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

All the Arts at UCSI presents events throughout the church year in the Fellowship Hall and Church Sanctuary. Each spring the Unitarian Church of Staten Island holds an Annual Arts Festival, hosting exhibits of works by Staten Island artists, photographers and craftspersons. These shows are hung in rotating exhibits in the Sanctuary and are open to the public. In addition, works by poets and playwrights are staged in the church Fellowship Hall.

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Arts Committee members: Harvey Rosenfit (left) and Larry Schwabacher, Committee Chair, with Aileen Vassar (seated) and Committe Co-chair Patricia Murphy


Recent Events

On Mondays: September 23, 2013 until November 4, 2013

"Poems That Matter" Workshop, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Church Library

Poems that Matter

wake us UP
turn us AROUND
pull us in to act
and shake us to our very CORE.

In this dynamic workshop we’ll find those poems and explore why they mean so much. Some of us will try our hands at crafting words to sail into the world and matter to others. All of us will have the chance to work on our ability to share poems aloud.  Enrollment is limited to 12 people who love poetry, or who want to love poetry.

$50.00 Donation to the Ben Jacobs Fund to improve the performance space. For more information contact event coordinator, Patricia Murphy at: arts - at -


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Starting on November 9, 2013

“Second Saturday" Film Festival at 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall



"Second Saturday" is series of films on art and the people who create it. There is no admission fee for this series.

The first screening will be "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.

The second presentation will feature two visual artists; William Kentridge, who works in multimedia, and Cezanne in Provence. The third presentation will be a biography of Eugene O'Neill.

Event Coordinator is Harvey Rosensfit.

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On Sundays: September 22 until November 10, 2013

“Butoh Movement" Workshop From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.



Butoh is a dance form developed in post world war II Japan as a rebellious art form 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 will lead the workshop. The cycle will end with a public performance early November. Non dancers and dancers of all walks welcome. Bring a notebook, a kitchen towel and wear comfortable clothes.

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" Opens 42nd UCSI Spring Arts Festival

Exhibit by S.I. Artist Steve Nutt, Saturday, April 16


James Ceribello and Mary Hernandez

The UCSI Arts Program Committee presents its 42nd Spring Arts Festival. The opening event, celebrating “Other Media”, was held in the church sanctuary on Saturday, April 16 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and was enhanced by live piano music by jazz pianist David Jones.

The stunning exhibit of diverse works by noted Staten Island artist Steve Nutt will be displayed throughout the 19th century sanctuary through June 19th.


David Jones at the piano, beneath a display of Steve Nutt's handcrafted rugs












Works beyond pottery

While Mr. Nutt’s pottery has been known and appreciated for some time, “Other Media” highlights originally designed full sized hooked rugs, paintings, painted tiles, photography and prints.

The artist says, “My interest in rugs connects to my father and mother, who teamed up to obtain and process the materials, select the designs, and make small rugs and wall hangings in the traditional Early American manner.”

“Other Media” will remain in the Sanctuary through June 19th and can best be appreciated on Sunday mornings before services begin at 10:45 a.m.


Portraits of the artist by the artist



Mike Stein with Steve Nutt
The artist discusses his work


David Jones plays jazz




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