Writer / performer Judith Sloan awarded with City Artists Corps grant
Judith Sloan will present Songs, Poetry and Monologues of Migration, Refuge and Finding Home – at the Queens Theater, as part of the City Artists Corps Showcase on Saturday, October 23 at 4 p.m. The hour-long program is free and takes place at the Claire Shulman Theater at the Queens Theater in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, NY. Tickets are available at the door and in advance online TICKETS HERE
Judith Sloan is a writer, actress, audio artist and educator, whose work combines humor, pathos and love of the absurd. For more than twenty years, Sloan has produced and presented interdisciplinary works in audio and theater, depicting voices often overlooked by mass media. Known for her documentary project Crossing the BLVD, her solo exhibition Yo Miss! which was produced by La MaMa ETC
For the October 23 performance, Sloan will be joined by guest singers and a pianist who will perform songs from her ongoing play “It Can Happen Here”, which follows the lives of five women in Queens, New York, who are linked by their neighborhood hair salon. The play is in development and was supported in part by an Artist Commissioning Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts and was developed in part through interviews and storytelling workshops with residents of the south -est of Queens who were grappling with race, gentrification and the impacts of climate change. , and Covid19. Sloan will also present a short piece from his collaborative work 1001 Voices: An Anthem for A New America with music written by Grammy-winning composer, trumpeter and conductor Frank London. Guests include star singers: Meah Pace, Melissa McMillan, Alba Ponce de Leon, Michelle Beth Herman, with Dominic Frigo on keyboards.
Sloan says, “This funding from the City Artist Corps has given me a great opportunity to write new songs, hear them, and share them with audiences in my hometown of Queens, the most ethnically diverse community in the States. United and this work reflects this range. of experience in performers and stories. I am delighted to have three singers who are also members of the Resistance Revival Chorus on board for this project. In addition to her own material, Sloan invited actress and playwright Najla Said as a guest artist to this event. Najla Said will perform an extract from her solo show “Palestine”. Of Said’s solo show, the NY Times said, “There is something heroic about her larger stance: to a subject that generates fury and recrimination, she brings a levity and steadfast denial of the hatred.”
Over three award cycles, more than 3,000 artists received $ 5,000 in grants to engage the public in artist activities in New York’s five boroughs this summer and fall. Artists will use the grant to create a new work or phase of a work, or to re-enact pre-existing creative activities in any discipline.
City Artist Corps Grants was launched in June 2021 by NYFA and DCLA with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as the Queens Theater. The program is funded by the New York City Artist Corps’ $ 25 million recovery initiative announced by Mayor de Blasio and the DCLA earlier this year. The grants are intended to support active New York-based artists who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. It is strongly recommended that part of the grant be used to finance the artists’ fees, both for the candidate artist and for any other artist hired to support the project.
This event received additional support from EarSay and the New York State Council on the Arts NYSCA Restart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grant with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.