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Asian American Arts Alliance Town Hall, April 2017
Fri, April 21, 2017, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Join us for the Asian American Arts Alliance Town Hall, in conjunction with Japan Society’s Escape East @ 333 monthly mixer for art enthusiasts! Sip on premium sake compliments of SOTO Sake, enjoy free snacks and drink specials at the cash bar; along with free admission to Japan Society’s exhibit “A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints,” and performances, presentations, and pitches from Alliance artists!
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.
6:00 P: Open bar, gallery viewing, and networking
7:00 P: Alliance Town Hall, Japan Society Auditorium
8:00 P: Open bar, gallery viewing, and networking
***ONE-MINUTE PITCHES FOR TOWN HALL ARE CLOSED. WE ARE AT CAPACITY.***
Town Hall is the Alliance's bi-monthly event that features performances, pitches, and often a potluck! We welcome artists of all disciplines (musicians, actors, filmmakers, poets, visual artists – anyone with creative fire and joy for the arts), as well as arts organizations, to pitch upcoming events, projects, find collaborators, or opportunities in a safe community space. The catch? You have 60 seconds to deliver your pitch!
RSVP here on Eventbrite to sign up to pitch – you're invited to publicize any upcoming projects, or simply introduce yourselves and your work to the community. The catch? You have one minute to deliver your pitch before you're booted off the microphone.
You don't have to pitch to attend - RSVP to enjoy the galleries, refreshments, and presentations! Learn more about previous Town Halls by visiting our Tumblr.
FEATURED PRESENTER BIOS
Chair/Co-Founder, New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy
Board President/Co-Founder, Queens Pride House
Pauline Park (paulinepark.com) is chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) (transgenderrights.org), which she co-founded in 1998, and president of the board of directors of Queens Pride House (queenspridehouse.org), which she co-founded in 1997, as well as coordinator of its transgender support group. Park led the campaign for passage of the transgender rights law enacted by the New York City Council in 2002. She served on the working group that helped to draft guidelines — adopted by the Commission on Human Rights in December 2004 — for implementation of the new statute. Park negotiated inclusion of gender identity and expression in the Dignity for All Students Act, a safe schools law enacted by the New York state legislature in 2010, and the first fully transgender-inclusive legislation enacted by that body. In 2005, Park became the first openly transgendered grand marshal of the New York City Pride March. In January 2012, she participated in the first US LGBTQ delegation to Palestine. In June 2015, Park was the keynote speaker at the Queer Korea Festival/Seoul Pride Parade, the largest event in the history of the LGBT community of Korea up to that date. Park did her B.A. in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.Sc. in European Studies at the London School of Economics and her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana. She has written widely on LGBT issues and has conducted transgender sensitivity training sessions for a wide range of organizations.
Equal Justice Works Fellow, NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
Nishan Bhaumik is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP) focusing on the intersection of violence and LGBTQ identity in Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and Middle Eastern/North African communities. He assists with the direct legal representation of LGBTQ clients in court and conducts outreach and trainings on LGBTQ and legal issues. Since the election, AVP has organized over 15 legal clinics, co-sponsored several community demonstrations against hate and violence, and conducted numerous safety, LGBTQ inclusion, and legal workshops, mostly in immigrant and ethnic communities. Before working at AVP, he was a Holley Law Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force where he drafted responses to Hobby Lobby and was a summer clerk at Lambda Legal where he assisted with the New Jersey same-sex marriage case and researched NYC stop & frisk discriminatory practices. When he needs a break from law and the politics of today, he’s playing viola with the Brooklyn Symphony. He is a graduate of CUNY School of Law and a graduate of UC Davis in International Relations and Mandarin Chinese.
Mashuq Mustaq Deen
Queer Theater Artist / Resident Playwright, New Dramatists
Mashuq Mushtaq Deen is an award-winning, queer theater artist and a resident playwright at New Dramatists (class of 2022). In his spare time, Deen is also an activist and a man of many hobbies, including bread baker, monster-maker, and student of the classical guitar.
Full-length plays: The Shaking Earth, Draw the Circle, Tank & Horse, and Shut Up! Deen's plays have been produced and/or developed by PlayMakers Rep (world premiere, August 2016), New Dramatists, The Public Theater, NYTW, InterAct Theatre, Page73, Ma-Yi, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Georgetown University, BEAT Festival, PACE University, Hampshire College, Averett University, Dixon Place, Passage Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park, Tofte Lake Center, Berkshire Fringe. Awards and Grants: Helene Wurlitzer's Chesley/Bumbalo Foundation Award, MacDowell Colony's Arch an Bruce Brown Fellow (2015-16), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow; Fellowships: MacDowell Colony Fellow (2015), Bogliasco Foundation Fellow (2016), Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Fellow (2016), New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow; Writing Groups: Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group (2009), Page73 Interstate writing group (2014); Other: Jerome New York Fellowship finalist, O'Neill Conference semifinalist, Weissberger Award nomination, Playwrights Center Core Writers Finalist, James Baldwin Award, Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize honorable mention, Literary Committee of Queens Theatre (2014-15). Teaching Artist: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council SPARC Fellow, Community Voices Workshop with Second Generation Theatre, Mind the Gap (NYTW), and various colleges/universities while touring with Draw the Circle. Member: NYTW Usual Suspect, Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Public Theater Alumni Writers Group, Dramatists Guild. He earned his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School/New School for Drama. He is represented by the Gurman Agency LLC.