2019 Artist Commissions & Residencies
MAAA Theater – creating a new theater work in response to the US travel ban. Written by Mehrnoush Alia and Afshin Hashemi. Directed by Mohammad Aghebati
Jeff Kasper – a stage of the artist’s ongoing project, “wrestling embrace” a customizable workshop framework and series of sculptural objects, designed to aide folks navigating questions of consent and care-taking in intimate relationships
Leah Tubbs / Mod Arts Dance Collective – ‘Collective Thread Residency’, a four-week residency, will use the work of emerging, mid career, and established women/womyn identifying poets as a catalyst to create a new choreo-poem.
Alicia Grullon – ‘Seed Books’, a community seed library focused on seeds located in community gardens that have been brought by migrants to New York City. Each book will contain a short experimental documentary video, broadside, and programming corresponding to seeds stored in the gardens.
Fernanda Espinosa & Cinthya Santos-Brios – an oral history and photography project sharing the stories of immigrant culture bearers
2018 Artist Commissions and Residencies
Bond Street Theatre – NYC premiere with youth artists of ‘The Law of the Jungle’, originally created by Bond Street Theatre and the Nangarhar Theatre of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
Queremos Teatro -a community theater program led by ICE Free Queens (IFQ) in collaboration with Immigrant Movement International Corona (IMI Corona); project team Milton X. Trujillo, Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, Carolina Varela, Adriene Lara, Wade Ekstrom
Atlantic Pacific Theatre – creates social practice theatre experiences towards cultural equity for and with the Asian Pacific Islander diaspora community and beyond. Projects included Do,Wager; team leader Claro de los Reyes
Raul Ayala – mural commission featuring the women and girls – artist and organizers – of East 4th Street, installed on East 3rd Street wall of La MaMa.
Native Art Department International – in collaboration with FABnyc, a six month residency included an installation and the presentation of ‘Oh, so you’ve had an Indian friend?’ – an evening celebrating the life and work of Diane Burns.