NICODA Biweekly Newsletter: How We Are Connected 3

The New International Center of Diverse Artists Presents
An International Festival Exploring the Cultural DNA of Performing Arts

“HOW WE ARE CONNECTED”

This is the first festival of its kind to come to New York. Its theme was inspired by a National Geographic program titled: ‘The Genographic Project‘. Using the arts, we will help compass the depth of human connections. Expect The Unexpected in three days of electrifying performances. A must see event. Surprising!

We are excited about the possibilities of partnering with Center Stage, The Hip Hop Hall of Fame and The NAMMY’s (Native American Music Awards) to present fabulous performances by 50 celebrated artists. The festival premiers late summer, 2011.

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“HOW WE ARE CONNECTED”
is just one of the programs that NICODA is presenting this year. We have a planned series of events that inspire artistic collaborations between cultures, while encouraging artists to reach inside and touch their own unique vision of self and art.
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WE NEED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Join NICODA. Aspire. be.
Tax deductible donations are accepted through our fiscal sponsor, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Make checks payable to NYFA, but be sure to write NICODA in the memo section.
Mail Checks To:
NICODA
107-23 71st Road, Suite 103
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Email: connect@nicoda.org
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NICODA Biweekly Newsletter: How We Are Connected 2

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At NICODA, we believe that cultures should speak to each other. This is the belief that drives our mission to excite artistic collaborations between cultures and foster diversity in the arts.

Mark your calendar for our International Performing Arts Festival in August, titled, How We Are Connected. We are excited about the possibilities of partnering with Center StageThe Hip Hop Hall of Fame and The NAMMY’s (Native American Music Awards) to present fabulous performances by 50 celebrated artists.

This is the first festival of its kind to come to New York. The theme was derived from aNational Geographic program titled: ‘The Genographic Project‘. Using the arts, we will help compass the depth of human connections. Expect The Unexpected in three days of electrifying performances. A must see event with surprising performances.

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“HOW WE ARE CONNECTED”
is a three day festival, which explores the cultural DNA of performing arts, and concludes with an awards ceremony, highlighting the festival’s most distinguished performers. VisitNICODA for more information.

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WE NEED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Join NICODA. Aspire. be.

Tax deductible donations are accepted through our fiscal sponsor, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Make checks payable to NYFA, but be sure to write NICODA in the memo section.

Mail Checks To:
NICODA
107-23 71st Road, Suite 103
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Email: connect@nicoda.org

NICODA Meets the Mayor

Immigrant Voices was a brilliant success! Thanks to the wonderful line-up of artists, volunteers and a great audience for making it such a special event. It was wonderful to see such an ethnically diverse group of artists from all areas of performing arts on the NICODA stage. The media is responding wonderfully with radio, television, and newspaper interviews about the organization's unique programs and opportunities. NICODA is indeed The New International Center of Diverse Artists. We welcome your well-wishing!

WHAT'S NEXT?

Raquel Miller, NICODA's founder, recently had the opportunity to be a Guest Speaker at a business success seminar produced by Kiwanis International and held at The West Side Tennis Club at Forest Hills. She spoke about founding and growing the NICODA organization in a troubled economy, as well the innovative and unique strategies used in making the organization a success. Artists, email info@nicoda.org for opportunities.

No less than New York City's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is impressed by NICODA's outlook and expressed his enthusiasm in a conversation with Raquel, resulting in a meeting between NICODA and The Commissioner of New York's Dept of Cultural Affairs. Many opportunities for artists will result from this meeting.

NICODA Brings Culturally Diverse Artists into New York's Classrooms

With budgets strained, many schools are in need of assistance maintaining arts education. To fill this need, NICODA is partnering with various schools to help provide an avenue to the arts by introducing students to rare instruments, unique performance styles and lectures on the performance traditions of other cultures. Students are then encouraged to explore their own unique style of art in a performance held at the end of the school year. If you are interested in participating, please email info@nicoda.org

NICODA Meets the Mayor

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Immigrant Voices was a brilliant success! Thanks to the wonderful line-up of artists, volunteers and a great audience for making it such a special event. It was wonderful to see such an ethnically diverse group of artists from all areas of performing arts on the NICODA stage. The media is responding wonderfully with radio, television, and newspaper interviews about the organization's unique programs and opportunities. NICODA is indeed The New International Center of Diverse Artists. We welcome your well-wishing!

WHAT'S NEXT?

Raquel Miller, NICODA's founder, recently had the opportunity to be a Guest Speaker at a business success seminar produced by Kiwanis International and held at The West Side Tennis Club at Forest Hills. She spoke about founding and growing the NICODA organization in a troubled economy, as well the innovative and unique strategies used in making the organization a success. Artists, email info@nicoda.org for opportunities.

No less than New York City's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is impressed by NICODA's outlook and expressed his enthusiasm in a conversation with Raquel, resulting in a meeting between NICODA and The Commissioner of New York's Dept of Cultural Affairs. Many opportunities for artists will result from this meeting.

NICODA Brings Culturally Diverse Artists into New York's Classrooms

With budgets strained, many schools are in need of assistance maintaining arts education. To fill this need, NICODA is partnering with various schools to help provide an avenue to the arts by introducing students to rare instruments, unique performance styles and lectures on the performance traditions of other cultures. Students are then encouraged to explore their own unique style of art in a performance held at the end of the school year. If you are interested in participating, please email info@nicoda.org

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Travel the World in a Weekend

Immigrant Voices starts tonight! Don’t miss out on a weekend of live music, dancing, art and theater from a diverse group of artists and performers. Come celebrate the diversity and art of New York City–the only place where you can travel the world in a weekend. Some tickets still available here.

Cuerdas Internacionales

Evan Schwam Duo Featuring Nick Demopoulos

Makeda Griffith

Just a Few of the Exciting Performers at Immigrant Voices

Cuerdas Internacionales plays la musica llanera, the traditional folk music of Colombia and Venezuela. With Johan Alejandro Vizcaino, a harpist from the Queens College Orchestra and a graduate of the Fiorello Laguardia High School for the Arts and the Performing Arts and Aaron Copland School of Music; Juan E. Hernández, a bass player from the Jose Angel Lamas Conservatory in Caracas; singer and cuarto player German Roso, a graduate of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and winner of the best singer award at El Festival Internacional de Villavicencio; and Victor Andres Cruz, a cuatro player and graduate of the Berklee College of Music.

Evan Schwam, Duo, Featuring Nick Demopoulos plays MAUM Musical compositions by Woo Myung, Founder of Maum Meditation. Woo Myung founded Maum Meditation and was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award by the United Nations International Assoc. of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP). Inspired by Maum Meditation, Evan and Nick play the music composed by founder Woo Myung. They add their personal flavor, combining eastern melodies with modern jazz improvisation and rhythms. Evan Schwam – Saxophones and Flute Nick Demopoulos – Guitar

Makeda Griffith is a dancer in body and soul, a talent recognized by PPAS, a school closely affiliated with the Alvin Ailey Company for dance.

New Opportunites for Performing Artists

The NICODA performing arts festival launches in the summer of 2011.  The event is designed to showcase the many talents of a large network of artists from dancers and musicians to poets and actors.  Multiple events, staged in many of NYC’s underserved neighborhoods, will function together in concert as an envoy of the arts.  

Contestants in each category will compete for prizes as they strive to bring beauty and illumination to the community.  If you would like to compete (or would like to nominate another artist), you can download the NICODA 2011 application here or inquire about the festival at info@nicoda.org.

Until then, NICODA will work on producing a series of smaller events in conjunction with Contaminate NYC.  These events will help promote the wealth of talent that exists in NYC.  If you are an artist, we would like to help promote your work, exhibitions, and events.  If you would like assistance; send us an email, or find us around the web. Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Immigrant Voices is Fast Approaching

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IMMIGRANT VOICES PERFORMING ARTS EVENT is fast approaching!

3 Days of entertainment: MUSIC, DANCE and THEATER from a wealth of performing artists.

The festivities begin Friday, August 27th, and last through Sunday, August 29th.
The entire family will enjoy a weekend of award-winning performances in the heart of Queens, NY.

Where: The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL)
161-04 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432. JCAL’s Phone: 718-658-7400

Friday, August 27th, 7pm to 10pm
Saturday, August 28th, 7pm to 10pm
Sunday, August 29th, 5pm to 8pm
Some of the spectacular artists include:

Queen Majeeda is a Jamaican born singer/songwriter, published in the anthology, “Utterances and Incantations: Women, Poetry and Dub”; has an album released through Heartbeat Records, titled Conscious. She was a nominee for the Jamaica Music Industry (JAMI) Award; Performed at Reggae Sunsplash; Jamaica Council for Human Rights Concert; Lotus Music Festival; Performed with Lillian Allen, Mbala, Cherry Natural; Mutabaruka & many others. She is listed in Who’s Who in Jamaican Arts & Entertainment and was awarded for performing the works of the French poet and singer, Boris Vian’s Le Déserteur (The Deserter).

The acapella trio Thr3e is comprised of Alfred Payne, Kwame Clarke and Charles Thurton. They are currently being dubbed the hottest urban sound, with music that lives to reach others that share the same love and devotion to classic R&B/Soul music. Their passion for their art resonates through their music, and their followers can't get enough.

Pianist Hong Rang Kim is a noted and experienced pianist and teacher. She believes that music is the universal language that communicates across all borders and barriers. She travels extensively between the United States and Asia, bringing life to the piano and is recognized for her elegant style and moving performances.

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