In case you missed last week’s performance by The Square, who are University Settlement Performance Project Artists-in-Residence, here’s a video of it. Keep an eye out for Adult Literacy Program student Jose (AKA Waldo) who talks about his life in New York and his nose, and shares some of his photos!
A Sample of Immigrant Life
Date and Time: Saturday, Jul 11, 2020, 6:00 PM & Sunday, Jul 12, 2020, 6:00 PM
Running Time: 1 Hour + 15 minute Post-performance Chat
First-generation immigrants with different cultural backgrounds have diverse perspectives of life in the US, but their voices are not often heard because many of them are English-language learners, working people with busy schedules, and outsiders who constantly try to navigate cultural differences. In fact, none of them are stereotypical immigrants. Their stories, ideas, questions, and conflicts make them unique human beings who have shared challenges and passions.
After eight months of research and community engagement, our findings are presented in A Sample of Immigrant Life. The performance by no means tries to represent the immigrant community or summarize immigrant experiences. Instead, it amplifies individual experiences re-rooting in New York City in a way based on extensive research because we agree that “personal is political”.
Through an original approach to online performance making, we are bringing you into a conversation, and a journey of reflection with us.
Created by immigrant artists and members from the University Settlement house community, A Sample of Immigrant Life is the culminating performance of The Square Theatre’s project The Art of Losing.
Devised and performed by Gloria Chao, Jiawen Hu, Jing Dong, Jose Valdez, Josephine Cho, Yusi Gao.
This event will also be live-streaming on Performance Project’s Facebook page. But we strongly encourage you to join our Zoom Webinar performance for the full experience. Streams of recording will be available on Jul 13 and 14, 6:00 PM-12PM EDT.
Thank you to our adult education teachers for being there for our students during COVID-19 and always. We ask Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council to support those needing English classes, adult education, HSE prep by restoring $12 million to the NYC budget. More than ever, in this time of COVID-19, 2.2 million New Yorkers need adult education!
For Teacher Appreciation Week some of our students showed their appreciation on social media – just click on them to see them all!:
Today is National Teacher Day in the U.S. and this week is Teacher Appreciation Week, so we just want to give a big thank you to all our teachers here at the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program! It’s been a big challenge switching over from regular classes to online classes, but they’ve done a great job! Thank you for all your hard work and patience!
Last week we told you about how our Culture Club students attended a special workshop about art led by the Creative Center’s Robin Glazer and got to take an artwork home. Well, now you can take a look at the art for yourself and read each student’s description below. Enjoy!