October 2019 Grantee Events

Alejandra was born in Mexico and brought to the United States by her parents as a baby. She is an advocate for immigrant rights and was detained at an ICE check-in after being part of protests against ICE where she was arrested. She is hoping for a pardon in her home state of Arizona.

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

Ellen Jacob

Us Against the Wall
Opening Reception: October 1, 2019 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Exhibition: September 29 - October 19, 2019
Soho Photo Gallery 15 White Street, New York, NY 10010


Ellen Jacob’s installation, Us Against the Wall, presents six-foot photographs of undocumented immigrants facing a wall. Viewers walk among the images, which are arrayed in a maze-like configuration. At the maze’s end, viewers are invited to write thoughts on stickies and post them on a wall. Faces of the undocumented are hidden, highlighting how invisible they must be. Faces of U.S. citizens are shown. The installation is part of a gallery-wide exhibition on immigration.


Find more information at www.usagainstthewall.com or www.sohophoto.com.


Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Andrea Arroyo

Opening Reception October 2, 2019 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Exhibition: October 2 - November 22, 2019
El Taller Latino Americano, 215 East 99th Street Lower Level New York, NY 10029


EmPOWER! Is an exhibition of artworks created by Andrea Arroyo in response to pressing local and global topics. Arroyo’s impactful images address significant social issues, while celebrating empowerment and resilience. EmPOWER! examines universal social concerns, while honoring the spirit of peaceful, creative resistance as an important artistic expression throughout the world.


The exhibit features approximately 30 works addressing specific social issues, such as the refugee crisis, immigration, family separations, gender/race/age discrimination, gun violence and the environmental crisis.


Find more information at www.eventbrite.com/e/empower-exhibition-by-andrea-arroyo-tickets-71817601379.


Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance

Inwood Erases Hate with Love: A Dance, Music, and Visual Celebration of our Immigrant Communities
October 4, 2019 at 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Linden Terrace, Fort Tryon Park, Riverside, Dr To Broadway, New York, NY 10040


BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, a dance company with a social justice mission, introduces Inwood Erases Hate with Love: A Dance, Music, and Visual Celebration of our Immigrant Communities. After a white supremacist group rallied against immigration in the park in 2018, BodyStories artistic director Teresa Fellion turned to dance and community celebration to counteract this hate. In collaboration with Annette Aguilar and Mónica Robles, as well as the YWHA and Bread & Yoga, BodyStories is organizing free public dance and embodied storytelling workshops culminating in this peaceful community-wide mobilizing performance on October 4, 2019 at Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park. Featuring live music, performance, inclusive activities, and incorporating stories of immigration shared by our artistic collaborators, this project seeks to permeate the surrounding community with messages of inclusion and resilience that can be carried forward in our hearts and minds.


Find more information at www.bodystoriesfellion.org.


Grant Program: Creative Engagement

iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra, Inc.

One Piece: A 20th Anniversary Orchestral Tribute
October 4, 2019 at 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Mary Flagler Cary Hall, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018


Take a musical voyage to the Grand Line in salute to One Piece for its 20th anniversary! The chamber orchestra concert will feature iconic music from the series by Kohei Tanaka, Shiro Hamaguchi, and Shouko Fujibayashi.


Find more information at www.iconiquestra.org/one-piece.


Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Andy Bragen

Notes on My Mother's Decline
October 6 - 27, 2019, Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM
Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003


Late at night, while his baby daughter sleeps, a son makes notes on his mother’s daily life and scenes from their complicated relationship. He is shaping a play, and a perspective. Two blocks away, his mother naps, and smokes, and reads, and drinks coffee. She is shaping her existence within encroaching confines. This New York story asks how we come to know one another as parents and as children. How do we care for those we love, and what does it take to live with -- and without -- them?


**This production is a co-production with The Play Company. ACCESSIBILITY  The Fourth Street Theatre is not an ADA-compliant venue. However, we do our best to accommodate all theatre guests.  The only entrance to the theatre is up a flight of eight stairs from the street level. Restrooms are located on the lower level down a flight of stairs. Fully accessible restrooms are available on the street level in NYTW’s adjacent venue. For more information about accessibility at New York Theatre Workshop, please visit the NYTW site.


Find more information at www.andybragentheatreprojects.com and  www.playco.org.


Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Concrete Timbre, Inc.

Voyage de Ouf
October 17 & October 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM, October 19, 2019 at 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Speyer Hall at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002


Voyage de Ouf by Sylvaine Hinglais is an inventive theatrical production with a mosaic of allegorical skits, each with its own color, humor and emotion. The music is live, original, and contemporary, evoking the magic of soaring dreams. The word OUF is French verlan (a cool Francophone slang) for the word FOU (crazy) that is pronounced backwards!


Ouf are on the train. Ouf wait for a bus, a truck, a boat. Ouf walk straight ahead. They come from everywhere, without knowing where they are going. Ouf feel violence and the need for love intimately intertwined. Some sleep at a beach campsite, others at refugee camps. Some dream of a lost face, others of being able to eat. All hope to find a place in the sun. In the sun? But as the earth turns, the sun moves constantly. So, when do we get there? Performed in French with English titles.


Find more information at www.concretetimbre.com/2019-voyage-de-ouf.html.


Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Ominous Men
October 19 - November 3, 2019 at 7:30pm and 1:00pm
The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street, NYC, 10003


Ominous Men is a gothic horror tale about race, poverty, drugs, misogyny AND violence in America. It was the wrong night and the wrong place for these OMINOUS MEN to be playing “Bones” when the 1977 NYC Blackout hits the Bronx! Three men are confronted by their ferocious pasts in the derelict Bronx Concourse Plaza Hotel basement on July 13, 1977: Butch, the Nuyorican caretaker who's been digging a pit looking for buried treasure, his nervous cousin Goyo, and Butch's drug sponsor and ex-Black Panther Yancy. This night of drinking, camaraderie and dominoes turns violent when the Blackout hits, a stranger climbs out of the pit, and the ghost of a Holocaust survivor and murdered woman appear. This play is written, directed, designed and produced by Women.


Find more information at www.multistages.org/2019/07/ominous-men


Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Arts at Tenri Cultural Institute

Trios East and West
October 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM & October 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

A two-day Mini-Festival of contemporary and traditional music for Japanese and Western instruments from two classic trios; the Japanese sankyoku trio and the Western string trio.


EAST: Yoko Reikano Kimura and Sumie Kaneko - koto and shamisen, James Nyoraku Schlefer - shakuhachi

WEST: Trifecta Trio (Sarah Whitney - violin, Angela Pickett - viola, Laura Metcalf - cello)


Find more information at ww.artsat.tenri.org/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Ben Arthur 

SongWriter: Joyce Carol Oates + Tony Trishka + Jennifer Marks
October 29, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Buunni Performance Space, 4961 Broadway

In this live reading and music series authors read a story and songwriters perform "answer songs." On October 29th legendary author Joyce Carol Oates will read a story and songwriters Tony Trishka, Ben Arthur, and Jennifer Marks will perform songs written in response. This is a free event but will likely reach capacity very early.


Find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/songwriter-joyce-carol-oates-tony-trischka-jennifer-marks-tickets-75747674333.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

Advent Lutheran Church

Music Mondays
October 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 9rd St., New York, NY  10027


The Aizuri Quartet:  The Aizuri Quartet’s “captivating” performances draw from its “meld of intellect, technique and emotions” (Washington Post); the foursome has forged a new path in the quartet repertoire with its recent Grammy-nominated album, Blueprinting. The quartet’s wide-ranging program brings together medieval music by Hildegard of Bingen, a recent work by Pulitzer Prizewinner Caroline Shaw, and classics by Haydn and Brahms (the Piano Quintet, with Music Mondays’ Artistic Director, Aaron Wunsch).


Find more information at www.musicmondays.org.


Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Jazz Power Initiative

Intergenerational Jazz Jam
October 13, 2019 at 2:00 - 5:00 PM
National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 W 129th St Ground Floor, 2203, New York, NY 10027


Intergenerational Jazz Jam at National Jazz Museum of Harlem invites jazz instrumentalists, singers, dancers and spoken-word artists to jam with artists of all ages in a community oriented atmosphere. Hosted monthly by pianist/singer Eli Yamin, his trio and Steven Oquendo and his Latin Jazz Band, this event is open to the public.


Find more information at www.jazzpower.org/2019/08/intergenerational-jazz-jam-session-national-jazz-museum-in-harlem-oct-13/  


Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

Darrah Carr Dance, Inc.

Dance Irish American Writers and Artists Performance
October 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Cell Theatre, 338 West 23rd Street, New York, NY     


Darrah Carr Dance presents new choreography in the company's trademark style of ModERIN (a unique blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance). The new choreographic work is a collaboration with innovative traditional Irish music duo Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna and is inspired by their album "The Coral Suite." A discussion with the audience follows the performance.


Find more information at www.darrahcarrdance.com.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Sybarite Chamber Players

Lab Series at The Cell
October 11 & 21, 2019 at 8:00 PM
The Cell Theatre 338 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011


Their rock star status…is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience...” That is how The Sarasota Herald Tribune described SYBARITE5, classical music’s most dynamic new music group. Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance.


Find more information at www.bandsintown.com/e/100744711?app_id=squarespace-s5-preview&came_from=267&utm_medium=api&utm_source=public_api&utm_campaign=event&mkt_source=www.sybarite5.org.


Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Center for Remembering & Sharing

October 25, 2019 at 8:00 PM
CRS, 123 4th Ave FL 2, New York, NY 10003


CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) presents CROSSING BOUNDARIES Concert Series Vol. 10, STRING NOISE, curated by gamin. Classical avant-punk violin duo String Noise will explore the Korean/contemporary music of Korean composer Ki Young Kim.


STRING NOISE, comprised of violinists Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris, have expanded the two violin repertoire in over 50 new works to include larger collaborations with multimedia art, electronics, video projections, opera and dance. Dubbed a borderless musician, composer KI YOUNG KIM has moved in and out of Genres and across international boundaries, while collaborating with dancers, theater directors, visual artists in various fields and forms. He is the founder of CMB 567 ( Contemporary Music Band 567), a groups of four composers and seven musicians dedicated to exploring the interaction among various contemporary korean and other asian music and art forms.


Tickets are $25 in advance $30 at the door. Students/seniors are $20. The venue is up one flight of stairs with no elevator access.

Find more information at www.stringnoise.eventbrite.com/

Darrah Carr Dance, Inc.

An Irish Halloween / Oíche Shamhna: Bonfire Stories
October 27, 2019 at 12:00-3:00 PM
Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

Calling all ghouls, goblins, fairies, and witches! Come on a trick-or-treat adventure, carve a turnip (the original jack-o-lantern), hear stories from Celtic mythology, play age-old Irish Halloween games, and join Darrah Carr Dance for a performance, lesson, and community ceili!


Find more information at www.irishartscenter.org/event/an-irish-halloween-oiche-shamhna-2019.


Grant Program: Creative Engagement

El Barrio Theater Group

The Mambo Cafe
October 3-27, 2019
El Museo del Barrio's Black Box Theater, 3rd floor, 1230 Fifth Ave., at 104th St., El Barrio, NYC


El Barrio Theater Group presents The Eugene Rodriguez play The Mambo Cafe


Find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mambo-cafe-tickets-70992298877

Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

Taino Towers Community Gallery

Festival del Libro/ Festival of Books
October 9 & 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

El Barrio's Artspace PS109, 215 East 99th Street, NY


An annual bilingual Hispanic Heritage Month Literary event featuring readings, workshops, and performances. The event celebrates the bilingual heritage of Latin@ writers of all genres. Admission is free to school children and adults.


Event's activities include meet & greet with writers, authors, publishers, and literary organization representatives, technical & creative workshops aimed at providing covering various essentials of becoming a successful & effective writer. Latin@ authors reading from their classic & new works, and live performances. Book sale completes our cycle of enhancing local economic development, support to the arts, and tourism.

Find more information at www.eventbrite.com/e/el-festival-del-librofestival-of-books-2019-tickets-68537815451


Program: Creative Engagement

Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts (PRIDA)

PRIDA Presents
October 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM
El Barrio's Artspace PS109, 215 East 99th Street, New York, NY


PRIDA Presents, featuring PRIDA member George Zavala.

Short Video Feature by Olga Ayala

Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


2nd Annual Chinatown Arts Week
October 12-20, 2019
Various Locations


Find more information at https://www.thinkchinatown.org/arts-week

Program: Creative Engagement

Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra

Schumann, Negron & Villa-Lobos
October 19, 2019, 3:00pm
Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 W. 181st St., New York, NY 10033


We’ll perform Robert Schumann's 2nd Symphony, Angélica Negron's "What Keeps Me Awake," and the Villa Lobos guitar concerto! Followed by a post-concert reception for all 2018-19 and 2019-20 Friends of WHCO!


Find more information at https://www.washingtonheightsorchestra.org/201819-season  

Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement & Creative Engagement

Susan Stair

Roots on Fire
Through August 1, 2020
Harlem Art Park, E 120th St &, Sylvan Pl, New York, NY 10035, USA


Roots on Fire, extending 25’ along the fence in Harlem Art Park, reflects how people like trees establish roots, creating extended families within a historically immigrant neighborhood.

Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

Joshua William Gelb

jazz singer
September 24 - October 12, 2019
Wednesday - Saturday at 8:00PM, Sunday at 2:00PM
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St, New York, NY 10002


jazz singer is a theatrical exhumation of the first feature-length “sound film” The Jazz Singer, reinterpreted by Joshua William Gelb and Nehemiah Luckett.  Set on the Lower East Side, the 1927 film tells the story of a “jazz crooner” forced to choose between his immigrant Jewish heritage and his aspirations to become a Broadway star. Though the film is historically significant for its integration of synchronized sound, it is also remembered for its controversial use of blackface. Gelb and Luckett’s musical rendering offers a contemporary take on a distinctly U.S. American story, one that interrogates appropriation, assimilation, atonement, and whether escape from the specter of blackface is possible.


Find more information at https://www.abronsartscenter.org/program/jazz-singer/.


Program: Creative Engagement

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