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A Message from the Executive Director
Dear a4 Friends:
If there's one thing I learned after 9/11, it's this: Art matters.
In the stunned, chaotic days immediately following that vibrantly blue day in September, it seemed that all people wanted to do was come together--to sing, read a poem, hear a prayer. We all witnessed art as a collective experience of trying to understand the incomprehensible.
In the months that followed, the board and staff of the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) worked to help the arts community pull together, in particular in the service of Manhattan's Chinatown, which was economically devastated following the attacks.
Now, ten years later, we gather again. Not only to remember, but to find a meaningful way forward.
All of us at a4 are eager to present the creative work of our community through three fantastic events that are part of our "Call and Response" series, which you may read more about below. This launches our Locating the Sacred festival, which takes place one year from now as a way to promote understanding and help position artists as agents of change.
So join us as we remember together...and as we celebrate the power of art to bring communities together and make a difference!
PS: Check out my 9/11 blog post, "Flowers for the Living," about working as a high-end floral designer at Windows on the World. Please take a look, leave a comment or share your own story or memory!
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a4 is thrilled to launch the Call & Response series. Join us for three Sunday evenings as we engage with artists in hallowed spaces to explore the meaning of the word "sacred" and commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2011, 5:30 PM
The Garden at Greenwich House Music School
Join us for this Kirtan--the simple yet powerful "call and response" chanting that has its roots in many of India's devotional traditions. Featuring master kirtanker Anjula Prasad in the enchanting garden of Greenwich House Music School.
Purchase tickets here
SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, 2011, 6:00 PM
The Judson Memorial Church
a4 and Slideluck Potshow come together to present a slideshow of curated artist's works that reflects upon the theme of "Sacred Space." Come for the potluck, stay for the art, and take in the spectacle of the majestic Judson Memorial Church.
Purchase tickets here
SUNDAY OCTOBER 9, 2011, 5:00 PM
Flushing Town Hall
Come to historic Flushing Town Hall for the world premiere of "Say You Heard My Echo," an original spoken word theatre piece that weaves together the fictional poetic narratives of three Asian American women in conversations with female religious icons. A collaboration among poets Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Adeeba Rana, and YaliniDream.
Purchase tickets here
Alliance+ Member Events
Saturday, September 10, 8:00 - 9:30pm:
Music Show & Tell: Ami Yamasaki -- Energy
The Center for Remembering & Sharing presents "ENERGY" by Ami Yamasaki. The piece is the voice, sounds, and visual arts that Yamasaki made with her friends in Tokyo, inspired by conversations with her friends about the earthquake and their ordinary life.
Thursday, September 15, 6:30 - 8:00pm:
Maria the Korean Bride LIVE at the Korea Society
Join Maria at the Korea Society on Thursday, September 15th for a lively discussion on marriage pressure from a Korean American's perspective.
Saturday, September 17, 5:30 - 7:00pm:
Traditional Odissi Recital at Lotus Music & Dance
Leesa Mohanty, internationally acclaimed Odissi dancer and author, will give a performance based on the divine femininity of Odissi dance.
Click here to view more events
[Featured Alliance+ Member]
Desipina Productions is a fusion arts company focusing in film and theatre. Its name comes from the slang for a person of South Asian (desi) and Filipina (pina) descent, and it is firmly dedicated to promoting the cross-pollinations of cultural and artistic dialogues.
Check out their upcoming play, "Barriers". Written by Rehana Lew Mirza, "Barriers" takes place four months after 9/11 and deals with the Chinese/Pakistani Abbas Family and the loss of their oldest son Nabhil at the World Trade Center. Performances run from September 7 to 18.
To learn more about Desipina Productions and get in touch, click here
Posted! Opportunities on the UAI Forum
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(Casting Call) Nina Day Casting is seeking men with great moustaches for a national commercial. All sizes and styles welcome!
Learn about more opportunities and post your own!
The Urban Artist Initiative (UAI) Forum is a joint project of Asian American Arts Alliance, Amerinda, Bronx Council on the Arts, Harlem Arts Alliance, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Queens Council on the Arts.
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