Alumni & Friends of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

We stand in solidarity with the fight against racism and inequity.


2019 Alumni Notes Newsletter

LaGuardia, M&A, PA Reunions


While LaGuardia is closed due to Covid, you may contact us at info@alumniandfriends.org. All paper correspondence and contributions may be mailed to our P.O. Box:
Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia
P.O. Box 230015
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

We hope to see you soon!


ALUMNI & FRIENDS HIGHLIGHTS

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Friday June 18th, 2021

Tonight, June 18 at 7:30pm, make sure to tune in to LaGuardia's New Music Ensemble June Premiere!

New Music Ensemble (NME) provides a space for talented young artists to write, produce, perform, and record contemporary music. Under the direction of Mr. Robert Apostle, the songwriters' collective has traditionally held three performances per school year, one of which takes place at the Rockwood Music Hall on the lower east side.

NME musicians have always mastered the vital skills of collaboration, creativity, leadership, and responsibility. The ensemble is structured as an independent study, which is paired with the guidance and mentorship of Mr. Apostle.

Check out our Instagram for more frequent updates and content on the class! (@newmusiclag)

We would also like to thank Alani Smith for creating our new music thumbnail as well as our new music logo!

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Thursday June 17th, 2021

Tonight, June 17 at 7pm, enjoy the amazing Spring Musicale #2 on Vimeo! vimeo.com/event/1073359

See a list of upcoming performances and exhibits June 18, 19, 21, 22: alumniandfriends.org/laguardia-calendar-of-performances/
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Tonight, June 17 at 7pm, enjoy the amazing Spring Musicale #2 on Vimeo! https://vimeo.com/event/1073359

See a list of upcoming performances and exhibits June 18, 19, 21, 22: alumniandfriends.org/laguardia-calendar-of-performances/

Thursday June 17th, 2021

#ThankfulThursday
“I met my husband and my best friends for life at LaGuardia. And while I didn’t continue on to be a musician, the academic education I received there (thanks, Dr. Rowes!) helped pave the way for me to become a writer. Right now, I am writing with Faure’s Requiem in the background, and I can thank LaGuardia for this gift.” - Danielle Braff Karpinos, LaG ’97.

⭐️ Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at M&A, PA, and LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful. ⭐️
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#ThankfulThursday
“I met my husband and my best friends for life at LaGuardia. And while I didn’t continue on to be a musician, the academic education I received there (thanks, Dr. Rowes!) helped pave the way for me to become a writer. Right now, I am writing with Faure’s Requiem in the background, and I can thank LaGuardia for this gift.” - Danielle Braff Karpinos, LaG ’97.

⭐️ Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at M&A, PA, and LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful. ⭐️

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I loved Dr. Rowes! She was tough but she made you a better writer!

Wednesday June 16th, 2021

Tonight, June 16 at 7pm, enjoy the amazing Spring Musicale #1 on Vimeo! vimeo.com/event/1064308

See all details and the program of tonight's performances here: alumniandfriends.org/laguardia-calendar-of-performances/

Please see a list of upcoming performances and exhibits June 17, 18, 19, 21, 22: alumniandfriends.org/laguardia-calendar-of-performances/
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Tonight, June 16 at 7pm, enjoy the amazing Spring Musicale #1 on Vimeo! https://vimeo.com/event/1064308

See all details and the program of tonights performances here: https://alumniandfriends.org/laguardia-calendar-of-performances/

Please see a list of upcoming performances and exhibits June 17, 18, 19, 21, 22: https://alumniandfriends.org/laguardia-calendar-of-performances/

Tuesday June 15th, 2021

Congratulations to Victoria Platt (LaG '90) on her Daytime Emmy nomination for her role as Dr. Amanda Raynor on "Days of Our Lives!" In addition to her first time Daytime Emmy nomination, Platt has also been nominated for an Ovation Award for her portrayal of the character “Emilia” in the Kirk Douglas Theatre’s run of the hip-hopera Venice in 2011 and reprised her role in The Public’s production of Venice the following summer.

The 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be air on Friday, June 25, 2021 (8PM – 10PM ET/PT) on the CBS television network and streamed on Paramount +.
www.prweb.com/releases/victoria_platt_nominated_for_48th_annual_daytime_emmy_award/prweb17980991.htm
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Congratulations to Victoria Platt (LaG 90) on her Daytime Emmy nomination for her role as Dr. Amanda Raynor on Days of Our Lives! In addition to her first time Daytime Emmy nomination, Platt has also been nominated for an Ovation Award for her portrayal of the character “Emilia” in the Kirk Douglas Theatre’s run of the hip-hopera Venice in 2011 and reprised her role in The Public’s production of Venice the following summer.

The 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be air on Friday, June 25, 2021 (8PM – 10PM ET/PT) on the CBS television network and streamed on Paramount +. 
http://www.prweb.com/releases/victoria_platt_nominated_for_48th_annual_daytime_emmy_award/prweb17980991.htm

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woohoo

Go Vicky!!!!!!

Monday June 14th, 2021

Save the date for the fabulous LaGuardia Solo Voice Spring Showcase #1!
Monday, June 21, 2021, 12pm EST
Join Zoom Meeting
us02web.zoom.us/j/82287275752?pwd=c3hvVVNoZVVlTFgxTVJCejZKSy9wQT09
Meeting ID: 822 8727 5752
Passcode: 872727
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Save the date for the fabulous LaGuardia Solo Voice Spring Showcase #1! 
Monday, June 21, 2021, 12pm EST
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82287275752?pwd=c3hvVVNoZVVlTFgxTVJCejZKSy9wQT09
Meeting ID: 822 8727 5752
Passcode: 872727

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Please join us on Monday, June 21, at 12 Noon! 😊

Friday June 11th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy Spring Drama Festival (SDF) #4 tonight at 7:30pm! WAR OF THE WORLDS, (H.G. Cast), Friday, June 11th at 7:30 PM, Directed by Jonathan Davidson.
Get the link, cast, and playbill here: laguardiahspa.org/sdf-war-of-the-worlds/
And see listings for ALL SDF shows here: laguardiahspa.org/SDF/

In 1938, Orson Welles utilized a new type of media to entertain, manipulate and subvert. In the shadow of World War II, he convinced an anxious and exhausted American public that Martians had invaded Earth. In 2021, who says it can’t happen again?
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Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy Spring Drama Festival (SDF) #4 tonight at 7:30pm! WAR OF THE WORLDS, (H.G. Cast), Friday, June 11th at 7:30 PM, Directed by Jonathan Davidson.
Get the link, cast, and playbill here: https://laguardiahspa.org/sdf-war-of-the-worlds/
And see listings for ALL SDF shows here: laguardiahspa.org/SDF/

In 1938, Orson Welles utilized a new type of media to entertain, manipulate and subvert. In the shadow of World War II, he convinced an anxious and exhausted American public that Martians had invaded Earth. In 2021, who says it can’t happen again?

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It was SO good!!!!

Thursday June 10th, 2021

Tonight! Spring Drama Festival (SDF) presents "THE TEMPEST"
Thursday, June 10th at 7:30pm, directed by Stacey Cervellino
Get the link, cast, and playbill here: laguardiahspa.org/sdf-the-tempest/
And see listings for ALL SDF shows here: laguardiahspa.org/SDF/
Twelve years ago, Prospero, rightful CEO of Milan Corp and a powerful magician, fled to an island off the coast of Manhattan after a hostile takeover by her sister, Antonia. As her enemies return from a wedding, Prospero and her spirit, Ariel, use magic to create a powerful storm, pulling the plane out of the sky and right to her doorstep.
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Tonight! Spring Drama Festival (SDF) presents THE TEMPEST
Thursday, June 10th at 7:30pm, directed by Stacey Cervellino
Get the link, cast, and playbill here: https://laguardiahspa.org/sdf-the-tempest/
And see listings for ALL SDF shows here: https://laguardiahspa.org/SDF/
Twelve years ago, Prospero, rightful CEO of Milan Corp and a powerful magician, fled to an island off the coast of Manhattan after a hostile takeover by her sister, Antonia. As her enemies return from a wedding, Prospero and her spirit, Ariel, use magic to create a powerful storm, pulling the plane out of the sky and right to her doorstep.

Friday June 4th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
Today at 4pm EST, tune in to WNET's ALL ARTS channel to watch the televised production of LaGuardia's "Rising Stars: Behind the Mask!" Rising Stars 2021 features nearly 200 performers, 24 pieces of art, 4 short films, as well as countless students working behind the scenes. Also airing Saturday, June 5 at 1pm and Sunday, June 6 at 9am.
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Happy #fiorellofriday!
Today at 4pm EST, tune in to WNETs ALL ARTS channel to watch the televised production of LaGuardias Rising Stars: Behind the Mask! Rising Stars 2021 features nearly 200 performers, 24 pieces of art, 4 short films, as well as countless students working behind the scenes. Also airing Saturday, June 5 at 1pm and Sunday, June 6 at 9am. 
https://allarts.org/schedule/?program=44989

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I just ran into a group or parents they have a big screen set up in stone park In park slope snd they are watching it!!! Stop by! 3rd street and 5th ave

Friday May 28th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
Enjoy the beauty of LaGuardia's Senior Art Show #3 - OVATION!
lagartstudiopa.org/senior-art-show-3
OVATION — A SUSTAINED AND ENTHUSIASTIC SHOW OF APPRECIATION FROM AN AUDIENCE, ESPECIALLY BY MEANS OF APPLAUSE.
ARTISTS HAVE DIFFERENT DRIVES FOR MOTIVATION, BUT REGARDLESS, A SHOW OF APPRECIATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT GOES A LONG WAY. WE WANT TO COMMEND ALL SENIOR ARTISTS FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK THROUGHOUT THEIR LAGUARDIA CAREER. WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY, SKILL, AND CREATIVITY OF ARTISTS, FROM THE PATIENT PRINTMAKERS TO THE PROLIFIC PAINTERS. WE HOPE TO END ON A HIGH NOTE, AND THEREFORE WE NOW PRESENT TO YOU THE LAST SENIOR ART SHOW OF 2021: OVATION.
Curated by Cathy Li, Kailin Cedeno, & Kristen Lew
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Happy #fiorellofriday! 
Enjoy the beauty of LaGuardias Senior Art Show #3 - OVATION!
lagartstudiopa.org/senior-art-show-3
OVATION — A SUSTAINED AND ENTHUSIASTIC SHOW OF APPRECIATION FROM AN AUDIENCE, ESPECIALLY BY MEANS OF APPLAUSE.
ARTISTS HAVE DIFFERENT DRIVES FOR MOTIVATION, BUT REGARDLESS, A SHOW OF APPRECIATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT GOES A LONG WAY. WE WANT TO COMMEND ALL SENIOR ARTISTS FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK THROUGHOUT THEIR LAGUARDIA CAREER. WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY, SKILL, AND CREATIVITY OF ARTISTS, FROM THE PATIENT PRINTMAKERS TO THE PROLIFIC PAINTERS. WE HOPE TO END ON A HIGH NOTE, AND THEREFORE WE NOW PRESENT TO YOU THE LAST SENIOR ART SHOW OF 2021: OVATION.
Curated by Cathy Li, Kailin Cedeno, & Kristen Lew

Tuesday May 25th, 2021

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the world premiere of re-entering by choreographer Matthew Neenan (LaG '93), Thursday, May 27 at 7pm. This live event will be streamed online for a remote audience. annenbergcenter.org/event/matthew-neenan

Called “fresh, touching, musical, original,” Matthew Neenan’s choreography makes “dancers look vulnerable, openhearted and, above all, marvelously free.” (The New York Times) A former dancer and Choreographer in Residence with Pennsylvania Ballet as well as the co-founder of BalletX, Neenan brings re-entering, a site-specific world premiere exploring our return to life as it once was, promising the “wonderful immediacy and vibrancy” (Dance Magazine) for which he’s known.

Purchase access now through 7:30 PM on May 27.
Watch live at 7pm on May 27 to participate in the chat and artist Q&A. Available on-demand through May 29.
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The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the world premiere of re-entering by choreographer Matthew Neenan (LaG 93), Thursday, May 27 at 7pm. This live event will be streamed online for a remote audience. https://annenbergcenter.org/event/matthew-neenan

Called “fresh, touching, musical, original,” Matthew Neenan’s choreography makes “dancers look vulnerable, openhearted and, above all, marvelously free.” (The New York Times) A former dancer and Choreographer in Residence with Pennsylvania Ballet as well as the co-founder of BalletX, Neenan brings re-entering, a site-specific world premiere exploring our return to life as it once was, promising the “wonderful immediacy and vibrancy” (Dance Magazine) for which he’s known.

Purchase access now through 7:30 PM on May 27. 
Watch live at 7pm on May 27 to participate in the chat and artist Q&A. Available on-demand through May 29.

Friday May 21st, 2021

In celebration of Rising Stars 2021, take a trip down memory lane and enjoy these videos from LaGuardia's Rising Stars 1995 (thanks to Felix Olivieri - LaG '95 Art).
Part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwYOhtFsv-0
Part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1Jg6cru6BI
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Friday May 21st, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
We have very exciting news! LaGuardia's 2021 "Rising Stars" will be televised on June 4, 5, 6 on WNET's All Arts Channel!
"Rising Stars 2021: Behind the Mask is a smorgasbord of original acts, artwork, films and house band tracks. It spotlights some of New York City’s most talented and resilient student artists, who rely on their passions to transcend the heartache and limitations of the past year.
There are 47 segments in Rising Stars 2021, featuring the work of more than 200 student performers, fine artists and musicians, supported by the production planning, audio/photo/video, design, musical/composition, website and social media skills of a student team assisting the directors, parent volunteers and production company. Brief student interviews add context."

View all details about the show (including promo videos) here:
laguardiahspa.org/rising-stars-2021-behind-the-mask/

And for information about how to access the All Arts TV Channel, visit: allarts.org/everywhere/
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Happy #fiorellofriday!
We have very exciting news! LaGuardias 2021 Rising Stars will be televised on June 4, 5, 6 on WNETs All Arts Channel! 
Rising Stars 2021: Behind the Mask is a smorgasbord of original acts, artwork, films and house band tracks. It spotlights some of New York City’s most talented and resilient student artists, who rely on their passions to transcend the heartache and limitations of the past year.
There are 47 segments in Rising Stars 2021, featuring the work of more than 200 student performers, fine artists and musicians, supported by the production planning, audio/photo/video, design, musical/composition, website and social media skills of a student team assisting the directors, parent volunteers and production company. Brief student interviews add context.

View all details about the show (including promo videos) here: 
https://laguardiahspa.org/rising-stars-2021-behind-the-mask/ 

And for information about how to access the All Arts TV Channel, visit: https://allarts.org/everywhere/

Thursday May 20th, 2021

Tune in on Sunday, May 23 at 7pm EST on CNN to see LaGuardia’s Show Choir and students from the Dance Studio featured in “Graduation 2021: A CNN Special Event," with Kamala Harris giving the 2021 commencement speech!
news.yahoo.com/kamala-harris-2021-commencement-speech-002600352.html
(Photo of students rehearsing for the filming at Lincoln Center's Green Space)
"CNN will honor the millions of students graduating from high school or college this weekend with a star-studded prime-time special airing on Sunday."
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Tune in on Sunday, May 23 at 7pm EST on CNN to see LaGuardia’s Show Choir and students from the Dance Studio featured in “Graduation 2021: A CNN Special Event, with Kamala Harris giving the 2021 commencement speech! 
https://news.yahoo.com/kamala-harris-2021-commencement-speech-002600352.html
(Photo of students rehearsing for the filming at Lincoln Centers Green Space)
CNN will honor the millions of students graduating from high school or college this weekend with a star-studded prime-time special airing on Sunday.

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Sarah Boyd Moran, Antonietta McGoey

Wow! So cool!

Amazing!!!

WOW!!!

"Now upward in wonder!"

SO proud to be a part of this wonderful heritage...

Waf Er

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Amazing that the Vice President has time to give a speech at this wonderful event,but no time to go to the southern border where a humanitarian crises occurs every day.

Akiko Nishimae Taku Nishimae Wow!!!

Wow

Gypsy Kann Jill S. Gabbe Janice Davis Jessica Sabat

Wow!!! Congrats Laguardians!!! So happy to be part of this school. Keep doing great things!!

🤩 OMG

Does anyone know if it’s live on Sunday ?

Thanks Nina. We just found out today that Grace got into LaGuardia! Happy day!😊

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Thursday May 20th, 2021

Read a great piece about Philadelphia artist Gail Kotel (LaG '88), who has been painting portraits of local restaurant owners inside their take-out containers. "Kotel, who is also a Pilates-based physical therapist, conceived of the series as a way to generate buzz for suffering restaurants while calling attention to the mounds of packaging that are at once a health safeguard and an environmental hazard. For years, Kotel has used found objects—window frames, bubble wrap, glass bricks—as her canvas. As she piled up her own take-out boxes during 2020 while watching beloved restaurants limp through the pandemic, she decided to render images of the owners inside those repurposed containers."
www.broadstreetreview.com/wnwn/drawing-new-lines-for-philly-restaurants-and-environmentalism-with...?
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Read a great piece about Philadelphia artist Gail Kotel (LaG 88), who has been painting portraits of local restaurant owners inside their take-out containers. Kotel, who is also a Pilates-based physical therapist, conceived of the series as a way to generate buzz for suffering restaurants while calling attention to the mounds of packaging that are at once a health safeguard and an environmental hazard. For years, Kotel has used found objects—window frames, bubble wrap, glass bricks—as her canvas. As she piled up her own take-out boxes during 2020 while watching beloved restaurants limp through the pandemic, she decided to render images of the owners inside those repurposed containers.
https://www.broadstreetreview.com/wnwn/drawing-new-lines-for-philly-restaurants-and-environmentalism-with-gail-kot?

Friday May 14th, 2021

#FiorelloFriday
Enjoy the amazing work of LaGuardia art students in the Senior Art Show #2 "Iridescence" - opening today! www.lagartstudiopa.org/senior-show-2-home

IRIDESCENCE — THE PHENOMENON OF CERTAIN SURFACES THAT APPEAR TO GRADUALLY CHANGE COLOR AS THE ANGLE OF VIEW OR THE ANGLE OF ILLUMINATION CHANGES
THROUGH EVERY ARTIST’S EYES, WE INTERPRET OUR ARTWORK DIFFERENTLY, CHANGING WITH EVERY VIEW AND ANGLE.

THIS SHOW’S DIVERSITY IN THEMES AND MEDIUMS PRESENTS A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW NOT JUST IN COLOR, BUT IN THOUGHT. WE PRESENT TO YOU THE SECOND SENIOR ART SHOW: IRIDESCENCE.
Curated by Cathy Li, Kailin Cedeno, Kristen Lew
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#FiorelloFriday
Enjoy the amazing work of LaGuardia art students in the Senior Art Show #2 Iridescence - opening today! https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/senior-show-2-home

IRIDESCENCE — THE PHENOMENON OF CERTAIN SURFACES THAT APPEAR TO GRADUALLY CHANGE COLOR AS THE ANGLE OF VIEW OR THE ANGLE OF ILLUMINATION CHANGES
THROUGH EVERY ARTIST’S EYES, WE INTERPRET OUR ARTWORK DIFFERENTLY, CHANGING WITH EVERY VIEW AND ANGLE. 

THIS SHOW’S DIVERSITY IN THEMES AND MEDIUMS PRESENTS A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW NOT JUST IN COLOR, BUT IN THOUGHT. WE PRESENT TO YOU THE SECOND SENIOR ART SHOW: IRIDESCENCE.
Curated by Cathy Li, Kailin Cedeno, Kristen Lew

Tuesday May 11th, 2021

Enjoy this great educational coloring book 'The Secrets of Hattie Brown' by M&A '70 classmates Audrey “Sala Adenike” Jeter-Allen and Barbara Brown Gathers. www.barbarabrowngathers.com/books
"These beautiful historical images were hand-drawn by Audrey “Sala Adenike” Jeter-Allen and reflect the history and culture of African Americans during the years between 1870 and 1940. Indulge in effortless relaxation coloring for all ages. Relieve stress as you learn about history and culture. The drawings are ornamented by the Adinkra Symbols of Ghana, West Africa.
Great for all skill levels, all ages."
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Enjoy this great educational coloring book The Secrets of Hattie Brown by M&A 70 classmates Audrey “Sala Adenike” Jeter-Allen and Barbara Brown Gathers. https://www.barbarabrowngathers.com/books
These beautiful historical images were hand-drawn by Audrey “Sala Adenike” Jeter-Allen and reflect the history and culture of African Americans during the years between 1870 and 1940. Indulge in effortless relaxation coloring for all ages. Relieve stress as you learn about history and culture. The drawings are ornamented by the Adinkra Symbols of Ghana, West Africa.
Great for all skill levels, all ages.

Monday May 10th, 2021

Calling all musicians for this FREE virtual program through NYPL Riverside:
"Making Money with Music: A Professional Talk on Getting Live and Virtual Shows"
Monday, May 24, 3:00-4:30 pm
This FREE virtual program is for anyone 18+ and for high school seniors accompanied by parents/guardians. In this talk, learn the basics of how to book a performance or set up a livestream event with Mehmet Dede, a professional music curator and tour producer. Advanced registration required: www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/05/24/making-money-music-professional-talk-getting-live-and-vir...
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Calling all musicians for this FREE virtual program through NYPL Riverside: 
Making Money with Music: A Professional Talk on Getting Live and Virtual Shows
Monday, May 24, 3:00-4:30 pm
This FREE virtual program is for anyone 18+ and for high school seniors accompanied by parents/guardians. In this talk, learn the basics of how to book a performance or set up a livestream event with Mehmet Dede, a professional music curator and tour producer. Advanced registration required: https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/05/24/making-money-music-professional-talk-getting-live-and-virtual-shows

Monday May 10th, 2021

Enjoy this interview with MC Serch (Michael Berrin) - M&A '85 - on
“Drink Champs." A product of Far Rockaway, Queens, the rapper was a founding member of the group 3rd Bass. Listen to his stories of watching the Kangol Crew in the cafeteria at Music & Art and so much more!
When asked why he was thankful for his free public school education at M&A, he said:
"It gave me my direction in what I wanted to do for a career.
I met life long friends.
I was allowed to explore the arts and to focus my passion and make it my life.
I witnessed some high school classmates become legends in the entertainment industry.
I was not allowed to fail. Mr. Cooney made sure I did not flunk out of school and I owe him a great deal for that."
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnBJpOzhZ6U
And read the article here -
www.revolt.tv/drink-champs/2021/5/8/22425563/nas-owns-jay-z-catalogue
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Thursday May 6th, 2021

Tonight at 7pm EST (May 6, 2021) join Guggenheim winning artist Katy Schneider (M&A '82) on Zoom for Poetry Reading + Q&A. RSVP for this FREE event at www.concordart.org/silverlinings

Katy Schneider and Jim Armenti began a collaboration at the beginning of the pandemic. Each day, Katy created a tiny exquisitely rendered painting of an object found in her home and emailed an image of the completed work to Jim. In return, he sent her a poem inspired by the painting. Their collaboration is still going!
Katy Schneider’s 500 and counting 3×4 inch paintings of everyday objects as well as a group of 6×6 inch paintings are on view in the Main Galleries at the Concord Art Gallery in Concord, MA. Follow Katy: www.instagram.com/katyschneiderpainter/
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Tonight at 7pm EST (May 6, 2021) join Guggenheim winning artist Katy Schneider (M&A 82) on Zoom for Poetry Reading + Q&A. RSVP for this FREE event at https://www.concordart.org/silverlinings

Katy Schneider and Jim Armenti began a collaboration at the beginning of the pandemic. Each day, Katy created a tiny exquisitely rendered painting of an object found in her home and emailed an image of the completed work to Jim. In return, he sent her a poem inspired by the painting. Their collaboration is still going!
Katy Schneider’s 500 and counting 3×4 inch paintings of everyday objects as well as a group of 6×6 inch paintings are on view in the Main Galleries at the Concord Art Gallery in Concord, MA. Follow Katy: https://www.instagram.com/katyschneiderpainter/

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Video of the art talk is available here: youtu.be/s2f5ekIuIN8

Thursday May 6th, 2021

Today from 4-5pm (Thursday, May 6, 2021) join LaGuardia's wonderful Opera Workshop on Zoom for their Afternoon of Opera and Operetta!
Zoom Meeting ID: 747-168-039
Phone Number: 646-558-8656
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Today from 4-5pm (Thursday, May 6, 2021) join LaGuardias wonderful Opera Workshop on Zoom for their Afternoon of Opera and Operetta! 
Zoom Meeting ID: 747-168-039
Phone Number: 646-558-8656

Monday May 3rd, 2021

See Marlene Siff's (M&A '53) artwork in Bridgeport, CT at the URSA Gallery (Arcade Mall, 1042 Broad Street - www.ursa.gallery/), as part of the exhibit "Here Comes the Sun" - an illuminating exhibition that celebrates a new chapter with our community––a time of revival and hope. Drawing parallels between the uplifting transition from winter to warmth and the pandemic to a new normal, Here Comes the Sun serves not only as an opportunity to reflect but also look forward. The presentation showcases the works of fourteen contemporary artists whose dynamic visions will uplift and restore our perspectives in a variety of ways. Exhibit through July 31, 2021. www.marlenesiff.com/

"Marlene Siff’s paintings, sculptures, and works on paper––often rendered in multi-dimensions with multilayerings––convey a sense of harmony, balance, order, and spirituality. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.; B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C.; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield; and Galerie Musée in Nagoya, Japan. www.marlenesiff.com/
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See Marlene Siffs (M&A 53) artwork in Bridgeport, CT at the URSA Gallery (Arcade Mall, 1042 Broad Street - https://www.ursa.gallery/), as part of the exhibit Here Comes the Sun - an illuminating exhibition that celebrates a new chapter with our community––a time of revival and hope. Drawing parallels between the uplifting transition from winter to warmth and the pandemic to a new normal, Here Comes the Sun serves not only as an opportunity to reflect but also look forward. The presentation showcases the works of fourteen contemporary artists whose dynamic visions will uplift and restore our perspectives in a variety of ways. Exhibit through July 31, 2021. http://www.marlenesiff.com/

Marlene Siff’s paintings, sculptures, and works on paper––often rendered in multi-dimensions with multilayerings––convey a sense of harmony, balance, order, and spirituality. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.; B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C.; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield; and Galerie Musée in Nagoya, Japan. http://www.marlenesiff.com/

Friday April 30th, 2021

#FiorelloFriday
Enjoy the amazing artwork of LaGuardia art students in the Senior Art Show #1 "Kalopsia" - opening today! www.lagartstudiopa.org/senior-show-1-home

KALOPSIA — A COMBINATION OF THE GREEK ROOTS KALLOS (BEAUTY) AND OPSIS (SIGHT), KALOPSIA MEANS BEAUTIFUL SIGHT OR WITH BEAUTIFUL EYESKALOPSIA PERFECTLY ENCAPSULATES THIS FEELING THAT WE AS ARTISTS FEEL TOWARDS OUR ART AND TOWARDS THE WORLD. WE VIEW BOTH WITH BEAUTIFUL EYES. INSPIRED BY THE IMPRESSIVE WORK OF THE SENIOR STUDENT BODY, AND THE VIVID DREAM-LIKE IMAGERY PRESENT IN MANY OF THE ARTWORKS YOU WILL SEE, WE PRESENT TO YOU THE FIRST SENIOR ART SHOW: KALOPSIA.
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Enjoy the amazing artwork of LaGuardia art students in the Senior Art Show #1 Kalopsia - opening today! https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/senior-show-1-home

KALOPSIA — A COMBINATION OF THE GREEK ROOTS KALLOS (BEAUTY) AND OPSIS (SIGHT), KALOPSIA MEANS BEAUTIFUL SIGHT OR WITH BEAUTIFUL EYESKALOPSIA PERFECTLY ENCAPSULATES THIS FEELING THAT WE AS ARTISTS FEEL TOWARDS OUR ART AND TOWARDS THE WORLD. WE VIEW BOTH WITH BEAUTIFUL EYES. INSPIRED BY THE IMPRESSIVE WORK OF THE SENIOR STUDENT BODY, AND THE VIVID DREAM-LIKE IMAGERY PRESENT IN MANY OF THE ARTWORKS YOU WILL SEE, WE PRESENT TO YOU THE FIRST SENIOR ART SHOW: KALOPSIA.

Friday April 30th, 2021

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Friday, April 30, 2021 watch the LaGuardia Show Choir Senior Cabaret at 8:15pm on YouTube! The video will remain after tonight's "live" performance. Enjoy the amazing talent of our LaGuardia Vocal students!
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Monday April 26th, 2021

Congratulations to vocal junior Tess Biberaj (LaG '22) who won Top Prize from The International Grande Music Competition - igmcompetition.com/winners-2021/
Watch her performance of Mozart's "Voi Che Sapete." www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0R2Dicn_Y4
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Monday April 26th, 2021

Save the date! Senior Art Show #1 will be Friday, April 30th, 2021 and viewable at www.lagartstudiopa.org/. Don't miss this beautiful show! Poster by Gabrielle Arica (LaG '21). ... See MoreSee Less

Save the date! Senior Art Show #1 will be Friday, April 30th, 2021 and viewable at https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/. Dont miss this beautiful show! Poster by Gabrielle Arica (LaG 21).

Monday April 26th, 2021

Check out Linus Brant Coraggio's (M&A '80) exhibit "My Art (Also) Goes Here" at Paul Calendrillo Gallery in Chelsea, May 3-28, 2021. 547 West 27th St., Suite 514
Reception With Artist: May 6, 6pm – 8pm, May 29, 2pm – 5pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm, Thursday 12pm – 8pm - www.paulcalendrillo.com/linus-coraggio
"Coraggio is best known for inventing a genre of Street Art he termed ''3-D graffiti” or “Outstillations,” These being welded, detritus constructions emblazoned with “socio-political” graffiti bolted to no-parking signposts across the United States. These are the sculptural equivalent of the spray paint subway art of the early graffiti masters who Coraggio cites as hugely inspiring.

In the 70s New York’s Lower East Side was the slummy, dangerous haunt of hookers, dealers, addicts, along with bohos – artists, writers, performers - looking for cheap spaces. With the 80s though came the propulsive energy of the Neo Exes and Graffiti, along with budding galleries, clubs, hipster restaurants, vaulting rents, namely the Big Bad G of gentrification. By which time the art world had hugely changed, the world of graffiti most especially, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat moved their work off the wall onto canvas and paper. And Linus Coraggio took Street art into sculpture."
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Check out Linus Brant Coraggios (M&A 80) exhibit My Art (Also) Goes Here at Paul Calendrillo Gallery in Chelsea, May 3-28, 2021. 547 West 27th St., Suite 514
Reception With Artist: May 6, 6pm – 8pm, May 29, 2pm – 5pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm, Thursday 12pm – 8pm - https://www.paulcalendrillo.com/linus-coraggio
Coraggio is best known for inventing a genre of Street Art he termed 3-D graffiti” or “Outstillations,” These being welded, detritus constructions emblazoned with “socio-political” graffiti bolted to no-parking signposts across the United States. These are the sculptural equivalent of the spray paint subway art of the early graffiti masters who Coraggio cites as hugely inspiring.

In the 70s New York’s Lower East Side was the slummy, dangerous haunt of hookers, dealers, addicts, along with bohos – artists, writers, performers - looking for cheap spaces. With the 80s though came the propulsive energy of the Neo Exes and Graffiti, along with budding galleries, clubs, hipster restaurants, vaulting rents, namely the Big Bad G of gentrification. By which time the art world had hugely changed, the world of graffiti most especially, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat moved their work off the wall onto canvas and paper. And Linus Coraggio took Street art into sculpture.

Monday April 26th, 2021

THE LYRIC LAB for those 65 years and older - tentative Start Date: Monday, May 3, 2021. www.thelyriclab.org/su-casa-2021-programming
The Lyric Lab is offering a free workshop series for Manhattan seniors, ages 65 and older, called “My Favorite Song Project.” Project participants would meet once a week in a virtual social space and discuss music, lyrics, life, and the memories that powerful songs can evoke. This project will culminate in an online exhibit of selected songs and participants' reactions/reflections.
www.thelyriclab.org/su-casa-2021-programming
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THE LYRIC LAB for those 65 years and older - tentative Start Date: Monday, May 3, 2021. https://www.thelyriclab.org/su-casa-2021-programming
The Lyric Lab is offering a free workshop series for Manhattan seniors, ages 65 and older, called “My Favorite Song Project.” Project participants would meet once a week in a virtual social space and discuss music, lyrics, life, and the memories that powerful songs can evoke. This project will culminate in an online exhibit of selected songs and participants reactions/reflections. 
https://www.thelyriclab.org/su-casa-2021-programming

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Thursday April 22nd, 2021

Happy Earth Day! The LaGuardia Student Green Team is premiering FIVE Earth Day 2021 videos including interviews and clips of Green Team members celebrating. Please tune in and do your part to save the planet!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KDuIRqkj-k&list=PLCk-RF-GKT7vSsjuDlxWngtZi-EDbC710
Follow the Green Team on Instagram @laggreenteam
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Wednesday April 21st, 2021

Congratulations to dancer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel (LaG '03) who was named Gibney/Bard Teaching Artists for Spring 2021. www.bard.edu/news/dance-program-announces-new-faculty-teaching-artists-for-spring-2021-01-28

Morris-Van Tassel is artistic director of Alanna Morris-Van Tassel Productions (AMVTP), founded in 2017.
"The mission of AMVTP is to produce solo dance works and global commissions that uplift and inspire our humanity; to produce educational programs that utilize the creative arts as a tool for self-development; and to spearhead community building initiatives that assist mid-career women Creatives with resources to thrive.
AMVTP is a Black-led arts organization, launched in 2017 with spheres of influence in dance performance, education and community-building. AMVTP has been developing and producing provocative and soulful arts programs that center the creative genius of the African Caribbean archive, bringing people together from all walks of life, employing Minnesota artists of color, and building bridges and partnerships with arts organizations that share a similar vision. In 2018 AMVTP launched a coaching/mentorship program for pre-professional female dancers of color to address racial inequities in access to dance education."

"Morris Van Tassel was named one of Dance Magazine's “25 to Watch!” for 2018 and City Pages’ Artist of the Year for 2018. She was a featured dancer with Minnesota-based dance company TU Dance (2007-2017), a TU Dance Artistic Associate (2020), and is a current advisor to Springboard Danse Montreal. Her self-produced solo project, “Yam, Potatoe an Fish!” was named Star Tribune’s Best of Dance (2018) and earned her City Pages’ Best Choreographer (2019).

She was a 2015 McKnight Dance Fellow. Morris-Van Tassel is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City and holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. She is currently building a performance art project, Black Light, which explores the nobility of black-ness, divine feminine expression, and primordial creativity."

More about Alanna at: www.alannamvt.com/
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Congratulations to dancer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel (LaG 03) who was named Gibney/Bard Teaching Artists for Spring 2021. https://www.bard.edu/news/dance-program-announces-new-faculty-teaching-artists-for-spring-2021-01-28

Morris-Van Tassel is artistic director of Alanna Morris-Van Tassel Productions (AMVTP), founded in 2017. 
The mission of AMVTP is to produce solo dance works and global commissions that uplift and inspire our humanity; to produce educational programs that utilize the creative arts as a tool for self-development; and to spearhead community building initiatives that assist mid-career women Creatives with resources to thrive.
AMVTP is a Black-led arts organization, launched in 2017 with spheres of influence in dance performance, education and community-building. AMVTP has been developing and producing provocative and soulful arts programs that center the creative genius of the African Caribbean archive, bringing people together from all walks of life, employing Minnesota artists of color, and building bridges and partnerships with arts organizations that share a similar vision. In 2018 AMVTP launched a coaching/mentorship program for pre-professional female dancers of color to address racial inequities in access to dance education.

Morris Van Tassel was named one of Dance Magazines “25 to Watch!” for 2018 and City Pages’ Artist of the Year for 2018. She was a featured dancer with Minnesota-based dance company TU Dance (2007-2017), a TU Dance Artistic Associate (2020), and is a current advisor to Springboard Danse Montreal. Her self-produced solo project, “Yam, Potatoe an Fish!” was named Star Tribune’s Best of Dance (2018) and earned her City Pages’ Best Choreographer (2019). 

She was a 2015 McKnight Dance Fellow. Morris-Van Tassel is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City and holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. She is currently building a performance art project, Black Light, which explores the nobility of black-ness, divine feminine expression, and primordial creativity.

More about Alanna at: https://www.alannamvt.com/

Wednesday April 14th, 2021

Tonight (April 14) on Zoom at 6pm join comic book illustrator Shawn Martinbrough (LaG '89) at the Society Of Illustrators / MOCCA Arts Festival. He'll be sharing insights on writing RedHood story for DC Comics & writing/illustrating his upcoming project for John Jennings new imprint @Megascope / ABRAMS Books.
www.moccafest.org/comicandcartoonartweek/svlyib9tu0zjl19frza5vbvnif1fn7

A discussion on how to create a story starting from words to art. Shawn Martinbrough is the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, published by PenguinRandom House. He is a creator/artist whose DC Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics projects include Batman: Detective Comics, DMZ, Luke Cage Noir, The Black Panther and Hellboy. Shawn is also the artist of Thief of Thieves by Robert Kirkman, the co-creator of The Walking Dead and INVINCIBLE.
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Tonight (April 14) on Zoom at 6pm join comic book illustrator Shawn Martinbrough (LaG 89) at the Society Of Illustrators / MOCCA Arts Festival. Hell be sharing insights on writing RedHood story for DC Comics & writing/illustrating his upcoming project for John Jennings new imprint @Megascope / ABRAMS Books.
https://www.moccafest.org/comicandcartoonartweek/svlyib9tu0zjl19frza5vbvnif1fn7

A discussion on how to create a story starting from words to art. Shawn Martinbrough is the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, published by PenguinRandom House. He is a creator/artist whose DC Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics projects include Batman: Detective Comics, DMZ, Luke Cage Noir, The Black Panther and Hellboy. Shawn is also the artist of Thief of Thieves by Robert Kirkman, the co-creator of The Walking Dead and INVINCIBLE.

Tuesday April 13th, 2021

Please check out the beautiful Student Curated Art show "The Descent: Representative to Abstract and Back Again."
www.lagartstudiopa.org/student-curated-art-show-2021
THIS IS A COLLECTION OF PIECES THAT DISPLAY THE NATURAL WAY THAT THE ART WE MAKE CHANGES FROM REPRESENTATIVE TO ABSTRACT AND BACK AGAIN. WALK/SCROLL THROUGH THE MINI-SHOWS TO SEE EXACTLY THAT: REAL TO UNREAL, WHIMSICAL TO SEDATE, AND FANTASTICAL BACK TO WHAT WE ARE LIVING THROUGH RIGHT NOW.
Curated by Olivia Kirkbride, Farideh Sanandaji and Esme Sacks
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Please check out the beautiful Student Curated Art show The Descent: Representative to Abstract and Back Again.
https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/student-curated-art-show-2021
THIS IS A COLLECTION OF PIECES THAT DISPLAY THE NATURAL WAY THAT THE ART WE MAKE CHANGES FROM REPRESENTATIVE TO ABSTRACT AND BACK AGAIN. WALK/SCROLL THROUGH THE MINI-SHOWS TO SEE EXACTLY THAT: REAL TO UNREAL, WHIMSICAL TO SEDATE, AND FANTASTICAL BACK TO WHAT WE ARE LIVING THROUGH RIGHT NOW.
Curated by Olivia Kirkbride, Farideh Sanandaji and Esme Sacks

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Congratulations to the amazing students and teachers. It is an amazing show indeed.

Friday April 9th, 2021

Join on April 19, 2021 at 7pm for this Zoom panel discussion on Reopening Broadway Theater and Beyond presented by Episcopal Actors Guild (EAG) - since 1923 EAG has been supplying emergent care and career support to professional performers of all faiths who are undergoing financial crisis.

Moderated by M&A '56 alumna and Tony Award-winning Commercial Theatrical Producer and EAG Council Member Margot Astrachan (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder—Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards; Diana: A New Musical—heading to Netflix prior to Broadway).
All proceeds from this event will go to support the charitable programs of EAG for NYC's performing artists in need.

Industry panelists Scott Irgang (Director of Labor Relations for The Broadway League), Ryan Conway (2nd Vice President of The Off-Broadway League; President of Architect Theatrical—General Managers for Broadway’s West Side Story, Off-Broadway’s Rock of Ages), and Carl Pasbjerg (Managing Partner of Alchemy Production Group—Manager and Co-Producer of the Broadway, Toronto, West End, Australia, and Touring productions of Come From Away) will discuss how to get shows and audiences back into our theaters in New York and nationwide.
www.actorsguild.org/who-we-are.html
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Join on April 19, 2021 at 7pm for this Zoom panel discussion on Reopening Broadway Theater and Beyond presented by Episcopal Actors Guild (EAG) - since 1923 EAG has been supplying emergent care and career support to professional performers of all faiths who are undergoing financial crisis. 

Moderated by M&A 56 alumna and Tony Award-winning Commercial Theatrical Producer and EAG Council Member Margot Astrachan (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder—Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards; Diana: A New Musical—heading to Netflix prior to Broadway).
All proceeds from this event will go to support the charitable programs of EAG for NYCs performing artists in need.

Industry panelists Scott Irgang (Director of Labor Relations for The Broadway League), Ryan Conway (2nd Vice President of The Off-Broadway League; President of Architect Theatrical—General Managers for Broadway’s West Side Story, Off-Broadway’s Rock of Ages), and Carl Pasbjerg (Managing Partner of Alchemy Production Group—Manager and Co-Producer of the Broadway, Toronto, West End, Australia, and Touring productions of Come From Away) will discuss how to get shows and audiences back into our theaters in New York and nationwide.
https://www.actorsguild.org/who-we-are.html

Friday April 9th, 2021

Please check out this event "Wake Up, Rise Up - LIVE 4 Peace," created by Doug Payne (M&A '74) - A Virtual 24-Hour Concert on September 21, 2021 - www.wakeup-riseup-live4peace.org/
"Expanding 24 hours this event includes motivational speakers, music, poetry, mental health specialists, stories from victims and entertainers from around the globe. This will be similar to a track style relay race where each runner (the location) will pass the peace baton to the next runner (location) after they complete their pre-recorded presentation. The selected date is Tuesday, September 21, 2021 and this coincides with the United Nations “International Peace Day” that was started back in 1981."
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Please check out this event Wake Up, Rise Up - LIVE 4 Peace, created by Doug Payne (M&A 74) - A Virtual 24-Hour Concert on September 21, 2021 - https://www.wakeup-riseup-live4peace.org/
Expanding 24 hours this event includes motivational speakers, music, poetry, mental health specialists, stories from victims and entertainers from around the globe. This will be similar to a track style relay race where each runner (the location) will pass the peace baton to the next runner (location) after they complete their pre-recorded presentation. The selected date is Tuesday, September 21, 2021 and this coincides with the United Nations “International Peace Day” that was started back in 1981.

Monday March 29th, 2021

Check out this wonderful exhibit in Concord, Massachusetts with Katy Schneider (M&A '82), April 1-May 13, 2021:
SILVER LININGS: Paintings, Process and Poetry
PAINTINGS BY KATY SCHNEIDER AND POETRY BY JIM ARMENTI. www.concordart.org/upcoming

Katy Schneider and Jim Armenti began a collaboration at the beginning of the pandemic. Each day, Katy created a tiny exquisitely rendered painting of an object found in her home and emailed an image of the completed work to Jim. In return, he sent her a poem inspired by the painting. Their collaboration is still going!

Katy Schneider’s 400 and counting 3×4 inch paintings of everyday objects as well as a group of 6×6 inch paintings will be on view in the Main Galleries. A selection of Jim Armenti’s object inspired poetry will also be on display. Visitors will be invited to write poems to go with Schneider’s paintings in a Poetry Process Gallery. www.concordart.org/upcoming
Katy is an art professor at Smith College in Northampton, MA - www.instagram.com/katyschneiderpainter/
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Check out this wonderful exhibit in Concord, Massachusetts with Katy Schneider (M&A 82), April 1-May 13, 2021: 
SILVER LININGS: Paintings, Process and Poetry
PAINTINGS BY KATY SCHNEIDER AND POETRY BY JIM ARMENTI. http://www.concordart.org/upcoming

Katy Schneider and Jim Armenti began a collaboration at the beginning of the pandemic. Each day, Katy created a tiny exquisitely rendered painting of an object found in her home and emailed an image of the completed work to Jim. In return, he sent her a poem inspired by the painting. Their collaboration is still going!

Katy Schneider’s 400 and counting 3×4 inch paintings of everyday objects as well as a group of 6×6 inch paintings will be on view in the Main Galleries. A selection of Jim Armenti’s object inspired poetry will also be on display. Visitors will be invited to write poems to go with Schneider’s paintings in a Poetry Process Gallery. http://www.concordart.org/upcoming
Katy is an art professor at Smith College in Northampton, MA - https://www.instagram.com/katyschneiderpainter/

Wednesday March 24th, 2021

TODAY - register for this amazing FREE virtual event March 24, 2021, 3-5:30pm, EST.
New York Tech Live: West Side Story: How It Speaks to Us Now. Featuring author Esmeralda Santiago (PA '66), Bobby Sanabria -
Multi-Grammy-Nominated Musician, Mike Wallace - New York Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author. www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
"Esmeralda Santiago moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 1961 at the age of 13 and attended New York City's Performing Arts High School. She graduated from Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College. With husband Frank Cantor, she founded Cantomedia, an award-winning documentary film and media production company. Her career evolved from writing documentary and educational films to essays and opinion pieces that appeared in national newspapers including The New York Times and The Boston Globe and mass market magazines. Her first book, the memoir When I was Puerto Rican, was followed by a novel, America’s Dream; a second memoir, Almost a Woman, which was adapted into a 2002 film for Masterpiece Theatre, and a third memoir, The Turkish Lover."
"Recognized as one of the most important voices in Puerto Rican writing, Santiago has written about her complex and ambivalent response to West Side Story, which came out when she was a student at the famous High School of the Performing Arts. She will share her firsthand experiences and unique insights on the film’s legacy within the Puerto Rican community with Qiuana Dudley-Vegliante, an English major at New York Tech.
Four iconic New Yorkers will discuss the monumental impact of West Side Story on their lives and work, set in the context of New York City and urban planning for the Upper West Side."
www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
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TODAY - register for this amazing FREE virtual event March 24, 2021, 3-5:30pm, EST.
New York Tech Live: West Side Story: How It Speaks to Us Now. Featuring author Esmeralda Santiago (PA 66), Bobby Sanabria - 
Multi-Grammy-Nominated Musician, Mike Wallace - New York Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author. https://www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
Esmeralda Santiago moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 1961 at the age of 13 and attended New York Citys Performing Arts High School. She graduated from Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College. With husband Frank Cantor, she founded Cantomedia, an award-winning documentary film and media production company. Her career evolved from writing documentary and educational films to essays and opinion pieces that appeared in national newspapers including The New York Times and The Boston Globe and mass market magazines. Her first book, the memoir When I was Puerto Rican, was followed by a novel, America’s Dream; a second memoir, Almost a Woman, which was adapted into a 2002 film for Masterpiece Theatre, and a third memoir, The Turkish Lover.
Recognized as one of the most important voices in Puerto Rican writing, Santiago has written about her complex and ambivalent response to West Side Story, which came out when she was a student at the famous High School of the Performing Arts. She will share her firsthand experiences and unique insights on the film’s legacy within the Puerto Rican community with Qiuana Dudley-Vegliante, an English major at New York Tech.
Four iconic New Yorkers will discuss the monumental impact of West Side Story on their lives and work, set in the context of New York City and urban planning for the Upper West Side.
https://www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now

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Tuesday March 23rd, 2021

Enjoy this beautiful piece - Boismortier's Sonates à Deux Violes performed by Jay Bernfeld, (M&A '70) and Patricia Ann Neely (M&A '71).
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