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Communications and Media

YIA visited both WGXC and The Cat radio stations. Two teams of 5 youth experienced writing a PSA for the Hudson Black Arts and Cultural Festival, incorporating live music and public speaking.This educational experience including learning about the outreach potential and use of technical equipment. Their faces were gleaming with pride when their commercials were aired. 
 
Flyer distribution among the community business sent youth out into public, meeting and giving information throughout the community about the annual Hudson Black Arts and Cultural Festival and Parade.
 
       
 
Jamal Jackson Workshop Monday-Friday, 9 am- 2 pm, July 22-26, 2019. Youth participated in 5 days of dance workshops with Jamal Jackson and cooking classes lead by the Sylvia Center. Workshops and cooking were held at Perfect 10 and Hudson Area Library. The residency culminated in a performance by all participants at the host presenter and venue, PS 21.
 
 
 
 
Song and Movement Workshops were led by Mrs. Mosley and assisted by Donna Barrett at the Hudson Youth Center, Hudson Hall and Oakdale Summer Camp. Participants learned a song, then added movement, self-expression, partnering movement and how to use space as a design tool. 5 workshops were held and culminated with a community dance at the Hudson Black Arts and Cultural Festival.
 
 
 
 
Petronio Dance Center - Crow’s Nest, Round Top, NY, July 21 & 22, 9:30-3:30 pm.  Nine YIA attended a series of movement workshops at the Summer Dance Youth Intensive where they studied ballet, African, modern, hip hop and choreography. Students enjoyed lunch and the opportunity to meet other youth in one of the most beautiful nature settings. 
 
YIA attended the Stephen Petronio Merce Cunningham Dance Documentary and post conversation at Hudson Hall. The documentary focused on Cunningham’s art and  chorographic  as well as the process of adaptation/revitalization of Merce’s work by chorographer Petronio.
 
AUGUST 2019 - Stephen Petronio Dance Concert YIA was amazed by the Petronio dance performance at Hudson Hall. Post conversations with two company members added to the experience and education about the lives of working dance artists. It was a full circle experience for the YIA members who saw both the documentary and the performance. Community Partner was Hudson Hall.
 
Dancespace of NYC hosted a dance residency with artist Kayla Farrish at the Petronio Dance Center. YIA were invited to an open rehearsal followed by post conversation about the origins and inspiration for the dance pieces, direction of the works-in-progress and a sharing of backgrounds of the individual artists
 
 
 
 
Cultural Festivals 

Hudson Black Arts & Cultural Festival and Parade August 9, 10 & 11
This annual family festival was held at the Hudson River Front Park. The Friday Artists Open Mic Night included a performance by R&B artist Kulton McCall, a former YIA member. The Saturday Family Day opened with the Parade leading to the Hudson waterfront. YIA held a series of activities around other events, such as the Arm of the Sea Theater presentation, performances by West African Dance, Kuumba Dance and Drum Company, NYC Hip Hop artist Arenze, and others. The Sunday event opened with a phenomenal youth presentation by Bindlesttiff Family Cirkus at the Hudsosn Youth Center. The festival returned to the Riverfront Park with the Ujima Kuumba Summer Drum Circle. It was followed by the Annual Gospel Festival Day which included the Albany District Chorale, poetry and a message by Rev. S. Turpin. YIA was vital to the success of the entire community weekend. The organization of activities, daily set-up and cleanup is a community lesson that they will take with them into their future. Attendance was at 900 this year. School Supply Give-A-Way is an annual event at the festival where free school supplies are given out to families who sign up at the Saturday event. This year, OUNY distributed over Twelve hundred dollars in supplies to assist families with the children’s school needs.


Tuesday evenings 6-8:30 pm We created plenty of African rhythms with Ujima Community Collective, our Spring/Summer Program of Kuumba Dance and Drum Academy.  UCC featured percussion artists John and Olympia Ward from NYC and Hannes Falls, NY. 7 Ujima Kuumba Summer Drum Circles occurred in Columbia, Albany and Greene Counties.  Our youth learned new skills from professional artists and benefited tremendously from this intergeneration format. 
 
The Inaugural Hudson Eye Festival was a 10-day event around town, presented by dance artist Jonah Bokaer. Kuumba Dance and Drum held a Dance Party at the Hudson Area Library with the soul purpose of exposing attendees to the local dance artists who have been contributors to the community for decades. The KDD Dance Party brought together dance lovers of African, Zuumba, Bangali and Belly Dance. Artist included, Donna Barrett, Terry Sullivan, Rachael Kaplan, Noshin Tasnim, Kuumba Dance and Drum student drummers and dancers led by Gregory Mosley and artistic director Elena Mosley. The Hudson Area Library served as Community Partner and venue host.September 27, YIA attended the Hudson Eye lecture Series talk on Hudson Gentrification at Hudson Hall.September 28, YIA, Youth Choreographer Noshin Tasnim and presenting dance artists attended the Hudson Eye Festival lecture on Dance in the Hudson Valley.
 
Performing Arts & Fitness
 
Get Up and Stay Up, our movement and fitness program is coupled with our OUTRAGEOUS (Operation Unite Is Terrific Reading With Artistic Great, Exciting, Outstanding, Unique, and Sensational)Reading Program at the Bliss Tower Housing Complex. Fitness and literacy is the main focus, keeping the younger children connected with health and education. Each session has a theme. The book of the day, snacks and activity connect to the theme.    
 
Summer Workout Challenge- Planet Fitness introduced a fitness program allowing youth ages 15-18 years to attend their facility with parental registration. Participants were able to work out on fitness machines and increase their exposure to a professional business and fitness minded members.
 
Theater
 

1) The Littlest Empress, July 21, at Hudson High School. YIA supported YIA member Pierre as he participated in a fairytale story by Pamela Badila, Diata Diata.

2) 600 Highway Men, a play of acceptance and awareness by high school actors, was presented at The Lumberyard in Catskill, NY. The highlight of the evening was YIA having post conversations with the student actors and taking pictures. It was a great service experience for YIA and they helped at the Youth Table, making crafts and talking with young children.

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