Abrons Arts Center has announced a return to full-fledged in-person performances and events for their 2021 fall season. The lineup starts with the continuation of Emily Johnson and Karyn Recollet’s monthly ceremonial fires, now in their fourth year at Abrons, and features the jazz ensemble Onyx Collective’s Holy Ground: Land of Two Towers, in a sonic reflection commemorating the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001.
An interesting highlight coming in September is “My Projects Runway: Community Matriarchs of NYCHA,” which will team with the digital storytelling platform My Projects Runway for a Photoville Festival 2021 project that will feature women residents of Lower East Side public housing who have contributed to transformative change in the neighborhood.
“Founded by Jayah Arnett, My Projects Runway is a storytelling platform that challenges the stereotypes of New York City Housing residents. It highlights people, culture, trends and deep history. People who live in public housing are often stereotyped and assigned to being single-parent families, welfare recipients, school dropouts and criminals. While we do live in communities that have a lot of ups and downs, the ultimate goal and mission is to inspire and allow people to bring forth their own stories, dreams and accomplishments.
Portraits by Courtney D. Garvin will be installed in outdoor locations around the Henry Street Settlement Campus and on the My Projects Runway Instagram.
A video work by Christopher Currence, which will be available to view on Abrons Vimeo Channel and in our Center Lobby, will feature subjects reflecting on how their lives as public housing residents have impacted their commitment to public service.”