Kintecoying Now

An ongoing series featuring work by Indigenous/Native American artists, artisans, and culture bearers in order to honor and recognize this site’s history as a ‘Crossroads of Nations’

Producing Partner:  Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc)
Partner Organizations:  CultureHub, Magnum Foundation, RedMoon Arts, Safe Harbors NYC
Consulting Partner:  La MaMa ETC

Saturdays April 20th, May 18th, June 15th
TIMES:  1:00 – 4:00PM

Saturday April 20th
Cooper Plaza (Bowery & E 4th St), 1-4pm
Performances by Lonnie Harrington, Grupo Atl-Tlachinolli, Raul Ayala and Bond Street Theatre.
Featuring Indigenous/Native American artisan vendors!
Art activity: medallion-making

Saturday, May 18
Cooper Plaza (Bowery & E 4th St), 1-4pm
Performances by Martha Redbone, Ms. Josephine, Isaiah Del Welker and Rain From Heaven
Featuring art activities, vendors, and presentations by Indigenous/Native American artists and culture bearers.
Program Partners: RedMoon Arts & Safe Harbors NYC 

“Kintecoying Now” is a series of free public arts events to be held in two plazas at Bowery and East 4th Streets.  This site and the area of Astor Place, according to modern day sources, was originally known as Kintecoying (“Crossroads of Nations”) and served as a place for meeting, trade, diplomacy, and games by Munsee Lenape, Canarsie, Sapohannikan, Manhattan, and other Nations.

Manhattan has always been a gathering and trading place for many Indigenous peoples, where Nations intersected from all four directions since time immemorial.  It was a place to gather and sometimes to seek refuge during times of conflict and struggle.  We pay respect to all of their ancestors past, present, to their future generations. We acknowledge that our work is situated on the island of Manhattan (Menohhannet – On the Island) traditional lands of the Munsee Lenape, the  Canarsie, Unkechaug, Matinecock, Shinnecock, Reckgawanc and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. We respect that many Indigenous people continue to live and work on this island and acknowledge their ongoing contributions to this area.

“Kintecoying Now” is intended to activate the site with work by Indigenous/Native American artists, artisans, and culture bearers in order to honor and recognize its history.

Afternoon programming includes performances, workshops, and a market in Cooper Plaza.  Evening programming of video, film, and photography will take place in Manuel Plaza.  The Open Call is for the afternoon program only.

OPEN CALL  for proposals for the following (afternoon program only):
Performance (25 minutes or 55 minutes in length): contemporary or traditional presentations of music, dance, theater, storytelling, or spoken word
Workshop (75 minutes): leading a creative arts or educational activity good for all ages
Exhibitors and/or vendors:  tabling or vending in the outdoor market
Rolling submissions.

Kintecoying Now is made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Graphic features artwork by Dennis RedMoon Darkeem.