Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Monday, March 27, 2023
Friends, Colleagues and Everyone Else:
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Thursday, April 27, 7:30 PM
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden
9th Street at Avenue C, NYC
Great Small Works has been involved as a creative partner for Naming the Lost Memorial Project since 2020, together with Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders and Green-Wood Cemetery, sponsored by City Lore. NTLM is a small team of artists, activists and folklorists which has been curating memorial sites in New York City to name and remember victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. The memorials consist of tens of thousands of nameplates with personalized drawings and photos, created by the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones to the virus.
In March, the team conducted workshops across the 5 boroughs of the City for partner organizations. Over 25 groups got trained and supported in the creation of memorials. The work is a deep, multi-lingual processing of what happened during the lockdown period, as well as a call to express how pandemic losses (of many kinds) are affecting us now. Lead artists were introduced to visual ideas and methods (for working with the outdoor elements) and sent home with bags of materials to share and shape with their communities.
- City Lore on the Lower East Side: Tuesday, March 14- Queens Public Library (Jamaica branch): Thursday, March 16- Brooklyn Central Library: Friday, March 17- Staten Island: location tbc, Saturday, March 18- Bronx Music Heritage Center: Sunday, March 19- Virtual workshop: Monday, March 27 on Zoom
|City Lore's poetry-mobile, used for workshop transport|
The month of Adar mandates us to sweeten the dreary depths of winter by dressing up for Purim!
Please join Jews for Racial & Economic Justice for group costume making and masquerade crafting at Adar Adornment: A Transformative Purim Costume-Making Party! There will be free materials and crafting help! Costume Couture Consultations and Disorientation with Jenny Romaine and other stars, dancing, snacks, cocktails, hilarity, and community!
Jenny Romaine was a lead artist on the design/collaborative team which created "Embrace the Tangle" to welcome Little Amal during her visit to New York City on September 28, 2022. Her partners included Producer Alex Aron of The Remote Theater Project, designers Ant Ma, I-chen Wang and Hester Yujie Zheng, with technical support from Janet Clancy.
From the announcement of this project:
Little Amal is a giant puppet representing a Syrian refugee girl
who is visiting NYC this month. The Amal team wanted to include
Jewish and Chinese presences in her travels. Our crew of local
artists looked to iconic Lower East Side laundry lines to remember
what we have inherited and to be faithful to it, while flagging a
commitment to being deeply entwined with each other. In our leg
of the walk, Amal will be guided on Orchard Street by an
actor/educator portraying a Greek Jewish immigrant child who
will lead Amal to the Romaniote Kehila Kedosha Janina (the
Holy Community of Janina) Synagogue. On Eldridge Street Amal
will encounter a beautiful web of laundry lines hand printed in
Yiddish, Chinese, and English. We’ll then create a giant ballet
on Eldridge street with Amal, with lines of laundry, a polyphony
of words, and live music.
This public act of commingling (us in n-95 masks) is a street art vow:
To stay bound together through the tangle!
To find unexpected forms of consequential coordination!
To create mutual complex webs of kinship that honor our
separate ways of being!
Monday, December 5, 2022
Judson Memorial Church
Entrance at 243 Thompson Street, NYC
This year we present a benefit jamboree to support our collective, Great Small Works! Attend masked on-site at Judson Church, or from your home live-streamed.
Make a donation!
Join us on January 3rd!
Help Great Small Works to continue creating puppets, flipping banners and turning cranks, beating drums and blowing horns, writing, teaching, performing, organizing, and dancing in the streets!