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Thursday October 14, 6-8 PM
NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Project

Presents An Evening of Presentations & Discussion

ART, SOCIAL CHANGE & ENGAGING IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
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This panel seeks common ground among voices that weave together art and social change strategies in their engagement with immigrant communities. At this intersection, we bring together dynamic figures from the fields of art and culture, social justice, human rights, and grantmaking to discuss how they connect, support, and collaborate. By encouraging each panelist to share challenges, lessons learned and best practices, we hope to build on diverse strengths for collaboration in the future. The panel will be followed by a lively reception.

Moderated by: Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, Director of the Culture, Creativity and Communities Program, Urban Institute

Performance by:
Judith Sloan, Co-creator with Warren Lehrer of Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America and Co-founder of EarSay

Presenting:
Heidi Boisvert, Multi-Media Manager, Breakthrough / Christine Gaspar, Executive Director, Center for Urban Pedagogy with collaborator Sean Basinski, Director, Street Vendor Project./ Carlos A. Martinez, Colombian-born Artist and Activist / Iris Morales, Executive Director, Union Square Awards


EVENTS
Judith Sloan performances June, July, August from the Apollo to Maine, Massachusettes, New York City.

Thurs Aug 6, Fri Aug 7, Sat Aug 8 at 7pm Judith Sloan in YO MISS! at the Playhouse Theater, Belfast ME to benefit WERU
Fri Aug 14, Sat Aug 15 at 7pm Judith Sloan in YO MISS! at the Playhouse Theater, Belfast ME to benefit The Restorative Justice Project
Thurs Aug 20, Fri Aug 21, Sat Aug 22 at 7pm Judith Sloan in YO MISS! at the Playhouse Theater, Belfast ME (limited seating, advance tickets recommended)
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Thursday August 13 at 7:30pm, Judith Sloan in YO MISS! at Space Gallery, Portland ME FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS

Thurs Aug 27, 7pm Judith Sloan in YO MISS! at the New Surry Theatre Space, Blue Hill, ME, Blue Hill Town Hall ME  BUY TICKETS

Sloan will be performing YO MISS! as the keynote performance at Biennial Conference on Trauma in Baltimore October 2, 2015 and the National Oral History Association Conference in Tampa, FL October 2015.

 

Judith Sloan is an actor, audio artist, writer, radio producer, human rights activist, educator and poet whose work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd. For over twenty years, Sloan has been producing and presenting interdisciplinary works in audio and theater, portraying voices often ignored by the mass media. She will be performing YO MISS! in Maine in August 2015. YO MISS will be the keynote performance at the Biennial Trauma Conference in Baltimore October 2, and at the National Oral History Association Conference October 17 in Tampa, FL.

Fusing the art of theatre, poetry, and music, YO MISS! is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-telling show about immigrant/refugee teenagers and incarcerated youth grappling with the cataclysmic events that shaped them. Using midi-controllers and an original musical score to accompany her compelling performance, Sloan remixes her own traumatic experiences with those of her students and transforms into a multitude of characters ages 14 to 80 years young.

“In YO MISS!, Judith Sloan’s art and teaching cross-pollinate. Performing with musical collaborators, she re-enacts and riffs on her experiences teaching teenagers from myriad worlds: refugee camps, struggling neighborhoods, prisons. It is a performance about performances, a story containing many stories.” New York Times

Crossing the BLVD is a whirlwind tour and love poem of what has often been called the most racially and ethnically diverse county in America. In the tradition of the playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Ms. Sloan performs “Crossing the BLVD” adopting the personae (and respectfully mimicking the accents) of the varied immigrants whose stories are in the book… The New York Times, City Room Blog, Sewell Chan

“Crossing boldly carries the tradition of oral history into the 21st Century. Electrifying!”   Eve Ensler author The Vagina Monologues

A world view that sees comedy and tragedy as two bones of the same skeleton in the closet. Superb!.”
The Scotsman (Scotland’s National Newspaper) Sara O’Sullivan (London)

“Funny and sad, topical and biting… Exquisite comic timing  best of all, Sloan can make you see your world in a slightly different way. And that’s what theater is supposed to do.” The Indianapolis Star

“In listening to what people have to say, Judith Sloan captures the essence of their lives…She is one part Studs Terkel, one part Lily Tomlin, two-parts originality.”
The Herald Bloomington, Indiana

 

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A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley

News: Warren Lehrer’s illuminated novel A LIFE IN BOOKS wins three more awards!

The 2015 International Book Award –  Best New Fiction

The 2015 International Book Award Best Cover Design, Fiction

The 2015 Paris Book Festival Wild Card Award

Also, it was a Finalist for
2015 International Book Award – Best Interior Design

That’s 9 Awards A LIFE IN BOOKS has been honored with (so far), including:

The 2014 IPPY OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
for MOST ORIGINAL CONCEPT” (Independent Publisher)
“A stunningly unique take on the novel that unabashedly explores the relationship between the narrator and reader, as well as the fragile and often blurry line that distinguishes truth and fiction. With A Life In Books, Lehrer has upended the modern novel form and its narrative limitations, creating a rich and engaging story through visual literature… Mind-blowing… reality bending… a laugh riot and a visual feast.”
The 2014 Best New Fiction Award USA Best Books Awards
and a Next Generation Indie Book Award, a National Indie Book Award, a CBAA Exhibition Prize (College Book Art Association), and a Print Magazine Regional Design Award (NYC).


Warren Lehrer tour continues:

July 3, 7:30pm Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Performance/Reading with Judith Sloan Deer Isle, ME
July 25 Book Arts Biennial Performance/Reading Minneapolis Center for Book Arts,
Minneapolis, MN
August 3
Sargentville Library Benefit Performance/Reading Sargentville, ME
September 2, 12:30pm
Neuberger Museum of Art Panel: Transforming Trauma: How Art Responds to Urban Violence Purchase College, Purchase NY

A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel that contains 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer’s protagonist—Bleu Mobley—a controversial author who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. Mobley’s autobiography/apologia is paired with a review of all 101 of his books, each represented by its first-edition cover design and catalog copy, and more than a third of his books are excerpted. The resulting retrospective contrasts the published writings (which read like short stories) with the confessional memoir, forming a most unusual portrait of a well-intentioned, obsessively inventive (if ethically challenged) visionary. A LIFE IN BOOKS explores the creative process of a writer/artist, as it reflects upon a half century of American/global events, and grapples with the future of the book as a medium, and the lines that separate and blur truth, myth, and fiction.

In his funny, thought provoking performance/readings, Warren Lehrer presents an overview of Bleu Mobley’s life in books via many of Mobley’s book cover designs, book-like objects, and other biographical materials including animations and video performances of Mobley book excerpts by the band BETTY and actress/poet La Bruja.

PRAISE for A LIFE IN BOOKS

Studio 360, Click to listen. 
“An ingenious, one-of-a-kind novel.” Kurt Andersen, STUDIO 360



“A profound commentary… A Life In Books is brilliant, beautiful, delicious for eyes and mind.” 
Andrei Codrescu, public radio commentator



“A vivid kaleidoscopic odyssey that frames one man’s life through not one, but one hundred different books—and book jackets.”
 Jessica Helfand, founding editor DESIGN OBSERVER

“A meticulously illustrated chronicle… Pitch perfect.” 
Steven Heller, THE ATLANTIC

“A book-lover’s fictional treat of books that never were. A Life In Books is ultimately about survival, and transforming the sadness of life into art. As Whitman said, ‘I contain multitudes,’ and Bleu Mobley contains 101 books and a belief in the bounty of life. Wonderful!”
Michael SilverblattBOOKWORM, KCRW

“A tour de force of graphic design, illustration and writing. Guaranteed to bring a smile.”
Ken Carbone THE HUFFINGTON POST

“In the era of cookie-cutter books and rubber-stamped stories, Warren Lehrer’s A Life in Books is fresh, original, idiosyncratic, beautiful, and important.”
Rabih Alameddine, author of Koolaids, Hakawati, and I, the Divine

“A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is a typographical and design tour de force.” Ellen Shapiro, PRINT MAGAZINE

“A genre-defying night that fuses art and literature, prose and design into a multi-media presentation unlike any other.” Skylight Books

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Scripps College Performance/Reading + Workshop Claremont, CA
EarSay Youth Voices / Transforming Trauma Into Art

Transforming Trauma Into Art
is an EarSay initiative, created and directed by Judith Sloan, born out of our partnership with the International High School at LaGuardia Community College where many teenagers have emigrated to the U.S. from war-zones and conflict-zones. The premise of this workshop is based on healing through artistic expression using a combination of music, movement, theatre and storytelling. This process helps release the stories and stressors that prevent people—who have been traumatized by war, economic or natural disasters—from moving forward. This program brings an understanding of confronting obstacles through artistic expression to communities that are poor, displaced, or don’t have access to artistic training, serving approximately 450 students. The project grows out of our commitment to creating artistic works that evolve out of individual experience and community. In this case, the community is immigrant and refugee teenagers attending school in New York City. At a time of war, global tension, and polarization, our program encourages a depth of scholarship and storytelling that shapes the experience of the participants, giving them tools to make connections between cultures, shed light on the complexity and humanity of each individual, and deepen what it means or could mean to be part of a global community.

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Video: About the History of the Project

Globalization: Preventing the Sameness of the World NEW ANIMATION

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This video, directed and animated by Warren Lehrer with Brandon Campbell, features the words of Eugene Hütz—leader of the gypsy-punk-cabaret band Gogol Bordello—sharing his views on ‘globalization’ and putting forward an alternative vision of what he calls “multi-kontra-culture.” This animation, with sound production and arrangement by Judith Sloan, is the newest manifestation of Lehrer/Sloan’s multi-media project, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, which documents and portrays new immigrants and refugees in the United States.


Read about it in the Huffington Post
Read about it in the Salon.com
Read about it in Imprint

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PROJECTS
1001 Voices: A new symphony / with Music by Frank London, Libretto by Judith Sloan, Visual Animations by Warren Lehrer

Over 800 people of all ages and backgrounds attended the world premier on April 29th, 2012


Music composed by Frank London
Libretto by Judith Sloan
Visuals by Warren Lehrer with Brandon Campbell

Premiered by the Queens Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos, Queens Symphony Orchestra music director
Performed by full orchestra and a 190-voice chorus comprised of the Queens College Choral Society and Queens College Choir, James John, Music Director
Featured Tabla Soloist Deep Singh
Spoken word performed by Judith Sloan in English with additional translations in Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic by Dailyn Despradel, Krussia, Haojie Huang, and Catherine Hanna.

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