October Grantee Events

Photo courtesy of Laura Nova, Silver Sirens

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


Peter Bulow

Onkel Oskar's Suspenders

Installation on View: July 10 – November 14, 2018

Puppet Play and Artist Talk: Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM—12:00 PM

Sherman Creek Park, 351 W 205th St, New York, NY 10034

Onkel Oskar's Suspenders is a sculpture installation on view from July to November. There will be a puppet play and artist talk October 14, 2018.

Find out more at www.peterbulow.com

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Works on Water

Water Art is the New Land Art

Preview: Friday, September 21, 2018 at 3:30 PM—5:30 PM

Public Celebration: Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM—6:30 PM

Nolan Park, House 5B, Governors Island, New York, NY 10004       

Works on Water and Underwater New York are pleased to host a celebration of Water Art is the New Land Art, a small, documentary exhibition on Governors Island that shares photos from Works on Water 2017, the first triennial dedicated to art made on, in, and with the water, along with Water Art projects from around the world and new works created by our fifty-four 2018 Artists-in-Residence. This exhibition is organized as part of our 2018 artist residency in historic Nolan Park on Governors Island, where we have created an incubator space for diverse investigations of water in the urban environment.

Find out more at www.worksonwater.org/events

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Andrea Arroyo

Women in Flight                 

September 22 — October 31, 2018

Open Hours vary by garden.         

Friendship Garden, 499 West 150th St. New York, NY 10031         

Herb Garden, 176 East 111th St, New York, NY 10029

Family Garden, 431 East 114th St. New York, NY 10029

Women in Flight features a series of artworks inspired by historical and contemporary women of New York, and integrated into three community gardens in Upper Manhattan. Each site-specific piece is executed with repurposed materials and thoughtfully integrated within the natural environment of plants, grass and other elements of each garden. Works include The Women of the Forest, a large-scale piece featuring numerous female silhouette cutouts integrated into a wall of cascading English Ivy at Herb Garden.

Women in Flight takes art into the public realm and creates an art experience that is unexpected and thoroughly accessible, creating a multi-level conversation that bridges art, nature and community. Andrea Arroyo’s lyrical and thought provoking works bring attention to pressing issues like the environment, women’s rights and immigration. For the artist, the struggles of women in history mirror the struggles of women in contemporary society, who have to defy social norms and prejudice in order to achieve justice and equality.

Find more information at www.eventbrite.com/e/andrea-arroyo-women-in-flight-3-locations-in-manhattan-tickets-50595478438

Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Advent Lutheran Church

Music Mondays: Gustav and Alma Mahler:  The Tenth        

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 7:30 PM       

Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd Street, New York, NY 10025      

The Argento Chamber Ensemble (“live-wire splendor”, New York Times) leads this exploration of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony and the composer’s relationship with Alma Mahler that inspired the work. Hear new arrangements of movements from Mahler’s Tenth and Das Lied von der Erde by composer-conductor Michel Galante, under-appreciated songs by Alma Mahler (arranged for large ensemble), and new music inspired by both Gustav and Alma Mahler’s work from composers Patricia Alessandrini, Jesse Jones, and Taylor Brook. Co-produced with the Austrian Cultural Forum as part of the Moving Sounds festival.

Find more information at www.musicmondays.org

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Laura Nova

Silver Sirens       

Exhibition: October 4 – October 27, 2018 at Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014

Public Artwork and Performances: October, 11 – October 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM—4:00 PM in front of 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

Silver Sirens is a cheerleading squad of senior citizens that champions age justice and healthcare issues while cheering on the community in public performances throughout the East Village and Lower East Side. During the Art in Odd Places festival, the Silver Sirens will perform in front of the 14th Street Y and engage the public in writing cheers. A field guide to cheerleading about healthcare and a billboard will be shared in front of the 14th Street Y along with a video installation at the Westbeth Gallery during the festival.

Find more information at www.artinoddplaces.org

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Street Lab DBA: The Uni Project

DRAW NYC         

Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM    

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

Come DRAW with fellow New Yorkers at an open-air art studio every Sunday at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Find more information at www.theuniproject.org

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Untitled Theater Company No. 61

The Resistible Rise of JR Brinkley               

Friday, October 12 at 2:15 PM

Sunday, October 14 at 3:00 PM

Thursday, October 18 at 7:15 PM

Sunday, October 21 at 5:45 PM

Sunday, October 28 at 6:45 PM 

FringeHUB, 685 Washington St, New York, NY 10014  (This performance is a part of FringeNYC. Audience members will be led by a guide from FringeHUB to Untitled Theater Company for the performance.) 

The true story of a 1920's con man who made a fortune selling his impotence cure: surgically implanted goat testicles. He then became a radio star and a successful politician. A Brechtian parable about American Greatness, told with country music. This production is part of FringeNYC. Tickets must be purchased in advance at http://www.fringenyc.org.

Please see the Fringe Festival’s ticket guide for more information about obtaining tickets and attending performances: http://fringenyc.org/how-to-fringenyc/

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Banana Boat Productions

Basket of Caribbean Dreams        

October 17 – October 28, 2018, 7:30 PM on Weekdays, 3:00 PM Sundays             

New Perspectives Studio, 458 West 37th Street, NY, NY 10018   

The Key Game by Patricia Cumper, is set in a rundown psychiatric hospital in Jamaica that the government is demolishing to make way for some profitable real estate.  The three remaining patients and their nurse Norman are in a state of panic about their eminent release. This is a play about longing and belonging.

Find more information at http://bananaboatproductions.org/thekeygame.html

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Voyage Theater Company, Inc.       

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM 

53rd Street Branch of New York Public Library, 18 W 53 Street, NY NY 10019          

Voyage Theater Company presents a reading of e-smuggler.com by award-winning Turkish playwright Sedef Ecer, directed by Lisa Rothe, in a new English-language translation by Amelia Parenteau.

Find out more: www.voyagetheatercompany.org

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


José Carlos Casado


October 21, 2018 - September 30, 2019

Opening celebration: Sunday, October 21, 3-5PM

Marcus Garvey Park, 6316, Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY 10027

José Carlos Casado's new public art sculpture is inspired by writer and activist Maya Angelou’s groundbreaking 1969 autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."  According to Casado, "the title is an acknowledgement that I do not know the black female experience, but as an immigrant, gay man and new father, I found a personal connection to [Angelou's] book."

Created out of archival printed aluminum morphed into unique sculptures, no two individual pieces are the same. The sculpture becomes interactive when another dimension is revealed with an augmented reality app.

Find more information at http://www.josecarloscasado.com/

Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Street Lab DBA: The Uni Project

DRAW NYC         

Thursday, October 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM 

Washington Square Park, 59-63 Washington Square S New York NY 10012

Come DRAW with fellow New Yorkers at an open-air art studio at Washington Square Park, hosted by the Washington Square Park Conservancy.

Find more information at www.theuniproject.org

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Isle of Klezbos

Isle of Klezbos: Isle of Manhattan! 20th Anniversary Sextet Concerts

Thursday, October 25 7:00 PM

Joe's Pub at The Public, 425 Lafayette, New York NY 10003          

Isle of Klezbos celebrates two decades as an all-gal powerhouse sextet, welcoming back special guest Natalia Zukerman. The band and spell-binding singer-songwriter (whose father Pinchas is in fact the son of a Polish-born klezmer player) first melded musical minds earlier this year, exploring poignant Yiddish roots and hidden gems from vintage soundtrack, personal histories, vivid resistance narratives, and soulful sounds of liberation. Spreading joy coast to coast this 20th anniversary year, the group features latest repertoire including original klezmer bugalu, lesser-known bawdy traditionals, and luscious retakes on irresistible Eastern European swing and tango. Natalia brings vibrant stories and tunes from her powerful multi-media performance, “The Women Who Rode Away,” including lush arrangements with backing Klezbos bandmates. Debra Kreisberg - clarinet & saxophone, Pam Fleming - trumpet & flugelhorn, Melissa Fogarty – vocals, Shoko Nagai - accordion & piano, Saskia Lane - double bass, Eve Sicular – drums and bandleader, and special guest vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Natalia Zukerman.

Find more information at https://www.publictheater.org/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/Joes-Pub/2018/I/Isle-of-Klezbos-with-special-guest-Natalia-Zukerman/?SiteTheme=JoesPub

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Darrah Carr Dance, Inc.

Darrah Carr Dance Presents: Dancing the Great Arc

Friday, October 26 at 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 PM

Saturday, October 27 at 8:00 PM                

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

The Bessie award-nominated Darrah Carr Dance returns to Irish Arts Center with an exuberant new work featuring fiddler Dana Lyn, guitarist Kyle Sanna, and a cast of champion Irish dancers. In DCD’s trademark style, ModERIN, the artists will perform a choreographic exploration of Lyn and Sanna’s The Great Arc, a dynamic concept album featuring nuanced interpretations of traditional Irish music.

Find more information at https://irishartscenter.org/event/darrah-carr-dance

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Darrah Carr Dance, Inc.

An Irish Halloween / Oíche Shamhna: Celtic Magic

Sunday, October 28, 2018            12:00 PM - 3:00 PM         

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

This Halloween we celebrate Irish Celtic origins with a captivating festival of magic! 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.

Find more information at https://irishartscenter.org/event/an-irish-halloween-oiche-shamhna-2018

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Ben Arthur

Words and Music: Aura Hernandez + Denise Reis                

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 6:00 PM     

160 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023          

In this special performance of the Words & Music series, Aura Hernandez, who is currently taking sanctuary at the Fourth Universalist Unitarian Church on the Upper West Side, will tell her harrowing story, and songwriters Denise Reis and Ben Arthur will perform songs inspired by her story.

For more information: http://benarthur.com/ 

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


The Jazz Drama Program/Jazz Power Initiative

Intergenerational Jazz Jam

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2:00 - 5:00 PM

National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Ground Floor, 2203, 58 W 129th St, New York, NY 10027               

Intergenerational Jazz Jam featuring Eli Yamin, Max Pollak and Rhumba Tap brings together singers, musicians, dancers, spoken word artists and audiences of all ages to experience the power of jazz, community, and swing.

Find more information at www.jazzpower.org

Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Marne Lucas

Bardo ∞ Project

Exhibition: October 11 – November 4, 2018       

Opening Reception: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM—9:00 PM

Artist Talk Event: Monday, October 29, 2018, at 7:00 PM—9:00 PM

RIO 2 GALLERY, 583 Riverside Drive, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10031                    

Bardo ∞ Project is an exploration of creativity as a form of spiritual end-of-life care, presented as a premiere gallery exhibition of photography and sculpture, and includes a Harlem community engagement artist residency and a gallery conversation. The exhibition features photographic portraits of Lucas’ end of life collaborators placed alongside their own unique works, and related sculptures made at her Arts/Industry residency. 
Bardo ∞ Project illuminates the positive effects of art as mind and body are integrated, with relics from those journeys, coupled with advocacy for end of life care planning. “Bardo” is the Tibetan word for the transitional existence between death and rebirth. Living with terminal illness and the process of dying are similarly "in between" states and are opportunity for introspection and honesty. Expressing artistic endeavors that represent their legacy helps the dying attain acceptance; the philosophical impact of making plans about one’s death provides peace of mind.

Artist Talk: A Conversation: Creativity, Ethics and Spirituality is a dialogue about how to improve the aesthetics of end of life care in the hospital. The resources expended in the last days of life are ill-spent and don’t meet the hopes of patients and families. Our efforts at extending life should be matched by resolve to provide a meaningful and beautiful experience. 
 In conversation are Maggie Keogh, ICU chaplain/artist, Jeff Struthers, MA, ACNP of Spero Medical Group, and artist/end of life doula Marne Lucas. Discussing aesthetic issues relating to end of life care; bringing their unique perspectives that focus on ways to improve the dying experience for patients and their families through spiritual assistance, creative legacy work and better palliative care options. A Q & A will follow.

Find more information at http://broadwayhousing.org/art/rio2/

Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


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