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April 24th-26th
7:00-10:00 p.m.
University Settlement
184 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002

Admission is Free!
Reservation recommended

Show Don’t Tell: A Symposium with The Fellowship for Utopian Practice and The Performance Project’s 2018 Artists-in-Residence is an opportunity to get a close-up and participatory view into the projects of artists working at the intersection of their imaginations and civic participation.

On April 24th and 25th Fellows from The Fellowship for Utopian Practice will present their projects and research. The Fellowship for Utopian Practice is a process-based program that supports artists at the seed phase of project development, allowing artists and creative practitioners to create cross-sector modes of activating and collaborating with their communities and the general public. Learn about the unique perspectives that the Culture Push Fellows and their collaborators bring to each urgent topic.

On April 26th The Performance Project’s AIRs will present excerpts of their projects and share their experiences connecting to the communities associated with University Settlement. Learn about the genesis of these projects and how they are evolving through community attuned practices.   

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Admission is free with suggested donation at the door.

See the full schedule below:


April 24th

7:00-7:30: Aida Šehović will give a presentation about w_i_t_n_e_s_s_(assembly), a multi-year project that addresses gender-based violence and connects with survivors to help initiate healing and reconciliation. She will follow her presentation with a discussion about the systemic forces that perpetuate and normalize this type of violence.

7:30-8:00: Walis Johnson will give a presentation and screen a short film that documents her work in Fall 2017 on The Red Line Project. As part of an exploration of walking as research practice and the historical legacy of redlining in Brooklyn, Johnson is developing two performative works--a labyrinth walk and a “live cinema” performance--that create a meditative space for collective reflection on ideas of home, pilgrimage, and gentrification.

8:00-8:30: Yvonne Shortt will hold a discussion about the impact of collaborative construction and design, which has been central to her project, Women Who Build-Artists Who Own. A woman-led and woman-grown initiative based in Rego Park, Queens, Shortt’s project empowers women to learn construction skills, grow their networks, and increase their confidence as problem solvers.

8:30-9:00: Noemi Segarra will livestream from Puerto Rico to discuss the evolution of her collaborative art practice in the wake of Hurricane Maria and share her experience of displacement. With PISO proyecto, Segarra has created a physical platform to explore improvisational bodily movement as a political tool to consider issues of identity and personhood for Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and abroad.

April 26th

Work by the University Settlement’s Performance Project

Creative Traffic Flow

Sophia Dawson

Jesca Prudencio

Culinary Theater

The Performance Project answers the call to mentor, encourage, and diversify art makers, leaders, educators and students. University Settlement is a 130 year-old cultural kitchen that is deeply rooted in community, and the arts are represented across the Performance Project’s entire body of work. Their creative community development approach fosters a sense of belonging, reciprocity and possibility for creative leaders from all walks of life at every stage in their development.

April 25th

7:00-7:30: Hidemi Takagi will set up a pop-up photo-booth to take portraits of attendees, replicating the form of her Fellowship project, The Bed-Stuy Social 'Photo' Club. As a photographer and artist intimately involved in her community of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Hidemi will share her progress in setting up a photography studio in Bed-Stuy where community members to gain the skills to capture their everyday lives.

7:30-8:00: Ranjani Chakraborty and Salvador Muñoz will lead a training in and discussion on ways to respond as a bystander to street harassment. Their project, Say What?! Street Harassment Intervention Strategies, uses a grassroots, multimedia template to equip the NYC community with the skills necessary to respond to and intervene in street harassment when witnessing it.

8:00-8:30: Chris Ignacio will perform a selection of songs generated from his project Co-Written, a series of songwriting and performance workshops in New York for young people of color. He will be accompanied by World Champion Beatboxers Kaila Mullady and Mark Martin.

8:30-9:00: Theodore Kerr will lead a conversation with participants from THE PAST PREPARES US FOR A BETTER FUTURE, a writing workshop created by writer Timothy DuWhite. Kerr and DuWhite are members of What Would an HIV Doula Do? a collective of artists, activists, chaplains, and doulas, who explore the role of community in the ongoing AIDS crisis and how to respond through a care-based approach.

9:00-9:30: Chinatown Art Brigade, a collective of Asian American artists and activists, will give a presentation about their efforts to facilitate community-led responses to gentrification and displacement in New York’s Chinatown.