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Immigration, Education, & Incarceration


To Be HeardTo Be Heard screening and conversation

Praised as “one of the best documentaries of the year,” by The New York Times, To Be Heard is the story of three teens from the South Bronx whose struggle to change their lives begins when they start to write poetry. Screening will be followed by a conversation on education and literacy with Richard Cardillo (Education Director, National School Climate Center), filmmaker Roland Legiardi-Laura, and Christen Pollock (Vice President of the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center). Moderated by Kanene Holder (educator, artist, and Occupy spokesperson).

July 16, 7:00pm
Buy Tickets ($10)





New York Times Critics’ Pick!


Urbana Poetry SlamUrbana Poetry Slam

For three weeks only the three-time-winner of the national slam championship, Urbana Poetry Slam, takes up residence at IMPACT 2012. A quirky and eccentric series, Urbana features all kinds of poetic voices: political, confessional, musical, and spiritual.

Tue. July 17, 7pm
Tickets ($10) at the door.



TIME magazine coverA Conversation on Immigration with Jose Vargas, Cristina Jimenez, Karen Kaminsky, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo & Rinku Sen

Join us for an exciting conversation on immigration policy, activism and art in the context of the upcoming election with Define American founder Jose Antonio Vargas, recently featured on the cover of TIME (along with the story of nearly 12 million undocumented Americans), Karen Kaminsky (New York Immigration Coalition Deputy Executive Director), Iyaba Ibo Mandingo (poet/painter/performer), Cristina Jimenez (United We Dream Managing Director), and Rinku Sen (President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center).
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo will also be performing and displaying his art.
Wed. July 18, 7:00pm

[Click here to watch all video segments]

Buy Tickets ($10)


IMPACT Social Salon with readings from Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History

Come to Culture Project next Thursday for a political open mic with IMPACT’s artist community. Email volunteers@cultureproject.org to sign up to read. Let us know if you would like to bring your own work, your favorite fiction or non-fiction writing, or request a script of “Voices” if you are interested in reading a monologue from Zinn’s brilliant book, focusing on the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made this country what it is today.

Thur. July 19, 7pm



 Rain Phoenix & Friends: Unplugged

Singer/Songwriter and actress Rain Phoenix (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, O) brings her mesmerizing, shiver-inducing voice to IMPACT 2012 with a night of acoustic melodies. Rain is the voice behind the rotating, gypsy wanderer encampment papercranes, an LA-based project with an ever-evolving roster of collaborators with whom she has released two full-length albums, Vidalia and Let’s Make Babies in the Woods. Rain also founded the Gift Horse Project and performs in the famed 30-member-plus political cabaret act, The Citizens Band.

Rain will be accompanied on guitar by Jen Turner (singer and guitarist for Inner). The night will also include solo acoustic performances by Turner and Ryan Jarman (The Cribs).

Fri. July 20, 8pm
Tickets $20



Artists in Residence

Artists in Residence Works in Progress: Richard Vetere & Manuel Borras

During their week-long residencies, IMPACT 2012 Resident Artists discuss, create, and rehearse new work surrounding the week’s topics. Each week will culminate in a free public presentation of the new works-in-progress.

SQUARE ONE by Richard Vetere

Nino DeSimone and Cantel Daniels are long time friends. For twenty-years Cantel has worked for Nino’s construction business and now he wants Nino to hire his nephew Shan as an assistant-book keeper. Nino does only to find that Shan has a criminal record. Nino is outraged that Cantel never told him but the truth of the matter was this – the college graduate Shan was a victim of “stop and frisk” and the cop who arrested him planted the drugs on him. Nino doesn’t believe Shan and fires him and for the first time Cantel realizes that both men are not what he wanted to believe and perhaps race does play a part, an ugly part, in their ‘friendship.’

July 21, 7pm.
Reserve seats (free)




The House I live IN

The House I Live In pre-release screening

In the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and destroyed impoverished communities at home and abroad. Yet drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever. Where did we go wrong, and what can be done? The House I Live In is not only the definitive film on the failure of America’s drug war, but it is also a masterpiece filled with hope and the potential to effect change.
Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2012
July 21, 8pm.
Tickets $10