2021 Shared Dialogue Shared Space Part III
August 21, 2021
Inwood Hill Park
Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday August 28, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Inwood Hill Park
Yeon Jin Kim
New York, NY, July 22, 2021 — Korea Art Forum will present the third part of its new pilot program Shared Dialogue, Shared Space, a one-day art event at the Tree of Peace Lawn in Inwood Hill Park at W 218th Street and Indian Road in Upper Manhattan from 2 to 6 pm on August 21, 2021 (with a rain date on August 28 at the same time). The event will be provided with translation services between English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish to broaden channels of communication between the contemporary art world and immigrant communities in New York City. Serving to expand public access to art, the project will foster audience discourse, exploring a wide range of subject matters addressed by the artists and the multidimensional values of art in the processes of cultural production and social change. The event has been adapted to meet the realities of New York City’s fight against COVID-19. Four artists will carry out their transdisciplinary projects for public participation, focusing on collective activities:
From 2 to 4 pm: Yeon Jin Kim will offer Jogakbo: Korean Patchwork, a workshop on how to make your own Jogakbo, a Korean traditional folk art form comparable to American Quilt-making, promoting the sense of belonging among participants.
From 2 to 4 pm: Steven McCann, a writer based in the Bronx, will read from his novel, Pathways, a story about a biracial young woman and single mother struggling to raise a child born with Angelman Syndrome, a genetic neurological disorder. This reading is fully funded by a 2021 City Artist Corps Grant and hosted by KAF.
From 2 to 6 pm, Hannes Bend invites park visitors to “relaxing metaNoYa” — a soothing deep breathing experience. The meditative artistic experience will take place near the Tree of Peace lawn on the northside of the park and offers to calm down on the grass and connect with one’s breathing.
From 2 to 6 pm: Zaid Islam will invite park visitors to his dialogical performance, চায়ে র দাওয়াত Invitation for Tea, where the artist will engage with a participant in a one-to-one conversation over a tea he prepared, exploring global histories of colonialism and personal memories.
From 4 to 6 pm: Chemin Hsiao will offer a watercolor painting workshop, Feel the Park with Watercolor, to park visitors, exploring the relationship between nature and culture as an urban park is a place where nature and culture conflate.
The purpose of bringing together these art events is to create collective dialogue and ownership over our shared spaces through art. Fostering dialogues between artists and the public, and between Asian and other ethnic Americans, the project contributes to bridging social networks within and between communities at this critical time of rising violence, xenophobia against Asian Americans, and BLM movements. The project also advances equal access to art and cultural rights, a neglected category of human rights while channeling people’s emotional lives to become more positive resilient individuals during the recovery process from COVID-19. A quadrilingual digital publication in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean will be made available online at kafny.org following the event in order to further connect communities that are often culturally isolated from one another, an isolation which is exacerbated in these challenging coronavirus times.
Inwood Hill Park is wheelchair-accessible.
Founded in New York 2013, Korea Art Forum (KAF) is led by artists, scholars, and peacemakers committed to bridging the world through art. KAF aims to stem root causes of inequality and exclusivity present in the contemporary art field while engineering an aesthetic framework that enables the creation of a peaceful world of coexistence, cooperation, and shared prosperity. Operating at the intersection of the visual arts and humanities, KAF’s interrelated annual projects一Commissions, Exhibitions, Forums, and Publications一serve to bring together people from the art world and beyond in a shared dialogue on building an interconnected and peaceful world, supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
This program is, in part, supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The project’s publication is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is made by the generosity of thankful individual donors in 2020. Special thanks to the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation for permitting the use of public lands and the Materials for The Arts for providing the artists with access to donated goods.