#137 Maria Elena Ferrer-Harrington “Artist and Consultant”

Maria Elena Ferrer-Harrington is the Executive Director of Humanamente — a diversity and inclusion consulting organization, Chair of the Athena Network New York — a psychosocial support network in the area of social services, health, and specifically in mental health, for immigrants experiencing psychological challenges related to the migratory process, a board member of the Family of Woodstock — a network of individuals whose mission is to provide confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services to address the needs of individuals and families, and a socially engaged artist.

Maria Elena has successfully facilitated migration-related workshops since 2004. As a member of the global Athena Network Association, Maria Elena has presented her work with immigrants at the network’s annual Migration and Mental Health congress in London, Rome, Berlin and Brussels. She introduced the concept of migratory mourning nationally in 2012, and has since led migratory-mourning panel discussions at several conferences.

She is a member of the Arts Mid-Hudson Advisory Board, and has been recently appointed by Kingston’s Mayor, Steve Noble, to the City Arts Commission. Maria Elena’s drawings and paintings were recently exhibited at the Muroff–Kotler Visual Arts Gallery at the State University of New York at Ulster awarding her the opportunity to show her artwork at highly regarded Plaza Gallery of the State University of New York in Albany in 2019. She juried the Cornell Creative Arts Center’s very first exhibition, “We’re All Humans,” and inaugurated The DRAW’s new studio at the Energy Square with her art installation, “Masking Identities: Rebuilding Deterritorialized Cultural Memories,” a deep dive into the complexity of the migrant’s narrative and experience. Both art shows are open to the public through October 2020.

Today she shares her own experience as a migrant, what migratory mourning is, the complexities of migration, rebirthing and of course ART!

Today’s show was engineered by Manuel Blas of La Dosis Perfecta.

Our show music is from Shana Falana !!!

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#124 Juneteenth with Jessieca McNabb and Monique Tinsley and Multicultural Festival with Sarah Litvin and Caprice Rouge members Laura Crimmins, Karen Levine and Elena Erber

Today, we’re talking Black Lives Matter, multicultural community and UNITY!

Joining me in the first hour is Jessieca McNabb, comedian, co-host of Harambee Radio,No One Like You and oft guest on My Kingston Kids on Radio Kingston… and an active member of the Harambee Coalition, a mid-Hudson valley coalition that supports and promotes the strength of our community through cultural and educational events that enriches the lives of youth and adults. You can also catch Jessieca’s last appearance on “i want what SHE has” Episode #106, from February 5, 2020.

Joining Jessieca is Monique Tinsley, Jessieca’s “day 1,” who is also a vital member of the Harambee Coalition, working with Jessieca on initiatives to protect and restore the African Burial Ground on Pine Street and the upcoming online Juneteenth Celebration taking place online this Saturday from 1-4pm.

The Juneteenth holiday is considered the “longest running African-American holiday”[22] and has been called “America’s second Independence Day”. This Saturday’s Celebration will take place live on Harambee’s Facebook page to celebrate and remember the African-American Independence from slavery in America. This online festival will entertain, encourage and educate guests on parts of the African-American experience. This is a family friendly event which will include song, dance, spoken word, history, talk and more from various participants at locations throughout Kingston. This event is in loving Memory of Pastor Paul Worthington.

Jessieca and Monique speak with me about the Black Lives Matter protests, Juneteenth, the African Burial Ground and the importance of self care. Words they shared that I want to amplify are the need for white people to really pause regularly and soak up the reality of the black experience in the past few hundred years so that we don’t stop the pressure until there’s real equality and appreciation for black lives.

In the second half of the show I am joined by Sarah Litvin, PhD., Director of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History to talk about the Multicultural Festival that is happening online now. The online festival website is the host to rich content from our diverse history and community; performances, cooking instructional videos, greetings in various languages, a list of our diverse restaurant scene and a community quilt.

Joining Sarah are three members from the band, Caprice Rouge, Laura Crimmins, Karen Levine, and Elena Erber, who are participating performers in this year’s online festival.

Caprice Rouge is an acoustic ensemble from the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State playing Balkan, Roma-Gypsy and Klezmer dance tunes! Performing on traditional instruments including accordion, violin, bouzouki, gypsy jazz guitar, clarinet, and percussion, the band is happy to play for dancers, revelers, and listeners at taverns and cafes, festivals and farmers’ markets, at weddings and other celebrations!

Stay tuned for live performances by the band once we’re safe for social distancing, and in the meantime, join in the online festival which will continue to have more content added to it in the coming weeks!

Today’s show was engineered by Nick Panken of Radio Kingston, www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from Caprice Rouge and Shana Falana.

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