UMEZ and LMCC Award 2018 UMAE Grantees

Trade.v03 by José Carlos Casado. 2016. School of Visual Arts’ Gallery. 2018 UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee. Courtesy of the artist.

Trade.v03 by José Carlos Casado. 2016. School of Visual Arts’ Gallery. 2018 UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantee. Courtesy of the artist.

UMEZ and LMCC are proud to announce the inaugural round of grants from the UMEZ Arts Engagement program. Grants totaling to $250,000 have been awarded to 37 individual artists and smaller organizations covering a wide variety of the arts spectrum, from new media to theater to visual arts. Projects will take place throughout Upper Manhattan, representing neighborhoods in all four uptown Community Boards.

In December 2017, UMEZ announced that it would extend its support for arts and culture organizations in Upper Manhattan through UMEZ Arts Engagement (UMAE) grants. This grant program was designed to offer project-based support for smaller arts groups, collectives, and individual artists. To administer the program, UMEZ has partnered with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), an experienced regrantor of arts and culture funds that serves all of Manhattan.

Applications for the 2019 UMEZ Arts Engagement Awards are now open. Fiscally-sponsored artists and arts organizations with budgets under $750,000 may apply for up to $10,000 in funding for public engagement with their project. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 5pm. To learn more about information sessions and eligibility criteria, please visit

Congratulations to all the 2018 UMEZ Arts Engagement grantees!


UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantees in Dance:
Capoeira Center of New York, Inc., The Harlem Celebration of Capoeira
Dances For A Variable Population, Inc., Dance and the Beauty of Age Festival
General Mischief Dance Theatre, Universal Language
Ranardo-Domeico Grays, Healing Works II
Harlem Dance Club, HDC Amphitheater
The Harlem Swing Dance Society, The Harlem Roots and Rhythm Urban Dance Festival
Kotchegna Dance Company/Vado Diomande, Kekene XII (The Gathering XII)
ModArts Dance Collective/Leah Smiley Tubbs, Moving to Change
Torkomada, Inc., Raqs Revolution
Matthew Westerby, The Harlem Project

UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantees in Multidisciplinary & Literature:
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance, Community Fall Festival
Jazz Power Initiative, Engaging the Community in Jazz Arts Experiences: Intergenerational Jazz Jams
La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc., LATINO ICONS
Pan American Musical Art Research (PAMAR), Latin American Cultural Week 2018
Stefanie Nelson Dance Group, Alzheimer's Awareness Festival at Harlem Gatehouse
Sarah Cameron Sunde, Across an Empty Lot: a temporary memorial to the empty space
Yaffa Cultural Arts Inc., Stories for Change

UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantees in Music:
Cantanti Project, Cantamos: A Celebration of Spanish-Language Songs
Cornerstone Chorale, Handel's Messiah in the Neighborhood
East Winds, Japanese music programs Series
El Taller Latino Americano, El Barrio Canta Su Historia/El Barrio Sings Its History
Ensemble Échappé, A Season of Song: Part 1
The Harlem Chamber Players, Inc., The Harlem Chamber Players 2018 Season
Harlem Presents, Inc., The Harlem Opera Festival
Eric Lemmon, The Impossible Will Take a Little While
loadbang, loadbang performs at The Crypt of The Church of the Intercession
Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, The Fall 2018 Concert Season

UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantees in Theatre:
American Slavery Project, American Slavery Project: Unheard Voices
The Anthropologists, This Sinking Island
New Heritage Theater Group, Harlem Shakespeare Festivals’ The Sable Series

UMEZ Arts Engagement Grantees in Visual Arts, Media & New Media:
Andrea Arroyo, Women in Flight
The Black School, Black Love Fest NY 2018
José Carlos Casado, I don't know why the caged bird sings, ah me, When her wing is bruised and her bosom sore, When she beats her bars and would be free
Marne Lucas, Bardo ∞ Project
Omanut: Jewish Uptown Arts, Sukkahwood
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, El Alto: Un esfuerzo gráfico/The Heights: A Printmaking Endeavor

2018 UMEZ Arts Engagement Jurors:
Marinieves Alba, Nonprofit Arts Consultant
Joanna Castro, Executive Director, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance
Gina Crusco, Director, Underworld Productions
Sita Frederick, Artistic Director at Areytos Performance Works; Director of Community Engagement Programs, Lincoln Center Education
Julia L. Gutiérrez-Rivera, Booking Manager, Los Pleneros de la 21; Bomplenazo Program Manager, Hostos Center for Arts and Culture; arts consultant and teaching artist
Monique Martin, Director of Programming, Harlem Stage
Jonathan McCrory, Director, Theatre Arts Progam, National Black Theatre
Sami Abu Shumays, Deputy Director, Flushing Town Hall
Melissa Smey, Associate Dean and Executive Director, Columbia University School of the Arts