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Conversations | Yael Weiss’s Global Commissioning Project “32 Bright Clouds”

I’ve always been in awe of Beethoven’s ability to explore the biggest questions and uncover human commonalities through music. – Yael Weiss Israeli-American pianist Yael Weiss sets out to “harness music’s great power for unity and peace” in her NYFA Fiscally Sponsored project “32 Bright Clouds.” An ambitious global commissioning project, Weiss connects with artists across…

Conversations | Ambika Samarthya-Howard

“Without seeing yourself and your stories reflected around you, you do not find the freedom to pursue your true identity and calling.” Born in India and raised in the United States, Ambika Samarthya-Howard is an artist, film producer, and also a mentor in our Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Performing and Literary Arts and Head of…

Conversations | Jennifer Karady at MASS MoCA

“In my staged narrative photographs with veterans, the collision or collapse of the soldier’s world and the civilian world enables the viewer to glimpse a fragment of what is going on in the soldier’s mind. They evoke the psychology of life after war—how the past can infiltrate the present—and the challenges that adjustment to the…

Conversations | Techung

“Immigrant artists naturally face more challenges but they should never give up on their art and instead work toward finding possibilities.” Techung is a Tibetan folk and freedom singer/songwriter/performer living in exile and a recipient of a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Folk/Traditional Arts. Last year, he was a guest speaker at the NYSCA/NYFA Artist…

Conversations | Martita Abril and Yanira Castro

“I am committed to including communities whose participation in our country’s ‘democracy,’ not to mention its very border, is being violently and systematically denied.” – Yanira Castro Choreographers Martita Abril and Yanira Castro are linked with The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and each other via different programs offered by the organization. Abril…