— This special event will feature artwork, dancing, drumming, singing, and story sharing to build community —
On Saturday, December 3, Flushing Town Hall will partner with NativeTec, Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio Inc., and Niamuck Land Trust to host its annual Native American Social. The event will feature artwork, dancing, drumming, singing, and story sharing to build community. Refreshments will be served.
This year’s Native American Social will feature artwork from Tecumseh Ceasar, Shane Weeks, Jeremy Dennis, Chenae Bullock, and others. Ginew Benton and Young Blood Singers will lead a drum performance and Jennifer Kreisberg of the Native American women’s acapella group Ulali will sing as a special guest.
“After a nearly two year pause due to covid, we are pleased, once again, to host our Native American Social in-person at Flushing Town Hall. Covid hit the Indigenous community particularly hard and sadly many elders and tribal leaders passed away. We dedicate our third annual Native American Social to the legacy of those we lost; and hope our art, songs, and dances will honor them. We invite you to join us in celebrating their lives and support Native artists and artisans.” says Director of Education and Public Programs at Flushing Town Hall Gabrielle M. Hamilton.
Those who wish to attend must RSVP at https://www.flushingtownhall.org/native-american-social
Admission is free. There is a suggested $5 donation for children and a suggested $10 donation for adults.
About The Artists
Tecumseh Ceaser is a Native American artist and cultural consultant of the Matinecock Turkey, Montaukett, Metoac, and Unkechaug tribes. Born and raised in Queens in the homeland of the Matinecock, he works in the traditional medium and practice of quahog shell (wampum) carving. His goal is to bring exposure to the indigenous groups of Queens and Long Island and draw attention to the fact that Native American culture and art are not stagnant. He frequently collaborates with local tribes to bring cultural programming to their communities.
Shane Weeks is a member of the Shinnecock Nation, where she resides. He is an artist, author, traditional dancer, traditional drummer, hunter and fisherman, cultural consultant, and educator. Weeks has spent several years traveling to and working with indigenous communities around the world. He works for Wampum Magic on the Poospatuck reservation in Mastic throughout the year, making wampum beads out of quahog clam shells. One of his biggest goals is to bridge the gap in awareness between the community of Shinnecock and the local communities and global communities.
Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora, North Carolina), a mother, singer, composer, and teacher, comes from four generations of Seven Singing Sisters through the maternal line. She is known for fierce vocals, soaring range and lilting, breath-taking harmonies.
Jeremy Dennis is a contemporary fine art photographer and a tribal member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton, NY. In his work, he explores indigenous identity, culture, and assimilation.
Rudy Lazzaro is a Quechua jewelry designer who started crafting his art at a young age. Upon arriving in the US as a teenager, he apprenticed and worked in the Diamond District of New York for over twenty years. Now he crafts all his jewelry from his studio in New Jersey. His rich cultural heritage from the Altiplano of Bolivia is the foundation of his work. Today his work expresses a blend of his roots and his commitment to life on the Red Road. His passion, love, and prayers are put into every piece he creates.
Chenae Bullock is an enrolled Shinnecock Indian Nation Tribal Member and descendant of the Montauk Tribe in Long Island, New York. Also known as Netooeusqua, translating to “Butterfly Woman,” Chenae is a community leader, water protector, cultural preservationist, Indigenous perspective historian, and humanitarian. Beginning her life’s work in the world of arts, anthropology and Indigenous studies, she has always been engulfed in research and amplifying the voices of Native peoples.
FOR CALENDAR LISTINGS:
SAT., DEC. 3, 2022, 12 PM
Suggested Donation: $10 Adults / $5 Children
Join us at Flushing Town Hall on December 3rd as we host the annual Native American Social in collaboration with NativeTec, Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio Inc., and Niamuck Land Trust. This special event will feature artwork, dancing, drumming & singing, shared stories and community building over refreshments.
This year’s Native American Social will feature the artwork of: Tecumseh Ceasar, Shane Weeks, Jeremy Dennis, Chenae Bullock, and more.
The drum performance will be led by Ginew Benton and Young Blood Singers; special guest singer Jennifer Kreisberg from the Native American women’s acapella group Ulali.
For the venue’s full schedule of 2022 Winter events, visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/events
Although as of March 7, 2022, New York City has relaxed its COVID policies for indoor arts and entertainment events, Flushing Town Hall will maintain its prior policy for the safety of its audiences, artists, and staff. This policy will remain in effect until further notice: Flushing Town Hall requires all visitors, performers, and staff to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with matching identification. Additionally, masks will be required at all times. For more details on Flushing Town Hall’s Covid-safety measures and vaccine requirements, please visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/covid-safety.
Support Global Arts with a Gift Today!
All gifts of $50 or more give you exclusive Flushing Town Hall Circle of Friends membership benefits including a Smithsonian membership, ticket discounts, and more! Donations in any amount are appreciated to support the artists and the nonprofit cultural organization as they continue to provide programming and entertainment across New York and the world.
Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization and receives major support in 2022 from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; The City of New York, Mayor Eric Adams; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Laurie Cumbo; Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; The New York City Council, Speaker Adrienne E. Adams and New York City Council Members Sandra Ung, Tiffany Caban, Shekar Krishnan, Linda Lee, Vickie Paladino, Lynn Schulman, and Jessica Won; Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, Guru Krupa Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.
To view current donor lists, please visit www.flushingtownhall.org/donor-listings
About Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Town Hall (FTH), a Smithsonian affiliate, presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts. As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.
Flushing Town Hall is a proud member of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), a collective of 34 nonprofit museums, performing arts centers, historical societies, zoos, and botanical gardens across all five boroughs with a distinct private-public partnership with the City of New York and a commitment to serving all New Yorkers.
Flushing Town Hall acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Matinecock People, one of the original tribes of New York, and the first people of Flushing, Queens. The Matinecock continue to live and work on this land to this day. Flushing Town Hall honors their elders who have stewarded this land throughout generations.
For more information:
(718) 463-7700 x222
137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354