A visit to the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling in Harlem, which reopens on June 5th; a look at “Estamos Bien – La Trienal” 20/21 at El Museo del Barrio, the museum’s first large-scale, national survey and triennial of contemporary Latinx art; and a profile of Stiletta, an all-female a cappella sextet that has performed as part of MTA’s Music Under New York program.

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♪ COMING UP ON NYC-ARTS, A VISIT TO THE SUGAR HILL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ART AND STORYTELLING.

WE KNOW THAT CHILDREN ARE NATURAL ARTISTS, AND THEY'RE ALSO NATURAL STORYTELLERS.

AND WE WANTED TO CREATE AN INSTITUTION DEDICATED TO THEIR CREATIVE POTENTIAL.

A LOOK AT EL MUSEO DELAWARIO'S TRIENNIAL EXHIBITION.

THE EXHIBITION IS TITLED ESTAMOS BIEN-LA TRIENAL 2020.

IT FEATURES 42 ARTISTS FROM ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS PUERTO RICO.

WE REALLY WANTED TO EXPAND THE SCOPE OF THIS SHOW TO HAVE A FULL BREADTH OF LATP 'X' ARTISTS WORKING ALL ACROSS THE NATION.

AND WE'LL MEET SOME OF THE STARS OF THE MBTA'S MUSIC UNDER NEW YORK PROGRAM.

I WANTED THIS FIERCE, STRONG, FEMININE GIRL GROUP, SO THAT'S HOW I CAME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR 'STILETTA.'

♪ FUNDING IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE THEA PETSCHEK EI RE-ERVOLINO FOUNDATION, THE LUTHE SONNY TURNER FUND FOR DANCE, JODY AND JOHN ARNHOLD, ROSALIND P.

WALTER, ELISE JAFFE AND JEFFREY BROWN, CHARLES AND VALERIE DIKER, THE NANCY SIDEWATER FOUNDATION, ELROY AND TERRY KRUMHOLZ FOUNDATION, THE MILTON AND SALLY AVERY ARTS FOUNDATION AND ELLEN AND JAMES S. MARCUS THIS.

PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY COUNCIL.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY MEMBERS OF THIRTEEN.

'NYC-ARTS IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY FIRST REPUBLIC BANK.

FIRST REPUBLIC BANK PRESENTS FIRST THINGS FIRST.

AT FIRST REPUBLIC BANK FIRST REFERS TO OUR FIRST PRIORITY, THE CLIENTS WHO WALK THROUGH OUR DOORS, THE FIRST STEP, RECOGNIZE THAT EVERY CLIENT IS AN INDIVIDUAL WITH UNIQUE NEEDS.

FIRST DECREE, BE A BANK WHOSE CURRENCY SERVICE IN THE FORM OF PERSONAL BANKING.

THIS WAS FIRST REPUBLIC'S MISSION FROM OUR VERY FIRST DAY.

IT'S STILL THE FIRST THING ON OUR MINDS.

AND BY SWANN AUCTION GALLERIES.

SWANN AUCTION GALRIES.

WE HAVE A DIFFERENT WAY OF LOOKING AT AUCTIONS OFFERING VINTAGE BOOKS AND FINE ARTS SINCE 1941 WORKING TO COMBINE KNOWLEDGE WITH ACCESSIBILITY WHETHER YOU'RE A LIFELONG COLLECTOR, FIRST-TIME BUYER OR LOOKING TO SELL INFORMATION AT SWANNGALLERIES.COM.

GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 'NYC-ARTS.'

I'M PAULA ZAHN.

ON TONIGHT'S PROGRAM, WE'LL TAKE A TRIP UPTOWN TO THE SUGAR HILL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ART AND STORYTELLING IN HARLEM.

THE SUGAR HILL NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE EARLY 20th CENTURY WAS HOME TO SUCH NOTABLE FIGURES AS DUKE ELLINGTON, RACKSTON HUGHES, LEONA HORNE AND THURGOOD MARSHALL.

THE BUILDING WHICH INCLUDES 124 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND AN EARLY EDUCATION CENTER, WAS DESIGNED BY ACCLAIMED ARCHITECT DAVID ADJAYE.

HE IS PERHAPS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS WORK ON THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

ALTHOUGH THE SUGAR HILL MUSEUM PRE-SCHOOL HAS BEEN ABLE TO OFFER HYBRID LEARNING REMOTELY AND ON SITE, THE MUSEUM ITSELF HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR ABOUT A YEAR DUE TO THE PANDEMIC.

THE MUSEUM OPENS ON JUNE 5th WITH A NEW GROUP SHOW CALLED 'ASSEMBLY.'

IT FEATURES THE WORK OF ALL FIVE OF THE MUSEUM'S FORMER ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE.

THE EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS THEIR SHARED EXPERIENCES DEVELOPING ART IN THE MUSEUM AND WORKING WITH SUGAR HILL'S YOUNGEST COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

'NYC-ARTS' VISITED THE MUSEUM IN 2018.

BROADWAY HOUSING COMMUNITIES IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN NEW YORK CITY, AND OUR FOCUS IS PRIMARILY HOUSING, ART AND EDUCATION.

WE'VE BEEN WORKING IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF WEST HARLEM AND WASHINGTON HEIGHTS SINCE THE EARLY 1980s CREATING HOUSING FOR PEOPLE ON THE LOWEST ECONOMIC BANDS, INCLUDING FORMERLY HOMELESS FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS AND CREATING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY AND INTEGRATING THE HOUSING AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS WITH THE CULTURAL ARTS.

THE SUGAR HILL PROJECT IS A PLACE WHERE ALL OF THE THINGS THAT BROADWAY HOUSING HAS LEARNED OVER 35 YEARS HAS COME ALIVE.

SO WE NOW HAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING WHERE IT'S A VERY DIVERSE POPULATION THAT RESIDE WITHIN THE UNITS.

WELCOME, MY FRIENDS.

WE HAVE AN EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER WHICH IS ONE OF THE FIRST MUSEUM PRE-SCHOOLS HERE IN NEW YORK CITY, AND WE ALSO HAVE A CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ART AND STORYTELLING.

JUANA AND MAUI ARE LEARNING HOW TO RULED.

THIS NEIGHBORHOOD HAS A VERY HIGH PROPORTION OF CHILDREN THAT ARE BORN INTO POVERTY.

IT'S LARGELY A NEW IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY, AND IT'S ONE OF THE HIGHEST BIRTH RATES IN MANHATTAN.

I'VE BEEN LIVING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR ABOUT TEN YEARS NOW.

MY WORK IS ABOUT RESPONDING TO THE PLACES THAT I LIVE IN AND THE SPACES THAT I WALK AROUND, THE PEOPLE THAT I SEE.

I'M FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

WHEN I FIRST CAME HERE, I DID NOT SPEAK ENGLISH AND SO I FELT RIGHT AT HOME, HAVING THIS SPANISH-SPEAKING COMMUNITY, PEOPLE FROM SANTO DOMINGO, PUERTO RICO, COLOMBIA.

THE NAME SUGAR HILL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ART AND STORYTELLING WAS CONCEIVED BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT CHILDREN ARE NATURAL ARTISTS AND THEY'RE ALSO NATURAL STORYTELLERS, AND WE WANTED TO CREATE AN INSTITUTION DEDICATED TO THEIR CREATIVE POTENTIAL.

THE MISSION OF THE SUGAR HILL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM IS TO NURTURE THE CREATIVE AND COGNITIVE GENIUS OF CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 3 TO 8.

WE ARE HERE AS AN INTERGENERATIONAL SPACE TO PLACE ARTISTS AND STORYTELLERS AND ACTORS AND WRITERS IN DIALOGUE WITH CHILDREN.

SO THE CHILDREN ARE INSPIRED TO CREATE THEIR OPEN ART AND STORIES.

UNLIKE MOST CHILDREN'S MUSEUMS THAT ARE INDOOR PLAY SPACES, THIS IS A CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN.

THE FOCUS ON THE ARTS AND THE SERIOUSNESS WITH WHICH WE TAKE THE ARTS AND THE CAPACITY OF CHILDREN TO UNDERSTAND AND THINK ABOUT THE DIMENSIONS OF A CREATIVE EXPERIENCE AND ART IS QUITE EXPANSIVE.

STORYTELLING AND ART EXPERIENCES, NOT JUST VIEWING ENCOUNTERS, HAPPEN IN LOTS OF DIFFERENT WAYS.

WE HAVE OUR STORY HOUR, AND THEN THERE IS STORY TIME WHICH IS A MORE MUSICAL OR DANCE-ORIENTED PRODUCTION WITH ART-MAKING AFTERWARDS.

THERE'S OUR STUDIO LAB WHICH IS A SPACE FOR INDEPENDENT, TACTILE EXPLORATION AND THINKING ABOUT THE MATERIALS THAT ARE OR THE COLORS OR THE CONCEPTS THAT ARE ON VIEW IN MANY SO OF THE EXHIBITIONS.

CHILDREN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO JUST ENGAGE WITH THAT, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE THESE READING NOOKS WHERE WE HAVE A SELECTION OF BOOKS THAT ARE CURATED, SOMETIMES INSPIRED BY THE THEMES IN THE EXHIBITIONS, SOMETIMES INSPIRED BY THE THEMES OF THE MONTH, BUT PARENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTIMATELY SHARE A STORY WITH THEIR CHILD OR CHILDREN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIGURE IT OUT THEMSELVES.

MUSEUMS SHOULD HAVE MOMENTS AND SPACES WHERE CHILDREN DO NOT ONLY ENGAGE BY LOOKING BUT ALSO THEY ARE ACTIVE.

THEY HAVE ALREADY A LOT OF STIMULATION, UH, CATER TO THEM THROUGH MEDIA, THROUGH, YOU KNOW, THE CLOTHES INDUSTRY, THE TOY INDUSTRY.

SO A MUSEUM'S ROLE IS TO PROVIDE THOSE OTHER ELEMENTS THAT THEY'RE NOT GETTING AND THIS HAVE ENVIRONMENT AS PART OF SOMETHING THAT THEY BELONG TO AND THAT THEY DESERVE TO HAVE ACCESS TO.

THE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE HAS ABOUT 450 SQUARE FEET OF PRIVATE SPACE FOR 11 MONTHS, AND THEY RECEIVE A STIPEND.

WE ASK THAT THE ARTIST IS ENGAGED WITH CREATING A NEW BODY OF WORK SO THAT VISITORS CAN ENCOUNTER THE FRESHNESS WHAT HAVE IT MEANS TO HAVE IDEAS AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE COMMITTED TO YOUR PRACTICE.

ONCE A MONTH WE ASK THAT THEY OPEN UP THEIR DOORS, OFFICE HOURS FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN, TO JUST OBSERVE.

WE DO NOT LOOK SPECIFICALLY FOR ARTISTS WHO WORK WITH CHILDREN.

IF THAT WERE THE CASE, WE'D ONLY BE LOOKING FOR TEACHING ARTISTS.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR ARTISTS WHO ARE VERY COMMITTED TO THEIR PRACTICE AND ALSO HAVE A SENSE OF COMFORT AND SHARING THEIR PRACTICE WITH THE CHILDREN.

THE KINDS OF MATERIALS THAT I USE MOST OF THE TIME HAVE THIS QUALITY OF TRANSLIEU SENSINI.

I USE POLYESTER THREAD TO CREATE LINES.

I ALSO VERY VERY TRANSPARENT KIND OF VELLUM OR MYLAR TO CREATE WORKS WHERE THE LINES ARE LIKE THE MAIN ELEMENT, AND I ALSO LIKE TO COMBINE GLASS, THREAD, AND COTTON AND CANVAS AND LINEN.

THIS IS WHAT I'VE BEEN BRINGING TO THE CHILDREN OR SHARING WITH THE CHILDREN.

ONE OF THE PROJECTS THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON IS CREATING IMAGES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ARCHITECTURE.

THIS BUILDING.

TWO PEOPLE AND A TRIANGLE AND TWO WINDOWS.

TWO WINDOWS.

BUT ALSO THINKING ABOUT HOW THE PLACES THAT WE ARE, HOW THEY ALSO SHAPE THE WAY THAT WE BEHAVE AND THE WAY THAT WE FEEL.

OH, I LIKE THAT, LAURIE.

THEY HAVE SO MUCH TO OFFER AND SO MUCH TO BRING, ESPECIALLY HOW PURE THEY ARE AND HOW HONEST AND OPEN THEY ARE AND FLEXIBLE TO LEARNING.

THANK YOU.

THEY'RE NOT FIXATED IN ONE OUTCOME.

THEY ARE NOT OBSESSING OVER THE RESULT OF THAT THING THAT THEY ARE MAKING, AND THEY'RE PRETTY MUCH LEARNING AS THEY MAKE.

THEY HAVE THIS SENSE OF CURIOSITY, AND THIS EXCITEMENT.

LET'S UNVEIL THIS MASTERPIECE.

ONE OF THE IDEAS THAT WE'RE ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT IS THIS INTERGENERATIONAL IDEA, WHERE YOU HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN WORKING ALONGSIDE ADULTS.

WHETHER IT'S THEIR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENT OR SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS LIKE REALLY CLOSE TO THEM, AND WHAT'S THE EXCHANGE THAT CAN HAPPEN THERE.

LOOK AT THAT.

THAT'S INTERESTING.

ALL THE PEOPLE REPRESENTED IN MY WORK, THEY ARE ALL LOCAL PEOPLE.

THEY ARE ALL PEOPLE WHO WORK IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OR WALK AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD OR LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

I'M ALSO VERY INTERESTED IN CREATING AN IMAGERY THAT REFLECTS THOSE CHILDREN AND SORT TO CHANGE A LITTLE BIT WHAT MY DAUGHTER SEES IN BOAR, AND I WANT HER TO BE ABLE TO SEE HERSELF IN BOOKS, CHILDREN THAT LOOK LIKE HER, AND THIS IS A REALLY EXCITING PART WHERE ALL OF THESE CHILDREN SORT OF COMING IN HERE AND THEY RECOGNIZE THEMSELVES IN THE DRAWINGS, AND IT'S MAGICAL TO SEE THAT.

TO MAKE ART WHERE THE PEOPLE SEE THEMSELVES REPRESENTED, I THINK IT HAS A STRONG IMPACT, AND IT BRINGS THIS SENSE OF OWNERSHIP OF THE CREATIVE PRACTICE OF A LOCAL ARTIST.

ALL OF THIS WORK HAS TO DO WITH REPRESENTATION AND DRAWING PEOPLE AND CHILDREN, SORT OF TO CREATE THIS VISUAL ARCHIVE THAT WILL ALLOW FOR PEOPLE TO SEE THEMSELVES IN THE WORK THAT I AM PRODUCING.

I FEEL PRETTY STRONGLY ABOUT THAT.

MANY TIMES I THINK CHILDREN'S MUSEUMS UNDERESTIMATE THE TYPES OF QUESTIONS THAT CHILDREN ARE CAPABLE OF ASKING OR UNDERESTIMATE THE TYPES OF QUESTIONS THAT CHILDREN ARE ACTUALLY BEING POSED SO WE'RE LOOKING TO CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AND SEE IF THEY CAN HELP US DO THAT IN VERY THOUGHTFUL WAYS, POSE QUESTIONS, GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO THINK.

WE TRIED TO CONCEIVE WHAT HAVE WOULD BE THE MOST LONG-STANDING CONTRIBUTION THAT WE COULD MAKE TO THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, AND THAT WAS THE MUSEUM BECAUSE A MUSEUM IS A SYMBOL OF A COMMUNITY THAT'S PROSPEROUS, THAT'S HEALTHY, THAT CHERISHES ITS HISTORY AND ALL ITS PEOPLE.

A MUSEUM IS A COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE AND TO THE FUTURE OF THE CHILDREN OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

> NEXT, WE VISIT EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO LOCATED AT THE NORTHERN END OF MUSEUM MILE IN EAST HARLEM.

CURRENTLY ON VIEW IS 'ESTAMOS BIEN, LA TRIENAL 20/21,' THE MUSEUM'S FIRST LARGE-SCALE NATIONAL SURVEY AND TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY LATIN 'X' ART.

ITS TITLE, 'ESTAMOS BIEN', WE'RE FINE' WAS INSPIRED BY A 2017 WORK IN THE EXHIBITION BY CHICAGO-BASED ARTIST CANDIDA ALVAREZ.

THE PAINTING WAS COMPLETED AFTER HURRICANE MARIA DEVASTATED PUERTO RICO.

THE TITLE SUGGESTS BOTH RESILIENCE AND A DECLARATION OF RESISTANCE.

THE TRIENNIAL FEATURES RECENT WORKS FROM 42 ARTISTS FROM ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND PUERTO RICO.

THE SHOW INCLUDES PAINTING, SCULPTURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY, BUT ASO A WIDE RANGE OF WORKS WHOSE USE OF MATERIALS AND SCOPE DEFY EASY CATEGORIZATION AS DO THE ARTISTS THEMSELVES.

. CURATO SUSANNA TEMKIN TAKES US ON A TOUR OF THE EXHIBITION.

WITH 'LA TRIENAL' WE REALLY WANTED TO BROADEN THE SCOPE, NOT ONLY BRING IN ARTISTS FROM ACROSS THE NATION BUT WORKING WITH ARTISTS FROM A VARIETY OF COURSE OF BACKGROUNDS, GENERATIONS AND CAREER STAGES.

BEHIND ME IS A WORK BY JUSTIN FAVELA, WHO'S REAL INTERESTED IN ENGAGING STEREOTYPES ABOUT LATIN 'X' PEOPLE AND LATIN 'X' ART AND LATIN 'X' CULTURE.

WHAT YOU SEE IS A BLOWNUP MONUMENTAL APPROACH TO CARLOS MERIDA'S PRINTS OF THE POPOL VUH WHICH ARE TEN QUASI-SURREAL WORKS THAT THE GUATEMALAN ARTIST CREATED IN THE 1940s.

JUSTIN CREATES THESE PINATA ARTWORKS MADE OUT OF MULTI-COLORED TISSUE PAPER THAT HE VERY CAREFULLY PLANNED AND EXECUTED TO CREATE THESE BEAUTIFUL FORMS.

WE ALSO WORKED WITH JUSTIN TO RECREATE AT A ONE-TO-ONE SCALE THE PAINTING BY FRANCISCO OLLE CALLED 'YELL OPLAN PAINS,' 'PLATANOS AMARILLOS' WHICH IS REALLY ONE OF THE MOST, I WOULD SAY, BELOVED PAINTINGS IN EL MUSEO'S COLLECTION.

THERE NO SINGLE OVERARCHING THEME, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT CONCEPTS OR MOTIFS.

IN ONE OF THE FIRST GALLERIES IS AN APPROACH TO FOOD AND COMMODITIES, INCLUDING THE STILL LIVES BY JOEY TERRILL, WHICH ARE REALLY COMMENTARIES NOT ONLY ON CONSUMER CULTURE BUT ALSO ON THE PHARMACEUTICAL CULTURE.

JOEY IS AN ARTIST WHO'S BEEN LIVING WITH AIDS FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE ARTISTS THAT TAKE A MUCH MORE PLAYFUL, ALTHOUGH VERY SERIOUS APPROACH, LIKE YVETTE MAYORGA WHO CREATES PAINTINGS THAT EVOKE A SORT OF FROSTING OR PASTELLERIA STYLE OF APPLICATION.

THESE WORKS, THEY ALMOST LOOK LIKE CAKES THAT YOU WANT TO LICK THE SURFACES OF BECAUSE THEY'RE SO RICHLY TEXTURED, AS WELL AS LUCIA HIERRO, HER WORKS ARE CALLED 'THE RACKS' AND THEY FEATURE BODEGA VISUAL CULTURE, CONTEMPORARY SNACKS THAT WE'RE ALL FAMILIAR WITH, LIKE THE PLATANITO CHIPS, TAKIS, FRITOS, SO DON'T COME HUNGRY.

THE EXHIBITION WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN OCTOBER 2020.

WE DECIDED TO COMMISSION FIVE PROJECTS THAT WERE RELEASED ONLINE.

FOR EXAMPLE, THERE WAS A WORK BY LIZANIA CRUZ CALLED 'THE OBITUARIES OF THE AMERICAN DREAM 'GHT WHICH SHE ASKED PARTICIPANTS TO SUBMIT TESTIMONIALS OF WHEN THE IDEAL OF THE AMERICAN DREAM DIED FOR THEM.

WE CREATED A SPECIAL DIGITAL SITE FOR THE WORK BY MICHAEL MENCHACA, THE WALL, WHICH IS A REAL CRITIQUE OF NUMBER 45'S PLEDGE TO CREATE A BORDER WALL.

AND WE WOUND UP INCLUDING A NUMBER OF WORKS THAT THE ARTIST SPECIFICALLY DURING THAT TIME THAT WE WERE ALL IN OUR HOMES EXPERIENCING SOCIAL DISTANCE.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE DUO PONCILI CREACION WHO CREATED A VERY BEAUTIFUL PIECE THROUGH THE STREETS OF SAN JUAN IN THE HEIGHT OF THE PANDEMIC.

ANOTHER WORK THAT WAS CREATED JUST IN THE LAST YEAR IS PATRICK MARTINEZ'S URBAN LANDSCAPE, THIS IS VERY LARGE-SCALE PAINTING THAT ALMOST LOOKS LIKE AN EXTRACT OF A LOS ANGELES CITY WALL BROUGHT INTO THE GALLERY THAT HAS ALL KIND OF GRAFFITI AND LAYERS INCLUDED AMONG THAT ARE A GLOVE, SOME LYSOL SPRAY, REFERENCES TO WHAT WE'RE STILL USING TODAY.

WE'RE FEATURING 42 ARTISTS AND ART COLLECTIVES WHICH IS A LARGE NUMBER, BUT ACTUALLY THERE'S SO MANY MORE VOICES OUT THERE SO MUCH AMAZE, TOUCHING, POLITICAL PERSONAL WORK WHAT I HOPE THAT OUR AUDIENCES GET IS REAL EXCITED ABOUT EXPLORING WHAT OTHER ART IS OUT THERE.

> 'MUSIC UNDER NEW YORK' HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE MTA'S ARTS FOR TRANSIT PROGRAM.

IT BEGAN OVER 30 YEARS AGO AS A WAY TO BRING ART INTO EVERYDAY LIFE, AND EVERY YEAR THE MTA HOLDS AUDITIONS IN GRAND CENTRAL STATION TO CHOOSE THE NEXT BATCH OF NEW MUSICIANS.

THOSE SELECTED, WHICH NUMBER OVER 350 GROUPS AND SOLOISTS COMBINED ARE GIVEN ACCESS TO THE BEST PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE SUBWAY SYSTEM.

ISRAEL PERFORMANCES ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO THE COVID CRISIS, WE THOUGHT WE'D INTRODUCE YOU TO STILETTA, AN AWARD-WINNING A CAPELLA SEXTET WHICH HAS BEEN PART OF THE MUSIC UNDER NEW YORK PROGRAM SINCE 2015.

♪ WITH THEIR UNIQUE MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS AND THE UNMISTAKABLE SOUND OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S BEST BEATBOXERS, THESE SINGERS WILL STEP YOU IN YOUR TRACKS.

WHEN I MOVED TO NEW YORK CITY, I HAD THIS VISION THAT I WANTED THIS FIERCE, STRONG, FEMININE GIRL GROUP THAT INCORPORATED BOTH A CAPELLA MUSIC AND CORING A IF I AND DANCE, AND SO THAT'S HOW I CAME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR STILETTA.

♪ ♪

I CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF THE STILETTO HEEL WHICH IS EXTREMELY FEMININE OBVIOUSLY AND ALSO A STILETTO IS A SNIFF SO IT'S BOTH FEMININE AND FIERCE.

♪ DO YOU WANT TO TELL YOUR FRIENDS ♪ ♪ ♪ YOU'LL NEVER FIND NOBODY BETTER THAN ME ♪

THERE'S JUST SOME INCREDIBLE ART AND MUSIC AND CULTURE IN THE SUBWAY, AND SOMETHING JUST MADE ME THINK, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT THIS FANTASTIC A CAPELLA GROUP.

I WONDER IF WE COULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

I WENT TO THE WEDNESDAY I'M I FOUND THE APPLICATION AND I SUBMITTED IT.

WE GOT ACCEPTED TO AUDITION.

THERE WAS A PANEL OF LIKE 30 JUDGES.

IT WAS WILD, BUT I DON'T REGRET IT FOR A SEC.

I THINK IT'S BEEN THE MOST AMAZING, REWARDING EXPERIENCE FOR US.

WE PERFORM AT THE TIMES SQUARE 42nd STREET STATION A LOT, AND YOU GET TOURISTS.

YOU GET COMMUTERS.

YOU GET CRAZY PEOPLE.

YOU GET EVERYBODY, AND IT'S REALLY, REAL FUN AND IT'S ALWAYS A TRIP.

♪ PEOPLE WILL STOP, AND THEY'LL STAND AND WATCH OUR ENTIRE SET WHICH IS LIKE AN HOUR LONG.

WE'RE AT STILTA NYC.

OUR MAIN GOAL AND NOT JUST IN THE MUSIC THAT WE PICK BUT IN JUST WHO WE ARE AS PEOPLE IS TO INSPIRE OUR AUDIENCES AND UPLIFT WOMEN AND EMPOWER WOMEN, AND SO THE SONGS THAT REALLY JUDY CHOOSES ALL HAVE THAT KIND OF MESSAGE.

♪ ♪ I TRIED TO IMITATE, THAT WAS MY CHOICE ♪ ♪ AND NOW THIS MELODY IS TAKING OVER ME ♪

WE HAVE AN ORIGINAL CALLED 'GET PUMPED.'

IT'S JUST ABOUT BASICALLY GETTING UP AND DANCING AND JUST FEELING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF AND WEARING HIGH HEELS.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT MAYBE FROM OTHER A CAPELLA GROUPS OUT THERETO IS, OF COURSE, THE CHOREO THAT WE DO, BUT ALSO OUR ARRANGEMENTS ARE VERY SPECIFIC TO OUR OWN SOUND.

♪ GET HIGH, GET HIGH, GET LOW, GET LOW ♪ ♪ GET INTO THE BEAT NOW IT'S ABOUT TO EXPLODE ♪

MC BEATS IS A HUGE PART OF WHY WE SOUND THE WAY THAT WE DO.

I AM THE VOCAL PER KIFGTS AND BEAT BOXER OF THE GROUP.

2012 WAS THE FIRST TIME I WENT TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, SO AT THAT POINT I WAS BEATPOCKETING A COUPLE OF YEARS, AND I ENDED UP PLACING THIRD IN THE WORLD.

SHORTLY AFTER, JUDY FOUND ME AND I STARTED DOING A CAPELLA AND THAT'S BEEN MY MAIN FOCUS SINCE THEN.

[ APPLAUSE ]

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MY MAIN JOB IS TO KEEP TEMPO.

WITH MOST A CAPELLA GROUPS, THE BASS AND THE BP OR THE BEAT BOXER, THEY WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE THE BEATS BECAUSE YOU NEED TO ADD A SORT OF BASSIE FEEL TO A LOT OF THE BEATS TO SOUND LIKE AN ELECTRONIC SYSTEM.

MY MAIN JOB IS TO SOUND COMPLETELY NON-HUMAN.

THERE'S A TIME WHERE PEOPLE WHEN WE WERE DOING OUR MUSIC UNDER NEW YORK GIGS AND PEOPLE ARE LIKE, YOU KNOW, UNPLUG THE RADIO, OR STUFF LIKE THAT BECAUSE THEY REALLY THOUGHT WE HAD TRACKS UNDERNEATH US.

WE NEVER DO.

IT'S ALWAYS LIVE, AND IT'S ALWAYS ALL SIX OF US DOING IT.

IN THIS PAST TWO YEARS SINCE WE STARTED PERFORMING IN MUNY, WE'VE GOTTEN SO MUCH TIGHTER.

SO MANY HOURS AFTER HOURS AFTER HOURS OF SINGING TOGETHER IN THAT SUBWAY.

IT'S MADE OUR GROUP REALLY, REALLY GROW.

♪ ♪ LET ME TAKE YOU THERE

IT SEEMS LIKE IN THAT MOMENT WHEN THE SIX OF US ARE FINALLY TOGETHER IT'S LIKE, EVEN THOUGH THERE'S ALL THIS CHAOS AROUND AND YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AND YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO GET, IT'S LIKE OUR SENSE OF CALM.

BEING IN THE SUBWAY KIND OF FORCES YOU TO ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT'S IMMEDIATELY IN FRONT OF YOU.

♪ [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

> NEXT WEEK ON 'NYC-ARTS,' A LOOK BACK AT SOME OF OUR FAVORITE SEGMENTS, FEATURING THE BEST IN ARTS AND CULTURAL EVENTS IN OUR AREA.

ELMGREEN AND DRAGSET HAVE CREATED A WORK THAT THEY HAVE CALLED THE HIVE, A SCULPTURE THAT HANGS DOWN FROM THE CEILING, COMPRISED OF DOZENS OF HIGH RISE BUILDINGS OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.

TAP DANCING FOR ME IS MAGIC.

IT'S MUSIC IN MOTION.

I'LL PLAY A BASS PART, PERCUSSION PART, A HARM HO NY PART ON THE CELLO AND THEN I CAN LOOP THAT SEGMENT OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND PLAYING NINE OR TEN DIFFERENT CELLO PARTS AT THE SAME TIME.

> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS EVENING.

I'M PAULA ZAHN.

HAVE A GREAT NIGHT, AND I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US NEXT TIME.

♪ FUNDING FOR 'NYC-ARTS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THEA PETSCHEK IERVOLINO FOUNDATION, THE LEWIS SONNY TURNER FUND FOR DANCE.

JODY AND JOHN ARNHOLD, ROSALIND P. WALTER, ELISE JAFFE AND JEFFREY BROWN, CHARLES AND VALERIE DIKE RRKS THE NANCY SIDEWATER FOUNDATION.

ELROY AND TERRY KRUMHOLZ FOUNDATION, THE MILTON AND SALLY AVERY ARTS FOUNDATION AND ELLEN AND JAMES S. MARCUS.

THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY COUNCIL.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY MEMBERS OF THIRTEEN.

'NYC-ARTS' IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY FIRST REPUBLIC BANK.

FIRST REPUBLIC BANK PRESENTS FIRST THINGS FIRST.

AT FIRST REPUBLIC BANK FIRST REFERS TO OUR FIRST PRIORITY, THE CLIENTS WOULD WALK THROUGH OUR DOORS.

THE FIRST STEP, RECOGNIZE THAT EVERY CLIENT IS AN INDIVIDUAL WITH UNIQUE NEEDS.

FIRST DECREE, BE A BANK WHOSE CURRENCY IS SERVICE IN THE FORM OF PERSONAL BANKING.

THIS WAS FIRST REPUBLIC'S MISSION FROM OUR VERY FIRST DAY.

IT'S STILL THE FIRST THING ON OUR MINDS.

AND BY SWANN AUCTION GALLERIES.

SWANN AUCTION GALLERIES.

WE HAVE A DIFFERENT WAY OF LOOKING AT AUCTIONS OFFERING VINTAGE BOOKS AND FINE ARTS SINCE 1941 WORKING TO COMBINE KNOWLEDGE WITH ACCESSIBILITY.

WHETHER YOU'RE A LIFELONG COLLECTOR OR FIRST-TIME BUYER OR LOOKING TO SELL, INFORMATION AT SWANNGALLERIES.COM.