Back by popular demand! Discover the power of personal stories, as storytellers share their own experiences on the theme of "tradition interrupted" in the Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden. Event followed by reception.
Valentina Ortiz is a multilingual storyteller, musician, writer, and humanitarian. Her stories are full of hope and offer a window into the daily life of the people of Latin America. She moves comfortably from myth to personal stories, from Mexican folktale to her voice about migration. Ortiz has been a teacher of music and storytelling for all ages for over 20 years and since 2007 is the Founder and Director of nonprofit association Zazanilli Cuentos, focusing on projects that pursue healing of social issues through storytelling and art.
Photography by Fatima Ortiz
Srilatha Rajamani is a New York-based queer storyteller and comedian. Her stories are about her life and its absurdities and the joys of being an Indian immigrant woman living in the United States. Rajamani has been a featured storyteller for WGBH TV’s Stories from the Stage in Boston, KPFK’s Stonewall Stories of Pride in Los Angeles, and has opened for W Kamau Bell, Myq Kaplan, and Judah Friedlander.
Photography by Roger Gordy
Angela Derecas Taylor is a second generation American of Italian and Greek descent. She hails from the 1960’s Greenwich Village, where she was raised in a family of restauranteurs, leading her to a 20-year career in hospitality and the restaurant business; eventually segueing into a mid-life career change to work in in community service, local government, and as a Yoga instructor. In 2020, Taylor was invited to The Moth MAIN-STAGE to tell her story “Finding YiaYia: A Greek Tragedy.” She’s a member of the For the Love of Words storytellers, and the Under the Bridge writer’s group, and is the recipient of a Gurfein Fellowship Honorable Mention from the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute.
Photography by Susan Nagib
Fury Young is a poet, musician, and video/visual artist from Manhattan’s Lower East Side. An aspiring feature film director from an early age, Young's passions expanded towards activism and its intersection with the arts when Occupy Wall Street began in 2011. In 2013, Young set out to create a concept album called Die Jim Crow about mass incarceration and racial injustice with formerly and currently incarcerated musicians. The project took him around the country and back, to prisons, parole boards, and post-conviction hearings. Now the first record label of its kind for prison-impacted artists in the US, Die Jim Crow Records works to dismantle stereotypes around race and prison in America by amplifying the voices of their musicians. Young's work as an artist and label founder has been covered in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork, and his work has been shown at UnionDocs, Anthology Film Archives, and MoMA PS1.
Photography by Brian Goodwin
Members $20. Non-members $25. Free for children 12 and under. Arrive at 3:30 PM to view the exhibitions, program will start promptly at 4:00 PM.
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These events will be held in the Katonah Museum of Art's Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden. In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to the Museum's atrium. COVID guidelines are in place in the Museum's galleries. Masks are recommended indoors for everyone over age 2, regardless of vaccination status.
The Katonah Museum of Art is a non-collecting institution geared towards visual arts, located in Katonah, New York. The Museum presents changing exhibitions that cross a spectrum of artistic disciplines, cultures, and historical periods. Housed in an elegant building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates three to four major exhibitions annually.
With each exhibition, artists, curators, and other specialists present art through programs, lectures, and workshops designed for visitors of all ages. The Pollack Family Learning Center uses a visual and interactive environment that encourages children and their parents to participate in hands-on projects. The Katonah Museum also offers outdoor concerts, evening cocktail parties, international travels, and trips to other museums and private collections. An outdoor Sculpture Garden, shaded by towering pines, displays contemporary works.
From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders’ decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the Museum. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience; and presents innovative and substantive programs for nearly 100 member schools and community organizations. The Museum's outreach programs for the local Latino immigrant population are at the forefront of community-based education programs.
Its exhibitions, events, and educational programs invite everyone to experience and reflect on the impact and transformative power of the visual arts.
The Katonah Museum of Art is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer.
The Katonah Museum of Art’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
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