Angie Cruz is a novelist and editor. Her fourth novel, How Not to Drown in A Glass of Water, is forthcoming Fall 2022. Her novel, Dominicana was the inaugural book pick for GMA book club and chosen as the 2019/2020 Word Up Uptown Reads. Cruz is the author of two other novels, Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee and the recipient of numerous fellowships and residencies including the Lighthouse Fellowship, Siena Art Institute, and the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Fellowship. She’s the founder and Editor-in-chief of the award-winning literary journal, Aster(ix). Cruz is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and divides her time between Pittsburgh, New York and Turin.
Garry Grant is a visual artist based in New York City with a focus on abstraction. His work is inspired by the materials he employs and the use of color and texture. A master gilder, he uses gold, silver, and copper leaf for the underpinning of his large-scale works, building these variegated metals onto canvas and wood to create vibrancy and varying degrees of depth to the background. Grant’s work is held in private collections and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the country. He attended the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and the American College of Applied Arts in Atlanta, Georgia where he studied graphic communication and fine art.
Rose Deler received her MFA in Studio Arts from the City College of New York. Her work has been exhibited at The Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum, The Pen and Brush Gallery in New York City, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Gallery in Woodstock, Taller Boricua Gallery in NY, Rio II Gallery, Cohen Library Archives Gallery, Aaron Davis Gallery, Maggi Peyton Gallery & elsewhere. Her work is in the permanent collection of Georgetown Peabody Library in Massachusetts. Rose is an adjunct faculty at CCNY teaching Introduction to Ceramics Design and Introduction to Sculpture. She is a member of the New York Society of Women Artists and a recipient of the 2022 UMEZ grant for her “History Now” exhibition.
The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre offers young people ages 6-18 an affordable opportunity to explore the craft of theatre and art of storytelling, guided by professional, working theatre artists. Our safe, nurturing environment cultivates discipline, teamwork, empathy, confidence, and mentorship - values that participants will carry with them both on and off stage. Established in 1999 by actor and opera singer Reinaldo Martínez-Cubero, Pied Piper offers four productions per year, two for kids ages 6-13 and two for ages 12-18. We were proud to have provided continuous programming throughout the pandemic. Using creative reimagining including an independent movie and outdoor productions, we never stopped.
Harlem School of the Arts was founded in 1964 by internationally acclaimed concert soprano Dorothy Maynor. She opened HSA in the basement of the St. James Presbyterian Church in Harlem at a time when the community suffered severe physical blight, high levels of poverty and offered few cultural resources for its young people. In May 1979, HSA opened its state-of-the art 37,000 square-foot award-winning facility and in 2013 received an extraordinary leadership gift of $6 million from acclaimed trumpeter Herb Alpert, which enabled HSA to undertake a major renovation of its facility beginning in 2019. HSA is a gleaming beacon of renewal and a vibrant hub of cultural activity that has blossomed into an extraordinary cultural institution that has served more than 60,000 students over the last 58 years!
NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated academic health care delivery systems, dedicated to providing the highest quality, most compassionate care and service to patients in the New York metropolitan area, nationally, and throughout the globe. In collaboration with two renowned medical schools, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, groundbreaking research, and innovative, patient-centered clinical care.