Coming together for NYC’s Gay Pride weekend, Art for Progress (AFP) presents their 2nd annual ArtistsforEquality music and arts festival Friday, June 28 – Sunday, June 30 in NYC at Solar One Park. The event will feature three days of music, performance and installation art as “a virtual adult playground” with a number of emerging LGBT artists and affiliates to celebrate and support equality.
“I’m most excited to experience all of this great talent over a 3-day period and of course to share AFP’s mission with new people,” Frank Jackson, Executive Director of AFP, told 429Magazine.
“Our events are always about diversity and that’s true with the various genres of art we share with our guests and the diverse group of people who come out to support AFP.”
Live music performances will kick off the event on opening night with emerging talent such as Ellis Ashbrook. Saturday will consist of DJ and electronic music with DJ Hector Romero headlining, and Sunday will showcase a duality of live music and DJs sharing the stage with DJ Tedd Patterson as the headliner.
Though the event will have a strong focus on music, there will also be visual artists creating unique installations including Kim Holleman, best known for her seminal work, “Trailer Park: A Mobile Public Park,” which has been featured in the NY Times and shown at several different sites in the city.
Also included is award-winning photographer Berette Macaulay, who will develop an interactive installation geared towards bringing people together in support of the cause.
The festival was organized to raise funds for AFP’s new weekend arts program which will be launched this summer. All proceeds will benefit AFP’s art and music programs in the NYC public schools.
The festival doors will open at 4pm each day and close at 11pm.
Solar One Park is at East 23rd Street & East River, New York City.