September Grantee Events

Courtesy of East Winds Inc. Photo Credit: George Hirose.

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


Torkomada, Inc.

Raqs Without Borders

August 31 – September 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM

University Settlement Speyer Hall Theater, 184 Eldridge Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10002

Raqs Without Borders is a Middle Eastern Dance Festival offering dance workshops, spectacular dance shows and a competition. This Labor Day weekend NYC will become the epicenter of cultural diplomacy. This event includes artists from Puerto Rico, Egypt, Morocco, France, Bulgaria, and the U.S. The mission of Raqs Without Borders is to foster mutual understanding between the West and the Middle East through dance: an important but neglected diplomatic tool in U.S.-Middle Eastern relations. RAQS WITHOUT BORDERS supports dance artists in a dynamic, inclusive and intellectually engaging environment, contributing to community and a thriving, sustainable New York City.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



L.E.S. Creative People In Action

L.E.S. Bands 10: Lower East Side Showtime

Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 2:00 PM—6:00 PM

East River Park Bandshell, New York, NY 10002

A free, outdoor concert celebrating the musical culture of the L.E.S. community presented for the residents of the area, showcasing talent from the community, and bringing acts from beyond the community to the neighborhood of the Lower East Side. Featuring performances by Leon and the Peoples, The Rock Church, and Somino Amante.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



East Winds Inc.

Japanese Music Concert Series

Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Muscota Marsh, Inwood Hill Park, 575 West 218th Street, New York, NY 10034

Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Bruces’ Garden in Isham Park, 11 Park Terrace E, New York, NY 10034

Concert of Japanese Taiko drums and dance. Taikoza brings its ancestral Taiko drums to Inwood to thrill audiences with their dances and music. A wonderful program for all ages that will dazzle your senses.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



Ben Arthur

Words and Music: Gary Shteyngart + Elissa LeCoque

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM

33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

Celebrating the release of Gary Shteyngart’s new novel, Lake Success, songwriters Elissa LeCoque (of Kodacrome) and Ben Arthur will perform songs written in response in this reading and live music event.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Eric Lemmon

The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Wednesday Concerts at the Y

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 1:30 PM

YM & YWHA, 54 Nagle Avenue, New York City, NY 10040

Composer Eric Lemmon, mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney, soprano Elisabeth Halliday-Quan, and pianist Mayumi Tsuchida present an afternoon of art and protest songs to highlight how music and song have been used by ordinary people to bring about change in their political landscape. The concert will feature movements from Eric Lemmon’s oratorio The Impossible Will Take a Little While, Pamela Stein Lynde’s art song Reincarnation, and audience participation in a sing-along of hymns and folk songs associated with the civil rights movement. The concert will also welcome special guest poet Sokunthary Svay to speak about her poem Reincarnation, which Pamela Stein Lynde powerfully set to music.


The Impossible Will Take a Little While

Friday, September 7, 2018 at 6:45 PM

Harlem School of the Arts, 645 St. Nicholas Ave., New York, NY 10030

Highline Chamber Ensemble and composer Eric Lemmon will present The Impossible Will Take a Little While, an oratorio based on the collection of essays and poetry by Paul Rogat Loeb. The Impossible Will Take a Little While offers hope and insights to the average individual as told from the perspective of those who are widely credited for bringing about systemic change in their respective societies, such as Nelson Mandela and Vaclav Havel. These essays highlight the legions of unsung people and political acts that have led to social change and progress.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement & Creative Engagement



Lantern Community Services

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Washington Square Park, Garibaldi Plaza, New York, NY 10003

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM

ImageNation Raw Space Gallery, 2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10027 is a collection of original musical and visual art work created with formerly homeless artists and musicians, inviting dialogue through performances in public spaces. Be the first to experience 13 original songs at a free and interactive public performance in Washington Square Park’s Garibaldi Plaza on 9/12/18 at 11:00 a.m. The thirteen original songs will also be presented on Wednesday, September 26, as part of Lantern Community Services Atmospheres Arts Show at ImageNation Raw Space in Harlem. challenges perceptions of homelessness by exploring common human experiences: seeking a place of one’s own, desiring safety, and building community. The performance also features an interactive mixed-media sculpture designed by artist Kerry Downey in partnership with MoMA. is directed by Karisa Antonio, Director of Arts and Culture at Lantern Community Services, and was written and performed in collaboration with violin/vox/freestyle composition artist Mazz Swift and multi-instrumentalist/improviser/composer Sam Kulik.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



New York Mindful Capoeira Center

Mindful Capoeira for Teens & Seniors

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 10:30 AM

University Settlement’s Neighborhood Center, 189 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002


Afro Brazil Arts Troupe Performance and Class for Seniors, featuring:
Capoeira – self defense, hidden in a dance, from Brazil
Maculele – stick dance from the sugar cane fields of Brazil
Music – demo of traditional Brazilian instruments and songs
Q & A session with the Performing Artists
Afro Brazil Arts’ Mission is to inspire wellness, leadership and community made accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



General Mischief Dance Theatre


Friday, September 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Repertory Theater – Aaron Davis Hall at The City College of New York, West 135th Street & Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10027

Up/Down/Up is an evening of playful, original dance collaborations. General Mischief Dance Theatre has teamed up with choreographer Karen Gayle, composer Lizzie Hagstedt, actor/sculptor Kevin Reese, composer Donna Viscuso and the VNote Ensemble, and musical trio YY Sisters (who will perform live at the event)! All works are either premieres or enhanced repertory works, so there is something new to see in every dance. Don’t miss it! 

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement & Creative Engagement



Harlem Dance Club


Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 4:00 PM—8:00 PM

The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mount Morris Park West, New York, NY 10027

In celebration of Harlem Dance Club’s 5th Anniversary, we are thrilled to launch MOTHERSHIP ONE. The entire Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park will become an interactive voyage of music and dance. All are welcome to this cross-genre celebration of music, dance and community.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement & Creative Engagement



The Uni Project


Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Forsyth St from E Broadway to Division St, 75-105 Division, New York NY 10002

Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Amsterdam Ave from W 106th to W 110th St, 1012 Amsterdam Ave New York NY 10025

DRAW NYC will let Manhattan residents gather in the public spaces of their neighborhoods and draw for free, increasing access to art-making, connecting professional and student artists with the public, and exposing New Yorkers to the creative effort and output of fellow New Yorkers. Come DRAW with fellow New Yorkers at an open-air art studio at this NYC DOT Weekend Walk, hosted by Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corp/Chinatown Business Improvement District and the Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvement District.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Fly-by-Night Dance Theater

Airborne Festival – Honoring the Legacy of Robert Davidson

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 West 60 Street, New York, NY 10023

Fly-by-Night Dance honors the legacy of Aerial Dancer/Mentor Robert Davidson with performances by Guest Aerial Artists from around the country who were deeply influenced by Davidson. Featuring Aerial Artists Jayne Bernasconi, Nathan Dryden, Melissa Noble, Nancy Smith (Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance), Eileen Little & Dan Loeser / Fight or Flight Theater, and Fly-by-Night dancers Janet Aisawa, Elise Knudson, Julie Ludwick.

Live Music by Paul Uhry Newman. Films of Robert Davidson. 

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance

2018 Community Fall Festival

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Dyckman Farmhouse, 4881 Broadway, New York, NY 10034

This free event, is a celebration of the art and cultures that have shaped the neighborhoods of Inwood and Washington Heights. Activities include workshops led by artists, literacy programs, kids art activities and games, local art exhibition, a hands-on cider making demonstration and live music. The goal for this year’s Festival is to inspire art throughout the house, grounds and neighborhood.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Wang Guowei

Erhu-Cello Duo: Wang Guowei & Michael Katz

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Wang Guowei, virtuoso musician on the Chinese 2-string fiddle erhu, performs with cellist Michael Katz in a concert of East-West musical dialogue. The voices of two bowed instruments from different musical cultures are joined in contemporary works by Zhou Long, Lei Liang, Yang Yong, Wang Guowei, and duets inspired by Chinese classical and folk music. The unique pairing of erhu and cello draws upon the natural affinity of the instruments and rapport between the artists. The idiomatic voice of the erhu infused with rich ornamentation and tone colors is coupled with the deep, rich timbre of the cello and its broad musical vocabulary. Contemporary works include Zhou Long’s “Taiping Drum”, Lei Liang’s “Gobi Polyphony”, Yang Yong’s “River Songs”, and Wang Guowei’s “Reflections.” Other arrangements by Wang Guowei draw from the rich source of Chinese classical music, opera, and folk genres such as sizhu (silk and bamboo) music.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Omanut: Jewish Uptown Arts


Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM—4:00 PM

Inwood Hill Park, Payson Ave. &, Seaman Ave, New York, NY 10034

After a smashing first year, Omanut: Jewish Uptown Arts is pleased to present Sukkahwood, which invites artists and designers to re-imagine a “Sukkah” and be part of the outdoor exhibition of temporary dwelling installations. Sukkahwood‘s values of inclusion are universal and seek to bring together people from all walks of life.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



The Jazz Drama Program

Intergenerational Jazz Jam at National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Ground Floor, 2203, 58 West 129th Street, New York, NY 10027

Bringing together singers, musicians, dancers, spoken word artists and audiences of all ages to experience the power of jazz, community, and swing! Each monthly session is co-hosted by JPI’s Artistic Director Eli Yamin, his trio with a special guest. This month, Antoinette Montague and Jazz Woman to the Rescue, will be featured.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



Benita Raphan

Quiet of the Moment

Friday, September 21, 2018, 3:00 PM—4:45 PM
New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Branch, Children’s Section, 425 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Join us for an after-school workshop of time-travel. Children and parents learn the lost art of letter-writing as inspired by the example of Emily Dickinson. Together we’ll unplug for a moment and learn about how 19th century friends and family communicated, then try it out ourselves in a kid friendly writing workshop. Ages 6-10 years old. Advance registration required, limited to 20 people.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Darrah Carr Dance

Fiddles and Whistles and Bodhráns, Oh My!

Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM

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

Join Darrah Carr Dance at the Irish Arts Center for a hands-on morning of music and dance! What’s a bodhrán? Have you ever heard of uilleann pipes? Did you know that your feet can make music? Lean about – and try for yourself! – traditional Irish instruments with a hands-on morning for the whole family. This event includes performances by Darrah Carr Dance and Irish Arts Center musicians. Free for the whole family!

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



MS Opera Productions, Inc.

The Festival of Chinese Opera 2018- Princess Chng-Ping

Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM

CCBA, 62 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013

Presenting the legendary Opera classic “Princess Chang Ping” written by the famous Cantonese Opera playwright, Tong Dik Sung.

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Lainie Cooke

From Abbey Lincoln To Valerie Simpson – The Music & Lyrics Of Women Part 11

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM

City College Center For The Arts, Aaron Davis Hall, Studio B, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

Jazz singer, recording artist Lainie Cooke, with Miki Yamanaka piano, Neal Caine bass. Ralph Peterson drums, & Roxy Coss sax in an evening of musical ideas and lyrics written by women. Songs that explore deeply held emotions and life experiences that ring true for all people regardless of age or gender.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



ModArts Dance Collective

ModArts Dance Collective (MADC) presents Move to Change

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 3:30 PM & 6:00 PM

Oberia D. Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th Street, New York, NY 10027

MADC is elated to announce its inaugural dance festival entitled Move to Change. The purpose of Move to Change is to use dance as a form of social justice and arts activism through the lens of women/womyn, men, & LGBTQIA people of color. The goal of Move to Change is to create cultural and gender affirming spaces for artists of color to present longer works reflecting their personal stories to influence their respective communities and the world around them.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



Forward Union

Forward Union Fair

Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30, 2018, 12:006:00 PM

Red Bull Arts, 220 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Forward Union is a coalition-building initiative connecting social justice organizations with artists and creative communities. Our marquee event, Forward Union Fair, is a free social justice fair bringing together advocates, organizations, topical art installations, and public programs.

Forward Union was founded by five women art workers in November 2016. We strongly believe art is a transformative force in the resistance. Our inclusive fair not only features social justice organizations, but also provides the fresh, evocative context of topical art installations and public programming in a gorgeous gallery space. Fairgoers leave inspired and invigorated by this unique experience and by the new connections they’ve forged with organizers and other volunteers.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Arts at Tenri Cultural Institute


Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 4:00 PM

43A West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

This concert brings together the warm, sensuous tones of the cello and the haunting, earthy sounds of the shakuhachi. Music by composers from Japan, Europe and the US performed by master musicians. Internationally acclaimed cellist Kenneth Woods and shakuhachi Grand Masters James Nyoraku Schlefer and Riley Lee in a program of spellbinding duos and solos for cello and shakuhachi. It will feature New York, American and World premieres by Michio Mamiya, Sophie Pope, Chikuho Sakai I and James Nyoraku Schlefer (world premiere), plus solo works for both instruments.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



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