Season of Justice 2022
at Bethany Arts Community
A series of programs that endeavor to deepen our understanding of some of today’s most pressing societal issues.
Season of Justice 2022 Events include
Photography Exhibitions, Dance Performances, Live Talks, Music, Story Telling, Webinars, Residencies and a variety of other creative mediums.
Since Bethany’s founding, our belief that engaging with the arts expands our perceptions and broadens our perspectives on the world has been central to our mission. This idea was important in 2015 when Bethany was in formation. It is an urgent calling today, at a time when our society is increasingly polarized and the pandemic and economic hardships are fueling fear and anxiety.
During the 2022 season, we curate a series of programs that endeavor to deepen our understanding of some of today’s most pressing societal issues, including the American justice system, the criminalization of “otherness” – color, ethnicity, religion … – and explore themes of isolation, healing, and hope.
By engaging artists working in different media who have personal and lived experience, or who collaborate closely with those who do, the 2022 Season of Justice will be both deeply personal and accessible.
The Season of Justice showcases the power of artistic work and the creative process to deepen our understanding of ourselves and each other, promote healing, and reimagine our world.
Stay Tuned as new programs are added and registration opens throughout the year.
“Art changes people and people change the world.” – John Butler
2022 Season of Justice Highlights
THIS FAR AND NO FURTHER
An exhibition of powerful photographs by William Abranowicz of the ordinary places that shaped the civil rights movement.
Exhibit: January 7 – 29
Opening Reception: January 7, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Artist Talk: January 12, 7:00pm
Learn more: https://bethanyarts.org/calendar/abranowicz/
GOT MY WINGS
A dance triptych exploring the metaphor of light, freedom, and hope. The work is inspired by the question “Where do we find our freedom?”, a wake-up call posed by Jarvis Jay Masters, a Buddhist practitioner incarcerated and on death row in San Quentin, CA. Original score by Dan Blake and Choreography by Todd Hall, Tomiko Magario, and James Jandrok. Featuring members of the Westchester Ballet Company. This event includes a pre-show talk with composer Daniel Blake and recorded messages from Jarvis Jay Masters and Joseph Wilson, currently incarcerated at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, founder of the Sing Sing Family Collective and a gifted composer.
Learn more, view program, watch videos and hear audio recordings of the interview with Jarvis Jay Masters: https://bethanyarts.org/calendar/got-my-wings/
Performance and Talk (live streamed): January 22, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ossining Black History & Culture:
RESILENCE. DEDICATION. EXCELLENCE
An ode to the African American community and its contributions.
Opening Reception: February 4, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Exhibit: February 4 – March 12
Events, Guided Talks and Programs with Ossining Union Free School District.
For more information, a complete schedule of events, and registration, click here
Brian Henry aka “HallowDreamz” – Krump, A Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” at Bethany Arts Community residency. Amplifying nontraditional dance, Krump legend Brian Henry, in an opportunity rarely available to the community he represents, brings together a group of 13 Krump veterans at Bethany to create a collaborative work and offer the public access to workshops and showings. A future premiere in New York City to be scheduled.
Residency: February 14 – 27
Assembly: February 18 at Sleepy Hollow Middle School (In partnership with The Pocantico Center)
Workshop: February 23 with Ossining High School students
Public Show & Tell and Workshop: February 26, 2pm Register Here >>
LADIES OF HIP HOP
Intergenerational Transfer. A Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” at Bethany Arts Community residency. Featuring three generations, this project captures the knowledge, beauty, and power of Black female street dancers and looks beyond the traditional lens of exposure for Black bodies in dance, which has overwhelmingly focused on Eurocentric dance aesthetics including modern, contemporary, and ballet. The culmination will be the creation of a concert dance piece that preserves and celebrates the beauty, strength, and lived experiences of Black women in street dance.
Residency: March 15 – 25
Events at Bethany:
Show and tell for students from Ossining’s AMD
Show and Tell: Saturday, March 19, 8 pm. Register Here >>
Events at the Works & Process at the Guggenheim in New York City: Sunday, March 27 – World premiere. Learn more & tickets here >>
THE APPARATUS OF REPAIR
Research Residency: The Apparatus of Repair, the final work in Jo Kreither and Flyaway Productions’ The Decarceration Trilogy: Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex One Dance at a Time. Repair brings focus to the concept of restorative justice and is grounded in the experiences of people who have been harmed or caused harm. The creative process for the Trilogy and each of the three pieces, is led by and engages people directly impacted by incarceration.
Residency: April 16 – 23
Events at Bethany:
Webinar – Art, Social Activism, and Restorative Justice, a virtual conversation with Jo Kreiter, Flyaway Productions: Saturday, March 10, 7 pm. Register Here >>
Apparatus of Repair – Open Rehearsal – Jo Kriter of Flyaway Productions: April 22, 3pm. Learn more & tickets here >>
DANCE FOR HEARING LOSS/DEAF
Samantha Figgins – Dance for Hearing Loss/Deaf. A Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” At Bethany Arts Community residency. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer and choreographer Samantha Figgins, who lives with single-sided deafness, continues to workshop choreography for deaf and hard-of-hearing dancers and the community.
Residency: May 9–22, 2022
School Program: program in conjunction with Ossining Public Schools
Public Event: Work in Progress Showing, May 20 at 8pm
Learn more and Tickets here >>>
Art that Bears Witness an exhibition.
Throughout history, artists have played a vital role to bear witness to society’s injustices. For ages, the creative community has informed, provoked, and influenced for change. Artists amplifying social issues are varied and include examples such as the many paintings of George Floyd by artists around the world increasing awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement, or the 1937 painting Guernica, by Picasso, with its powerful anti-war statement, or Barbara Kruger’s silkscreen, Your Body is A Battleground, created for the March For Women’s Lives.
The exhibition will include a variety of mediums. “Art changes people and people change the world.” – John Butler
Curator: Juanita Lanzo
Exhibition: On view May 20 – June 30
Learn more and Tickets here >>>
THE STORY BOX
The Story Box, by Suzi Takahashi and directed by Kristin Marting, HERE Arts Center. The Story Box is a multi-genre storytelling event using text, visuals, music and experiential learning to explore the importance of safeguarding our civil rights through the lens of Japanese American identity.
Fri, September 23, 6:30 PM at Bethany (in the Peace and Love Garden)
Sat, September 24, 4 PM + 7 PM at the Ossining Waterfront (with a Sept. 5th rain date)
Francesca Harper – The Reckoning. A Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” At Bethany Arts Community residency. Dancer and choreographer, Artistic Director of Ailey II, and Founder of The FHP Collective and The Francesca Harper Project, explores how media and entertainment commodifies and profits off of the erasure and harm of others while catapulting some into celebrity culture. How does our capitalistic society benefit from brutality as it relates specifically to bodies of color? With a sonic tapestry created by rock star Nona Hendryx and daring movement created by Francesca Harper in collaboration with the dancers, they collectively create a choreographic work that explores this intersection of transparency and erasure, what it is we care to see, and what we choose to recklessly disregard.
Residency: January 5 – 9 (bubble residency)
Residency: June 18 – 30
Events: to be announced
ART, SOCIAL ACTIVISM AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
a virtual conversation with Jo Kreiter, Flyaway Productions, and collaborators, including Sean Pica from Hudson Link for Higher Education.
Webinar Registration: Sep 21, 2022 @ 7pm
Webinar Registration: to open closer to the event
THE APPARATUS OF REPAIR
The Apparatus of Repair, the final work in Jo Kreither and Flyaway Productions’ The Decarceration Trilogy: Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex One Dance at a Time. Repair brings focus to the concept of restorative justice and is grounded in the experiences of people who have been harmed or caused harm. The creative process for the Trilogy and each of the three pieces, is led by and engages people directly impacted by incarceration.
Performances: October 7, 8 and 9
Registration: to open closer to the event