PPL's new opera NATURE FETISH is for seven-year-olds and scientists. We can't claim that it is "educational theater" nor can we claim that it is solely "experimental music-theater" or "visual arts performance" NATURE FETISH is an opera, a combination of artistic mediums, a hybrid creature made of music, text, actions, movements, objects, space, situations, and humans. continue
The Adult Literacy Program has a new Student of the Month, Hui Lan Zhao! Watch her video! continue
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You might have noticed the start of advocacy season with an influx of emails, posts and tweets urging you to contact your local representatives on behalf of the many vital services provided by organizations like University Settlement. Making a phone call, sending an email or signing a petition might seem like a small contribution for a cause worthy of a lot of time – but that action goes a long way when combined with the effort of others. continue
Celebrated author Maggie Jackson joined educator Richard Lewis and The Performance Project for the latest in a series of three conversations titled "Advocates of the Immeasurable." The series, hosted by Lewis, is part of The Performance Project's FREE Monday Night Salon Series. The next and final conversation will take place on April 30 at 7:30PM in Speyer Hall at University Settlement. continue
University Settlement's Adult Literacy Student of the Month aims to highlight students who have shown dedication to their studies, overcome challenges, and accomplished personal goals. Every month we will be selecting an exemplary student who have helped make the class a positive learning environment and they'll be telling us their story. Read more about our first Student of the Month, Khanh Au. continue
University Settlement hosted a festive street co-naming celebration on Friday, January 20, 2012. Guests included State Senator Daniel Squadron, Council Member Margaret Chin, Community Board 3 Representatives as well as program participants, staff and many of our Lower East Side neighbors. The morning started off outside with the street sign unveiling and a traditional Lion Dance by White Crane Dance Company. The lions led guests inside for additional performances and refreshments with participants from our Early Childhood Center. In case you missed the celebration, see below for a few articles, images and videos from the morning. continue
There's so much to be thankful for at University Settlement, and last week was no exception! With celebrations taking place in sites from Manhattan to Brooklyn, University Settlement staff, volunteers and program participants shared in the giving spirit and enjoyed a healthy dose of holiday food. If you couldn't make it to all our celebrations – fear not! We've rounded up the best of Thanksgiving at University Settlement this year, so check it out, and share your holiday stories with US. continue
The Panoply Performance Laboratory held the first of five events covering "step one" of the NATURE FETISH project, which we are honored to be developing through residency support with The Performance Project @ University Settlement. A huge thank you to everyone who attended this first event!
Last Friday one of our new Artists-In-Residence, the Trusty Side Kick Theater Company, held their first play development workshop with three year olds from our Head Start Program. Trusty Side Kick is developing Shadow Play, an interactive show for 2-5 year olds that will premiere at University Settlement on March 3, 2012. Each workshop Trusty Side Kick leads with our early childhood programs gives the company members rich opportunities to ask themselves and their target audience, "What is it? What are we doing?" continue
For the past 125 years University Settlement has seen continued advances in programming implemented by responsive staff striving to serve the many individuals and families who make up the fabric of the Lower East Side community and beyond; now it's time to blog about it! continue