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NoMAA’s Technical Assistance 2020 – We Can Breathe: Healing for the BIPOC Uptown Arts Community

Presented by NoMAA in partnership with Bread and Yoga & SoHumanity, we invite you to come be a part of We Can Breathe: Healing for the BIPOC Uptown Arts Community.

Join us for a FREE 9-video series of inspirational videos centered around Black, Indigenous, people of color in collaboration with artists from the Uptown community. Black, Indigenous and People of Color, as well as allies committed to dismantling white supremacy in themselves, their work and the world who are performers and artists are all welcome!


To view the full playlist and choose what you’d like to watch next, go to the upper right corner of the window and click the three lines with the triangle to show all videos.

ABOUT THE SERIES:
In this series we use the breath, stillness and movement exploration as tools for artists and performers to access their creativity. The word inspiration literally means the drawing in of breath! As artists, this is our call to action! To be filled with so much inspiration that our art moves us and others towards change.

Tanya Birl-Torres of SoHumanity and teacher at Bread and Yoga, will lead each video, pairing movement, breath work and space for contemplation with the works of uptown visual and musical artists as a means to ground, inspire and celebrate our community.

As we process the triple pandemic of COVID-19, systemic racism and climate change, we will use this platform as an opportunity to create space for artists to process the effects of these turbulent times and to liberate their artistic voice.

The videos will be released in 3 themes, 1 per week starting November 8th! There will be a 5-minute, 15-minute, and 30-minute videos for each week. You’ll be able to access the links to the videos at the bottom of this post as we release them.

DATES AND THEMES:

  • Week One (Nov. 8): Vulnerability as Strength
  • Week Two (Nov. 15): Love as Sacred Activism
  • Week Three (Nov. 22): Power in Joy
  • LIVE Event: TBA

ABOUT TANYA BIRL-TORRES
(CHOREOGRAPHER, MOVEMENT DIRECTOR, DANCER AND YOGA TEACHER)

Tanya believes in creating spaces that move us towards curiosity and connection. She has a passion and a vision to use her artistry to blur the lines between performer and audience, teacher and student, recognizing that we are all creative by nature of being born. Tanya has spent the past decade as a Broadway dancer, movement director and choreographer working with Institutions such as the Public Theater, The Signature Theater and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival to name a few. Tanya is also a trained 500 hr RYT Yoga Teacher with Illumina Yoga and has studied at The Presencing Institute at MIT, as a systems change facilitator. She is certified in trauma informed yoga and leads workshops for yoga students, public school educators and artists on ‘Embodying Change’ and ‘Reclaiming the Rights of the Body.’ She currently teaches weekly at Bread and Yoga in Inwood and has dedicated her classes to the resistance and dismantling of white BODY supremacy in spiritual and wellness spaces.

Tanya is focused on taking powerful ideas and visions and grounding them in the body. Tanya works at the intersection of the arts, justice and systemic change teaching people how to hold difficult conversations coming up through their artistry, home and work lives and sharing how we enter into them while staying present and in the body. She believes that in itself is an act of justice. Using movement, yoga, creative connection and curiosity as a means to ground, source and embody the truth of who we are.

Connect with Tanya: SoHumanity.com | @sohumanity

COLLABORATIONS:

WILSON TORRES (PERCUSSIONIST AND WAHI NATIVE)
Wilson is a graduate of The Juilliard School M.A.P, The Juilliard School Pre College program and F.H LaGuardia High School of Music and Art (Fame). He received his B.M, M.M in Orchestral Performance from The Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Duncan Patton and Christopher S. Lamb. Broadway Credits include Tony and Grammy Award winning musical “In the Heights”, “Les Misérables” (25th anniversary revival), “Lysistrata Jones”, “The Wiz” (Encores),“On Your Toes” (Encores), “Cabin in the Sky” (Encores), “Invisible Thread” (2nd Stages) and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Tours: “Lion King” (1st National), “Lion King” (Cheetah) and “Wicked” (1st National). Orchestral credits include San Francisco Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Staten Island Symphony and Albany Symphony. Film/TV: Smash, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Oceans 8, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Fosse/Verdon, West Side Story and In The Heights. Wilson is the percussionist for Camile A. Brown and Dancers and is a proud endorser of Latin Percussion and Sabian Cymbals.

CURTIS STEWART@CURTIS.STEWART_VIOLIN

Grammy nominated violinist Curtis Stewart enjoys an eclectic career bouncing between various realms of music: from MTV specials with Wyclef Jean and sold out shows at Madison Square Garden with Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and Seal, to stints at the Kennedy center with the Jimmy Heath Big Band and performance installations at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Curtis has performed as a classical soloist at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, as a special guest soloist/curator with the New York Philharmonic, made chamber music appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Newport Jazz Festival. His ensembles PUBLIQuartet and The Mighty Third Rail realize a vision to find personal and powerful connections between styles, cultures and musics. Curtis has worked with today’s forward thinking musicians including Henry Threadgill, Jason Moran, members of International Contemporary Ensemble, Billy Childs, the JACK quartet, members of Snarky Puppy, Don Byron, Linda Oh, Ari Hoenig, Matt Wilson, among many others.

An avid teacher, he has taught chamber music at the Juilliard School, orchestra/strings/music theory at the Laguardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts for ten years, and is currently the Chamber Music and New Juilliard Ensemble Manager at the Juilliard School, in New York City. Curtis graduated magna cum laude from the Eastman School of Music with a BA of Mathematics from the University of Rochester.

DANIEL WATTS — IG/Twitter: @dwattswords
WattsWords Productions – www.wattswords.com

Daniel J. Watts is a 2020 Tony Award nominee and Outer Critics Circle Award Winner for his portrayal of Ike Turner in the hit broadway musical TINA. He has appeared in nine Broadway shows including Hamilton, Memphis, and After Midnight. He received the Barrymore Award (Peoples Light) and the LA Ovation Award (Geffen Playhouse) for best featured actor for his portrayal of Sammy Davis, Jr. in “Lights Out: Nat King Cole” opposite Dulé Hill. TV credits include Season 3 of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, Seasons 1 & 2 of “The Last OG”, “Blindspot”, & “Vinyl”.

Off-Broadway he has starred as the title character in Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Death of the Last Black Man in the Entire World AKA The Negro Book of the Dead” (Signature Theatre) & “Whorl Inside A Loop” (2nd Stage).

A play-on-words, Daniel J. Watts’ THE JAM pays homage to Watts’ great-grandmother who, after making jam from scratch, would share with others what she
was unable to consume herself. THE JAM is Watts’ continuation of that
legacy, blending elements of stand-up comedy and compelling storytelling with his
original spoken word, often set to music and/or dance. The Jam: Only Child was a wide success at the 2020 Public Theatre Under The Radar Festival and will be streamed as part of the Signature Theater (DC) 2020-2021 season.

His original work and musical collaborations are featured on Raphael Saadiq’s newest album “Jimmy Lee”, Tituss Burgess’ “Saint Tituss”, Divinity Roxx’s ImPossible, Nick Blaemire’s “Ampersand”; as a contributing artist for Armstrong Now in conjunction with The Louis Armstrong House Museum; and featured in the young adult anthology “How I Resist” edited by New York Times Best Seller Maureen Johnson for Wednesday Books/Macmillan.

Watts is an artist in residence at ASU Gammage and has also served as an adjunct professor of NYU’s Tisch New Studio.

BFA Graduate Elon University Music Theatre Program. 2011 Young Alumnus Award Recipient.

This event is made possible by ConEdison, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Manhattan Borough President Gale A Brewer & The Manhattan Community Award.

Latinos Out Loud – 2020 Census PSA

Latinos Out Loud invite you to their CENSUS PARTY!
The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), in partnership with the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A Brewer brings you a series of census messages.

The census is much more than just a head count.
It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned. Cities like ours, with diverse populations and large immigrant communities are at risk of being undercounted.
2020census.gov

Special Thanks to Joanna Castro

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that NoMAA’s Board of Directors announce Joanna E. Castro’s departure as Executive Director.  Since 2012, Joanna has a played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss her and her leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors.  We are also pleased to announce that while she will no longer serve as ED, she will continue to be a part of the NoMAA family as a consultant on special projects.

We thank her for her three and half years of dedicated service ad ED, which include many accomplishments such as:

  • Launching The Allen Pavilion of New York Presbyterian Hospital exhibitions
  • Developing important panel discussions such as the LGBTQ Panel Program coinciding with Stonewall 50 as well as one convened on the anniversary of Hurricane Maria
  • Partnering with locally elected officials, government agencies, economic development corporations around the importance of supporting initiatives to help uptown artists and their work in the community
  • Expanding the Uptown Arts Stroll/Paseo de las Artes, increasing the number of cultural events to over 300

2020 Census NEWS

The US Census Bureau is hiring in Upper Manhattan! Come speak with Census recruitment officers and apply for Census taker and administrative positions. Starting pay rate is $25 per hour! RSVP https://neighbors.columbia.edu/events/census-2020-harlem-recruitment-day
The US Census Bureau is hiring in Upper Manhattan! Come speak with Census recruitment officers and apply for Census taker and administrative positions. Starting pay rate is $25 per hour! INFO / RSVP – click on flyer
Oct. 30, 2019
NYC CENSUS SCAM FIGHTERS GEARING UP FOR 2020 BATTLE
By Rachel Holliday Smith READ – click image
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announces the Complete Count Committee and Manhattan Counts Funding Initiative INFO – click image

NoMAA Inwood Banners 2019

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance will showcase two of the 2019 Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest finalists as part of NoMAA’s Inwood banner program. The two local artists are Sirin Thada and Emely Francesca Perez.

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance will showcase two of the 2019 Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest finalists as part of NoMAA’s Inwood banner program. The two local artists are Sirin Thada and Emely Francesca Perez.

Thanks to funding from Small Business Services/N360 Grant and the Washington Heights Business Improvement District, NoMAA is again (first time was in 2016) showcasing work by uptown artists with banners placed throughout Inwood.

Learn more about the Sirin Thada and Emely Francesca Martinez here:

Emely Francesca Perez
Emely Francesca Perez
I was raised in Mexico City. I moved to the US when I was 15. Being the daughter of Mexican and Korean parents I have always been exposed to various cultures. My work focuses on the shared characteristics of different cultures, my childhood, and my life in New York. Living in Washington Heights I have explored the community and found inspiration for my artwork. I hope the banners encourage people to see more of their neighborhood and engage with the art community here.

Sirin Thada
Sirin Thada
Northern Manhattan is officially “home” for me and my husband, and we’ve been here for a total of almost a decade. We love Inwood for many reasons, which I wanted to celebrate in the artwork: spectacular birding, the last old growth forest in Manhattan, and most importantly, todos mis vecinos who brighten my day and are the heart of this neighborhood. I chose an old-fashioned woodblock style as a nod to the past, as this neighborhood has so much history to discover. From the ice age-era glacial potholes, to the Lenape rock caves, Inwood marble outcroppings, and a few traces left of what were once gilded-era mansions — I am very grateful to be a part of this vibrant community, y les agradezco mucho!

 

2019 Uptown Arts Stroll Closing

CLOSING RECEPTION! The Uptown Arts Stroll closing is Thursday, June 27th from 6:00-8:30pm at the Harlem School of the Arts 645 Saint Nicholas Ave @141 St

Performances by Obrien Luna, DJ LiKWUiD and students of The Harlem School of the Arts. FREE

RSVP ON EVENTBRITE

In 2019 the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance is pleased to recognize the talents and contributions of Mino Lora, Founding Executive Director – People’s Theatre Project; Obrien Luna, singer songwriter; Dance Theatre of Harlem, on their 50th Anniversary; Hike the Heights, celebrating 15 years, and Warner Bros. Pictures, filming Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” uptown this summer.
Please join us in honoring them at the closing!