September 2023 Grantee Events

Sabina Sethi Unni, 2023 Creative Engagement Grantee, Photo by Kruttika Susarla
Sabina Sethi Unni, 2023 Creative Engagement Grantee, Photo by Kruttika Susarla

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

Samantha McLoughlin

Morningside Park Classes
Wednesday’s, September 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023 at 11:15 AM
Morningside Park, Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10026,Near 114th Street entrance - Next to the pond
During rain and snow days at Liberated Fitness, 1005 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025

SammyJDance’s unique program uses dance and music to help young children learn and practice developmental skills. Imagination and self expression, encouraging children to grow physically and emotionally are at the core of the SammyJDance program. Without realizing they are learning, dance enhances their classroom experience. Join us Wednesdays at 11:15am in Morningside Park. We recently moved to the entrance of 114th street near the pond due to construction.

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Grant Program: Creative Learning


CultuREPreneur Antonia Badon

Harlem Renaissance Time Travel Girlz (TTGirlz)
Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Sunday, September 17,2023 at 12:00 PM
Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Saturday,  September 30, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Sisters Uptown Bookstore, 1942 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10032

Get ready to travel-back-in to the roaring 20s with the Harlem Renaissance Time Travel Girlz, aka TTGirlz! In Antonia Badon's  "Harlem: The Black Mecca," the first book in the TTGirlz pictorial book series.

The TTGirlz pictorial book 60-min. story time series will unfold on five exciting weekends at Harlem’s own bookstores. This innovative digital history artistic approach to cultural exploration promises to provide kids with a captivating bird’s-eye view of the iconic Harlem roaring 20s.

Young explorers will embark on an enthralling journey where they discover the rich and storied history of legendary landmarks and the influential figures who once graced the vibrant streets of Harlem. Each turn of the page unveils a world of imagination and discovery, where history comes alive through engaging storytelling.  Children and parents alike will experience an immersive digital history live book reading. Don't miss a memorable book signing, and giveaway session.  EDT Streamed

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement & Creative Learning



A celebration of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) culture through dance workshops, lectures, and a dance show/hafla
September 3 & 4, 2023 at 10:00 AM

This Zoom project is a two-day cultural event presenting dance workshops, lectures, and a dance show, known in Arabic as hafla" celebrating Middle Eastern and North African culture on 09/03/23 and 09/04/23. The project hopes to bridge Arab and non-Arab audiences in New York City by inviting cultural dance artists and students to learn from each other, and to help dispel negative notions about Arabic culture. The proposed project hopes to sow seeds of empowerment that will sustain the Arab-American émigré community in New York City, and to inspire young New Yorkers to challenge more conventional methods that have already failed.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Creative Stage Collective

Summer Shebang
Saturday, September 9 at 9:00 AM (outdoors) 
Electric Ladybug Community Garden, 237 West 111th Street, New York, NY 10026
Saturday, September 9 (indoors) at 7:30 PM
Dear Mama Coffee, 611 West 129th Street, New York, NY 10027
Sunday,  September 10 at 5:00 PM (indoors)
JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10026

Join Creative Stage Collective for our annual Summer Shebang! as our mega-talented multi-generational troupe of kids and professional adults dream up, write down, polish and perform a musical sketch comedy revue in just three short weeks! This show is clever, full of heart and seriously FUNNY!

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


LES Creative People In Action, Inc.

LES Bands 14: Lower East Side Showtime
Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 2:00 PM
Henry Street between Montgomery and Grand Streets

On Saturday, September 9th, 2023, from 2pm-6pm, the non-profit organization LES Creative People in Action, Inc. (LESCPIA) is hosting a FREE live music concert on the Lower East Side. An outdoor event, held on the historic Henry Street between Montgomery and Grand Streets, “L.E.S. Bands 14: Lower East Side Showtime” is a lively community music concert held annually to showcase local talent and feature live bands. This year’s showcase features band Parkway Soul, guitarist Gary Z, reggaeton artist Captain Ortiz, and rap artists Nubia, Stormy Murphy, Liteskin, Rock Nukirk and dance performance by Michael Jackson performer Travis Richardson.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Friends of Argentine Tango

Fiesta Latina! A celebration of the Hispanic Heritage through music and dancing
Friday, September 15, 2023 at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
Monday, September 18, 2023 at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
Friday, September 22, 2023 at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
Cothoa Luncheon Club Senior Center, 2005 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10032 on September 15,18,21,22,26 at 11:30 PM
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave, 10040 on September 15,18,21,22,26 at 1:30 PM

We are offering 4 different workshops of Latin Social dances, (salsa/merengue/cumbia/bachata/tango/boleros and mexican folk) and a culminating event with all the teaching artists plus musicians. FoAT's faculty Walter Perez, Mariana Parma and Leonardo Sardella in collaboration with artists like: Alda and Benjamin from Mexico beyond mariachis, Sofia Tosello, singer, and talented latino musicians: Emilio Teubal, Sergio Reyes and Pablo Lanouguere are bringing their Hispanic heritage to proudly celebrate with the senior community of Washington Heights and Inwood.

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Grant Program: Creative Learning


Arts & Climate Initiative

The Future Within Us
Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 5:00 PM
Caveat, 21A Clinton Street, New York, NY, 10002 (both in-person and virtual)

How do you envision the future? What aspects of that world are already here? The Future Within Us kicks off the 5th Climate Change Theatre Action festival with original short plays that grapple with a changing world. Join the Arts & Climate Initiative for this funny, poetic, and poignant evening of theatre, music, and magic tricks!

Featuring original short plays by Nicolas Billon (Canada), Chantal Bilodeau (U.S.), Miranda Rose Hall (U.S.), Ethan King (Philippines), and Kevin Matthew Wong (Canada). Conceived by Chantal Bilodeau and Julia Levine. Directed by Britt Berke.

Climate Change Theatre Action is a worldwide festival of short plays about the climate crisis. CCTA 2023 runs from September 17 to December 23, 2023.

The Arts & Climate Initiative uses storytelling and live performance to foster dialogue about our global climate crisis, create an empowering vision of the future, and inspire people to take action.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Phyllis Sanfiorenzo

Lucia The Modern Hominid Goes to Space
September 19 & 20, 2023 at 3:00 PM 
The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, 107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002

This is an interactive cartoon exhibition which features the drawings, sculptures and animation of artist Phyllis Sanfiorenzo. The cartoon pays homage to all strong women and Phyllis’s artistic and theatrical background has set the groundwork for engaging family audiences. The acceptance of our differences is her goal.

Grant program: Creative Engagement


binbinFactory / Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa

Quiet Wave #4 / Dance Performance in Seward Park
Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM
Seward Park, Essex Street, New York, NY, 10002

binbinFactory/ Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa  will show a new site-specific performance in collaboration with other artists in Seward Park.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


29th Street Playwrights Collective

29PWC New Works Series
Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Polaris North, 245 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

29PWC New Work Series presents a Staged Reading of TRIP TRAP, a new play by Robin Rice What if you're living someone else's idea of a perfect life instead of your own? Do you want to escape? Is escape even possible? What if you're a headstrong daughter or over-protective mother? Or a goat? Or conflicted troll? And what about Julia Child and Hans Christian Andersen? Are you playing a role or writing your own story? Directed by Kenneth Marshall and featuring: C.K. Allen, Joe Burby, John Fico, James Foster Jr., Nicole Greevy, Kirsten Hopkins, Lizzie Kehoe, Jody Prusan, Natalie Mosco. *We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions: ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS, AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS, SAG-AFTRA through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear in this program.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Sabina Sethi Unni

A Fun Play About How Scary Climate Change Is!
Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 6:00 PM
La Plaza Cultural, 9th St & Avenue C, New York, NY 10003

Are you scared about the future? Do you feel climate despair? What’s your first memory of a storm? What’s a time you’ve leaned on a neighbor during a disaster? Do you think the world has ended, or has it just begun? 

Join us for A FUN PLAY ABOUT HOW SCARY CLIMATE CHANGE IS, a comedic, site-specific, devised, free public performance about striving for hope (not despair) in the face of climate change, with naughty swamp monsters to teach us these lessons. 

Come for the live theater and music, stay for the food, installation, and community talk-back about environmental justice afterwards. This event is completely free, for all ages, FUN, and will run for about 2 hours. 

Directed and written by Sabina Sethi Unni; devised by Saskia Naidoo, Alex Scelso, Spoorti Hegde, and Ray Achan; with love from Nikolas Michael, Makayla Peterson, Cass Guimares, Shivani Bhirani, Sonyi Lopez, & more.

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Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Casea Arts Inc./The Carmen Mathis Show

the 3rd Annual Music Extravaganza: Walking in Rhythm
Monday, September 25, 2023 at 5:30 PM
Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, 18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY 10027

Casea Arts Inc. proposes to present a musical concert entitled, the “3rd Annual Music Extravaganza: Walking in Rhythm” at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, New York 10027. This cultural concert will be the third installment of Casea Arts’ exuberant music and dance presentations. The first concert, “A 70’s Experience Extravaganza!” (2021) was a music/poetry/dance revue featuring an all-seventies era program. The second festival, “I Love Music Extravaganza!” was presented in 2022 and featured an eclectic set list of music and dance material encompassing the years between 1960 to 2021. This year, over 45 exuberant performers will dance, sing and and perform - with an 8-Piece Band, 15 Singers and 4 Dance Groups! The Audience sings along and dances along! --- and a great time is had by all!

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Grant Program:  Creative Engagement