September 2021 Grantee Events

The Patio by Carla Torres, 2021 Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee. Photo by Davitte Taveras.
The Patio by Carla Torres, 2021 Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee. Photo by Davitte Taveras.

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

Carla Torres

The Patio
On View now
Polo Grounds, NYCHA, 2931 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10039

Our Patio is a floor mural that acts as a data visualization chart, reflecting the demographics of the residents of the Polo Grounds. Each circle represents an age group and is strategically placed to show how the role each resident plays within the community contributes to create a harmonious and beautiful whole.

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

East Winds, INC

Concert Series
September 4, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Across from 10 Park Terrace East, New York, NY 10034

East Winds Ensemble will present a concert in the community garden Bruce’s garden in Inwood. The concert will feature traditional and contemporary Japanese music.

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Grant Program(s): Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

Mike Freeman

Hell's Kitchen Soul Sauce
September 5, 2021 at 12:00 PM
High Line Spur, 10th Ave. and 30th Street, Manhattan

Hell's Kitchen Soul Sauce: A series of Latin jazz/salsa concerts with narrative and photographs focusing on the rich history of Latin music in Hell's Kitchen, celebrating Mike Freeman’s 40th anniversary living in Manhattan, and in tribute to the late legendary percussionist Ray Mantilla.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Inwood Art Works

Film Works Alfresco
September 6, 2021 at 7:30 PM
The Hudson at Dyckman Marina in Inwood Hill Park, 348 Dyckman Street, NY NY 10034

Film Works Alfresco is New York City’s only English and Spanish language free outdoor cinema series. Organized by Inwood Art Works, it presents independent and popular films with local relevance that culturally resonate with the Northern Manhattan community. This seasonal cinema series expands public access to professional filmmaking in Northern Manhattan, and presents as diverse an array of films as the community it serves.

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Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York

Japan Fun Fest
September 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Corlears Hook Park, Jackson/Cherry Streets, New York, NY

Japan Fun Fest celebrates Japan and NYC with an all day Japanese cultural festival, featuring traditional performing arts and fun cultural activities for the whole family! Enjoy performances by JFDINY’s own Minbuza (Japanese Folk Dance), Samurai Sword Soul (Traditional Sword Fighting), and Taiko Masala (Taiko Drumming). While in our activities area, experienced teachers will lead children in a variety of fun Japanese arts and crafts such as origami, calligraphy, kendama, and kimono dressing. The finale of Japan Fun Fest will be the Bon Odori, a traditional Japanese Summer event where everyone joins in and dances together! Come to Japan Fun Fest and let’s celebrate NYC!

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Life Story Club

On My Block: Life Stories by NYCHA Senior Champions
September 17, 2021 at 3:00 PM

You're invited to the New York City Housing Authority & Life Story Club's storytelling event - brought to you by the Senior Champions Program. The event will feature a line-up of older adult NYCHA residents and community leaders who will each perform a short reading of a life story. Please come watch and warm-up with an afternoon of powerful, inspiring and meaningful storytelling.

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Grant Program: Creative Learning

Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance

Amsterdam Eco/Arts Festival
September 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Amsterdam Avenue (between 109-110th Streets)

Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance and the Columbus-Amsterdam BID join forces to present the Amsterdam Eco/Arts Festival on the Open Boulevards at Amsterdam Ave bet 109-110th Streets. The program is offered as a celebration of Park(ING) Day, an annual global event where people transform spaces normally inhabited by cars into public places for people. This FREE public program features dance and music performances, a community planting, poetry, participatory art, Karate and Zumba workshops, family games, and much more. 

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Harlem Dance Club

September 18, 2021 at 4:00 PM
Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park; 18 Mount Morris Park West @122nd Street

​​MOTHERSHIP THREE is an interactive voyage of music and dance featuring dance performances, a vogue ball and live musicians. Afro-Dance, hip-hop, vogue, house, praise and more collide in this open air celebration of sound, spirit and community.

Doors open at 3pm

Dance performances, live music and DJs from 4-8pm

Made Possible with Support from:

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

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Grant Program(s): Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

The Arctic Cycle

Dispatch to the Future: A Theatrical Journey Through Central Park
September 19, 2021 at 12:00PM
Central Park

The Arctic Cycle presents Dispatch to the Future, an interactive, family-friendly theatrical journey through the northwest corner of New York City’s Central Park. This event kicks off Climate Change Theatre Action 2021, a three-month festival of participatory theatre and action around climate taking place in more than 30 countries around the world.

Featuring original short plays by Angella Emurwon (Uganda), Jessica Huang (US), Aleya Kassam (Kenya), and Marcus Youssef with Seth Klein (Canada), with additional text by Chantal Bilodeau, Dispatch to the Future takes audiences on a guided walk through a series of live performances that interrogate our relationship and responsibility to the Earth. In turn poetic, political, and whimsical, this event aims to be a joyful experience for all New Yorkers. Audiences will also participate in the Climate Ribbon arts ritual, launched at the Climate March in NYC in 2014.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement