Aerial view of the park looking north, dotted with visitors and blankets, East River view, late afternoon

NEW AGORA
June – September
2nd Saturdays, Morning to Sunset


June 11 | Rain Date: June 25

Spend every second Saturday this summer exploring art and the outdoors with New Agora. Discover new creatives and perspectives with family-friendly workshops, conversations, tours, screenings, performance, music, and more!

For June, New Agora is excited to collaborate with The Fortune Society to present their Annual Arts Festival celebrating community and healing through the arts. Join us for a day of workshops, performances, and readings. Founded in 1967, The Fortune Society’s vision is to foster a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated will thrive as positive, contributing members of society. Join us for this powerful celebration of the healing and transformative powers of imagination and creativity.

SCHEDULE

The Revolutionary Rhetoric of Hip Hop: A conversation with Artists and the Hip Hop heads who love them

Moderated by Trasonia Abbott

Joined by Shantal Jiménez
Roque Rodriguez
Lionel “Doc da Edutainer” Limage
live painting session with artist Amira Hasib

This conversation will bring together 5 different lovers of HipHop to engage with the revolutionary history of what is now the biggest music genre in the world. How did something started just 50 years ago with two turn tables and a microphone by black and Latino youth in the Bronx, take over the world? What can this ever expanding genre teach us about our path to liberation? This conversation will also include a live painting session with artist Amira Hasib moderated by Trasonia Abbott Joined by Shantal Jiménez Roque Rodriguez Lionel “Doc da Edutainer” Limage

 

ABOUT THE FORTUNE SOCIETY

The Fortune Society’s (Fortune) mission is to support successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. The agency offers support to New Yorkers following the trauma of legal system involvement and incarceration and helps to bridge the many systemic divides that are barriers to individual and community success. We do this through a holistic, one-stop model of service provision. Since the organization’s inception more than 50 years ago, Fortune has been committed to using the restorative capacities of art and art-making to promote healing through the arts and to help to realize possibilities for more just collective futures.

ABOUT TRANSONIA ABBOT

Trasonia is a multidisciplinary artist. Their work centers on their experience as a Black Nonbinary person. They have immense love for their community and culture and enjoy engaging in deep meaningful conversations with and about them. Trasonia has channeled this love into many different projects and events in the last couple years including Queens Liberation Project’s mutual aid events, a Podcast called Identity Crisis with Pam and Trasonia, a Black History Month conversation series for Flux Factory Rhizome project, and Queens Solidarity festival, a day of thanking and paying BIPOC organizers in queens. They are currently working on a musical project.

https://www.identitycrisispt.com https://trasonia.bandcamp.com/music
IG: @transonia_abbot

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