This week, NYSCA grantees are demonstrating the impact of the arts in communities in Queens, the Catskills and Washington County and showing unique achievements by talented theater artists:
Hubbard Hall to inventory county arts opportunities
Using a $48,000 Culture & Heritage grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education, will begin the Washington County Creative Assets Mapping project this summer to develop a list of local groups and start connecting them. The project will start with six meetings that are open to artists and arts organizations. They will be at 10 a.m. July 7, 12 and 26; at 2 p.m. July 14 and 28; and at 10 a.m. Aug. 23. The goal will be to begin a draft directory of arts and artists in Washington County.
Queens Lit Fest in Long Island City will feature local poets and musicians
Last year marked the inaugural Queens Lit Fest, bringing 300 people out for two days of poetry and prose readings. This year’s festival takes place at LIC Landing on July 16 and 17. Both experienced and emerging writers will be featured. There will be several hours dedicated to open mic programming, with students from the Bard High School Early College. Former Queens poet laureate Paolo Javier and current poet laureate Maria Lisella will perform, and the event will also include musical entertainment. All artists are Queens residents or natives. Queens Lit Fest is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Jazz at the Maverick Series Continues with Amir ElSaffar, and Two Rivers Ensemble
“Maverick Concerts, the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in America, celebrates the start of its second century of Music in the Woods this year. Amir ElSaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble make their Maverick debut in the Jazz at the Maverick series, and offer the first of this summer’s “New Century, New Voices” concerts” on July 16. ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble combines the traditional Arabic music system and contemporary jazz. “For his Maverick debut, ElSaffar will present his…musical commentary on recent Iraq and Middle East history.” A complete schedule for the 2016 season and additional information is available at www.maverickconcerts.org. Concerts are made possible in part through funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
At Clubbed Thumb, Nurturing a Theater of the Weird
Clubbed Thumb, celebrating its 20th year, closes out its Summerworks season with the western-style musical “Tumacho” by Obie winner Ethan Lipton. The Off Off Broadway company has drawn six Tony nominees, including director Leigh Silverman and Tony-winning set designer David Zinn and served as a launching pad for playwrights such as Sarah Ruhl, Jordan Harrison, Lisa D’Amour and Clare Barron. NYSCA provides support to the company through our Theatre and Individual Artist programs.
Collective Releases its Annual List of Plays by Female and Transgender Writers
“Los Angeles-based collective the Kilroys…is back with its third annual list of plays by female and transgender writers that are worthy of production.” Several of the playwrights on the list have had their work presented by NYSCA grantees, including the Public Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the Women’s Project Theater and Playwrights Horizons.