine, and a moderated panel discussion about a different literary topic each month. All writers presented are also parents–these Salons are intended to inspire you to create, no matter your obstacles. The general public is welcome, you don’t have to be a writer or a parent to enjoy these fun, intellectual evenings! RSVP requested. For more information visit:




HONK NYC 2017 11th Annual International Street Band Extravaganza

Friday, October 13th from 10:00pm-12:00am

SHRINE World Music Venue, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030

HONK NYC is a week long festival that brings the tradition of global street band music and spectacle to audiences everywhere — in parks, clubs, schools, and especially the streets.

For our Friday night event, HONK NYC is in Harlem for an evening at SHRINE World Music Venue, where regulars love the fest. HONK NYC’s third presentation at the Shrine features the return of New Creations Brass Band from New Orleans, and the Harlem debut of Damas de Ferro of Rio de Janeiro, and Afro Yaqui Music Collective from Pittsburgh. Look for HONK parading down 125th Street before the show! For more information visit:



Asia Contemporary Art Week

FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects

Saturday, October 14th – Sunday, October 15th from 10:00am-6:00pm

Asia Society Museum (725 Park Ave) and SVA Theatre (333 W 23rd St.)
An annual signature program of Asia Contemporary Art Week, FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects is a two-day forum dedicated to newly conceived performances, lecture-performances, and lively discussions by over 25 compelling figures, hosted at the Asia Society Museum & SVA Theatre, New York on October 14 & 15.

Emulating a studio visit experience on a communal scale, FIELD MEETING: Thinking Projects yields an experimental and performative realm for creative individuals to embody their work through their own presence to an audience of New York & US-based curators, scholars, museum directors, and others. The program transcends conventional educational symposia to stage a showcasing of people, their ideas, research, and significant activities, whereby new materials, concepts and projects are tested and reflected upon collectively. For more information visit:



Sydnie L. Mosley Dances

The Window Sex Project: Community Workshops

Saturday, October 14th from 10:00am-3:00pm

The Langston Hughes House, 20 E 127th Street Harlem, NY 10035

THE WINDOW SEX PROJECT calls young women living in Harlem to ACTION!

Celebrate your body.
Use your voice and movement to respond to street harassment.
Fellowship with other women living in your community.

Harlem women ages 18-40 are invited to participate in a FREE workshop rooted in movement, discussion and healthy living. We’ll spend the day investigating the way in which women’s bodies are perceived in Harlem.

About The Window Sex Project
The Window Sex Project (TWSP) is ongoing community engaged work that SLMDances began in commitment to providing liberated spaces for young adult women-identifying folks to voice their concerns, find agency, community support and take action in response to the violence against their bodies in public space.

The Window Sex Project Community Workshop is presented in partnership with I, Too Arts Collective. For more information visit:



Mei-Yin Ng

Sit, Eat and Chew 五味杂沉

October 14th, October 15th, October 21st, & October 22nd from 2:00pm-3:15pm, 2:45pm-4pm, & 3:30pm- 4:45pm

Lin Sing Association, 49 Mott St # 2, New York, NY 10013

MEI-BE WHATever dance company members work with local community dance groups to create a guided immersive performance in NYC’s Chinatown. The performances, based on personal anecdotes told by local residents in story-telling workshops, take place in a variety of private and public sites – giving audiences opportunities to enjoy an “insider’s” perspective and connect with Chinatown though the eyes of the people who live there.

A creative archive of stories, social practice and performance, I was moved to create Sit, Eat and Chew to re-connect with and support the community that so beautifully embraced me when I first arrived in NYC. For more information visit:



Jayanthi Moorthy

Art Fast

Online and various locations across NYC

Modes of participation in Art Fast can be done in two ways:


Fasting is a form of constraint and Art Fast is based on the premise that constraints can lead to creativity.  The mode of participation depends on the individuals identifying themselves as creative/non-creative.

  1. For those who are already in a creative field: Fasting is equivalent to abstaining from usual art materials and art processes, and seeing how their creativity flows.
  2. For those who are not already in a creative field and wish to explore their creative side: Fasting is equivalent to removing daily distractions/hobbies and indulging in a creative challenge.

This provides a platform for an online community where participants can share their journey and be inspired by each other’s creative process and discoveries.

Many of the artists who participated in the previous sessions of Art Fast reported having breakthroughs in their art practice.


Art Fast has several events that are uniquely designed to create a transformational cultural experience. Creative professionals who insist on active participation and inspire creative thinking in various forms, such as music, dance, performance, visual art, fashion, food etc, lead these events. These usually take the form of workshops and panel discussions and are organized in New York City, where Art Fast is based. Art Fast participants are encouraged to attend these events to help complement their fasting experiences and engage with other participants. For more information about Art Fast events, please visit:



Culture Push

Seven Exercises in Practical Utopias

Saturday, October 14th – Saturday, October 21st; various times and locations

Seven Exercises in Practical Utopia” is a collaboration between New York-based Culture Push and Helsinki-based YKON to explore “Utopia” as an intellectual concept linking the fantastical and the pragmatic in order to bring about social, political and artistic change. During this week-long event artists and participants will test the usefulness of the concept of “Practical Utopia” when it is applied to daily life through a series of exercises, prompts, and gatherings. The exercises will offer participants new possibilities outside of normal routine that will encourage the development of new relationships, and present the opportunity to understand people, the city, and civic life from a new perspective, transforming everyday life into a new source of inspiration. For more information visit:




HONK NYC 2017 11th Annual International Street Band Extravaganza

Sunday, October 15th from 3:00pm-7:00pm

DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

HONK NYC Closing Party at DROM. HONK NYC brings the tradition of global street band music and spectacle to audiences everywhere — in parks, at clubs, in schools, and especially out in the streets. HONK NYC closes the 11th edition of the festival in true East Village style at DROM. Legendary free jazz bassist William Parker brings his Artists for A Free World Marching Band to HONK. Celebrated trumpeter and master Klezmer musician Frank London presents his most recent brass project. The newly formed 3 Million Majority Marching Band round out the bill. For more information visit:



HONK NYC 2017 11th Annual International Street Band Extravaganza

Sunday, October 15th from 12:00pm-3:00pm

Children’s Magical Garden, 129 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

HONK for More Gardens Parade. HONK NYC brings the tradition of global street band music and spectacle to audiences everywhere — in parks, at clubs, in schools, and especially out in the streets. HONK NYC’s renegade art parade fetes urban gardeners and the oases they create, starting at Children’s Magical Garden and culminating at La Plaza Cultural. For more information visit:


Word Up Community Bookshop

Words and Music: Alhaji Papa Susso and Kewulay Kamara

Sunday, October 15th from 3:30pm-5:30pm

2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10032

In collaboration with the Endangered Language Alliance, Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria presents griot and master kora player Alhaji Papa Susso (Suntu) (Republic of Gambia) and poet/storyteller Kewulay Kamara (Sierra Leone), for its next installment of the Words and Music series, which presents new collaborations between wordsmiths and musicians. Suggested donation $5; no one will be turned away. For more information visit:


Listen Closely Inwood Chamber Music Initiative

Portal City

Thursday, October 19th from 7:30pm-9:00pm and Saturday, October 21st from 12:00-1:00pm

10/19 at Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming St, New York, NY 10034 and 10/21

Dichter Pharmacy & Soda Shoppe, 4953 Broadway

Listen Closely presents an evocative program of music by New York film composers Bernard Herrmann, Philip Glass, and Aaron Jay Kernis. For more information visit:



Listen Closely Inwood Chamber Music Initiative

Portal City

Saturday, October 21st from 7:30pm-10:00pm

Inwood Art Works Gallery, 97 Park Terrace W, New York, NY 10034

Listen Closely and Inwood Art Works collaborate for an evening celebrating the great midcentury film composer Bernard Herrmann.
Listen Closely musicians will perform Herrmann’s string quartet, “Echoes,” and the performance will be followed by a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie “The Birds” (scored by Bernard Herrmann). For more information visit:


Darrah Carr

Create Choreography, Community Ceili, Specially Priced Family Shows

Sunday, October 22nd from 3:00pm-4:30pm

Hudson Park & Boulevard; 5 Hudson Blvd. East, NYC

Kick Up Your Heels – Community Ceili

Join champion Irish step dancer Darrah Carr & friends for a whirlwind introduction to Irish dance!  Learn the first steps of Irish social dances and their interlacing patterns of circles, squares, and figure eights.  Enjoy live Irish music as we dance together to the bouncy rhythms of jigs and reels! No experience necessary.  Free and open to all! For more information visit:


Christine Toy Johnson


Friday, October 27th from 7:00pm-8:30pm

Hunter College Lang Recital Hall, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065

This solo piece about legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, written by Christine Toy Johnson and performed by Alan Campbell, will be presented in celebration of Mr. Wright’s 150th birthday. Rebounding from repeated personal tragedy and intent on setting the record straight about his life’s work, Frank Lloyd Wright at age 65 gives a press conference about his new autobiography and plans for enduring the future. For more information visit:



The India Center


Saturday, October 28th from 6:00pm-8:00pm

The India Center

244 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Tenth Annual Natraj Festival of Indian Folk Dance, Indian Folk Music and more. For more information visit:


Darrah Carr

Create Choreography, Community Ceili, Specially Family Priced Shows

Sunday, October 29th from 12:00pm-3:00pm

Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

This Halloween we celebrate Irish Celtic origins with a captivating festival of shadow and light. Families can enjoy a performance, lesson, and community ceili from Darrah Carr Dance, make lanterns and carve turnips (the original jack o’lanterns), play traditional Irish Halloween games, dance in our flashlight party, and much more. Free and open to the public! For more information visit: