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.
The Singing Winds Dancers from PS 230 share the stage with Ballet Nepantla at Casa Cultural’s Dia de Los Muertos celebration in Kensington.
Ballet Nepantla explores the in-between-ness of cultures within the realm of dance, harmonizing contemporary ballet with traditional Mexican folk dance.
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