Arts For Art Presents Vision Festival: Healing Soul - October 8 – 12 @ La Plaza At The Clemente, NYC Limited In-Person Tickets & Livestream

Arts For Art Presents Vision Festival:  Healing Soul -  October 8 – 12 @ La Plaza At The Clemente, NYC Limited In-Person Tickets & Livestream

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“In the dark of these times, art lights the way,” says Patricia Nicholson Parker, co-founder of Arts for Art (AFA). Nicholson, William Parker and AFA team have reimagined the renowned Vision Festival as a limited-capacity outdoor event with a professionally filmed livestream. Vision Festival: Healing Soul will begin Thursday, October 8 at 7:00pm ET with a livestream solo performance by Wadada Leo Smith, followed by in-person / livestream events October 9 through October 12, all taking place outdoors at La Plaza at the Clemente in NYC (the parking lot on Norfolk Street, north of Delancey). Artists include Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Amina Claudine Myers, William Parker, with the full schedule below.

The outdoor Vision Festival will be limited capacity, socially-distanced and in compliance with all CDC and New York City guidelines. Daily outdoor tickets are $75, and virtual tickets are $15. Both are available here.

Founded in 1996, AFA and Vision has held the belief that music and the arts can inspire and uplift people. It has been rooted in a commitment to social justice and equity. This is evident in all of AFA’s festivals and events where the focus is on the work of groundbreaking African American artists. AFA has been organizing conferences and panel discussions that respond or foretell issues around social justice and equity. In January 2017, AFA initiated the Artists for A Free World project.

Vision Festival will return in 2021.



7:00pm Wadada Leo Smith: solo trumpet, solo piano.
8:00pm Panel discussion on protest and jazz with Amirtha Kidambi, JD Allen, Gerald Cleaver, Jean Carla Rodea, Andrea Wolper, William Parker, Mixashawn Rozie.


LIVE Outdoors in La Plaza at The Clemente, 114 Norfolk St, NYC
5:00pm The Healing Force Patricia Nicholson: text, movement voice Voices: Ellen Christi, Jean Carla Rodea, Amirtha Kidambi, Andrea Wolper; Ava Mendoza: guitar; Val Jeanty: electronics, percussion.
6:00pm Afro-Algonquin Trio Lee Mixashawn Rozie: voice, sax, banjo; Rick Rozie: bass; Royal Hartigan: drums.
7:00pm Oliver Lake Organ Quartet. Oliver Lake: sax; Jared Gold: organ; Freddie Hendrix: trumpet; Chris Beck: drums.


LIVE Outdoors in La Plaza at The Clemente, 114 Norfolk St, NYC
1:00pm Children’s Music is Mine Workshop (free).
4:00pm OPEN SPACE: Hamid Drake: drums; Brandon Lopez: bass; James Brandon Lewis: sax; Alexis Marcelo: keyboards
5:00pm Fay Victor Mutations for Justice: Fay Victor: voice, composition; Mazz Swift: violin; Chris Williams: trumpet Luke Stewart: bass; Jason Nazary: drums.
6:00pm Amina Claudine Myers Trio: Amina Claudine Myers: Keyboards; Jerome Harris: bass, voice; Reggie Nicholson.


LIVE Outdoors in La Plaza at The Clemente, 114 Norfolk St, NYC
1:00pm Childrens Music is Mine Workshop (free).
4:00pm Andrew Cyrille Quartet: David Virelles: piano; Bill Frisell: guitar; Ben Street: bass; Andrew Cyrille: drums.
5:30pm POET Tyehimba Jess.
6:00pm Gerald Cleaver Black Host.


LIVE Outdoors in La Plaza at The Clemente, 114 Norfolk St, NYC
4:00pm David Murray Trio with Luke Stewart: bass; Ronnie Burrage: drums.
5:30pm POET Latasha Diggs.
6:00pm William Parker’s In Order to Survive Quintet Rob Brown: alto sax; James Brandon Lewis: tenor sax; Cooper-Moore: keyboards; Hamid Drake: drums.

All of this is possible through donations that support Arts for Art to continue working to ensure that FreeJazz arts are diverse and are available to the artists and to the people who participate with their ears and their support. AFA is committed to respecting artists, and all performers receive guarantees. Every Thursday, Arts for Art has been streaming performances from legendary FreeJazz musicians with socially relevant conversations on Zoom and its YouTube channel. All of these events are free with an optional donation, and all performers are paid. Register for free here.

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