Brad Brewer is the founder of New York City’s Brewery Puppet Troupe. As a child in the Soundview projects in the Bronx, Brad was obsessed with the art of puppetry, which he learned from puppeteers Kermit Love, Jim Henson, and Frank Oz. Brad is the creator, designer and builder of the “Crowtations,” four internationally known […]

Photo: Rheem Hussein

Reem Hussein: Muslim Artist American born Muslim artist Reem Hussein holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. She completed her training in interior design and the restoration of antiques and decorative arts objects at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Her study and handling of antiques, and preserving of the visual aging qualities […]

Joan Hodges: African American Fiber and Craft Artist Joan Hodges was born in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn in the early 1940s and is the daughter of Roberta and John Hodges, descendants of southern slaves. Both of Joan’s parents came to New York during the “The Great Black Migration” to seek a better quality of […]

Photo: Clan Gordon Highlander Pipe Band

Clan Gordon Highlanders Pipe Band: Scottish Bagpipe Band The Clan Gordon Highlanders Pipe Band was founded in 1971 by Andrew McDicken, Jim Summerville, Bobby Benton and eight other members of the Clan Gordon. According to McDicken, “The band actually started when these two men (Jim and Bobby) were having a drink and saying “why don’t we […]

Panambi Dancers

Berta Gauto & Panambi Verá: Paraguayan Dance Group Berta Gauto is originally from Asunción, Paraguay. Her parents hail from Villarrica, a region known as the “cradle of poets and musicians”. Berta is part of an artistic family. Her uncle Diosnel Chase was a well-known traditional singer and songwriter. Her grandfather played polkas, guaranias and chamamé […]

The Elder Statesmen: African American Gospel Long Island has one of the most complex music traditions: African American gospel music. The roots stem from the many regional denominations of African American churches. According to African American historian Linda Day, the A.M.E. Zion church was founded in New York by free blacks and has a strong presence […]

Photo: Gayathri Devi

Shrimathi Gayatri Devi: Bharata Natyam Classical Dancer Smt. Gayatri Devi, a Bharata Natyam dancer, teacher, and a choreographer of eminence, is one of the most senior and outstanding disciples of the legendary artist Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale of Kalakshetra. Gayatri Devi is acclaimed today as one of the nationally and internationally reputed exponents of the […]

Photo: Mala Desai

Mala Desai: Odissi Indian Dance Teacher Mala Desai is a master teacher and practitioner of the Odissi form of Indian Dance. Born in New Delhi, she spent a significant portion of her life there, but her family traveled a lot because her father worked for the Indian railway. Mala, like other young Indian girls, started […]

Louis Cordero

Luis Cordero y Los Amigos Del Amargue: Dominican Bachata Group Luis Cordero is from Tenares, a rural town in the Dominican Republic. Luis learned to play the guitar from friends and family members, while he worked at the family farm. His mother recalled that when Luis was just 4 years old he would sing to […]

Chinese Cultural Association of Long Island (CCALI) Chinese Cultural Association of Long Island (CCALI) Chinese Folk Dance, Kung Fu, calligraphy, and Chinese Knotting are just a few of the classes offered by the Chinese Cultural Association of Long Island. For over 25 years, CCALI has proven itself as a place for learning and for enjoyment. […]