ART IS NOT APART: Experiments, Reflections and Manifestos

 A three-day symposium for artists, educators, curators and community workers who seek to reclaim the arts as an integral part of community life.

January 26th – January 28th

Collaboratively designed and hosted by two of New York’s oldest yet most innovative community-based organizations – University Settlement and Henry Street Settlement.


Join an array of creative community makers including…

Elastic City, Fourth Arts Block (FAB NYC), Ping Chong & Company, Panoply Performance Lab, Vibe Theater, Sasha Soreff Dance Theater, Kinematik Dance Theater , Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, Arts to Grow, Leave Out Violence-U.S. (LOVE-US), Trusty SideKick Theater Company, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Patty Dukes and Reph Star, The Anthropologists, Hip Hop Re:Education Project and more!

 Admission is FREE!

Please click here to registration by January 23rd

You can register for all or parts of the symposium but spots are limited – 

so act fast and stay tuned for weekly updates!

All Symposium events take place at University Settlement 184 Eldridge Street

(corner of Rivington Street) Click here for directions


Thursday, January 26th 7pm – 9:30pm

Creating Possibilities: Exploring Working Models, Approaches and Techniques

Panel Discussion: In a climate where essential services for children, seniors and other vulnerable populations are struggling to survive, how are artists making art relevant and integral to community life?

Click HERE to find out who's on the panel!

Breakout Session: Small groups facilitated by the panelists will brainstorm art and community connections and then collaboratively create a visual artifact to hang in The Gallery of Possibilities which will be on display throughout the symposium. Participants are welcome to bring artifacts from their own work.  

The Shoelace Project: Created by Sasha Soreff Dance Theater. This interactive performance and workshop explores how shoelaces represent a powerful and nearly universal symbol: they tie us up, trip us up and hold us up.  Personally inscribe an ultra wide shoelace with your hopes and fears and make discoveries about what gets us tangled and untangled, bound and unbound. 

Friday, January 27th 7pm – 9:30pm 

Resistance (theirs…or mine?): Transforming Resistance Into Creative Fuel 

 Breakout Session: As we have all experienced, resistance is an inevitable component of making art. Small groups guided by expert facilitators will identify and harness the forces of resistance. Each group will devise an original performance as a means of sharing perspectives, strategies, and techniques for working with resistance.

Click HERE to Find out who's facilitating!

Artist Shares: Enjoy short performances by artists who are finding interesting ways to connect their process and work with communities traditionally beyond the reach of the art world.

 Wine Reception: Build up your creative community network.


Saturday, January 28th 3pm – 9:00pm  

(Community Dinner @ 6pm) 

Manifesting Art and Community: Sharing and Acquiring New Skills, Ideas and Inspirations

 Workshops: A selection of 90-minute workshops led by dynamic facilitators (topics to be announced next week). Each participant will have the opportunity to select two hands-on workshops.  

Community Dinner: Sit, eat and enjoy connecting with creative community makers.

Smart Art Manifests & Artist Shares: Join us for an inspiring series of TED-style SAM (Smart Art Manifestos) talks and performances by innovative and highly creative community makers.

Click here to learn for about our workshops offers and speakers!

This Symposium is co-curated by Nellie Perera, Director of Arts in Education at Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center, Alison Fleminger, Program Curator and Educator of The Performance Project @ University Settlement and Michael Roderick, Founder of Small Pond Enterprises LLC.

The title ART IS NOT APART is inspired by artist and educator Eric Booth.

184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002