They will explore marginalized statuses with undocumented persons, the LGTBQ community, and the immigrant community as well as statuses related to race, gender, and sexual identity. Through the mediums of music, art, poetry, food, storytelling, and discussion, they will investigate what these spaces look like, how we live within and negotiate between these spaces, along with the normalized statuses that marginalized communities simultaneously reject and desire.
This ambitious project will run from July to September 2019 at three venues in Kingston, New York: Kingston City Hall (City Hall), the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center (LGBTQ Center), and The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History (Reher Center). Kingston City Hall will host a three-month exhibition of photographic work by Alex Pacheco, featuring images of his family’s life between Kingston and Puebla, Mexico. The LGBTQ Center will host a group show of LGBTQ artists tentatively titled “The Spaces Between,” featuring work in a variety of mediums from photography to painting to found object art related to gender and sexuality.
The Reher Center, located in the historic Rondout, will host a majority of the events and programming including a mixed media arts show drawing on themes related to Mixed Status. Potential performances include a poetry reading, a fusion session with drummers from India, Latin America, and Africa, and a concert by local musician Yolanda Yolanda.
Humanities New York is a private nonprofit located in New York City that receives federal, state, city and private funds. Its grants program distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities directly to projects that give priority to engaging hard-to-reach audiences or that serve communities throughout the state.