A coalition of New York City-based cultural organizations will hold a kick-off breakfast and Facebook Live event on Tuesday, February 6 at 9:00 AM EST to unveil an agenda to support immigrant contributions to the arts in the United States of America. The Immigrant Arts Coalition aims to recognize the important and ongoing contribution of artists and arts organizations representing America’s diverse cultural mosaic.
Members will present plans to serve as a united front for advocacy and audience development, and work to collaborate with continuous shared programs, including the second annual, multi- day Immigrant Arts Summit this summer. The event will feature brief performances celebrating the artistic diversity of programming in our city, including Yiddish Theatre star Daniel Greenwood, acclaimed Latin jazz pianist Carolina Calvache of Colombia, and PS 124’s Theatre Club from Chinatown.
“As a network of multi-disciplinary arts organizations and individual artists, we recognize that American culture was built upon the shoulders of immigrants, who fled adversity and injustice for a brighter future here in the United States,” said Chair of the Immigrant Arts Coalition and Chief Executive Officer of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) Chris Massimine. “Their values and cultures will continue to be celebrated and make our country what it is today.”
Watch live on Facebook the launch of the Immigrant Arts Coalition. Speakers: Chris Massimine, Chair, Immigrant Arts Coalition and CEO, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene; Marlena Fitzpatrick, President, Immigrant Arts Coalition; Shawn Rawls- Emotions Physical Theatre and Flor de Toloache– Sita Chay Performances by: Daniel Greenwood, Carolina Calvache, National Asian Artists Project, Inc.
The Coalition began forming in July 2017, when a group of arts and cultural organizations held their first arts summit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The Coalition’s Executive Board of Directors includes: Chris Massimine, Chair; Ayse Eldek, Vice Chair; Marlena Fitzpatrick, President; Carrie Beehan, Secretary; Giacinta Pace, Treasurer; and, Laura Caparrotti, Member at Large.
Other members and affiliates who have joined the Coalition are performing arts producers: Pan Asian Repertory; Repertorio Español; Irish Repertory Theatre; the Kairos Italy Theater; the Irish Arts Center; National Asian Artists Project; Dance NYC; and the Turkish American Repertory Theatre; as well as such museums and cultural organizations as: El Museo del Barrio; Museum at Eldridge Street; Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs in the USA; Museum of Jewish Heritage; AFM Local 802; Irish American Writers & Artists; and, the Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance.