Video: The Coalition for Theatres of Color (CTC) Virtual Town Hall: The Impact of COVID-19 and Systemic Inequity in Communities of Color with André De Shields, Danny Glover, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Corey Johnson, Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, New York State Assemblymember Inez E. Dickens, David Martine, Sade Lythcott, Diane Fraher, Madaha Kinsey-Lamb, Tisa Chang and Libertad O. Guerra

The Arts and Culture Committee of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance have joined with the office of the Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and the 42 members of the Coalition of Theatres of Color (CTC) a 501(c)3 not for profit consortium, are presenting A Virtual Town Hall: The Impact of Covid-19 and Systemic Inequity in Communities of Color, A Holistic Plan for Healing Our Communities on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 5:30 pm. via Zoom. Click here to register for the Town Hall.

The meeting will address the proposed FY21 city funding for arts institutions. Given the codependent nature of arts, community and culture in New York, survival of CTC institutions is indissoluble from the survival of New York. The impact of COVID-19 on the arts and culture community has been devastating. Each of our members – large and small – are struggling to survive the next few months and sadly many may not; drastically and irrevocably shifting the landscape of our field for many years to come. Today our institutions and missions are more vital than ever in playing a key role in the recovery of our great city as many of our organizations are more than just theaters.

Guest Speakers:
– Corey Johnson, Speaker of the NYC Council
– I. Daneek Miller, Council Member, BLAC Co-Chair
– Laurie Cumbo, Council Member, BLAC Vice Chair
– Inez E. Dickens, New York State Assemblymember

Celebrity Speakers
– André De Shields, Actor, Choreographer
– Danny Glover, Actor, Activist
– Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Actor, Playwright, Director

Land Acknowledgement
– David Martine (Chiricuhau Apache/Shinnecock)

CTC Speakers
– Sade Lythcott, CTC Chair, National Black Theatre
– Diane Fraher, American Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA)
– Madaha Kinsey-Lamb, Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center
– Carl Clay, Black Spectrum Theatre
– Tisa Chang, Pan Asian Rep
– Libertad O. Guerra, The Clemente

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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