Events

April 6 – June 11
Confluence: A Way Forward
Featuring new body of work by Susan Grabel.

Thursday, April 6
7pm
Confluence: A Way Forward Opening Reception
Location: ArtSpace @ Staten Island Arts, 23 Navy Pier Court, Staten Island, NY 10304
FREE; please RSVP!
 
Join us for the opening reception of “Confluence: A Way Forward,” the inaugural exhibit in Staten Island Arts new location in Stapleton. You’ll be able to meet and network with community members, colleagues, and Susan Grabel. Light refreshments will be provided.
Susan Grabel is a figurative sculptor and printmaker. Her work deals with the human dimensions of social issues. Her new work, Confluence: A Way Forward, arises out of a deep concern for the survival of our species and planet through this current vitriolic, hyper-partisan political climate. Confluence reflects her hope and vision – that by coming together and embracing differences can we move forward.
Confluence features collagraph monoprints, collages and digital fabrications, which mark a change in focus, process, and materials for Grabel. She had been working in this spirit and using these forms for a series of collagraph monoprints and collages for a number of years when she discovered, by way of the Staten Island MakerSpace, how new technology and expertise could enable her to translate her work into larger scale pieces in wood using a laser cutter and CNC router. The digital fabrications in this show mark a new direction in her new artistic journey.
 
Organized by Monica Valenzuela.

Wednesday May 31
5:00-6:30 PM
Location: Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St, Staten Island, New York 10304
Please RSVP to jsayers@designtrust.org
 
Oumie Ceesay-Peters and the Future Culture project will hold a round-table discussion about arts, culture, and development, focusing primarily on issues that affect the African and African-American communities of Stapleton.
 
Guiding questions will include:
• Do you follow development and city planning processes? What might make you and others more likely to attend meetings and/or stay engaged?
• What about your community do you want to see strengthened, preserved, and/or protected? What needs to be done for this to happen?
 
Please RSVP to jsayers@designtrust.org
 
Participants are encouraged to submit questions about development on the North Shore with their RSVPs. We will do our best to find answers and provide resources!
 
Additional roundtable discussions:
• Latino Community of Port Richmond
• Community on and around Jersey Street
• Community of “Little Sri Lanka” on Staten Island
• Youth across the North Shore
 
Contact jsayers@designtrust.org for more information.

Viernes 2 de junio
6pm – 7:30pm
Localidad: La Colmena, 774 Port Richmond Ave, 2 fl., Staten Island, New York 10302
Por favor, RSVP: jsayers@designtrust.org
 
Lina Montoya y el proyecto de Future Culture ten-drán una dialogo de mesa redonda sobre las artes, la cultura, y el desarollo, especialmente en focado en temas que afectan comunidad Latinx de Port Richmond.
 
Las preguntas guía incluyen:
• ¿Sigues los procesos de desarollo y urbanismo? ¿Como puede estos procesos te entablarían? ¿Como puede les entablarían otra miembres de tu comunidad?

• ¿Qué hay de tu comunidad que quieras fortifi-cada, preservada, o protegido? ¿Qué hay que hacer para que esto suceda?
 
Por favor confirma tu asistencía con jsayers@ designtrust.org.
 
Animamos que enviarías preguntas sobre desarol-lo en la costa norte antes la discusíon. ¡Haremos todo lo possible para encontrar respuestas y pro-porcionar recursos!
 
Para mas informacion, contacta Jourdan Sayers a jsayers@designtrust.org.
 
Mesa redonda adicional:
• Community on and around Jersey Street
• Community of “Little Sri Lanka” on Staten Island
• African/African American Communities in Stapleton

Sunday June 4
2pm – 5pm
Location: Urby | 7 & 8 Navy Pier Court Staten Island, NY 10304
FREE
 
Staten Island Arts invites you to raise your fiddles and tap your feet to the rousing rhythms of traditional Irish music. The seisiúns, led by founders and local favorites Linda Hickman, Douglas Barr, and Bob Wright, offer musicians and music lovers an afternoon of music and shared camaraderie onstage and off. Seisiúns take place on the first Sunday of each month and specialize in the genres and traditions of Ireland’s west coast, most specifically east Galway and Clare.
 
The Staten Island Seisiún brings together Staten Island’s own with great practitioners of traditional Irish music from the other boroughs and New Jersey in a celebration and sharing of musical traditions and talents. Unlike an ordinary concert of live music at a bar, the seisiún is dedicated to both playing and practice. The seisiún is open to musicians of all levels and ages and all are invited to bring their own instruments and join in to expand repertoire and technique. Music lovers are welcome to come and listen, dance, and enjoy this long-standing tradition.

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Location: ArtSpace @ SI Arts, 23 Navy Pier Court, 10304
RSVP Here>

This session helps the participants think critically about the ubiquity of white culture in the arts and to proactively de-center whiteness.

Every piece of art work or lesson plan has a point of view. No idea that flows through a human being can truly be neutral because our perspectives are informed by our respective experiences and identities. Our racial identities are not exempt from this reality. This interactive workshop will explore the ways that race and racism can manifest in our outward expressions of self through art. We will also begin to outline ways to identify racially oppressive ideas within society and combat these ideas in our work.

This workshop will be facilitated by Rebecca Kelly Golfman.

More about the Facilitator:
Rebecca Kelly-Golfman is a racial justice educator, artist, and activist dedicated to using art as a tool for social justice. Her background as a civil rights attorney and in theatre performance provides a unique background for her interdisciplinary perspective. Currently, she is a Creative Advocacy Consultant and Joker with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC and an Adjunct Professor at Wagner College teaching the course Race, the Arts, and Activism. She is also co-founder of the NYC Artists of Color Collective. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from Wagner College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. For information on her consultation and facilitation services, please visit her website at www.rebeccakelly.com.

Thursday June 8
4:00-5:30pm
Location: CANVAS Institute, 150 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, New York 10301
Please RSVP to jsayers@designtrust.org
 
Youth ages 14-20 are invited to join the Future Culture project for a workshop and discussion about the future of the North Shore and its art, culture, and development.
 
We want to hear about how you define culture and commuity, what you want to see supported in your community, and how you can have an impact.
 
Youth ages 14-20 are encouraged to attend. Snacks will be provided!
 
Please RSVP to jsayers@designtrust.org
 
Participants are encouraged to submit questions about development on the North Shore with their RSVPs. We will do our best to find answers and provide resources!
 
Additional roundtable discussions:
• Latino Community of Port Richmond
• Community on and around Jersey Street
• Community of “Little Sri Lanka” on Staten Island
• African/African American Communities in Stapleton
 
Contact jsayers@designtrust.org for more information.

Tuesday June 13
6:00-7:30pm
Location: Universal Temple of the Arts, 425 Jersey St, Staten Island, New York 10301
Please RSVP to jsayers@designtrust.org
 
Universal Temple of the Arts and the Future Culture project will hold a roundtable discussion about arts, culture, and development, focusing primarily on issues that impact the black community on and around Jersey Street.
 
Guiding questions will include:
• Do you follow development and city planning processes? What might make you and others more likely to attend meetings and/or stay engaged?

• What about your community do you want to see strengthened, preserved, and/or protected? What needs to be done for this to happen?
 
Please RSVP to jsayers@designtrust.org
 
Participants are encouraged to submit questions about development on the North Shore with their RSVPs. We will do our best to find answers and provide resources!
 
Additional roundtable discussions:
• Latino Community of Port Richmond
• African/African-American Communities of Stapleton
• Community of “Little Sri Lanka” on Staten Island
• Youth across the North Shore
 
Contact jsayers@designtrust.org for more information.

June 15 – September 10

LUMEN8 is an exhibition celebrating the past seven years of Staten Island Arts’s LUMEN Festival. Co-curated by Monica Valenzuela and Raul Barquet, this exhibit will feature video, sound art, performance art, and ephemera from past festival participants and honor the artistic genres that the festival highlights.

LUMEN8 pays homage to this annual festival, pulling select work from the past seven years that we’ve loved alongside single-channel video works submitted to Staten Island Arts through an open call.

LUMEN8 features work, performances and archival documentation by:

Mikhael Antone, Matthew Bergman, Vanane Borian, Sean Capone, Jo Cavallo, Eric Corriel, Brendan Coyle, Lisa Dahl, Day de Dada, Dave Derwin, Mike DiBenedetto, Corneilia Eichorn, Shaun El. C. Leonardo, Laura Feathers, Divya Gadangi, Michael Greathouse, John Hastings, Denise Iris, Kristopher Johnson, Sinead Keogh, DB Lampman, Steven Lapcevic, Ryan Lavis, Katie Levine, Amanda Long, Bill Lyons, Michael McWeeney, Paul Moakley, Chee Wang Ng, AJ Pantaleo, Dominique Paul, Cristina Pavesi, Arya Sukapura Putra, Izzi Ramkissoon, Lance Reha, Phil Sanders, Terrance A. Solomone, Mike Shane, Lauren Steussy, Sean Sweeney, Tattfoo Tan, Udachi, Scott Van Campen, Vincent Verdi, Jeanne Verdoux, Alex Villar, Jay Weichun, Ezra Wube, amongst others.

Full Artist list to be announced after open call deadline, May 26.

Opening Reception, June 15th, 7pm-9pm