Our community workshops will lead us into collaborative public performances during this year. These public events will bring the ideas, feelings and conversations of our participating artists, activists and community members together into emotional shared experiences around memory and collective healing.

Samuel Hargress and the Music of Paris Blues: A Community Event

Sunday, October 31, 2:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m. 
The Bandshell in Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Ave. @ 153rd St.

Sponsored by City Artists Corps, WeAct for Environmental Justice  and ZIP Code Memory Project: Practices of Justice and Repair

2:00 pm La Banda Ramirez Latin Jazz
3:20 pm  Beautiful Journey
4:00 pm  Les Goodson and the Holy Ghost Voodoo Power Band
5:00 pm  John Cooksey’s Spontaneous Combustion
5:40 pm  Tyrone Govan and der Secret 2

This concert honors Samuel Hargress, Jr. who opened his jazz club, “Paris Blues” on November 15, 1969, and proceeded to book live Jazz seven nights weekly. With no cover charge,  and with a full bar, free buffet, and family hospitality, Paris Blues became widely known as a great jazz  bar in Harlem. Visitors from all over the world were treated to a wide range of blues, jazz and Latin  jazz, and a regular jam night. Sam said that he named Paris Blues “to honor the city, soldiers and music  I grew to love,” as he served in the military in post-war Europe, where his grandfather had fought as a  member of the Harlem Hellfighters. 

Born in Demopolis, Alabama, in 1936, Sam Hargress, Jr. contracted the COVID virus and passed away  on April 10, 2020, one day past his 84th birthday. A civil rights activist throughout his lifetime, he had  received many awards and honors on federal, state, and local levels, and had received personal letters  from many community leaders, including Mayor Bill De Blasio, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Sam’s jazz club had its last night on March 15, 2020; La Banda Ramirez was  the band that night. Paris Blues remains closed at this time.

DIANA TAYLOR Reparative Memory: Trauma, Memory, Accountability, and Repair Thursday, October 21 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 21
5:30 p.m.

What can we do when it seems that nothing can be done and doing nothing is not an option? How do communities hardest hit by COVID-19 transform the traumatic memories of loss into practices of repair? This talk will explore some of the theoretical and practical implications of these questions.

Diana Taylor is a university professor and professor of performance studies and Spanish at New York University. She is the award-winning author of multiple books, among them: Theatre of Crisis (1991), Disappearing Acts(1997), The Archive and the Repertoire (2003), Performance (2016), and ¡Presente! The Politics of Presence (2020), and co-editor of Holy Terrors(2003), Stages of Conflict (2008) and Lecturas avanzadas de Performance(2011), among others. Taylor was the founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics from 1998 to 2000. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and several other major awards. In 2017, Taylor was president of the Modern Language Association. In 2018, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Science. In 2021, she was awarded the Edwin Booth Award for “outstanding contribution to the NYC theatre community, and to promote integration of professional and academic theatre.”