NY Voices, NY Votes

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NY Voices, NY Votes
Saturday, October 14, 12:00-4:00
Tappen Park, Bay Street btwn Water & Canal St, Staten Island

Celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage with a pop-up community festival organized by Center for Traditional Music and Dance.

The Five Boro Story Project will have stations for all ages to share memories and stories about what it means to be engaged citizens in our neighborhoods. Come tell your stories — from the first time you voted, to your most memorable election, to your concerns for your neighborhood — and enjoy free music and dance performances! Stop by our table and write, draw, or record your story in an oral history interview. Stories will be archived by the Center for Traditional Music & Dance.

In addition to local craft demonstrations and voter registration tables, this event features performances by leading ensembles representing the music and dance traditions of the neighborhood:

* Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY | Traditional Kandyan dance and drumming from Sri Lanka
* Jose Ocasio y Su Cultura | Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena music and dance
* NAPELA NYC | Youth performances of traditional dance from Liberia.

* PLUS: Traditional Shekere making and bead work with Cheryl Thomas, aka “The Gourd Lady”

FREE ADMISSION

DIRECTIONS: Historic Tappen Park is located in Stapleton, Staten Island, along Bay Street between Canal and Water Streets. It is accessible via the S51 or S76 bus.

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NY Voices, NY Votes
Sunday, November 12, 2:30-6:00pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center,
153-10 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, Queens

This is Center for Traditional Music and Dance‘s final event celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage.

In addition to civic engagement and social service agency tables, the event will feature performances by two leading ensembles representing the music and dance traditions of Jamaica, Queens:

3:00pm: GRUPO REBOLU – high-energy Afro-Colombian music
4:30pm: Bonga & the Vodou Drums of Haiti – Haitian roots music, “mizik rasin”

PLUS Traditional Shekere (African instrument) making and bead work with Cheryl Thomas, aka “The Gourd Lady”

The Five Boro Story Project will have a station for all ages to share memories and stories about what it means to be engaged citizens in our neighborhoods. Stop by and write, draw, or record your story in an oral history interview. Stories will be archived by the Center for Traditional Music & Dance.

FREE ADMISSION

DIRECTIONS: Jamaica Performing Arts Center is located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, Queens. It’s steps from the E, J, and Z trains to Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer Ave. It’s also a short walk from the F train at Parsons Blvd and the LIRR Jamaica station.

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