This week, NYSCA grantees collaborate to create a new fellowship to promote equity in the arts, combat Parkinson’s symptoms through dance, stage a one-woman show in New Yorkers’ kitchens, and more.
BRIC, Mark Morris Dance Group, MoCADA and TFANA to Build Diversity, Equity with New Fellowship
“BRIC, Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) have announced the launch of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship, a new program whose aim is to build long-term equity and diversity in the field of arts management. In the pilot year, beginning in September, seven Fellows…will work with and be mentored by arts managers from the cohort of four organizations, participate in a comprehensive professional development training curriculum, have opportunities to connect with and learn from each other through formal and informal activities, and build networking connections to springboard their careers as emerging arts leaders in New York City. They will receive full-time salary and benefits throughout the year…The Fellowship prioritizes emerging voices from racial and ethnic communities that are historically underrepresented in the industry, as well as low-income individuals who have not had access to internships or costly master’s degrees that are often the entrée into the industry. Over 600 applications were received for the seven available fellowship positions… ‘This fellowship program enables BRIC and our partners to invest in the careers of a new generation of arts administrators who are not adequately represented in our field. We are tremendously grateful to New York City’s Theater Subdistrict Council, The New York City Cultural Agenda Fund in The New York Community Trust and The New York State Council on the Arts’ Regional Economic Development Council Program (REDC) for helping to make this ambitious dream a reality,’ said Leslie Schultz, President of BRIC.”
Art Moves Me: Therapeutic dance program for Parkinson’s
Created in partnership with the National Parkinson’s Foundation of Western New York, the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Art Moves Me class combines art with movement in order to help people with Parkinson’s Disease. “After participants gather for a brief discussion around a Burchfield painting, [teaching artist Christina] Pegado begins a dance lesson -asking her class to use their imaginations and movement.” Musician Bob Sowyrda, who accompanies the class said, “The wonderful thing about this program is it seems to find places of movement that people otherwise wouldn’t find themselves.” “Parkinson’s disease has taken some things away from [me] and for myself to fight it, to do things that will help prolong a useful life, dancing and other exercises will help that,” remarked Paul Markwart, retired architect.” Participants say the class has “nourished my soul,” helped with balance issues, and alleviated symptoms. NYSCA supports Burchfield Penney through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.
Just Buffalo Literary Center programs for The Civil Writes Project
“Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison will be making an appearance in Buffalo on November 9, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic talk here in Buffalo. Leading up to the BABEL-related visit by the heralded author, Just Buffalo Literary Center (JBLC) will be launching five weeks of programming directed towards helping to ensure that we will one day live in a world that is free from racial inequalities. Those five weeks will encompass numerous programs including writing workshops, book discussions, film screenings, and interdisciplinary performances. The call to action is part of an even greater vision called The Civil Writes Project…Follow the initiative as it unfolds on the JBLC Facebook page.” NYSCA supports Just Buffalo through our Literature and Arts Education Programs.
Why New Yorkers Are Turning Their Homes Into Stages for a Play About Syrian Refugees
“This fall, Off-Broadway theatre company PlayCo lifts what’s happening in Syria out of the news cycle, and turns it into an intimate human interaction…In Oh My Sweet Land, a woman of mixed Syrian-German heritage is cooking kibbeh, a traditional Syrian dish. While she prepares the food, she recounts a story of love, hope, exile, and war. She takes us on her journey through Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria, back to her roots and on a quest to find the man she loves, detailing the sights and people she meets along the way. Beginning in September, Oh My Sweet Land will play in the homes of volunteers throughout all five boroughs before audiences of approximately ten guests per night. The play, performed by Nadine Malouf with direction by Zuabi, will also be staged for larger audiences at community spaces around the city. ‘The Play Company decided to produce Oh My Sweet Land in non-traditional venues in an effort to literally bring these stories ‘home’ to audiences,’ explains PlayCo’s Founding Producer Kate Loewald. ‘It will be a very intimate experience that we hope will provide access to the work on a direct human level.’ The other objective, explains Loewald, is that the compact nature of the performance space will encourage the right kinds of conversations after each show…At each performance, PlayCo will provide audience members with information about organizations working on refugee issues and resettlement in New York City.” NYSCA supports PlayCo through our Theatre Program.
Hallockville Museum Farm’s Country Fair And Craft Show To Include Demonstrations, Over 50 Artisans, Tractor Pull, Tours, And More
At the Annual Hallockville Country Fair at the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead, visitors can expect to see more than 50 craft vendors, tractor pulls all day, local food trucks, and demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking, quilting, and wooden boat building. “The Fair will also feature a 1930’s Depression Era Quilt Show in the Historic Naugles Barn, live music, children’s activities and games, guided museum tours of the 1765 Homestead, 1931 Cichanowicz Farmhouse and Homestead Barn, a special 250th Anniversary exhibit and historic transportation exhibit, a livestock display and farm animals…Proceeds will support the not-for-profit’s education programs, historic restoration, special exhibits, upkeep of 19 historic buildings on 28 acres of preserved land, farm animals and more.” NYSCA supports the Hallockville Museum Farm through our Folk Arts Program.
Glens Falls Symphony branches out from the concert hall into the community
“The Glens Falls Symphony is branching out from the concert hall to the community to emphasize “Immerse Yourself in the Music,” the theme of its 2017-2018 season. The symphony will partner with Crandall Public Library, downtown restaurants and area schools to offer community programs, many of them free, including film showings and children’s story times at the library and after-concert performances at downtown restaurants.” Films and children’s books presented prior to concerts will relate to themes of the music. NYSCA supports the Glens Falls Symphony through our Music Program.
Moving the Needle at the Jewish Museum
“[Jewish Museum Director Claudia] Gould is uniquely equipped to bring contemporary realities to Modigliani’s work as well as the museum’s exhibitions and collection. Before starting as director of the Jewish Museum in 2011, she had a career of some three decades directing museums and creating exhibitions…She’s also restructuring the museum philosophically. She’s inviting contemporary artists to make commissioned ritual objects and has brought more diversity to the museum by including Chinese, Saudi, Korean, Buddhist and Christian artists…Gould claimed it’s ‘very easy’ to create a balance of pleasure, seriousness, history and inclusiveness within the Jewish Museum. ‘We try to make the exhibitions fun so everybody walks out smiling. We’re moving the needle without moving the mission and I think that’s very important.’” NYSCA supports the Jewish Museum through our Electronic Film & Media and Museum Programs.