Urbano Sanchez, Hasan Bakr, Tomas Rodriguez, Kevin Nathaniel – Kensington Plaza
“this sacred space is Kensington Plaza, and it’s been a challenging space for many who live near it. it’s where homeless community members read books, sleep, have lunch, and cultivate their own sense of community, despite some neighbors’ calls to evict them from the streets.
for some of the homeless community members, Kensington will always be where they return to following stays at city shelters or other neighborhoods.
public plazas across our city, especially those hugging local businesses and nearby train stations, are safe spaces for homeless people.
i have been working closely with neighbors and arts organizations to activate the space with regular, positive programming. and while we have city agencies/311 to respond to occasional fights and trash complaints, neighbors have a responsibility in creating a more welcoming, safe, and greener Kensington for all. and ya, it’s an art not a science…so it’ll take commitment and time.
this past Saturday the melodious Mecca Bodega played during the afternoon. the musical performance is not meant to be a concert, it’s meant to just be a part of Kensington Plaza neighbors’ day—unexpected and beautiful.
Shahana Hanif, Director of Organizing and Community Engagement
Office of NYC Council Member Brad Lander
We are pleased to inform you that The Singing Winds has been chosen to participate in the 2019 Community Visioning Cohort program with Partnerships for Parks. Your strong history of programming, engagement, and advocacy on behalf of Albemarle Playground makes us confident that you will utilize the tools in this selective training experience to strengthen your park improvement efforts.
—Community Visioning Team
Recognizing our strong history of programming, engagement and advocacy on behalf of Albemarle Playground, the Partnership for Parks has selected Singing Winds to participate in their 2019 Community Visioning Cohort!
Through participation in a series of training workshops and Community Visioning Events, Singing Winds will offer interactive surveys to park-goers in Albemarle Playground in order to develop 1. new programming for children, teens and families, 2. a “Friends of . . .” volunteer group and 3. advocacy tools to support community engagement in capital improvements in the playground.
The Singing Winds presents “The Lions and Dragons Dance – a children’s celebration of the Lunar New Year” featuring special guests from the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute.
2019 is the Year of the Pig! Come celebrate the Lunar New Year with Lion Dance, Fan Dance, Kung Fu, music, and stories from China. With a special presentation by the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute, “The Lions and Dragons Dance” will introduce you to some of the legends and traditional customs associated with this ancient celebration.
Recommended for all ages! Wear Red!
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for food, crafts and activities.
Where: PS 230 auditorium, 1 Albemarle Street
When: Friday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m.
The Singing Winds presents “Juha and His Donkey – Stories, Music and Dance from Yemen” featuring storytelling in Arabic and English and special guest Mohamed Hael, playing oud and keyboards.
Join us this Saturday, and hear the lessons of Juha and the Wise Man. Calligraphy and clay projects. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Arabic music, and join the dance!
Please note that we will be dancing in separate groups for boys and girls.
Doors open at 2:00 p.m. for food, crafts and activities.
Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts
Singing Winds’ Jill Reinier will travel to Bangladesh as Mask-Maker for this vibrant dance drama, produced by Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts!
with Artbuilt Mobile Studio and the Kensington Stewards