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Writing Workshop with Sheree Renee Thomas 8/18-19/17 *nyc

Writing the Marvelous Real (2-Day Speculative Fiction Workshop)

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African Voices presents Writing the Marvelous Real: Stories for Magic Folks Whose Eyes Are On The Future, a two-day Speculative Fiction/Afrofuturism writing workshop with Sheree Renée Thomas on from Aug. 18-19, 2017. Sheree Renée Thomas, the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, will host the special workshop in celebration of African Voices 25th Anniversary. This is a two-day master craft writing workshop for writers interested in exploring the art of Speculative Fiction. Slots are limited, register in advance.
Join us Fri., Aug. 18, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm for an interactive writing experience where you will explore "the marvelous real" and use your imagination to create and develop unique stories that will be shared in a nuturing and creative enviroment. The workshop continues on Sat., Aug. 19, 2 pm-4:30 pm. Registration Fee: $65 (2 days) or $35 (1-Day). Register by 7/31 for a $10 discount. CODE: MarvelousReal2017.
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We live by stories—our own and those of others, imagined and real. Stories are how we identify ourselves, share knowledge, dramatize and solve problems, and build community across the generations. We need stories and the creative process to maintain balance and to evolve. We need stories to grow and heal. Magical realism is a genre of stories in which the real and the fantastic, the ordinary and the extraordinary are merged. The storytelling treats the fantastic elements as normal, using vivid, rich descriptions, and bold, memorable characters, allowing the action and characters to unfold in a matter-of-fact way.

Magical realism, or more accurately, “the marvelous real” is a powerful genre that takes ordinary people and places them in extraordinary circumstances. First coined by the great Cuban novelist and musicologist, Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980) in his novel on the Haitian revolution, The Kingdom of This World, “magical realism” is actually a mistranslation of Carpentier's vision of "lo real maravilloso,” where realistic elements appear in an otherwise “magical” setting. The works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Andrea Hairston, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Gloria Naylor, Helen Oyeyemi, Alice Walker, Arthur Flowers, Nalo Hopkinson, Kelly Link, Salman Rushdie, Laura Esquivel, Isabelle Allende, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Angela Carter, and numerous other slipstream storytellers are representative of this complex and exciting body of work we will explore in this workshop. Come prepared to read, discuss, and pen your own marvelous tales.
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Sheree Renée Thomas is the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press, named on the 2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award “Worthy” List and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review) and Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems. She is the editor of the groundbreaking anthologies, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (winner of the 2001 World Fantasy Award) and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (winner of the 2005 World Fantasy Award). Her speculative stories and poems also appear in Apex Magazine, Harvard’s Transition, Smith’s Meridians, NYU’s Black Renaissance Noire, Callaloo, ESSENCE, So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mythic Delirium, Strange Horizons, Revise the Psalm: Writers Celebrate the Work of Gwendolyn Brooks, The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry, An Alphabet of Embers: An Anthology of Unclassiafiables, Jalada Afrofuture(s), Afrofuturo(s), Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, Inks Crawl, Memphis Noir, and the black women’s horror anthology, Sycorax’s Daughters. Her work has been translated in French, Urdu, and Spanish and her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times and other publications. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Thomas is the Associate Editor of Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora.

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Film – The SAVOY KING – Chick Webb -August 30, 2017 – #FREE

One of the best films at past NY Film Festival appearances, this documentary is Highly Recommended

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We are very pleased to present a second screening of this exciting documentary and entertaining film Wednesday, August 30th 7pm.

We are happy to report that the first screening sold out within one week. Thanks to HARLEM HOSPITAL CENTER. They have reserved the new date of August 30th. 

We look forward to seeing you at our second screening August 30th.

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New Heritage Films
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August 12, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Film/ Theatre/symposium — Reel Sisters & Kumble Theater Present Black Women’s Joy: How Do You Play? || Afrofuturism Workshop with Sheree R. Thomas – 8/18 *NYC

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RSVP: BLACK WOMEN'S JOY
Reel Sisters Film Festival in association with Kumble Theater present Black Women’s Joy: How Do You Play?
Reel Sisters in association with Kumble Theater will kick off the festival’s 20th Anniversary season with “Black Women's Joy: How Do You Play?” Join us for a preview of Marta Effinger-Crichlow’s “Little Sallie Walker,” a documentary that tells the story of Black women who hold on to childhood play to cope in America. What is play? How has this jubilant ritual given generations of Black girls pleasure, refuge and power? Enjoy an evening of fun and sharing stories as we journey into childhood to reclaim our freedom to experience joy.
The event will be held on Wed., Sept. 27, 6:30 pm at Kumble Theater. For information call: 212-865-2982 or 718-488-1624 Free! Donations Welcomed!
@Kumble Theater, Located on Flatbush Ave. between DeKalb Ave. & Willoughby St., Brooklyn, NY
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Little Sallie Walker
Producer/Director: Marta Effinger-Crichlow
In Little Sallie Walker, Black women across the United States reflect upon their relationships with childhood play revealing how this ignored legacy helps them survive life in America. The title of the film is inspired by the classic follow-the-leader game "Little Sally Walker.” From big cities to rural hamlets, play like patty-cake, double-dutch, dress-up, hop-scotch, doll-making, and hide-and-go-seek help to paint an alternative picture of black women’s lives. Little Sallie Walker is a work-in-progress, please support the film at www.littlesalliewalker.com.
Marta Effinger-Crichlow (Producer/Director/Writer) is an interdisciplinary artist who uses film, theatre and literature as she focuses upon black women and girls and freedom and place. She is the author of Staging Migrations toward an American West: From Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones (University Press of Colorado).


REGISTER NOW: Marvelous Real
African Voices presents Writing the Marvelous Real: Stories for Magic Folks Whose Eyes Are On The Future, a two-day Speculative Fiction/Afrofuturism writing workshop. Sheree Renée Thomas, the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, will host the special workshop in celebration of African Voices 25th Anniversary. This is a two-day master craft writing workshop for writers interested in exploring the art of Speculative Fiction. Register for 2 days or one! Slots limited, register in advance!
Aug. 18, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm || Aug. 19, 2-4:30 pm
Registration Fee: $65 (2 days) or $35 (1-Day).
$10 Discount Register by 8/12. CODE: MarvelousReal2017.

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Music/ World Music/Festivals — Youssou N’Dour 8/12/17 #CelebrateBrooklyn *Prospect Park #FREE

We highly recommend this avatar of African music with a heavenly voice, powered by the most passionate African polyrhythms you will hear this Summer.
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BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL
Youssou N'Dour / Yacouba Sissoko
We close our season in majestic fashion with one of the great artists of our time, Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour. 
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We close our season in majestic fashion with one of the great artists of our time, Senegalese singer YOUSSOU N'DOUR. Described as an "arresting tenor, with prophetic authority" (The New York Times) and "perhaps the most famous singer alive [in Africa]," (Rolling Stone) N'Dour helped develop mbalax, a propulsive, soulful genre of Senegalese music. At the age of 12, he began performing with the Star Band, one of Dakar's prominent bands of the early '70s, before going on to form his own Latin-influenced dance band, Étoile de Dakar, which properly launched his career as Senegal's first pop star. His world travels have included collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Wyclef Jean, Paul Simon, and Branford Marsalis, among others.
N'Dour has a long history of activism and civic duty. In 1985, he organized a concert to free Nelson Mandela, and worked with UNICEF and the United Nations to open internet cafes across Africa and connect Senegalese communities worldwide. In recent years, he has served stints as both Senegal's Minister of Tourism and as Special Adviser to the President. We are honored to invite such an important musical mind and public figure to our stage. Malian kora master YACOUBA SISSOKO plays while the sun sets.

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The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. 
All Performances Rain or Shine. In the event of dangerous weather we will be communicating updates on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Doors open one hour prior to performance unless otherwise noted.

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Harlem Revive! 12pm -6pm Saturday 8/5/17 Queen of Katwe/ music/chess 6pm 8/26/17. Jackie Robinson Park

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Presented By Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. 

Don't Miss Harlem Revive!
Saturday at Jackie Robinson Park! 12noon to 6pm

Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI), a community development agency celebrating 30 years of service, presents "Harlem Revive: A Community Day of Unity". This Health and Career Fair will be a social, emotional, spiritual and financial health revival for Harlem community residents. The NY Knicks game truck will visit courtesy of Petro Heat and the day will include vendors, free food and fun activities! Each hour will be hosted by Young Life Ministries!

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HCCI co-presents QUEEN OF KATWE at the Free 15th Annual ImageNation Outdoors Festival
w/ Harlem Week

preceded by a live DJ
+ chess activities for kids! 

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
St. Nicholas Park
135th Street & St. Nicholas Ave.

Music & Chess – 6pm
Film – 8pm

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Dance- this Saturday August 5, 2017 – Foley Square (26 Federal Plaza, NYC) 11:00am

ELISA MONTE DANCE PRESENTS THREE NEW COMMISSIONED WORKS BY THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR AUGUST’S CITI SUMMER STREETS
 
 Three Consecutive Saturday’s, Three Different Concepts, One Great City

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New exhibitions and workshops – HoloCenter, NY

 
the HoloCenter  on Governors Island

Opening Reception
Sunday August 6, 2-4pm
 
Juyong Lee Memory of Time (image right)
 exploring the relationship of object and memory
Jürgen Eichler Coherence and Incoherence
 collaged painting and hologram (image above)
Kim Burgas and D. SchmüddeBorderless IV
 immersive installation, unconscious interactions among strangers
until August 27

Become a member of Governors Island,
enable the Island to stay open late
and receive a 50% discount on August workshops +other cool perks

Make Your Own Hologram
Friday Evenings
August 11 and 18 @6:15pm
–yes, you can play with lasers–
www.holocenter.org/make

Light Play – Thursdays @11:30am 

Explore light with art, science and play. 
Kids make and investigate light with hands-on activities each week.

Designed for 3-9 year-olds, younger and older kids welcome.

$10 suggested donation
http://holocenter.org/light-play
 
until August 24
The HoloCenter on Governors Island is open May 1 – October 27, 2017
Weekends 11am-5pm, Fridays and Public Holidays 2-4pm
**With Confirmed Late Hours Friday August 11 & 18 when the galleries are open until 6pm followed by hologram making**
Located at 403 Colonels Row (403 Comfort Rd in Maps)
Ferry schedules and map  www.holocenter.org/contact


The Center for the Holographic Arts is supported in part by the Hologram Foundation and receives exhibition funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
Light Play is made possible by grants from SPIE and Participatory Safety

August 4, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jazz/film/Dance/music – BRIC Festival Oct 14-21,2017 *bklyn

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This October 14-21, the third annual BRIC JazzFest features film, dance, a panel discussion, and a three-stage, three-night live music marathon that brings some of the most exciting global legends in jazz and groundbreaking emerging jazz artists to Brooklyn. Each evening is designed to let the audience move freely among performances and catch all of the artists each night, while enjoying great food and drink from the BRIC House café and bar.
More artists and events will be added soon, so check back! 
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BRIC JazzFest Film: CHASING TRANE
Oct 14, 2017 • 7:00 PM
@ BRIC House Ballroom · FREE w/ RSVP or Give $5 to get a guaranteed reserved seating!
The BRIC JazzFest again features two nights of film with documentaries that shed light on some of the most influential artists and historical moments in jazz: Chasing Trane and I Called Him Morgan.
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BRIC JazzFest Film: I CALLED HIM MORGAN
Oct 14, 2017 • 9:00 PM
@ BRIC House Ballroom · FREE w/ RSVP or Give $5 to get a guaranteed reserved seating!
The BRIC JazzFest again features two nights of film with documentaries that shed light on some of the most influential artists and historical moments in jazz: Chasing Trane and I Called Him Morgan.
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BRIC JazzFest Film: I CALLED HIM MORGAN
Oct 15, 2017 • 2:00 PM
@ BRIC House Ballroom · FREE w/ RSVP or Give $5 to get a guaranteed reserved seating!
The BRIC JazzFest again features two nights of film with documentaries that shed light on some of the most influential artists and historical moments in jazz: Chasing Trane and I Called Him Morgan.
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BRIC JazzFest Film: CHASING TRANE
Oct 15, 2017 • 4:00 PM
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The BRIC JazzFest again features two nights of film with documentaries that shed light on some of the most influential artists and historical moments in jazz: Chasing Trane and I Called Him Morgan.
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BRIC JAZZFEST / RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY
Ronald K. Brown / Evidence: A Dance Company Community Dance Class
Oct 16, 2017 • 6:30 PM
@ BRIC House Ballroom · FREE w/ RSVP
All ages and skills levels are welcome to join this Community Dance Class taught by master artist/choreographer Ronald K. Brown and members of his company, EVIDENCE: A Dance Company.
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THE STOOP SERIES / BRIC JAZZFEST
Jazz & Justice Panel Discussion
Oct 17, 2017 • 7:00 PM
@ BRIC House Stoop · FREE w/ RSVP
As part of the BRIC JazzFest, join us for a panel discussion on jazz and justice, featuring Samora Pinderhughes and Imani Uzuri, and moderated by Greg Tate.
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BRIC JazzFest 2017 Marathon Thursday
Oct 19, 2017 • 7:30 PM
@ BRIC Arts | Media House · $25 Adv / $30 Door (per day) / Limited 3-Day Passes $65 Adv
Featuring The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down, Terri Lyne Carrington Band, Binky Griptite Orchestra, Troker, Matthew Stevens, Mike Casey Trio, and the Kavita Shah Quintet.
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BRIC JazzFest 2017 Marathon Friday
Oct 20, 2017 • 7:30 PM
@ BRIC Arts | Media House · $25 Adv / $30 Door (per day) / Limited 3-Day Passes $65 Adv
Featuring Regina Carter: Simply Ella, Vijay Iyer, Samora Pinderhughes, Braxton Cook, Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirate Troubadours, Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies, LaFrae Sci + the Groove Diplomacy Youth Ensemble, Jazzmeia Horn, and Miramar.
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BRIC JazzFest 2017 Marathon Saturday
Oct 21, 2017 • 7:30 PM
@ BRIC Arts | Media House · $25 Adv / $30 Door (per day) / Limited 3-Day Passes $65 Adv
Featuring Maceo Parker, Theo Croker Escape Velocity, GoGo Penguin: Koyaanisqatsi A new score (performed live), Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition, Harriet Tubman, Imani Uzuri: Wild Cotton, Butcher Brown, Matana Roberts.
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Lap it up! Raise your Paws in the Air like you just don’t care! Dog Days of Cinema at the Newark Museum – August 10,17, 24 2017 *New Jersey

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Dreading the "Dog Days of Summer" again this year? The Newark Museum's Dog Days of Summer outdoor movie series promises to be something you and your friends (both two and four legged) will look forward to this August.
The Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden will be open late for fans of canine-themed classics. There will be plenty of room for you and your pet to spread out with your own blanket or low lawn chair. Designated seating for our members who choose not to bring Fido along will also be provided.
Films start at approximately 8:30pm and are free for members, Newark residents, children (under 10) and furry friends. Non-members purchase tickets for $10.00 for each Thursday or $25.00 for all three weeks of the series.
August 10th: Secret Life of Pets
August 17th: Good Boy
August 24th: Hotel for Dogs

• Cold, non-alcoholic beverages will be served by the Museum
• If you bring a picnic, please keep food contained and away from other pets
• Social pets only
• Simple waiver required upon arrival stating you will keep your dog on a leash and will clean up after him/her
• In case of inclement weather, check the Museum's website
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We Recommend Dance – NYC ELISA MONTE DANCE- 8/5,12,19 – 11:00am — 26 Federal Plaza, NYC

ELISA MONTE DANCE PRESENTS THREE NEW COMMISSIONED WORKS BY THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR AUGUST’S CITI SUMMER STREETS
 
 Three Consecutive Saturday’s, Three Different Concepts, One Great City

Elisa Monte Dance takes over Citi Summer Streets all August long! In collaboration with the Department of Transportation, the company will present three uniquely crafted audience experiences tailored to the Foley Square Rest Stop, integrating live music and the landscape of New York City! Interactive and reactive, the series will take place on the first 3 Saturdays of August (5, 12 and 19) at 11 am.
 
Since the company has gotten new leadership, it’s most recent works are very much rooted in the spirit of collaboration. These new works show a different side of Artistic Director Tiffany Rea-Fisher’s dance aesthetic, calling upon the audience and surroundings to complete the work, both conceptually and logistically, merging elements of pedestrian and modern movement, improvisation, technology and live music.

Elisa Monte Dance (EMD), an emotionally charged and highly acclaimed dance company that champions individuality, will present three distinctive dance premieres for Citi Summer Streets this August at the Foley Square Rest Stop. In the spirit of collaboration with the New York City Department of Transportation, and the celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space, the ensemble will present works rooted in the themes of the city, its inhabitants, and its history. Performances will take place at 26 Federal Plaza on August 5, 12, and 19 at 11:00 a.m.
 
“It is one thing to create a new work for a stage and seated audience,” explains Artistic Director, Tiffany Rea-Fisher. “You think about the experience of your audience in a specific way. This collaboration fuses technology, interaction, integration and the element of improvisation—the final product relies on the input from the audience and the connection they make to the movement, the music and dancers. “
 
Premiering on the inaugural Saturday of Citi Summer Streets, Around the World and Back Again, is a 30-minute interactive experience steeped in the international make-up of the city. With live music by iconic American jazz trio Triple Play, under the musical direction of Chris Brubeck, this work intertwines music, conversation, culture, movement and food to create a global sensory experience for all ages. With a jazz history lesson at the root of this work, audiences will be taken through different generations and origins of the evolution of jazz music and the way it influences the way movement is interpreted and celebrated.
 
 On August 12, EMD will consider the ways in which dance is made and consumed in the digital age. Tying into social media phenomenon “Boomerang,” the interactive premiere of the same name, will set up a museum-like atmosphere of dancers performing short phrases which seem to reverse themselves like boomerang videos. With the audience to determine the space and phrases, spectators are encouraged to document their experiences inside of the movement by posting pictures and video on social media with the unique hashtag #EMDSummerStreets.
 The third and final Citi Summer Streets Saturday focuses on the impermanence of creations that are built to last. Lost Art, a reference to the “Tilted Arc” sculpture by Richard Serra—the most notorious public sculpture controversy in the history of art law, removed from Foley Square in 1989 because of its “obstruction” to the pathway. With a museum card placed firmly in the plaza, audiences are invited to create messages and images around this lost art, while eight dancers perform a piece tracing the location of the once celebrated sculpture, and investigating themes of immigration and obstruction of pathways.
 
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
August 5: Around the World and Back Again
August 12: Boomerang
August 19: Lost Art
 
All performances will take place at 26 Federal Plaza based at the Foley Square Rest Stop on the corner of Lafayette Street and Worth Street in Manhattan’s TriBeca neighborhood, accessible by the 1,2,3,4,5,6, A and C trains.  All performances are at 11:00 a.m. and free to the public, rain or shine.
 
With a strong commitment to supporting the commission of a signature dance performance each season, EMD is the third company to collaborate with Citi Summer Streets and the New York Department of Transportation. Past commissions have included Teresa Fellion Dance and Heidi Latsky Dance.
 
 
ABOUT ELISA MONTE DANCE
Founded in 1981, Elisa Monte Dance is hailed around the world for its visceral and sensual style and embodiment of diverse cultural influences. Based in New York City, the non-profit dance company actively tours nationally and internationally showcasing its distinctive cross-discipline style and bridging cultural barriers through dance. The company’s eight dancers rise to the creative challenge in an ecstatic display of physical prowess that gives life to an intense array of emotions. The company has taken a practical and integral approach to arts education, regularly teaching professional workshops and creative movement for K-12 schools as well as working with at-risk populations. The company recently developed an eight-week creative tools mentorship program in collaboration with Steps on Broadway. Following EMDs 35th Anniversary Season in March of 2016, Founder Elisa Monte retired and Tiffany Rea-Fisher was appointed new Artistic Director of the company. Tiffany is committed to the idea of EMD as a 21st Century Dance Company which includes pushing the boundaries of what a modern dance company can do as well as putting EMD in the forefront of leadership in the dance field and exploring new models and partnerships.
For more information visit www.elisamontedance.org.
 
ABOUT THE NYC DOT SUMMER STREETS PROGRAM:
Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City's most valuable public space—our streets. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC's streets are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. Held between 7 AM and 1 PM, Summer Streets extends from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in New York City. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets. In 2016, nearly 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/summerstreets
 
ABOUT THE NYC DOT ART PROGRAM:
Launched in 2008, the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program invigorates the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. The Program partners with community-based organizations and artists to present murals, sculptures, projections and performances on plazas, fences, barriers, bridges, step streets and sidewalks for up to 11 months. As part of the Summer Streets program, DOT Art curates a series of engaging installations and performances along the event route in partnership with artists, dancers, musicians and nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/dotart.

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