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Prelude in the Parks 2024 Festival

Mixed Use

Various Artists

Poetry, Music

Saturday, June 8, 2024



Tappen Park, Staten Island

Tappen Park is located at the intersection of Canal, Water, and Bay streets

Roc-A-Natural Cultural Foundation, Staten Island

Presented by Mov!ng Culture Projects and The Segal Center in collaboration with

Presented by Mov!ng Culture Projects and The Segal Center

Staten Island Artists explore their relationship to Tappen Park (named after WWI veteran James Tappen) among the oldest public parks on Staten Island, and a former village center that predates the borough’s annexation by the City of New York, and the effects of climate change on their beloved island.

Various Artists

Various artists based in and around the Statten Island borough will come together for this event. These include:

Hailing from the concrete jungle of Staten Island, New York, Manners and Respect is a rap-reggae fusion duo that's been bringing the vibes since the early days of the millennium. Formed by brothers Imanuel I-AM-I Stennett and Jahfree Jah Jah Beats Stennett, their sound is a melting pot of their experiences growing up on the East Coast, heavily influenced by the golden age of hip-hop and the infectious rhythms of reggae blasting from local Caribbean shops.

Thomas Fucaloro is the winner of numerous grants from the Staten Island Council of the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes and NYC Commission of Human Rights to name a few He has been on six national slam teams, holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and is a co-founding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press. He is also an adjunct professor at Wagner College and BMCC where he teaches various poetry and literature courses, and the co-founder of Poetry in the Park, WORDPLAY, Creating Space, Poetry in Motion and Creativity Meets Geek. Thomas has released 2 full lengths: It Starts From the Belly and Blooms and Inheriting Craziness is a Soft Halo of Light by Three Rooms Press. He also has 4 chapbooks: Mistakes Disguised as Stars (Tired Hearts Press), Depression Cupcakes (Yes, Poetry), There is Always Tomorrow (Mad Gleam Press) and The Only Gardening I Do is When I Give Up by Finishing Line Press.

Cynthia Rodriguez is a multi-talented artist who expresses herself through words and paint, often using both hands ambidextrously in her creations. Driven by a desire to inspire others, she seeks to encourage individuals to share their stories and embrace their authenticity, living life fully in their truth. You can see what Cyn is currently up to by visiting her Instagram and clicking on the link tree in her bio.


Tappen Park is located at the intersection of Canal, Water, and Bay streets

Roc-A-Natural Cultural Foundation, Staten Island

Roc-A-Natural Cultural Foundation, Staten Island

Dorcas Meyers, President, Roc-A-Natural Cultural Foundation, Inc, is dedicated to educating, empowering, and inspiring the community in the areas of health, arts, and culture. As an avid Staten Island community and cultural advocate, they have collaborated with a few local organizations to educate and empower, through annual Black History and Kwanzaa programs which were inaugurated in 2018, inaugural “Taking It To The Streets: Free Friday Night Films”, July 2020; inaugural Juneteenth Re-enactment, June 2021; Black Lighthouse Keepers and Life Saving Service members, February 2022; inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Parade, June 2022 and are growing from strength to strength. The vision is to connect with their neighboring 5 boroughs through these "edu-taining" events to share in the diverse culture on Staten Island's Northshore.

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