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2020 continues to show us why a sense of community is so important. To honor this community spirit, during this month we have been highlighting NYXT’s 20 newest community partners that have joined our network of more than 140 nonprofit organizations that work every day to build a world of health, compassion, dialogue and justice.
In the first part of this guide we highlighted the work of organizations focused on cultivating community engagement: Sing for Hope, DOROT, Streetwise Partners, NYSCA Living Traditions.
In the second part, we featured new partners that work in education, such as Fordham University, Brooklyn Music School, Movement Research and School of Visual Arts. The third installment was about new NYXT’s partners that are working to protect the environment: 350.org, Prospect Park Alliance, National Parks Conservation Association, and New York Botanical Garden.
This fourth and final part of this series features groups working in arts and culture: Roulette, Brooklyn Youth Chorus,, Brooklyn Arts Council, STREB, Multicultural Music Group.
Discover, connect and make a difference is still NYXT’s leitmotif. So scroll down, click, watch and get in touch with some of the people that wake up everyday to change the world.
Brooklyn Arts Council
The Brooklyn Arts Council works to empower artists and audiences in art-making, art-sharing, and art-learning. They nurture Creative Ecologies and solve Creative Equations advocating for sustainable development strategies that include art, artists, and arts institutions to optimize social innovations and solutions to inequity.
BAC has multiple tools and resources, like professional development, grants, fiscal sponsorship, arts in education programs, folk arts programs, and art consultancy services. During the current health crisis, they created a “Covid-10 resources for Brooklyn Artists” list.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Founded in 1992, Brooklyn Youth Chorus has served nearly 6,000 students over the course of its history, currently involving more than 700 students in its core after-school and public-school outreach programs. The Chorus’s professional faculty teach a wide range of repertoire and styles, and some of the organizations and artists that the group has collaborated with include the New York Philharmonic, The National, David Byrne, International Contemporary Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Barbra Streisand, Arcade Fire, Sir Elton John, and Grizzly Bear.
“We all miss the incomparable experience of singing together side by side. However, the severity and contagiousness of COVID-19 – as well as early indications that choral singing may create particularly transmissible settings – make it essential that all of our programming and performing decisions put the safety of our students, staff, and community first.”
Their next show will be Winter’s Song on January 30, 2021 at 4pm, with performances by Pre-Teen Level 3, Pre-Teen Level 4, Pre-Teen Level 5, and Teen Level 6 choristers.
Multicultural Music Group.
The Multicultural Music Group is a non-profit organization established in 1996 as a response to the need of multicultural music representation in the symphonic repertoire, the teacher training curricula and the instrumental music programs in the schools.
(...) In the educational aspect, the MMG supports the schools to comply with the national educational reform, which includes the application of multicultural music instruction. Unfortunately, this topic is not usually included in the teachers training curricula and consequently in the schools’ music programs, especially in instrumental music instruction for symphonic settings. Therefore, in order to improve the aforementioned situations, the MMG provides music instruction, professional development, and multicultural performances in the symphonic setting with a research component, which provides information about the origins and development of different musical genres.
Some of their main educational resources are the professional development workshops that provide information and training to students, artists and teachers on how to understand MMG’s “Playing History” curriculum. ¨Playing History¨ is structured in six major aspects: research of historical events, music sensory perception or the connection of senses and emotions, the performance of original music depicting those events, reflection of the music/history combination, and the use of marketing strategies in the arts, fundraising procedures, and community collaboration for sustainability purposes.
Leading presenter of avant-garde music and dance performances in Brooklyn. Roulette’s Fall 2020 season will be live streamed from the stage and archived on Roulette’s website. Some of Roulette’s upcoming events include:
CRYSTAL PENALOSA: BREATH CYCLES
Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 8:00 PM.
ANASTASIA CLARKE / SWANS LAKELESS: EGO DEATH REPAIR TOOL KIT II
Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 8:00 PM.
ZEENA PARKINS: LACE BOX SET VOL 1
Thursday, April 8, 2021, 8:00 PM.
STREB Extreme Action combines virtuosity and technical skill with openhearted popular appeal. Founded in New York City in 1979 by choreographer Elizabeth Streb, the company has traveled widely and evolved artistically over the past 40 years. We recently spoke with Christine Chen, the company’s Executive Director. The organization is based in Brooklyn and you can watch their videos on nyxt.nyc/streb.
Many of our works utilize “action machines” which are elaborately and beautifully designed bespoke equipment that allows us to access movement and extreme action in new ways. Our action heroes must inherently understand physics - gravity, momentum, angular momentum, etc. in order to perform the work. Our company of action heroes come from diverse backgrounds and bring their unique voices to the work and onto the stage.
Christine Chen, STREB’s Executive Director.
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