Julia Barry

Julia Barry – Habitat: Home

Date grant awarded: July 18, 2019

Born in urgent response to increasing hate and fear in America, Habitat: Home is a community organizing project that inspires empathy across the United States. This is achieved through co-creating artwork and free, public performances, local artists and residents constructively respond to the civic and environmental crises fracturing our home(s). Two New York City kickoff events will take place on October 19th and October 20th, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan and First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn respectively. These programs will feature music, poetry, theater, video/light-sculpture, and dance in diverse styles unique to local artists, performers, and audiences across boroughs. This multi-disciplinary, intersectional approach will create a vibrant and varied program that highlights underrepresented voices and builds community through shared expression.

Habitat: Home is the brainchild of composer Julia Barry, co-organized by Dusty Francis, Dionne McClain-Freeney, and Rev. Adriene Thorne, and presented by Julia Barry Productions with collaborative materials by Nautilus Music-Theater.This work is funded, in part, by The Puffin Foundation West Grant, the New York Women Composers Seed Money Grant, The Pollination Project, and the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).