ARIANA’S LIST PROJECTS
I’m putting my ideas into practice by programming, curating, marketing, and producing shows. My curatorial vision relates to the thought that it’s not necessarily about the art event itself; it’s about the experience. I think deeply about audience’s needs/wants, the setting, the relation of artist to the space, and the education participants will ultimately walk away with.
Accordions Around the World at Bryant Park
My baby! In collaboration with Bryant Park for a fourth year, I’ve reached out to over 400 accordionists of different musical styles and traditions in the NYC area to create this trip-around-the-world, accordion-style. I see each week as a scavenger hunt for the audience – it’s participatory and an opportunity to learn about the many stylings of an often-dismissed instrument. A great documentary on the series was made by Danny’s Guitar Shop. Read/listen/watch additional press:
NY Times (2013)
Wall Street Journal (2016)
New York Post (2017)
Wall Street Journal (2014)
ABC World News Now (2016)
WFMU (2016 – at minute 35:00)
WFMU (2013 – at minute 31:00)
ABC Eyewitness News (2013)
El Diario (2017)
New York Music Daily (2017)
Live At Penn Plaza (33rd Street at 7th Avenue, NYC)
In partnership with the 34th Street Partnership, I have conceptualized series and booked the live music for this privately-owned public space (POPS) for the past three seasons. Together we thought through how to utilize the space and activate it and what type of music would be most successful in the space. For 2016, we came up with three series: one focusing on blues/soul/funk, another with a “global dance party” theme, and a third that focused on acoustic lunchtime performances, two days a week. In total, the series took place four times a week from May – October, with 67 unique bands booked. To get a sense of the programming in 2016, visit our Events page. Here are some samples of how our artists and audiences utilize the space.
I’ve developed community engagement plans, marketed, partnered, programmed and/or done production work with the following institutions, companies, and series: BRIC, the Bronx Music Heritage Center, Bryant Park, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Center Stage (a program of the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), the City Parks Foundation (SummerStage), Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Jazz Foundation of America, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (the River to River Festival), Make Music New York, THE OFFICE performing arts + film, Pilobolus Dance, 6BC Garden, Superfront, 34th Street Partnership, the United Nations, Vornado Realty Trust (One Penn Plaza), and Water Street POPS (an initiative by The Berman Group for the NYC Department of City Planning and NYC Economic Development Corporation.) I’ve served as a judge for the MTA’s Music Under New York and a grants panelist for the New York State Council for the Arts and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Arts for all people!
I’m looking to expand this list and want to think creatively with you. Let’s talk!