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Give & Take Care

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Downtown Art

70 East Fourth Street

New York, New York 10003

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Give & Take Care is a series of encounters & gatherings for reclaiming intimacy, safety, power, and love. Each event is conceived as an open platform for intentionally building support networks one-by-one and practicing cultures of care.

Visitors are encouraged to participate in guided theatre-based exercises designed for pairs, in a soft, cozy, low-light space. Participants may choose to engage in semi-scripted scenarios using touch, gesture, minimal voice, and spatial proximity. Think: the unpredictable nature of improvisation meets the irresistible humor of relationship advice.

Please bring a partner, friend, colleague, caretaker/giver, or family member, with whom you trust, but have never shared in length what makes you feel safe.

RSVP Today! Consider Donating: $5-$35

This series of hang-outs, activities, and workshops are stewarded by/for/with disabled/queer-survivors. Give & Take Care is a project co-organized and facilitated by Jeff Kasper and Janae’ Sumter. Donations of $5-$35 make this supportive space happen, including compensation for support and access staff. Please consider supporting this work. 20% of proceeds will go to local nonprofit organization that works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within LGBTQ communities.





Give & Take Care Programming Schedule


Open Platform & Queer/Disability Arts Meet-up

Saturday, May 18 (3:00pm-6:00pm)

Join other disabled creatives, care squads, queer/trans/gnc folks, survivors, and allies for a sober meetup and crip cuddle puddle in a comfy interactive theatre space, featuring soft foam seating, floor cushions, sensory anchors, and reading material.

Participate in activities for two facilitated by artists Jeff Kasper and Janae' Sumter. Drop in any time from 3-6.

In the spirit of all the events in the series: Please bring a partner, friend, colleague, caretaker/giver, or family member, with whom you trust but with whom you have never shared in length what makes you feel safe.

This event is open to the general public.


'Scoring Consent' Workshop

Sunday, May 19 (1:00pm—4:30pm)

This is an intentionally confidential space for building practices of consent and mutual support for/by disabled/queer/trans/gnc folks and allies. There will be guided contemplative exercises, creative writing, and theatre-based activities. Please bring a partner, friend, colleague, caretaker/giver, or family member, with whom you trust but have never shared in length what makes you feel safe.

The content and structure of this event may not be for you if you are not in the mind/body/emotional space for vulnerable dialogue, trust-building activities, writing, and contemplative exercises. You are welcome to attend and opt-out of interactive material.

Limited spots available!


Open Platform (quiet time for 2)

May 21, 22, 23 (6:00pm—8:30pm)

Participate in interactive theatre exercises and games designed to facilitate close contact and intimate conversation between two people.

Please RSVP for a 30 min time slot. One ticket per pair. After you sign-up, please bring a partner, friend, colleague, caretaker/giver, or family member, with whom you trust but with whom you have never shared in length what makes you feel safe.

Limited time slots are available from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. If you can no longer attend, please contact jsumter08@gmail.com, to offer your tickets to other guests.
 Space is limited.

The organizers will be in touch via email regarding your scheduled time-slot between 6:30pm-8:30pm on your desired date. Until you here from us, please keep your schedule free for those 2 hours. You will not be required to stay beyond your scheduled time.



Consent Culture:

This is a confidential space. Details stay and lessons go. This is not a safe space. This is a space to articulate what we actually mean when we say, “I feel safe”. Only you can define when you feel safe and when you do not. All activities in this program follow a strict “opt-out anytime” policy. In the spirit of full disclosure, all participants are notified of event structure before attending. Access is less an accommodation of an individual’s needs and more a collective culture of shared responsibility and love. Everyone is an active audience member. Honor confidentiality and non spectatorship. Unwanted physical touch is not supported. Always ask first.


Accessibility:

Give & Take Care is set in a quiet, cushioned, low-light, theatre environment with multiple seating options, including spaces to kneel, crawl, lay, and support your head and body.

Downtown Art's studio and theatre is accessible to wheelchair users and folks with limited physical mobility via an elevator. There is a gender neutral ADA-compliant bathroom on the 1st floor theatre lobby. Verbal and captioned description is available from our supportive care community. You are welcome to bring a caretaker/giver with you if you wish. Youth under the age of 18 are welcome to join as long as they are accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian. Activities are geared towards humans 18+.

This is a low-scent environment. Please refrain from wearing fragrance or bringing incense into the space. If there will be incense at specific scheduled times all guests will be notified before hand. Service Dogs are welcome.


CART transcription is available by request for the Sunday, May 19 Workshop. If there are any access needs we have missed and you would like to request, please email jeffkasper.studio@gmail.com by May 14.


If you or someone you know needs help, please contact:

The NYC Rape, Sexual Assault & Incest Hotline at 212-227-3000 or The National Hotline at 800-656-4673

1-800-942-6906: New York State Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline for confidential assistance.

1-844-845-7269: Report sexual assault on a New York college campus to the New York State Police.





Give & Take Care was supported in part through a commission from Downtown Art. Earlier iterations of this project's interactive material was incubated in residency with Art Beyond Sight, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, and received critical mentorship from Social Practice Queens.

Special thanks for the emotional support and community of the Art & Disability Residency and Disability Arts NYC Taskforce (DANT) network and Downtown Art staff.
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