At NYSCA, the definition of “arts” is broad and inclusive! This week in the news are well-known musicals like “Grease” and “West Side Story,” a production of “Hamlet” touring to correctional facilities and homeless shelters, participatory chalk art and the exhibition “Art AIDS America.”
Chalkers to return to Dansville for August festival
Dansville ArtWorks will welcome the fifth annual Chalk Walk & ArtsFest on Aug. 6. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, with music by the Steel Alchemy Community Steel Band and Groveland Station. Six juried chalk artists will create pieces for the event outside the Dansville Public Library. Chalk may also be purchased at the event for anyone to join. NYSCA supports the festival through the Decentralization Program, which provides regrant funds to the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at Livingston Arts Center.
Lesley Ann Warren to Guest Star in DANCE TO THE MOVIES
The Gateway presents “Dance to the Movies” at Patchogue Theatre from Aug. 10-14, featuring artists from “Dancing with the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “American Idol.” The show recreates numbers from movie musicals including “West Side Story,” “Grease,” “Chicago,” “Singin’ In The Rain” and “Moulin Rouge,” and creates new dances to scores from such movies as “Dirty Dancing,” “Titanic,” “The Matrix” and “Harry Potter.” Academy Award nominee Lesley Ann Warren will make a special appearance. The Gateway’s 2016 season is funded in part by the County of Suffolk and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Mobile Shakespeare Unit to Mount Fall Production of Hamlet
“The Public Theater will mount its Mobile Unit again this fall for a three-week touring production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Patricia McGregor. Now in its seventh year, the Mobile Unit’s free fall tour (August 26-September 17) will bring Shakespeare to audiences who have limited or no access to the arts by visiting correctional facilities, homeless shelters, social service organizations, and other community venues. Following the free tour, McGregor’s production of Hamlet will have a sitdown run at the Public Theater from September 19-October 9 with an official press opening on September 22.” NYSCA supports the Public Theater through the Presenting and Regional Economic Development Council programs.
Art of the AIDS Years: What Took Museums So Long?
“Given the volume, quality and variety of art made in response to AIDS over 36 years, it seems inexplicable that no mainstream museum ever attempted a historical survey. Now one has. “Art AIDS America” is a show at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and it coincides with a cluster of smaller Manhattan shows…” As Holland Cotter notes, the exhibition and those like it demonstrate how art “can broadcast or insinuate messages into the larger culture, embody complex truths, absorb fear, preserve memory.” NYSCA supports the Bronx Museum of the Arts through the Museum and Arts Education programs.
Asia Society’s New Art Expert Paints His Vision
Singapore native Boon Hui Tan, the Asia Society’s new vice president of global arts and cultural programs in New York, is set to “collaborate with arts institutions and artists globally to build a greater worldwide understanding about Asia.” He will also oversee the Asia Society Museum, which this September will feature an exhibition of Zao Wou-Ki, a Chinese post-war abstract painter who trained in China and France. “The larger cultural program is about having people understand the full implications of the global contemporary and to look at major transition points… We are asking how can art be revelatory, or can give us an epiphany about that culture and that society now,” he says. “We need to engage more seriously with the full diversity of the global art world. We need to find a balance between artistic practices of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Asia. Our programming needs to reflect that diversity.”