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the Unitarian Church of Staten Island The Rev. Darrell Berger, Minister
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Staten Island, NY 10301
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All the Arts at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island 

All the Arts at the UCSI presents events in the Fellowship Hall and Church Sanctuary throughout the church year. Each spring, the Church holds its Annual Arts Festival, exhibiting works by Staten Island artists, photographers and crafts persons. The shows are hung in rotating exhibits and are open to the public. Works by poets and playwrights are staged in Fellowship Hall.


Arts Committee members: Harvey Rosenfit (left), Larry Schwabacher, chair, Aileen Vassar (seated), Patricia Murphy

All the Arts: Past Events

Poems That Matter Workshop, with coordinator Patricia Murphy


In this recent workshop we explored various poems and poetic forms, and why they mean so much to us. Some people tried their hand at crafting words. All attendeesl had the chance to work on their ability to read poems out loud.  Enrollment was limited to twelve, with a workshop fee of $50.00, to be donated to the Ben Jacobs Fund to improve our performance space.


Second Saturday Film Festival held in Fellowship Hall


"Second Saturday" is series of films on art and the people who create it. There is no admission fee for this series. Films that have been screened include "Fosse", a Dance In America presentation of the 1999 Tony Award-winning musical, recorded live in performance from Broadway. Celebrating Fosse's brilliance with the most important dance numbers from his greatest shows, movies, and early television work, "Fosse" is a showstopping tribute to one of the past century's most influential forces on Broadway. The all-dancing, all-singing production starring Ann Reinking and Ben Vereen was created by those who worked most closely with him, including co-director and co-choreographer Reinking and Fosse's wife, the late Gwen Verdon.

Other film offerings have examined the work of multimedia artist William Kentridge, and the life and work of Eugene O'Neill.

Event Coordinator was Harvey Rosensfit.


Butoh Movement Workshops were held in September through November, 2013

Butoh is a dance form developed in post World War II Japan as a rebellion against western influences. Influenced by traditional Japanese dance, it is an impulse dance that supports self-discovery and body release. Butoh artist dancer Florence Poulain led the workshop. The workshop series ended with a public performance in November, 2013. Non-dancers and dancers were welcome.

Florence Poulain, is Co-director of Deeptanks Arts Space. In 2012, Ms Poulain received a NYSCA - SPARC grant and worked with the seniors at the Stapleton Senior Center and in 2013 an Original Works grant (NYSCA) to develop a program at the LGBT center. She currently dances in the US and Mexico. For more information contact



"Other Media" Exhibit Opens 42nd USCI Spring Arts Festival

with Staten Island Artist Steve Nutt, April 16 - June 19, 2013


Left: James Ceribello and Mary Hernandez viewing the exhibit.

The UCSI Arts Program Committee presented the 42nd Spring Arts Festival, celebrating “Other Media”. It was held in the church sanctuary, the opening enhanced by live piano music by jazz pianist David Jones (below).


While Mr. Nutt’s pottery has been known and appreciated for some time, the “Other Media” exhibition highlighted the artist's works in other media: originally designed hooked rugs, paintings, painted tiles, photographs and prints. “My interest in rugs connects to my father and mother, who obtained and process the materials, select the designs, and make small rugs and wall hangings in the traditional Early American manne.”

Mike Stein with Steve Nutt
The artist discusses his work




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