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Kids Like Us will be a transformative evening of artistic discovery, highlighting three distinct technologies transforming the way we observe and absorb art today and into the future. Art filtered through virtual reality, augmented reality, and digital canvassing will be featured within the space, curated by the top thought-leaders in their respective areas. All the contributors to the event are Kids Like Us, native New Yorkers who grew up on the outskirts and broke down doors, walls, and fences to make their way in.
This is the launch event for Kids Like Us, an educational initiative built in partnership with the Teak Fellowship, that will present life-altering internship opportunities in non-traditional fields, such as the arts, to academically advanced inner-city youth.
JENNIFER JADE LEDESNA: Jennifer is a globally recognized jazz singer hailing from the Bronx and trained at NYC’s famed LaGuardia High School of The Music & Art and Performing Arts. Her talents regularly find her globetrotting to the world’s best stages, and her performance at Lincoln Center will be a testament to her NYC roots informed by her world travels.
TAI ALLEN: Tai is a Brooklynite whose recent works have had him performing on stages around the country. Currently, he is performing poems and songs from his vast catalog as well as from his latest book, No Jewels. Tai will show us what a community activist, entrepreneur, and renowned poet has to say about how we shape future generations.
MALIK WORK: Malik is a teaching artist whose recent one man show, ‘Verses at Work’, has graced stages from the Lower East Side to South Africa. While success never comes easy, snippets from his anecdote will show us how Kids Like Us make the most of trying situations to prove that their grit and resolve ultimately define how they succeed.
MUSICAL BACKDROP PROVIDED BY DJ RICH MEDINA: Rich, a world music connoisseur, has been making a name for himself since the mid 90’s. Classic events in smoky basements with no signage that catered to “those in the know” were his signature, and his sound -- an eclectic mixture of Fela Kuti meets Marvin Gaye meets Celia Cruz -- have made his parties the place to be for over 20 years.
WORLD-CLASS ART INSTALLATIONS
VIRTUAL REALITY MULTIPLEX: 4 VR experiences curated by Loren Hammonds, Senior Programmer, Immersive Tribeca Film Festival
ART DECENTRALIZED: Digital canvassed works curated by Walter Puryear, Director / Head Curator Andrew Freedman Home
A.R.-ITIZED ARTWORK: 4 Augmented-reality pieces curated by Anthony Flores, Founder | CMO DisruptED & NexTech AR
Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm David Rubenstein Atrium