10 K in 45 Days

10 K in 45 Days

From Pia Murray

Bailey’s Café, a community-based arts safe space in the heart of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn launches ‘10K in 45 days’ fundraiser for As Quiet As It’s Kept, our multi-discipline installation performance.

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29 days ago

As Quiet As It’s Kept (AQAIK), Bailey’s Cafe multidisciplinary artist in residency special project, started in 2013, was originally based on the stories of veterans of color, their experiences in combat and with returning home. As AQAIK evolved the voices of long time community members were included to contrast the stories of those who leave to become veterans and those who stay to become veterans of their community.

As time passes, what are the changes that occur inside and around them? How do ideas of home, community, identity and honor shape a rapidly changing neighborhood?

When you support AQAIK: 10K in 45 Days your donation enables us to deepen our engagement, further develop the artistic product, and offer honorariums to the veteran, community and artist participants in our upcoming installations.

Listen to the voices, stories and memories of community participants in our mini documentary series, now available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ztyZmpvb7kE.

Make a donation today and help us highlight the voices of veterans of war and veterans of community, and the stories of Bedford Stuyvesant.

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As Quiet As It’s Kept evolved out of Bailey Cafe's longtime relationship with Black Veterans for Social Justice and long time residents in the Bedford Stuyvesant community.  Stefanie Siegel, founder and executive director of Bailey’s Café was influenced by Herbert Sweat, a decorated Vietnam Veteran and Bed Stuy neighbor.  “When Sweat says the phrase As Quiet As It’s Kept you know something is going to be revealed that people don’t talk about.” 

Siegel partnered with conceptual artist Monica L. Williams to create a long-term, multidisciplinary, community-based art experience through performance installations.  Over a five year period, Williams conducted community conversations with neighbors and curated a team of six collaborating artists.   “My hope is that As Quiet As It’s Kept is a model for durational community-based art collaboration between artists, neighborhood business and community members working with collective agency towards community wellness by addressing topics otherwise kept quiet”, says Williams.

AQAIK includes original dance, digital art, music, theater, sonic, photography installations created in collaboration with Williams by artists who either live or work in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood.  “Robyn Twomey, a commercial print photographer and self-proclaimed gentrifier, wanted to create in and about her community,” says Williams.  “Our installation, We Are Here, is a story of home and belonging and like all of the installations, it considers how our ideas shape a rapidly changing neighborhood.” 

We Are Here is a feature of Photoville Fence touring 11 cities including Brooklyn.   All other installations will be streamed via Bailey’s Cafe’s website and various social media platforms once a month from October through January.  Click here for more information about each installation.  

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Monica L Williams is a NYC based curator, cultural producer and theater director whose work has been presented at leading performing arts institutions across the United States including Brooklyn Academy of Music, the World Famous Apollo Theater, and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She received training in theater and cross-sector art at Wright State University and New York University. Williams is an arts educator and has worked in residence at various non-profit organizations and colleges throughout the US.  With ingenuity, she applies the aesthetics of theater to cultivate new ideas, explore suspension of time, place and memory and blur the lines of what is real vs. imagined to examine human engagement within the community. African Diasporic values, traditions, and practices are explored in her work and offer a framework for collaboration in youth development, audience engagement and community transformation. She is the founder of Create Legacy Projects, providing one-on-one support services to help bring ideas to life through partnering with innovative thinkers and cultural leaders to foster artistic engagement and design inclusive, interactive, and individualized blueprints for projects. Her latest incubation, #LOVEHUSTLE, invites global conversation about art, love, and the pursuit of dreams.

Kadeem Alston-Roman is a choreographer, teacher and holistic wellness practitioner. As a choreographer he has choreographed over 35 dance works in a variety of genres, with his work being showcased Off-Broadway and being nominated for an AUDELCO Award. As a teacher he has taught at various institutions that include Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theater and Brooklyn Friends School. As a holistic wellness practitioner with trainings and certifications in aromatherapy, hypnotherapy and energy healing, he has worked with various populations including those at Google, NYU and Presbyterian Hospital.

Anna Pond started her acting career in Los Angeles as a member of the award winning City Garage theater company. After a quick pass through Boston's theater scene, she made her way to NYC where she joined the Michael Chekhov Theatre Company and performed across the city in classical to contemporary plays.  More recently, Anna has focused on producing and writing. With two other actresses, she formed Working Girls Productions, a production company dedicated to expanding works for female actresses by presenting women in roles written for men. With another actor colleague, Anna formed Lamb Pond Productions to produce a show as a fundraiser to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Anna is grateful to be part of AQAIK, and couldn’t have written Homeward without the creative guidance and support of Monica Williams. In addition to Homeward, Anna is working on a novel, and another play focused on race justice issues.

Zoë Flowers entered the gender-based violence movement in 2000. She’s spoken nationally and internationally, worked at several domestic violence coalitions and at a national women of color organization for the past ten. In 2004, Zoë interviewed other survivors about their experiences with domestic/sexual violence. From Ashes to Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood is the book that emerged. ASHES – is a play adapted from stories chronicled in the book and has had many successful performances including; Yale University’s Fearless Conference, The White House’s United State of Women Summit in 2016, National Coalition against Domestic Violence’s National Conference, Smith College, and Brown University. Zoë currently facilitates healing sessions, retreats, and workshops across the globe as the Founder of Soul Requirements, Inc., a healing centered consulting business merging art and holistic healing.   

Michael Hill is a songwriter, singer and guitarist whose music has always centered upon telling stories. He has recorded seven albums of his Original New York-Style Blues and with his band Michael Hill's Blues Mob has shared his wide-ranging stories with audiences in over 30 countries. Michael is excited to again contribute, in partnership with his brother and lifelong collaborator and accomplice, multi-instrumentalist/composer Kevin Hill, to Bailey's Cafe's project As Quiet As It's Kept.  

DJ Reborn is a trailblazing, international DJ, sound collage artist, hip hop theater musical director and arts educator. She has spent the last two decades utilizing her passion for music and her skills as a DJ within these worlds to make an impact. Reborn has a myriad of impressive accomplishments including her time as a DJ/creative writing mentor for teen girls at Urban Word NYC, DJ instructor and curriculum designer for Dubspot and currently as a mentor at The Lower Eastside Girls Club.

Robyn Twomey is an international freelance photographer, mother of two and former Bed-Stuy gentrifier. Her work has been exhibited at the Luggage Store Gallery, The Patricia Sweetow Gallery, SF Camerawork and the SF Arts Commission. Her documentary portraiture stories are her way to open our personal understanding of one another and dare a deeper human connection. 

Pia Monique Murray is a choreographer, performer, teacher, arts administrator, stage, tour/company manager, and rehearsal assistant. She has worked with nora chipaumire, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Camille A. Brown, Paloma McGregor, Dianne McIntyre, Blondell Cummings, and Michelle Gibson in many posts. She performs contemporary dance with RAKIA!West African dance with Vado Diomande’s Kotchegna Dance Company, burlesque with brASS Burlesque, and leads Pia Monique Murray Dance Collective (PMMDC). As the cultural producer for As Quiet As It’s Kept, Pia brings her deft understanding of the community art-making process from varied perspectives; as the organizer, artist and community participant. Having grown up in neighboring Crown Heights, she spent a lot of time in Bed Stuy as a child, so this project holds personal significance. Pia always channels her Brooklyn roots, working extensively with her home networks when organizing events around the project.

Bailey’s Café is a space of community healing and belonging -- a secular church, a home, a kitchen table. Bailey’s welcomes all with an open heart, compassion and love, generating a culture of belongingness, non-judgment, acceptance, community, and space to be your full self. This is Bailey’s unique value.

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Pia Murray posted a new update:
29 days ago

Update #3

As Quiet As It’s Kept (AQAIK), Bailey’s Cafe multidisciplinary artist in residency special project, started in 2013, was originally based on the stories of veterans of color, their experiences in combat and with returning home. As AQAIK evolved the voices of long time community members were included to contrast the stories of those who leave to become veterans and those who stay to become veterans of their community.

As time passes, what are the changes that occur inside and around them? How do ideas of home, community, identity and honor shape a rapidly changing neighborhood?

When you support AQAIK: 10K in 45 Days your donation enables us to deepen our engagement, further develop the artistic product, and offer honorariums to the veteran, community and artist participants in our upcoming installations.

Listen to the voices, stories and memories of community participants in our mini documentary series, now available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ztyZmpvb7kE.

Make a donation today and help us highlight the voices of veterans of war and veterans of community, and the stories of Bedford Stuyvesant.

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Pia Murray posted a new update:
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Update #2

We had an AMAZING premiere of "Losing Forward.", choreographed by As Quiet As It's Kept Artist Kadeem Alston-Roman! If you haven't seen the film yet, it is available on Bailey's Cafe YouTube channel (@baileyscafeBK) and Instagram TV feed (@baileyscafeBK).

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Pia Murray posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #1

Check out the trailer for our first installation "Losing Forward." choreographed by Kadeem Alston-Roman, performed by Kaseim Aboti Walter and videographed by O.KAY MOTION.

“Losing Forward.” will premiere on the Bailey’s Cafe YouTube channel TUES. OCT. 20

This dance film explores the various facets within the 7 Stages of Grief after a soldier who goes off to war doesn't come back home. The audience witnesses the soldier struggle with his mortality and how to cope with it. However, this story is not his alone. The grief explored throughout this work is dedicated to humanity during this time of seeming loss: loss of loved ones, loss of independence, loss of autonomy and loss of self. However, within this loss, if one can continue to move forward through the grieving process and not get stuck, an abundance of life can be discovered.
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Choreographer: Kadeem Alston-Roman is a choreographer, teacher and holistic wellness practitioner. As a choreographer he has choreographed over 35 dance works in a variety of genres, with his work being showcased Off-Broadway and being nominated for an AUDELCO Award. As a teacher he has taught at various institutions that include Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theater and Brooklyn Friends School. As a holistic wellness practitioner with training and certifications in aromatherapy, hypnotherapy and energy healing, he has worked with various populations including those at Google, NYU and Presbyterian Hospital.

Dancer: Brooklyn-born Kasiem Aboti Walter (aka DuhPeshKey) uses the circumstances of his birth—born to two deaf parents—to create interpretive dance and storytelling styled music using American Sign Language. DuhPeshKey means “the key to the dispatchment of entertainment.” A name that describes perfectly his goal to bridge the gap between the deaf and the hearing and create an inclusive, vibrant, unique performance. http://letsshoottv.com/

Videographer: Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Olivier Kay relocated to the States in December 2004. After earning a degree in Computer Information Systems at SUNY Fredonia, he discovered that he has a passion for photography which quickly grew to include videography. In 2019, Oliver established his own video and photography company O.KAY MOTION,(https://www.facebook.com/okaymotionbiz/ ) where he uses his talent to capture memories for weddings, graduations, birthday parties, music videos and much more.
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Bailey’s Cafe presents As Quiet As It's Kept (AQAIK), a multi-discipline performance installation based on the stories of veterans of color and their role in a changing community under the artistic direction of Monica L. Williams in collaboration with artists from various genres.

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