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University Settlement's Performance Project is a public performance project that finds concrete ways to reestablish and articulate the importance of the arts within the education system and the community at large. Performances include established, new and emerging artists. We are committed to creatively incorporating artists into programming at University Settlement, including our after-school programs, The Door, the Houston Street Center and the Beacon. Artists can work with specific programs or age groups and propose participant workshops, professional development trainings, community events or interactive art making experiences.

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The Waistmakers’ Opera: Downtown Art

A Lower East Side History Month Event

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7:30pm

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:30pm

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7:30pm

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a woman at a microphone

In 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire claimed 146 lives, mostly young women.  It's a tragedy that still haunts New York.  Yet the young women who died in the fire were more than just victims; just a little over a year earlier, they had led the Uprising of the 20,000, the largest strike by women ever seen in America.  The women's strike was an extraordinary event, opposed fiercely by the Triangle owners, police, judges and Tammany Hall, but also drawing women from all walks of life to the cause.  This modern rock opera is composed by Michael Hickey and written and directed by Ryan Gilliam. Performed by an all-female company of twenty young singers and musicians, The Waistmakers' Opera is their story.


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