Town Hall

September Town Hall: NYC Arts Restart!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
6:30 – 8:15PM

Celebrate arts recovery and live programming at A4’s September Town Hall: NYC Arts Restart!

Through various recovery programs including the City Artist Corps, NYSCA’s Restart NY Live Performance Grants, Open Culture permits, and grassroot public engagement projects and residencies, New York City is reopening (however, cautiously) with a vibrant arts and cultural scene. Through artist-led programming, these events are taking place indoor and outdoors across the five boroughs this fall!

We want to hear what you’re doing to help the city arts scene recover! Whether you are presenting an art-making demonstration, film screening, or performance through these programs, or are a programmer (or venue) who is able to host or team up with another artist to present their work, we invite you to pitch your projects, upcoming events, find other AAPI collaborators, or simply introduce yourself to the A4 community.

Featured Presenters:

  • Chelsea Ainsworth, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Arts on Site will share about their AAPI Festival which received support from the NYSCA Restart NY Live Performance Grant for this fall.
  • Singer/songwriter, Jay Miners, will share new music and details of her upcoming album release show, hosted by NYC-based listening room Keepsake House, with support from the City Artist Corps Grant.

(Please note that your participation in Town Hall does not substitute or fulfill any in-person grant presentation requirements.)

We’ll spotlight your pitches during the Town Hall rapid-fire line-up of 60-second pitches.

After the pitches and presentations, stick around for some virtual networking and conversation in Zoom breakout rooms with fellow attendees.

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP is required to pitch and/or attend. You don’t have to pitch to attend—RSVP to enjoy the presentations, idea exchange, and the virtual company of fellow artists and organizers! We’ll send the Zoom meeting link to all registered attendees.

If you need ASL interpretation for this event, please email at least one week before this event.

About A4’s Towns Hall

Town Hall is A4’s bi-monthly community gathering event that features presentations, pitches, and a potluck! We welcome artists of all disciplines (musicians, actors, filmmakers, poets, visual artists—anyone with a creative fire and joy for the arts), as well as arts organizations, to pitch upcoming projects, find collaborators, or discover new opportunities in a lively space. The catch? You have 60 seconds to deliver your pitch!

Jay Miners is a born and raised New York City-based singer/songwriter. She is the artist of two EPs and a full-length album to be released late 2021. Inspired by her parents’ old-soul records and the singer/songwriters of her generation, she quickly started to write songs at a young age. Jay’s single “Real Love” off her upcoming album, which was written about our relationships with modern-day technology, gained early support from Spotify, making its way onto playlists including Fresh Finds and Fresh Finds: Indie. Jay is the Co-Founder and Show Director at Keepsake House, a listening room for independent artists. When she is not writing songs, she enjoys baking sweets and teaching music.

Chelsea Ainsworth attended North Carolina School of the Arts for high school and received her BFA from The Juilliard School. After graduating she worked with Johannes Wieland/StaatstheaterKassel in Germany, Lorena Egan, Flexicure, Amber Sloan, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Zvidance, David Parker & The Bang Group and was on the modern/ballet dance faculty at Cap21 musical theater school and Chen DanceCenter. Currently she is the Co-Artistic Director of Dual Rivet, a woman-led contemporary dance company. She’s also the co-founder and Executive Director of Arts On Site, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artists of all disciplines by offering affordable studio space and performances. She also built and curates residencies at a retreat and residency center in the Shawangunk mountains in upstate New York. In 2020 she joined the Dance Advisory Board of Marymount Manhattan College.


Online, Zoom

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