ART IS NOT APART: A three-day symposium to reclaim the arts as an integral part of community life.

Thursday 1/26 – Saturday 1/28 – Highly Recommended!

It was truly exciting to be a part of this new project last night! Artists, teachers, administrators, students, community activists all sharing, listening and working together to explore new ways of breaking down barriers and involving every community in the arts.  Thanks to Michael Roderick, Nellie Perera and Alison Fleminger for bringing this symposium to life!
Mallory King, Arts to Grow

The S.A.M. Talks are happening!

Some of you may remember this blog post about the S.A.M. Talks. 

It seems something is in the air as the first TedX Broadway event kicked off yesterday and now the S.A.M. talks will be happening this weekend. As I promised, they are free, but you do need to register. All of the info is below. If any of my readers are interested in helping out or know someone who might be interested in videotaping, please email me

Look forward to seeing all of you there!


ART IS NOT APART: Experiments, Reflections and Manifestos

A three-day symposium for artists, educators, curators and community workers who seek to reclaim the arts as an integral part of community life.

Collaboratively designed and hosted by two of New York’s oldest yet most innovative community-based organizations – University Settlement and Henry Street Settlement.


Please click here to submit your registration form.

You can register for all or parts of the symposium but spots are limited –

so act fast!

Detailed schedule below:

Thursday, January 26th

Friday, January 27th 

Saturday, January 28th


Join an array of creative community makers including…

Elastic CityFourth Arts Block (FAB NYC)Ping Chong & CompanyviBe Theater Experience,Sasha Soreff Dance TheaterCarnegie Hall’s Weill Music InstituteArts to GrowLeave Out Violence-U.S. (LOVE-US)SPACE on Ryder Farm,Patty Dukes and Reph StarThe AnthropologistsHip Hop Re:Education Project and our three Artists in Residence – Panoply Performance LabKinematik Dance Theater and Trusty Sidekick Theater Company.



Creating Possibilities: Exploring Working Models, Approaches and Techniques

Panel Discussion: In a climate where essential services for children, seniors and other vulnerable populations are struggling to survive, how are artists making art relevant and integral to community life?

Panelists include:

Fabian Farbeon Saucedo, Program director of Hip Hop Re:Education Project  
chandra thomas, Co-Founder/Director of Programming,  viBe Theater Experience
Mallory King, Founder/Executive Director, Arts to Grow
Clayton B. Evans, Executive Director of Leave Out Violence-U.S. (LOVE-US)
Sara Zatz, Associate Director of Ping Chong & Company
Ann Gregg, Director of Community Programs of Carnegie Hall’s Weill’s Music Institute

Breakout Session: Small groups facilitated by the panelists will brainstorm art and community connections and then collaboratively create a visual artifact to hang in The Gallery of Possibilities which will be on display throughout the symposium. Participants are welcome to bring artifacts from their own work.

The Shoelace Project: Created by Sasha Soreff Dance Theater. This interactive performance and workshop explores how shoelaces represent a powerful and nearly universal symbol: they tie us up, trip us up and hold us up. Personally inscribe an ultra wide shoelace with your hopes and fears and make discoveries about what gets us tangled and untangled, bound and unbound.



Resistance (theirs…or mine?): Transforming Resistance Into Creative Fuel

Breakout Session: As we have all experienced, resistance is an inevitable component of making art. Small groups guided by expert facilitators will identify and harness the forces of resistance. Each group will devise an original performance as a means of sharing perspectives, strategies, and techniques for working with resistance.

Facilitators include:

Jesca Prudencio, Educator Coordinator of Ping Chong & Company
Esther Neff, Co-Artistic Director of Panoply Performance Lab
Jonathan Shmidt, Artistic Director of Trusty Sidekick Theater Company
Melissa F. Moschitto, Artistic Director of The Anthropologists  
Svea Schneider, Artistic Director of Kinematik Dance Theater
Patty Dukes , Artistic Director of Dreamyard’s Bronx Theater Ensemble

Artist Shares: Enjoy short performances by artists who are finding interesting ways to connect their process and work with communities traditionally beyond the reach of the art world.

Shares include:

Panoply Performance LabNATURE FETISH: Episode 1: Laws and Logic
Patty Dukes and Reph Starr: Excerpt from Free Lunch

Wine Reception: Build up your creative community network.



Manifesting Art and Community: Sharing and Acquiring New Skills, Ideas and Inspirations

Workshops: A selection of 90-minute workshops led by dynamic facilitators. Each participant will have the opportunity to select two hands-on workshops.

All workshops will be offered during session 1 and 2.Click here to see all the workshop descriptions!

You can now sign up for workshops when you register. If the workshop you would like to join is full, to be put on the waiting list.

If you registered before January 19 you will be contacted to sign up for workshops.

Saturday Workshop Session 1:
Check-in: 2:45PM
Session: 3:00-4:15PM

Saturday Workshop Session 2:
Check-in: 4:20PM
Session: 4:30-5:45PM

Community Dinner: Sit, eat and enjoy connecting with creative community makers.

Smart Art Manifests & Artist Shares: Join us for an inspiring series of TED-style SAM (Smart Art Manifestos) talks and performances by innovative and highly creative community makers, including:

  • Russell Granet, Founder of Arts Education Resource (AER), shares his vision for the future of arts education.
  • Michael Roderick, Broadway Producer/ Founder of Small Pond Enterprises LLC, believes that hope lies in the artists- and talks about the lack of essential business education in arts programs set against the backdrop of Orwell’s 1984. 
  • Lilli WoskVocal Coach /Music Director / Entrepreneur, questions Why Arts Entrepreneurship Now? And inspires similarities between arts entrepreneurs and the owners of hedge funds and the misconceptions regarding our limits.
  • And Melanie Joseph, Artistic Producer of The Foundry Theater gives the symposium’s closing remarks.

This symposium is co-curated by Nellie Perera, Director of Arts in Education at Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center, Alison Fleminger, Program Curator and Educator of The Performance Project @ University Settlement and Michael Roderick, Found of Small Pond Enterprises LLC.

The title ART IS NOT APART is inspired by artist and educator Eric Booth.

Remember – spots are limited. Click here to complete the registration form today.

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About arts2grow

Arts to Grow (ATG) engages children in the artistic process by providing free, highly tailored and professionally taught arts education programs to youth in the New York metro area who have limited access to the arts. Arts to Grow collaborates closely with schools and community groups to match performing and visual arts programs and Teaching Artists with the specific needs of each group of children. ATG serves the community and society by helping children develop their full potential through the arts.

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