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 Sunday, May 1st • 3 – 5 pm

T_I_SomebodyClosing Reception for the “I’m Tired” Project

I’m Tired Project by British artists Paula Akpan and Harriet Evans, highlighting the lasting impact of everyday micro-aggressions, assumptions & stereotypes. Performance is fused with
written word as each of the participants formulate statements completing the phrase ‘I’m tired of…” The statement can address absolutely any kind of discrimination that the individual has personally experienced or feels passionate about. The artist duo then transcribe the individual’s text onto his/her bare back, excising the tension through this very physical act.  Photography documents the final product, serving as a personal and communal diary of purification and absolution.
*Photo by Robert Olsson as part of the “I’m Tired” Project

Saturday, May 7th • 5 – 6 p.m.

MarcyMadness & Nudity: Women in Art

Madness and Nudity: Women in Art- a multimedia performance in honor of women, past and present. Created by Marcy B. Freedman, Nanette Garcia and Maurice Minichino with Maria Sofianos, Beverly Lopez and Jaanika Peerna. Check out the promotional video HERE.

Tuesday, May 10th • 6:30 -7:30 p.m.

Eighth Grade Accelerated Art Students Reception/Unveiling
photo 3@Peekskill Middle School, 212 Ringgold Ave, Peekskill NY

Please join us in celebrating the Peekskill Middle School eighth grade accelerated art students unveiling of their permanent art installation!

Sunday, May 15th • 12 -4 p.m.

Mata_RudaVisions from the Inside Opening!

15 Artists from across the county bring you a visual art project inspired by the letters penned by detained migrants!

Visions From the Inside is an illustration project to highlight the personal costs of detention and the resiliency of the human spirit of migrants. The project is based on letters written by detained women and children at the for-profit detention center in Karnes County, Texas that illuminate their courage through their own words. This project was a collaboration between CultureStrike and the migrant-rights advocacy groups Mariposas Sin Fronteras and End Family Detention. These visual art interpretations were commissioned by CultureStrike and created by a diverse lineup of 15 visual artists from across the U.S. The painful letters describe the journeys of migrant detainee mothers and their children, as well as the conditions they experience while in immigration custody. In the last couple of years Central American migrants, including many unaccompanied minors, have sought refuge in the United States. Those who survive the dangerous trek from Central America through Mexico are often apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol and placed in detention, with little or no legal counsel, while they wait to see whether they will be allowed to stay in the United States with their families. Unfortunately for many, this journey ends in deportation back to the country from which they were escaping. We need a world without borders and detention centers! In the meantime, artists and migrants across the globe will continue to imagine the possibilities through culture and action. Check out this video, which was filmed in Oakland as part of the project!

CultureStrike is a national organization that empowers artists and social justice movements to dream big, disrupt the status quo, and envision a truly just world rooted in shared humanity through art. We believe cultural work is key to creating systemic change.
End Family Detention is a digital library composed by a network of families, volunteers, pro bono lawyers, social justice organizers, and digital activists dedicated to raising awareness and promoting action to end family detention.
Mariposas Sin Fronteras is a Tucson, AZ based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention.

Visions from the Inside Artists include:

Micah Bazant  Jess X Chen   Rose Jaffe  Dolly Li   Chucha Marquez   Fidencio Martinez   Francis Mead  Breena Nuñez  Zeke Peña  Favianna Rodriguez  Mata Ruda  Julio Salgado  Gabrielle Tesfaye   Rommy Torrico  Robert Trujillo 

PFF logoThe Peekskill Film Festival 

The Peekskill Film Festival will be screening three films
at HVCCA from 12 to 4 pm:
Last Train to Babylon,
 2016, Director: Luis Ayala
The Usual, 2014, Directors: Robert Cafarelli and Troy Peterson
                                       Evergreen, 2015, Director: Beatrice Copeland

Festival Specifics:
Tickets: $10.  Proceeds to benefit the cultural programming of The Field Library, the major source of information for the City of Peekskill. Workshops are free of charge.

About the festival:
The Peekskill Film Festival (PFF) was founded to promote film literacy in the vibrant and historic Hudson River city of Peekskill, NY,  and is an important opportunity to view new works by emerging  filmmakers, including features, shorts, documentaries, animation and student work.  In 2016, the PFF will also concentrate on Black and Hispanic filmmakers and themes, featuring films sorely overlooked in more conventional festivals. Through informative workshops, and networking opportunities, The PFF will facilitate educational and career-oriented programming for students of film and filmmakers.  The festival hopes to introduce, involve and immerse youth from underserved communities of color to a world where they, too, can contribute and create. The Peekskill Film Festival gives up and coming filmmakers, writers, actors and producers a chance for their work to be shown in a festival setting, provides exposure to award winning films and performers who reflect the diversity of the city of Peekskill, promotes film literacy through workshops and lectures,  providing participants  a chance to see important, overlooked, and often excluded works of film, and start dialogues to create and network!

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Sunday, May 15th • 4 -6 p.m.

Gerald Stern

Poetry with Gerald Stern & Cindy Beer-Fouhy

Gerald Stern is the award winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 1998, the Lamont Poetry Selection for Lucky Life, the 1996 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the 1998 National Book Award for This Time: New and Selected Poems, the 2012 Library of Congress Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Award for Early Collected Poems, the 2005 the Wallace Stevens Award. He was a finalist for the1991 Pulitzer Prize. In 2000, NJ Governor Christine Todd Whitman appointed Stern as the state’s first poet laureate. Since 2006, Stern has been a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Poet Toi Derricotte said, “Gerald Stern has made an immense contribution to American poetry. His poems are not only great poems, memorable ones, but ones that get into your heart and stay there. Their lyrical ecstasies take you up for that moment so that your vision is changed, you are changed. The voice is intimate, someone unafraid to be imperfect. Gerald Stern’s poems sing in praise of the natural world, and in outrage of whatever is antihuman.”

Cindy Beer-Fouhy has been teaching writing in schools and community facilities for over 30 years. Currently an instructor at Sarah Lawrence College teaching ‘Life Stories: A Writing Workshop for Ages 50 and up’, Ms. Beer- Fouhy is former Director and Founder of the Literary Arts Department and the Creative Arts Café Poetry Series at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts. She is the 1996 recipient of the Michael and Helen Schaffer Foundation Honorable Award for work in the Arts.

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

“HVCCA is the most dynamic contemporary art site in
Westchester… Maybe one day, these regional, more experimental art places might supercede art-stately New York City.” —Ben Genocchio, NY Times