Creative Time


 

MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2021—CALL & RESPONSE WITH FOR FREEDOMS

 

*DUE TO RAIN, THE PROGRAM WAS RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 17*

 

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TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021

 

A peach farmstand. 8:00 am–5:00 pm On Plaza—GrowNYC Farmer's Market
 
The largest and most established environmental organization in NYC, GrowNYC offers its network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.



 

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2021

 

Graphic reading THE PEOPLE'S PLATFORM 10:00 am–5:30 pm On Stage—The People’s Platform
 
Throughout the run of Red Stage, The People’s Platform offers times for the public to activate the stage in performance, rehearsal, gathering, protest, and all forms of creative expression. Folks can register to take the stage in advance here, or in-person on the plaza.
A large group of people standing in a church. 6:00 pm–8:00 pm On Stage—Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC
 
Melodia will activate the stage by inviting treble choral singers to join Melodia members and guests in participatory choral sing. Move, connect – and sing together! Masking and social distancing protocols will be observed.
 
Founded in 2003, Melodia is dedicated to exploring, creating, and performing exemplary classical and contemporary music composed for women’s voices.
 
Instagram: @melodiawomenschoir | Twitter: @melodiasings | FB: @melodiawomenschoir | www.melodiawomenschoir.org
Graphic reading THE PEOPLE'S PLATFORM From 8:30 pm On Stage—The People’s Platform
 
Throughout the run of Red Stage, The People’s Platform offers times for the public to activate the stage in performance, rehearsal, gathering, protest, and all forms of creative expression. Folks can register to take the stage in advance here, or in-person on the plaza.


 

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THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2021

 

RE:VISIONING HISTORY WITH FOR FREEDOMS—UTILIZING A CALL AND RESPONSE METHODOLOGY, FOR FREEDOMS TAKES RED STAGE IN THE LEAD-UP TO THE NEW YORK CITY PRIMARY ELECTIONS, WHICH HOLDS AN HISTORIC NUMBER OF SEATS UP FOR ELECTION.

 

Graphic Logo with a flag, reading FOR FREEDOMS. 2:00 pm On Stage—Reading of an ongoing anti-racist edit of the Declaration of Independence
 
Join us for a live reading of this anti-racist democracy text. We invite the audience onsite and at home to suggest additional edits to the document that speaks to liberation and community.
 
2:00 pm–7:00 pm On Plaza—For Freedoms Lawn Signs
 
Step into your radical imagination and create your own definitions of freedom. Drop-in throughout the day to create your own lawn sign to display onstage.
blue graphic with white text reading RANK THE VOTE NYC 2:00 pm–7:00 pm On Plaza—Rank The Vote
 
Drop-in to learn how rank choice voting works and why it's important with Rank the Vote.
Two images of children painting on canvases. 3:00 pm–4:00 pm On Stage—Black Painters Academy Painting Class
 
Join the Black Painters Academy, a new school dedicated to Black art history, for an adult painting class in the still life tradition. Led by artist and founder of the Academy Azikiwe Mohammed, this flag-focused class will consider ways that flags symbolize unified ideas people gather behind or in front of, and why. The still life will be based on ideas of land and freedom. Painting supplies will be provided for the first 10 people to arrive, after that people are invited to participate as they see so fit. Class is open to all, but inherent to the mission, Black Painters Academy centers Black people.
 
A 2005 graduate of Bard College, where he studied photography and fine arts, Azikiwe Mohammed received a Rauschenberg Artists Fund Grant in 2021 in support of The Black Painters Academy, a free art school / space for mutual aid he founded in 2020.
 
Instagram: @blackpaintersacademy
round colorful graphic logo reading soft power 4:00 pm–6:00 pm On Plaza—Soft Power Vote
 
There is MORE on the ballot than the Mayor! Drop-in to get your ballot primer from Soft Power Vote! Learn how to vote, when to vote, and why it matters.
A woman with dark skin, in a dress, singing. 4:30 pm–5:00 pm On Stage—ArinMaya with Edson Sean
 
A special performance by singer ArinMaya with collaborator Edson Sean on guitar. "The Mayor of Brooklyn," ArinMaya's musical training and performance background began with studies in West African dance and rhythms, continued in numerous church and community choirs, and was fostered by her parents’ diverse record collection. Sean is a singer, songwriter, emcee, and producer on a mission to bring authentic musicality back to the forefront.
woman with glasses and purple dyed hair. 5:00 pm–7:00 pm On Stage—The People’s Political Platform facilitated by Bitsy Bentley
 
Imagination requires us to declare what we do want, and not just what we don't want. Let's think big and bold together to create a collaborative and additive political platform for the people. That means edits can only come in the form of additions, never subtractions.


 

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2021

 

Graphic reading THE PEOPLE'S PLATFORM 10:00 am–4:00 pm On Stage—The People’s Platform
 
Throughout the run of Red Stage, The People’s Platform offers times for the public to activate the stage in performance, rehearsal, gathering, protest, and all forms of creative expression. Folks can register to take the stage in advance here, or in-person on the plaza.
Avi 5:00 pm–7:00 pm On Stage—Recovery by WOW Café Theater
 
Through theater, video, music, dance, and site-specific aerial performance art, artists of the WOW Café Theater collective address the theme of recovery: recovery from pandemic illness, addiction, systemic oppression, and intergenerational trauma featuring Cate Wiley, Luna De La Rosa, Parker RopeBoi, Jess Cermak, Mistah Coles, Ava Allen, Henrietta Bagazonzya, Jaiden Castro, Rhonesha Castro, Evan Allen, Mistah, Denyse McMillion.
 
Instagram: @wow.cafe | www.wowcafe.org



 

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SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2021—JUNETEENTH

 

Two images of children painting on canvases. 10:00 am–12:00 pm On Stage—Black Painters Academy Juneteenth Painting Class
 
Join the Black Painters Academy, a new school dedicated to Black art history, for a day for celebration with painting offerings that focus on the physical elements and objects surrounding celebration within the Black community. Painting supplies will be provided for the first 10 people to arrive, after that people are invited to participate as they see so fit. Class is open to all, but inherent to the mission, Black Painters Academy centers Black people.
 
A 2005 graduate of Bard College, where he studied photography and fine arts, Azikiwe Mohammed received a Rauschenberg Artists Fund Grant in 2021 in support of The Black Painters Academy, a free art school / space for mutual aid he founded in 2020.
 
Instagram: @blackpaintersacademy
A woman facing to the right in a hat and holding a guitar. 4:30 pm–8:00 pm On Stage—Joe’s Pub and Make Music New York: Juneteenth Legacy Project
 
As part of Make Music New York, a live, free musical celebration happening on the streets of New York City every year, Joe’s Pub presents A Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 4:30 pm–8:00 pm. The event features live performances by Celisse, Ché Buford, and Mal Sounds, and the Juneteenth Legacy Project.
 



 

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SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2021—JASON MORAN

 

Pink graphic logo against a black background, of an upside down triangle, with hands holding bars. 10:00 am–12:00 pm On Plaza—Father’s Day Letter Writing to Incarcerated Parents and Caregivers
 
Black & Pink: NYC is a prison abolitionist organization dedicated to abolishing the criminal punishment system and liberating LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by that system through advocacy, support, and organizing.
A man sitting in a plaid shirt. 4:00 pm–7:00 pm On Stage—Begin Again: Jason Moran with Total Freedom and students from The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts
 
On the Sunday after Juneteenth, join the acclaimed musician Jason Moran as he takes over Red Stage to sonically usher in the possibility of freedom.
 
4:00 pm The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts
 
Students from The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts perform songs, spoken word, and dance from a recent project on the struggle and brilliance of artists from the Harlem Renaissance, artists whose art told their stories and reflected their surroundings. Similarly, UASPA students were challenged to transmute their experiences over the last year through an art form of their choice: photography, dance, song, poetry, acting, or any combination. Guided by outside artists and the wealth and richness that is Harlem, students dove deep, made connections, called on muses near and far, and produced a dynamic and bold body of work.
 
Featuring performances by Quincy Simpson, Ariana Ponce, Shanaysha Bennett, Afrika Garry & Taylor Tarrats, Vivian Santos, and Jaylynn Vann.
 
5:00 pm Jason Moran and Total Freedom
 
Jason Moran and DJ Total Freedom (Ashland Mines) reunite for an improvised duet full of wild and unpredictable sounds.
 
6:00 pm Jason Moran
 
Close out the evening with a solo performance by Jason Moran.
 
Jazz pianist, composer, and performance artist Jason Moran was born in Houston, TX in 1975 and earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jaki Byard. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. Moran currently teaches at the New England Conservatory.
 


 

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Lead project support for Red Stage is provided by Max and Monique Burger, Burger Collection Hong Kong; Molly Gochman; The O’Grady Foundation; and an anonymous donor. Red Stage is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The project would not have been possible without site support and collaboration from the NYC Department of Transportation’s Temporary Art Program (DOT Art) and the Village Alliance.
 
Major Creative Time programming support for 2021 has been generously provided by Arison Arts Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, The David Teiger Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and The Willem de Kooning Foundation. We are also grateful for the support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the City Council; and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.