November 2022 Grantee Events

The Moving Orchestra, 2022 Creative Learning Grantee, Photo by Robert E. Hand
The Moving Orchestra, 2022 Creative Learning Grantee, Photo by Robert E. Hand

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

November 14 - November 28, 2022, 3 Mondays at 12:00 PM

Come enjoy a short one-person, uplifting and comedic play followed by a conversation with 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company's Artistic Director. During COVID, 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 which are performed live over the telephone to seniors and those who are housebound. Each Monday at noon a different play will be performed via DOROT's University Without Walls.

Seniors can register for free for TELEPHONE PLAYS via DOROT's University Without Walls: Call 1-877-819-914,  E-mail or register online at: If these dates/times do not work, please email to schedule an alternate time of performance.

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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement 


Rose Deler

History Now
October 25 - December 15, 2022
City College of New York, North Academic Center, Cohen Library Archives Gallery 5th Floor
160 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031

History Now is a community-based series of large-format, black and white film portraits depicting some of my neighbors as well as the architecture of one of New York's most historic - and unexplored - neighborhoods, the Jumel Historic District of Washington Heights. They are displayed alongside photographs of the Ettlinger family, fixtures of the community who lived on my block 120 years ago.

The townhouses within the historic district are under landmark protection. For the most part, they look the same today as they did in Ettlinger's photos of 1901. Though buildings' facades may have remained frozen in time, the faces of people have changed. "History Now" is my preservationist effort. In one hundred years, we will be the faces of our neighborhood's past.

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Jazz WaHi, Inc.

The 5th Annual Washington Heights Jazz Festival
November 3 – November 6, 2022
Le Cheile, 839 West 181st Street, New York, NY 10033

Jazz WaHi presents The 5th Annual Washington Heights Jazz Festival: a neighborhood-based, affordable, family-friendly event, bringing jazz to our Washington Heights community.

The Festival will be a four-day event featuring over sixty-five musicians, many from right here in the Heights, connecting with a local audience in local venues.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Barrio Independent Productions

Frenzy Fest
November 11 - November 20, 2022
El Barrio's Artspace, 215 East 99th Street, New York, NY 10029

“Frenzy Fest”, Bilingual psychological play Festival focusing on the social and psychological vulnerabilities of individuals and communities at large.

Tickets for Frenzy Fest can be purchased at the theater entrance or through Eventbrite. There are different combos: Combo1: Two plays on the same night, Combo2: All five plays, and $5 discount for seniors and everyone with the 10029 zip code.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Haiyun Chorus

Thankful Heart Concert
Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 3:30 PM
The New York Public Library, 18 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

Haiyun Chorus will be presenting the Thankful Heart Concert, featuring Dihua Lin on piano and Shuang Guo as the conductor. This event is free. 

Grant Program: Creative Engagement 


Identity Crisis Ensemble

November 15 – November 18, 2022
El Barrio's Artspace, 215 East 99th Street, New York, NY 10029

Are assassins born or made? Based on real life events, “Triggerman” tells the story of a plot to kill a journalist and the government behind it.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Shellen Lubin

When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street
November 17 - November 20, 2022
Edmond J. Safra Hall in the Museum of Jewish Heritage - Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280

Based on the award-winning picture book by Elsa Okon Rael, When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street is a family musical that tells the story of Zeesie--a bright, inquisitive girl on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1935--and what surprises await her when she is forced to go to temple with her very stern grandfather while her mother is in the hospital, giving birth to her new baby brother.

This concert reading of the new musical by Rael, Shellen Lubin, and Matthew Gandolfo will include a talkback with Lubin, Gandolfo, and a few of the actors after the two weekday noon performances.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Ranardo-Domeico Grays/VISIONS Contemporary Ballet

November 18 and November 19, 2022 at 7:00 PM
The Riverside Theater, 91 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027

VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, an ethnically diverse contemporary ballet company rooted in African American heritage, performs three thought- provoking works by Founder/Artistic Director Ranardo-Domeico Grays in Redemption, expressing hope of deliverance from racism, sufferance, and faithlessness.

Redemption features the premiere of Tainted Bla’k, a celebration of the beauty of being Black, set to music that is inspirational, positive and has powerful messages of Blackness composed by artists of the African Diaspora. Shattered Lives, about vulnerability, devastation, and lack of control while fighting unfortunate events and negative situations, was commissioned by the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning for Grays to choreograph for the Making Moves Dance Festival 2021. Roots, rooted in prayer, about self-growth, is a signature work that is spiritually uplifting and an audience favorite.

Grays is a brain cancer survivor whose inspirational work centers around humanity and life, celebrates diversity, promotes healing, provokes thought and educates, for everyone's enjoyment.

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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Courtney's Stars of Tomorrow

No Forgotten Voices
Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 7:00PM
129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023

Experience Geraldine McMillian’s first solo appearance with Courtney’s Stars of Tomorrow. The highly acclaimed veteran soprano is praised for the “beautiful clarity and deep pathos” (The Tennessean) with which she infuses her portrayals and interpretations. A student of another acclaimed soprano, Eleanor Steber, McMillian’s No Forgotten Voices recital is a wink and nod to the nostalgic era that birthed the works of many of the great song composers of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Their songs, so beautifully written and rich in musical colors, can also never be forgotten.

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Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement 


The Moving Orchestra

The Moving Orchestra's Musical Lab
Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 10:30PM
The Center at West Park, 3rd Floor Studio, 165 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024

Please join us in celebrating the hard work that these young musicians have put in throughout the workshop series!

Experimental music is usually taught as something that lies at the end of a traditional music training path, but we find that wrong and want to encourage more kids to recognize they can play around with music and sound as art from the get go.

Each session presented some tools and specific Black, POC, and women artists that have had great influence upon our own work. The workshops had a spirit of no wrong answers, no gatekeeping, just sharing, in the style of “here is some stuff we know; now do what you want with it”.

This is the culminating performance given by the students who participated in at least one of the four workshop series.

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Grant Program: Creative Learning

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