2012 Urban Arts Festival Recap

Student performers and their teaching artists join Rosie Perez on stage for a final bow at the 2012 Urban Arts Festival Evening Friendraiser. Photo Credit: Rob Northway 
Every year, Urban Arts Partnership hosts a day-long festival to showcase and celebrate the accomplishments of our students in Urban Arts programs across New York City. Over 575 young people from kindergarten through 12th grade passed through the doors of the 92Y Tribeca on Monday, May 7 to perform, create, and support one another. At the Urban Arts Festival, it’s not uncommon to hear a student telling his or her teaching artist, “This is the best day ever!” or even, “I want to live here.”


In the evening, we invited our supporters and friends to join us for the Evening Friendraiser. After a wine and cheese reception and gallery showing, Executive Director Philip Courtney and Artistic Board Chair Rosie Perez kicked off an inspiring live program that reminded all of us why we are hooked on Urban Arts. Artistic Board members Dres and Ramon Rodriguez shared their passion for Urban Arts and introduced a piece by our Life Stories Youth Ensemble; a live performance of a song created in Digital Music Production; Media Lab’s documentary short Undocumented and Unafraid; and another roof-shaking performance by the Academy dance crew, A Fresh Collection.


The evening also included the presentation of the 2012 Nagler Scholarship by long-time board member Niclas Nagler to graduating senior and Life Stories Youth Ensemble member Devin Mojica, who will be matriculating to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts this fall. Devin shared his gratitude and reflections on being a part of the Urban Arts community with the audience at the 92Y Tribeca:


At Urban Arts you don’t make friends for the moment, you make friends for life. Thanks to this family I have learned that my hopes and dreams actually matter and can absolutely become reality if I work hard, because there are people out there who believe in me and everything I stand for. I am the luckiest person in the world to have found them at Urban Arts.


See photos from the Urban Arts Festival Daytime Showcases and from the Evening Friendraiser.


We hosted a live tweet-chat during the Friendraiser where guests could share their reactions in real time! Read the full Storify Story on the 2012 Urban Arts Festival.