City Arts Festival: Familiarity Factor in Art Gives Way to Trust

The Cultural Resilience project, back for its second year in New York City, is looking at how the arts can foster engagement and inclusion in contemporary society. Variety sat down with the festival’s artistic…

City Arts Festival: Familiarity Factor in Art Gives Way to Trust

The Cultural Resilience project, back for its second year in New York City, is looking at how the arts can foster engagement and inclusion in contemporary society. Variety sat down with the festival’s artistic director to hear about the kinds of art—from music to dance to visual art—and in which communities art is most important.

One of the three programs around the festival is Culture Uncovered: Learn From Another’s Cultural Identity, which guides visitors through the wealth of Latino (Spanish and Latino) cultures currently on display at New York’s Metrograph in the Bronx, where one of the festival’s larger events is being held. Throughout the three days, the audience is invited to immerse themselves in a gathering of artists—both from Latin America and the United States—creating work that challenges popular perceptions of Latino culture.

Newsday’s Stars and Stripes at New York City’s Binghamton Humanities Center

Wednesday, July 4, 8pm to 11pm

This non-traditional performance series has long featured local and national soloists who offer a thoughtful insight into the art form with which they have been trained, and which best suits their gifts. Based on the idea that many stories are more ephemeral than portraits, Stars and Stripes at New York City’s Binghamton Humanities Center aims to be a place where performers use their stories to create new and original pieces about the country’s history.

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