Friday, April 9, 2021

Arts and Cultural Workers for the New York Health Act

Arts and Cultural Workers for the New York Health Act Photo courtesy of NY Health Act.


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When: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Online 

Registration: Registration is required. All conversations are free and open to the public.


 ASL interpretation will be provided by LC Interpreting Services. 
Closed Captioning services provided by The Viscardi Center.

About: The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of the healthcare system and the lack of a safety net for most arts workers. The New York Health Act, this state’s version of Medicare for All driven by single-payer healthcare would measurably improve the lives of this group of workers more than nearly any other policy change. Many arts workers have gained a new interest in political organizing and activism and Dance Artists’ National Collective, in partnership with Dance/NYC, Abrons Arts Center, and League of Independent Theater is holding a town hall for arts and dance workers to learn more about the NYHA in conversation with supportive elected officials and health care activists in order to unite the field to take action in support of a fair and equitable health care system in New York state. If you are arts and cultural worker you can share your healthcare story here. Follow the campaign with the hashtag: #PassNYHealth.

Speakers will be announced on a rolling basis. 

Confirmed Speakers - Click speaker names to access their bios:

Campbell  Charshee

Campbell Charshee, Campblicated, the Bionic Rhapsodist

Member of Music Workers Alliance (MWA)

Garnet Headshot

Garnet Henderson, Choreographer, Journalist

Member Dance Artists National Collective (DANC)

Gustavo Rivera Headshot

Gustavo Rivera, New York State Senator, 33rd Senate District in the Bronx

J. Bouey Haedshot

J. Bouey, Dance Artist, Founder of The Dance Union

Jesse Jae Headshot

Jesse Jae Hoon, Playwright, Actor, and Organizer

Mario I.  Espinoza

Mario I. Espinoza, LMSW, Dancers' Resource Social Worker, The Actors Fund

Phara  Souffrant Forrest

Phara Souffrant Forrest, Assembly Member (Member of NYS Assembly)

Rebecca Headshot

Rebecca Margolick, Dancer, Choreographer

Member Dance Artists National Collective (DANC)

Chadwick Whitehead

YuLing Koh Hsu, Co-Director, Campaign for New York Health

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Dance/NYC convening is made possible, in part, by leadership support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.



Dance/NYC seeks partners and speakers with a variety of viewpoints for its events with the goal of generating discussion. The inclusion of any partner or speaker does not constitute an endorsement by Dance/NYC of that partner's or speaker's views.


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