Thank you, NYSCA!

We are proud to announce that the New York State Council on the Arts has awarded us a 2020 Project Support grant through the Special Arts Services program.  Thank you!  We are so grateful for the support that has been offered to the Singing Winds: Storytelling from Around the World program.

Music in the Plaza

 

click here to see original Facebook post with music by Paul Mueller of Mecca Bodega

“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.

BIG LOVE to Jill Reinier of The Singing Winds for curating.”

Shahana Hanif, Director of Organizing and Community Engagement
Office of NYC Council Member Brad Lander