Thanks to you, this year’s Benefit Gala + Silent Auction was a resounding success! The funds raised make it possible for More Art to continue providing a platform for artists and New York City communities to address critical social issues through public art. Only together can we continue to offer free educational programs for Middle and High School students, senior citizens, English as a new language learners, and emerging socially-engaged artists. Thank You!
Exhibition on View:
October 6th—October 28th, 2016
41-17 Main Street, Flushing
Queens, New York
Directions to this locationYoung Jeong Sajin (The Funeral Portrait)
addresses the exceptional South Korean cultural practice of preparing memorial portraits of the elderly while the individual is still alive. Photography studios specifically dedicated to funerary portraits can be found throughout South Korea and traveling photographers bring the service to the most remote areas. However, this service is difficult to find in NYC, especially for seniors who are not easily able to travel, may not speak fluent English, or have limited resources.
The series of portraits crystallize the complex facial expressions of the over 200 Korean American seniors who have participated in Park’s portrait service, so far. Throughout 2016 Park will continue this project in collaboration with More Art, the Korean American Senior Citizens Society of Greater New York in Flushing, Queens, Korean-American Senior Citizens Association of New Jersey in Ridgefield, New Jersey—organizations providing critical social services to aging Korean Americans.
Back to the Block features up-and-coming local musicians. Performances feature singer/songwriter Lizzie No and Bronx native hip hop artists Circa ’95. Lizzie No is a local musician and vocalist with a unique sound who has recently performed at the Bronx Museum Boogie on the Boulevard festival. Circa ’95’s quintessentially New York hip-hop sound comprised of performers Patty Dukes and Reph who rhyme seamlessly in English and Spanish. They are currently resident artists at Carnegie Hall. Numerous students from the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music will play a sampling of North Indian Music. Chhandayan was started in 1984 in Calcutta, India. In 1998 it was re-established in the United States as a not-for-profit organization.
More Art + NYC Department of Parks & Recreation is proud to present Back to the Block a free community concert featuring NYC teen artists and up-and-coming local musicians. Come enjoy performances from The Ashcan Orchestra and Educated Little Monsters.
Maria Hernandez Park
Irving Ave., Kinickerbocker Ave.
(bet. Starr St. and Suydam St.)
Bushwick, Brooklyn 11237 Directions via Google Maps
Educated Little Monsters (5:30pm)
Through dance, poetry, and art, Educated Little Monsters (ELM) offers teens and youth an opportunity for self-expression in a safe supportive environment. Since 2013 ELM has been taking a unique and hands-on approach to arts education. educatedlittlemonsters.weebly.com
The Ashcan Orchestra (6:15pm)
Since 2007, Composer P. Spadine, has been using a collection of toy, re-appropriated, and homemade instruments, to create unique performance ensembles. On stages and basements, indoors and out, Ashcan has been presenting new music and rituals in celebration and emulation of the physics and mathematics that bind the known universe. ashcanorchestra.blogspot.com
Led by a host of guest artists and art professionals from More Art and the School of Visual Arts (SVA),the program utilizes the thematic lens of ‘socially engaged art’ to guide students through the conceptualization, artistic production, curation, and exhibition of their own public art proposals. Past students have developed infographics, public performances, videos, posters, sticker and social media campaigns, sculptures, and websites. SVA admissions officers will also offer each student a formal critique of their portfolio and share with them what makes a successful application to top art schools.
Who should apply?
NYC High School Students entering 11 & 12th grade in the 2016/17 school year. Ideal candidates will have some experience in visual art and have committed support from parents or legal guardians, school administrators, teachers, and/or mentors.
The program is held at School of Visual Arts (141 West 21st Street, Manhattan.)15 weekly sessions are typically held on Thursday afternoons. Program starts early-September, 2016
Please send the application via email to ZoeyHart, Education Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org the following application materials found here.
We are currently soliciting proposals on themes of affordable housing, financial inequality, private property, gentrification, real estate, class, race, housing lotteries, owning vs renting, investing, aspiration, community, activism, environmental burdens, collaborative art projects. Events will start at 6pm and should be no longer than 90 minutes in duration. Some will take place May 28 through 31 (Memorial Day Weekend).
If you would like to present a performance, discussion or other event in this setting please apply here.