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Pictured, from left: Andrew Griffin & Judith Sloan

Pictured, from left: Andrew Griffin & Judith Sloan

Artist Commissioning Program Awardee Judith Sloan will host the program’s first artist event. Sloan invites attendees to participate in the development process of her artist commission entitled “It Can Happen Here,” a theatrical performance developed from gathering stories of anguish and defiance in the face of xenophobia and repression. The event will be held on Saturday, December 2 at York College Fine Arts Gallery from 3:00 – 4:30pm.

During the event, Sloan will present short excerpts of the work in progress accompanied by violist Andrew Griffin. The presentation will be followed by a participatory storytelling workshop and dialogue around the theme of "It Can Happen Here" where community members can share both painful and joyful stories in our current social and political climate. This content will inform the final work, which is scheduled to premiere in Queens in Sept. 2018 in the genre of a “dark cabaret.”

Sloan’s project was selected for Queens Council on the Arts’ Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) for its capacity to tell untold stories and fill gaps in American culture, the focus of the new Initiative. Launched this year, the ACP provides Queens-based performing artists $10,000 towards the creation and production of a new work. Sloan is one of four artists chosen by a panel of Queens-based community members, or art producers, who are committed to supporting the artists’ projects and will be in attendance at the York College event.

Sloan has used this process in developing several multi-media projects which have been presented throughout the United States and abroad. As an actress, radio producer, writer and educator whose work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd, Sloan’s solo works include Denial of the Fittest, Yo Miss!, and A Tattle Tale; Eyewitness in Mississippi. For over twenty years, she has been creating interdisciplinary works in audio and theatre, portraying voices often ignored by the mass media. She is the co-founder of EarSay, a non-profit arts company based in Queens and is the co-author and creator of Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, a multi-media project (book, theatre, exhibition, radio) focusing on the stories of new immigrants and refugees in Queens, NY (W.W. Norton & Co) and the librettist for 1001 Voices: A Choral Symphony for a New America which will be performed at Colden Auditorium December 16, 2017. Sloan's work is often informed by interviews and oral history and culminates in both documentary and poetic and expressive forms.