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We bring you local voices from the Worldwide Woodside Neighborhood Fest, Amy Paul and Claro Que Si, panel excerpt of “Trafficking is Everywhere” with Dorotea Mendoza, Kayla Wang, and Ninotchka Rosca, spoken word from Faith Santilla, a tribute to the late Muhammad Ali, music by the late Fred Ho, and rebel music from NYC and beyond...
Worldwide Woodside: Creating and Documenting Public Space
2016 ushers in the first annual Worldwide Woodside Street Festival with free yoga and salsa, Irish dance, Filipino Martial Arts, Indian dance, live drawing, storytelling, Queens Mobile Library, and screen printing. I talked to Amy Paul and Claro Que Si about this year’s Neighborhood Fest, their work, gentrification in Queens, the use of art to publicly claim space, and the importance of community-based archival and documentation.
Amy T. Paul joined Woodside on the Move as its Executive Director in January 2016. She comes to the organization with over fifteen years of fundraising, communications, project management, and direct service experience organizing for immigrant rights, civil rights, worker’s rights, and youth development. She has worked at North Star Fund, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, and South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!), and served on the board of Adhikaar for Human Rights and South Asian Women’s Creative Collective. In addition to her social justice work, Amy is committed to innovative ways that the arts can inspire community. Amy founded “The People’s Walking Tour”, an immigration-themed walk tour; produced the Domestic Worker’s Theater Project; and co-founded Chili Third Thursdays, a monthly artist’s salon that rotated in living rooms across Queens. Amy has a B.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in International Affairs from The New School, and was a Coro Immigrant Civic Leadership Project Fellow.
Claro is a socially practice theatre & film artist who creates work to further build community, encourage cross- cultural dialogue, and highlight & explore underrepresented histories. Inclusion and Accessibility are underpinning values in his work and he is particularly interested in creating work in public spaces and alternative/ non-traditional venues.
As an actor, Claro has performed Off-Broadway with various NY theater companies that include the Pan Asian Rep, National Asian American Theater Company, International WOW Co., Imua! Theatre & Film, and Leviathan Lab. He has had the honor of devising theatre alongside community members in NYC, the Philippines, and Rwanda. His short films have been screened in programs for the Anthology Film Archive and festivals at Chicago's Portage Theater.
Additionally he is a proud theatre-based educator he serves arts organizations that include the Apollo Theater Education, CUNY Creative Arts Team, and The Filipino School of NY & NJ. He is a graduate of Fordham Theatre Program, the Third World Newsreel Film Workshop, and he holds an MA in Applied Theatre from CUNY School of Professional Studies. Recently, as a commissioned artist of the Laundromat Project's Create Change program 2015, Claro launched the ongoing My Baryo, My Borough project, a community-centered oral history project that mobilizes community members to collect, share, and celebrate the largely overlooked legacy of the Filipino/ Filipino American community of NYC. www.mybaryomyborough.com | www.claro-que-si.com
Ending the Demand: The Trafficking of Women and Girls
“We Are Everywhere: The Trafficking of Women and Girls” followed the May 22, 2016 production of Spiderwoman Theater’s performance of “Material Witness.” Spiderwoman Theater is regarded as one the most influential Native theatre companies “in the history of the country” (Oskar Eustis, Public Theater), turns their “story-weaving” dance-theatre to issues of violence against women in Indigenous communities.
Kayla Wang is a counselor advocate and coordinator, Asian Women Empowerment (AWE) program at New York Asian Women’s Center, http://www.nyawc.org/.
Anne Pollack is a musician, visual artist, writer, student of dance and activist; founder and executive director, Crossing Points Arts, http://www.crossingpointarts.org/.
Ninotchka Rosca is a writer, journalist, activist and co-founder of AF3IRM, (http://www.af3irm.org/af3irm/).
Spoken Word, Faith Santilla
Audio is excerpted from the 2nd ANNUAL KATIPUNAN POETRY SLAM at the 24th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) in downtown Los Angeles.
Source: ValeranLothaniel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6hpN5XCo3A
Rest in Power, Muhammad Ali
We’ll end the night by paying tribute to Muhammad Ali-- three time World Heavyweight Champion boxer who died on June 3, 2016 after fighting Parkinson’s disease after 32 years. For Asian Pacific Islanders and Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs), Ali is known for his advocacy and his inclusion and candid discussion of APIAs in regards to race. Beyond Ali’s iconic sports career, he staunchly opposed the Vietnam war and refused to participate in the draft. Ali risked his professional career and popularity by using his mainstream, public platform to address state violence, white supremacy, institutionalized racism and exported wars. As a result, his passport was revoked and he was denied a boxing license in every state. We’ll listen to a segment where Muhammad Ali expresses his opposition to the Vietnam War and draft. And we’ll close out with the late Fred Ho and the Big Monster Band and an Afro-Asian jazz piece from the album, “The Sweet Science Suite: A Scientific Soul Music Honoring of Muhammad Ali.”
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