Community Arts

A unique point of access for community-driven expression, healing, & togetherness!

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Our Resident Artists

“I am interested in the space between where we are and where we need to be to find liberation, where my community and I can feel healed and empowered in the face of the villains that have tried to keep us from pursuing our “happily ever after.”

Liz Morgan

Liz Morgan is best known for her work “Why I was Late Today…” (Huffington Post).  She is currently Waterwell’s 2023 New Works Lab Commissioned Playwright. Her original plays include Deliver: Letters to the Motherland from a Foreign Body (Kilroys Honorable Mention) and The Clark Doll which was featured at the Deep Water Literary Festival and nominated for a Drammy Award in the category of Best Original Script after its premiere. Other theatrical honors include the 2021 Rising Leaders of Color cohort and the 2017 Torchbearer for Black Theatre Award.

The Community Arts program will support Liz’s development of a new play titled Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happily Ever After, a multifaceted immersive theatre piece about immigrant rights with an advocacy engagement strategy. The piece was originally developed as part of Liz’s studies within Columbia Law & Broadway Advocacy Coalition’s Theatre of Change program. The workshop production will be presented with support from The Helen Gurley Brown Foundation’s BOLD Ventures Grant.

“The importance of the arts isn’t in the employment of actors but the introduction of worlds, philosophy, thought, and escape.” 

DIFFERENT BRO PRODUCTIONS
Jmonet Hill, Marcus Farrow, Craig Jackson

DiffBro LLC began as a creative outlet during the pandemic for performances, events, a talk show web series, and more focusing on Black lives and stories. Now two years, a president, and a pandemic later, with the dedication of the team and DiffBro family, we have started to build a safe space for artistic expression. We work with artists to create spaces and build platforms that transform us as humans. 

Professional development for Different Bros includes a series of upbeat, participatory events to foster joy and communion: beloved classic ‘The Wiz’, adapted with references to current events and issues, a series of free enhanced Zumba classes throughout Black History Month, and Songs for Mama, a cabaret celebrating Mother’s Day.   

 “I want the music to represent a location for expressing freedom of heart, mind, and soul. A ‘lifting’ of the atmosphere at least for a little while.”  

Tyrone Birkett

Tyrone Birkett, [Apollo Theater, Symphony Space, Storm King Arts Center, Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center, Schomburg Center for Black Culture, Historic Mother Bethel AME Church, Blue Note Jazz Club, Harlem Arts Festival, United Nations] is a saxophonist, composer, producer, and speaker with extensive experience partnering art and social consciousness. He, along with his wife Paula Ralph Birkett and a core set of musicians with experience in jazz, R&B, and Black church music, are “artists for humanity” producing music that is “necessary.” TB|E’s purpose is to bring the hope of freedom song into the 21st century and provoke social change through art for the benefit of the disinherited and disenfranchised. 

The Sonic Sanctuary Series is an in-depth season-long presentation of Tyrone Birkett | Ensemble’s work structured as a series of multi-media music performances paired with post-show talkbacks to connect the dots between the music and its social context.  

“The process of creating art is an act of healing the individual and the community at large. Our goal for creating a theater company is to remove the corporate grid from artists and to establish a community where they can create anything they wish so long as they fully realize that vision.” 

THE GREENHOUSE ENSEMBLE
Reanna Armellino, Hazen Cuyler

For the past decade, The Greenhouse Ensemble has been creating memorable art experiences in unconventional contexts with a maximalist approach based on the philosophy of abundance. Blending theater, film, music, and fine art, their work adds a contemporary interpretation to works by playwrights both dead (Shakespeare) and living (Shanley). They conduct trainings in Michael Chekhov gesture work and Alexander Technique, and are known for throwing fabulous pop-up “art parties” all over NYC.

The Community Arts Program will jointly host a series of creative Writer’s Roundtable feedback sessions with Greenhouse and support the development of Muse, their play about a crime and its aftermath. Sheila, a promising young artist, is brutally killed by her lover, Mathias, who then kills himself. Their families must then face a dilemma that interweaves grief, guilt, and the nature of artistic creation.  

“I believe in resilience of the human spirit; no matter the hardships and struggles in the world (especially in New York) which you will see reflected in my dances, art is a messenger that there is hope for something new after the breakdown.” 

Alison Cook Beatty

Alison Cook Beatty (BFA Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee) moved to New York City with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Alison is the founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Alison Cook Beatty Dance, a classically-based modern dance company grounded in Alison’s belief that art is capable of restoring the human spirit. The company c. 2012 has dual missions, seeking a universal human condition and building community through art. The company strives to break down boundaries of the possible including through diversity in hiring core company dancers, collaborations, and outreach programming, as currently more than a quarter of Alison Cook Beatty Dance dancers are immigrants.

Alison Cook Beatty Dance will present “One More Day”, an evening presented in collaboration with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to bring awareness to mental health care. Simultaneously the residency will give the company the opportunity to expand and refine on its repertory which includes “Central Park Field #4”, “In Spite Of, Because Of… The Wallpaper”, “Lifeline” and “In The Forest Between Life And Death”. 

“My work with older adults is informed by my experiences with my mother and mother-in-law who routinely are overlooked or infantilized. The themes I explore are: dancing with an aging body, losing one’s memory, losing one’s friends….the subtle ways senior citizens are treated with contempt by way of gradual exclusion from society. My ultimate message is that of hope – we all have much to gain through their lives and specific experiences.”

Sloka Iyengar

Sloka Iyengar is a neuroscientist and Bharatanatyam dancer, passionate about relieving suffering through the convergence of science and arts. Some of her recent achievements include becoming Chapter Co-Chair for Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) NYC and Co-Director of the NYC New Leaders Council (NLC). Sloka was also selected to serve on the Research Committee for the National Organization of Arts In Health, named Honorary Director at Public Health Literacy, and was awarded the 2022-2023 Aseemkala Initiative Choreography Fellow.

While in residence, Sloka will conduct a series of Indian dance classes adapted for seniors in partnership with Goddard Riverside’s Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) program and Older Adult Center, an open dance class for all ages, and performances of her solo work merging Bharatanatyam with neuroscience.  


Artist Residency

New this season, the GRCAP Artist Residency program has been created so that event organizers can apply to be selected as part of the Community Arts Program’s presented programming, designed to support individuals and groups showing exceptional artistic and social merit exemplifying our mission-based criteria. 

Each residency represents a unique collaboration and exchange of community space for community programming content.  

Selected individuals and groups will receive up to 40 hours of free creative time across our multiple performance, office, and rehearsal spaces, with the understanding that this time is used to develop content that will inspire, heal, immerse, and encourage our community members. The Community Arts Staff will co-produce the resulting events and works under the banner of Goddard Riverside and provide additional services and support.  


INSPIRE – boundary-push, play, innovate, explore, excel 

HEAL restore, regenerate, support, center, protect 

IMMERSE expose, contextualize, teach, share, enlighten 

ENCOURAGE – ground, build, belong, strengthen, empower


Open Eligibility

We welcome artists from any walk of life and style of art practice. We ask you to clarify your intentions and how your vision can benefit the community.  

We’re looking to expand our networks. While all are welcome to apply, our selection process will especially consider those who have not yet had a chance to partner with the Community Arts Program in the past. We love and appreciate all our past partners and want more folks to have the same great experience with us. 

Deadline

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The application process is now CLOSED for this season.

Application

To apply, please submit a: 

  • 1. Artist Statement (Up to 2 Pages) Tell us about you, your past works, interests, and philosophy. 
  • 2. Work Samples (Up to 10 files and/or links) 
  • 3. A Written Response (Up to 2 Pages) that addresses the questions below.      

Email the above to communityarts@goddard.org with GRCAP Residency Application_Your Name as the subject line.   

  • A. Which category or categories listed above most relate to your practice as an artist/community leader? How? Why?  
  • B. Please share a bullet point list of ideas/concepts of how you could apply up to 40 hours of office, rehearsal, and event space towards the beautification and betterment of our community. (The sky’s the limit when brainstorming!) 
  • C. Please describe other collaborators (whether known or unknown) that you’d like to collaborate with over the course of a residency to realize your ideas.  
  • D. How would a residency benefit you as an artist?