REMAP Open Workshop on Sunday, Dec. 6th (1-5pm)

Posted on Friday, November 27th, 2015

Join the open workshop session on Sunday, December 6th, 1-5pm at Jefferson Market Library (425 Avenue of the Americas, First Floor Willa Cather Community Room.) The artists will lead a kickoff event featuring casual discussions, as well as a mapping workshop, a manna bread making class, a guided meditation, and other activities that the artists employ to facilitate the making of REMAP with transient and formerly homeless individuals. Discover more about the project here.


Event Schedule

1pm | Participant Meet-and-Greet

1:30 – 1:45 | Workshop Introduction

2:30 – 3:30 | Artist and Participant Discussion: Navigating transient populations; Logistical challenges in working with the homeless; Building resources together.

4:00 – 4:30pm | Meditation Workshop

4:30 – 5:00pm | Mapping exercise


American Turban Project November 24th 4-6pm at School of Visual Arts

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Join the American Turban Project Workshop led by Vishavjit Singh on Tuesday, November 24th, 4-6pm | School of Visual Arts, 141 W. 21 Street, NYC | 4th Floor Painting Studio

American Turban Project workshop is about exploring the power of cartoon images to tell stories, our own in some cases and creating new stories altogether. We will engage in a collective interactive session to create new cartoon characters to reflect on what it really means to be American. The free workshop is open to all NYC High School students and educators.
Email Zoey, More Art Education Coordinator, to reserve a spot!
American Turban Project is hosted by the Arts Ambassadors Teen Mentorship Program a socially-engaged after-school art education program of More Art.
Vishavjit Singh found his love for arts at a very young age. He started doodling Sikh characters in his free time. But thanks to his South Asian heritage was encouraged to leave arts for the sciences in teenage years. He studied Biological Sciences at University of California, Santa Barbara and Biostatistics/Epidemiology in Graduate School at University of California, Berkeley. The 9/11 attacks in United States and the subsequent hate crime wave adversely affecting many Sikhs created the ripe conditions for an artistic spark. Inspired by the creative response of American editorial cartoonists to the tragic events, Vishavjit started creating cartoons focusing on Sikh news/events.

Discover more: 9-5

Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015


Watch clips from Ernesto Pujol’s recent silent durational performance at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan. Photography © Nisa Ojalvo, 2015

Ernesto Pujol Discusses 9-5

Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Ernesto Pujol speaks about the themes of silence, community, labor, and empathy present in his upcoming group performance “9-5″ with More Art and Arts Brookfield. On view: Monday, October 26 to Wednesday, October 28, 2015, lasting from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily at Brookfield Place Pavilion, 230 Vesey Street, Lower Manhattan.

Recap: A Night of Socializing + Socially Engaged Art

Posted on Friday, September 25th, 2015







Big thanks to our amazing Engaging Artists community and our many guests who made “the Social” such a fun evening full of social practice art and socializing!

The night was sponsored by Josh Cellars Winery and Lurisia Premium Beverages and hosted at UnionDocs. Thank you to our guest DJ’s Pam Finch ( and Nina Mashurova (

Photos courtesy of Victoria Manganiello, Sara Meghdari, Guido Garaycochea and Don Gibson

“Talk With Me” and “Untitled 70″ by Christie Neptune (

Dominicanos en Washington Heights and Another Dream #1 by Hidemi Takagi (

A video performance by Sara Meghdari (

“Engaging Art” participatory quilt by Michelle Melo (

“Recipe Box” by Julia Rooney

“I Became My Crime” – a sound installation and collaborative project by Guido Garaycochea (

“Blind Self Portraits” by Aurélien Grèzes (

“Tree of “Social” Life” participatory sculpture and “Take Me For” photo-based installation by Annie Kurz (

Recent works on paper by Eugenia Malioykova (

Photo documentation of growing a community garden in Harlem by Uday Dhar (

What’s Possible in America

Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

The thing I remember most about the start of the performance was the deafening sound of silence.

That was the first unexpected moment during artist and activist Dread Scott’s performance piece with More Art. The crowd pressed forward in anticipation as Scott turned a corner and prepared to advance. The firefighters, prepared to unleash a stream of water against Scott equivalent to a crowd control hose, were at the ready. And the world held its breath.

On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, Scott’s performance art project with More Art, almost never happened at all. Site after site turned down the project, marking it as a health hazard, or citing potential structural damage. When the moment came once again to find a new location, and the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge popped up on our screens, the moment had arrived. Talks with the DUMBO BID showed that they understood the significance of the piece, and months of planning and several site visits and run-throughs later, there we were: standing at the brink of uncertainty and one man’s sheer force of will.

We were realizing a dream.

Dread Scott sought to bring attention to the ongoing oppression against the black community by flagrant and systemic abuses of power: recent injustices across the country, from Florida to Missouri, had proven that this oppression was far from over. More Art understood and reinforced that vision. On the Impossibility of Freedom was a project containing a powerful statement, enacted by a single man daring to brave a carefully controlled, high pressure fire hose. Through this grand gesture, the artist was able to re-appropriate the symbolic persecution protesters once suffered in order to advocate for rights as equal citizens. Now, instead of being the victim of police brutality, Scott was creating a new legacy of strength, power, and a demonstrated will to push forward into a new era.

As he stepped toward the fire hose, shooting up to full blast, the only thing more surprising than the roaring silence was the rapt attention Scott received from the crowd, not the least from an entire performing arts high school visiting from Bedford-Stuyvesant, a predominately African-American neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn. The very morning we were preparing to reap the benefits of all our blood, sweat and tears, out of nowhere an email arrived.

At 8:30 AM.

That the entire performing arts high school planned to come and witness the performance.

This, in an area with limited sidewalks and an active loading dock.

It was a logistical nightmare.

We had been preparing for a crowd, not an onslaught.

And it was tough. Some kids were jostling for the best view, some were just bored. Many were texting. The moment that Scott rounded the corner and began striding forth toward the jet of water, not one student turned away to look at their phone. The student body, along with every other witness, was completely stunned by the powerful moment.

The scene was, truly, breathtaking. Watching the truth of our shared history as a nation unfold in real time is something that photographs can never truly re-enact for us. This power and sheer magnitude of force endured by protesters when those water hoses turned on, unfolding there before us, made for an unforgettable-and harrowing- experience.

Did the performance go through without a hitch? Absolutely. Were there rough patches leading up to its realization? Naturally. But most importantly: was this powerful moment of wonder in DUMBO an undeniable reminder that our future as a nation depends on ending systemic oppression?

It’s not impossible.

Originally posted on American’s for The Arts ARTSBLOG
Article written by Audra Lambert, published August 26, 2015