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This Week on the Artsy Fartsy Show…..


Artsy Fartsy Show on WBAI 99.5FM will broadcast live from Union Square, NYC at 2pm EST

The Artsy Fartsy Show will broadcast live the May Day General Strike in Union Square, NYC.


CEC ArtsLink has launched One Big City, a city-wide, two-year project that pairs local New York artists with their counterparts from countries that have substantial immigrant communities in New York. Executive Director of CEC ArtsLink, Fritzie Brown and One Big City participating artists, Daniel Gallegosh will join the Artsy Fartsy Show in Union Square to talk about the project and arts in immigrant communities.

One Big City is a platform for the artists to explore cultural and artistic identities and heighten local awareness of our rich diversity of cultural communities. It enables CEC ArtsLink to bring the cross-cultural discourse it has been fostering for nearly fifty years to a new level by engaging directly with communities throughout the five boroughs.

Participating International artists will travel to New York for a three-week residency to produce a collaborative work with a local artist. The results of the collaborations will be presented in a series of public programs throughout the city. The participating artists are:

Daniel Gallegos, “artopologist,” NYC & Mikhail Zheleznikov, filmmaker, St. Petersburg, Russia
Abena Koomson, poet/performer, NYC & Kristina Leko, visual artist/filmmaker, Zagreb, Croatia
Hatuey Ramos-Fermin, multimedia artist, NYC & Arin Rungjang, installation artist, Bangkok, Thailand

May – Моя Америка (My America) is the inaugural project under One Big City, by NY artist Daniel Gallegos and Mikhail Zheleznikov, who will be focusing on Brighton Beach. On May 6, they will set up a pop-up ‘memory bazaar’ on the sidewalk in Brighton Beach to interact with the locals. They will offer their own art works in exchange for questions like: how do you make New York your home? What is New York to you? What is your New York? 

Opening reception of Моя Америка (My America) on Thursday May 24, 6-8pm at the Museum of Moving Image. Details and invitation to follow.

June– July: Abena Koomson and Kristina Leko will collaborate on a multimedia oral history project that shares stories and songs of the Croatian community in New York City. The project will culminate in a presentation at The Kitchen in Manhattan as well as a series of events in Queens, where many Croatians currently reside.

October-November: The third collaborative project in 2012, between Hatuey Ramos-Fermín and Arin Rungjang, will take place in October–November at THE POINT CDC in the Bronx.


Zefrey Throwell, Occularpation: Wall Street Occupied Before OWS Ocularpation Wall Street video still by Steven Day

The first person to “occupy” Wall Street was artist Zefrey Throwell, who first publicly announced his occupation on the Artsy Fartsy Show (June 2011). Throwell occupied Wall Street through his cite-specific public art performance Occularpation: Wall Street on Aug. 1, 2011 where dozens of New Yorkers dressed as everyday working people on their way to work and stopped to strip naked on Wall Street. Occularpation: Wall Street was Zefrey Throwell’s call for transparency on Wall Street in regards to its responsibility to the cause of the Great Recession.


May Day General Strike

Join us in Union Square and come share your MAY DAY thoughts, your artistic struggles in today’s economic times and songs (spoken word, music, plays, etc.).