Create New York (CNY) a multi-year partnership program between TDF and community centers engages three separate groups of adults from community centers, one in each New York City borough, and uses theatre and dance as a way to promote change in oneself, one’s neighborhood, and, ultimately, one’s city.
Video by Ashli Bickford- http://www.ashlibickford.com/
Every group will complete a 3-year cycle with increasing autonomy every year. Each year, participants will democratically select performing arts events whose themes, aesthetics, or artists directly relate back to their shared interests and vision for their community. Over post-meal discussions the groups discuss their experience and its relevance. Together we aspire to increase cultural participation in live performance through the development of community ambassadors and cultural architects who, by serving as leaders and influencers, will create sustainable audiences for dance and theatre throughout New York City. At each year’s end, participants create a community-based project inspired by their cultural experiences that benefits their neighborhood at large.
Watch highlights from our first community-based project, H.E.R.S. (Healing Evolving Resolving Self) A Night of Empowerment:
Video by Tyler Milliron- http://www.millironstudios.com/
Vendors at HERS:
The Wright Family-Berley's Skincare www.etsy.com/shop/BERLEYS
Jen Schwartz-The Essential Hustle www.mydoterra.com/theessentialhustle
Michelle Bedford- Raf Crafts www.etsy.com/shop/rafcrafts
Candice Similton-Candice's Food for the Soul
Celeste Beatty-Harlem Brewing Company www.harlembrewing.com | www.harlemcider.com
Performers at HERS:
Mariposa (María Teresa Fernández) NYC Poet
Roseangelica Lopez-NYC Singer/Songwriter/Musician
Issac Sawyer-Sketch Artist/Singer/Songwriter/DJ
Lakita P. Jackson “Kita P.”- Singer/Songwriter/Musician
FAT GIRLS DANCE-A dance squad that is a relentless fem-led online movement towards body positivity and self-love through the celebration of dance.
Workshop Leaders at HERS:
Women + Sexuality + Breath workshop led by Kathleen Booker-Breath work Expert
Women + Wellness workshop led by Stacey Berman- CEO of The System by Stacey
Self-Love & Self Image workshop led by Natasha Leath-A Motivational Spiritualist
Browse a full list of HERS vendors and local businesses dedicated to female empowerment
For more information on Create New York, contact AllieR@tdf.org