CTMD's 50th Anniversary!
The Center for Traditional Music and Dance is celebrating 50 years of community work, assisting our immigrant neighbors to preserve the vitality of their distinctive performing arts traditions and to promote cross-cultural understanding by sharing these art forms with audiences across the city.
Since its founding in 1968, CTMD has worked closely with dozen's of diverse communities over the past fifty years in creating a number of leading ensembles, festivals and community-based cultural organizations. Each year CTMD serves thousands of New Yorkers through a full calendar of programs that provide unique opportunities to experience and participate in the City's rich cultural traditions.
To celebrate this anniversary year, we are highlighting a series of programs that tell the story of CTMD's impact on New York City's cultural history.
August 5, 2018: Heritage Sunday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, 1:00pm-6:00pm
Made in NYC: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary
of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance
For this 50th birthday celebration, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance calls upon some of its favorite artists—many of whom got their start with CTMD—for an eclectic, energetic afternoon of music reflecting the diversity of New York City’s neighborhoods. Among the guests are klezmer pioneer Andy Statman, Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, the groundbreaking Afro-Colombian band Grupo Rebolu, and the miraculous Guinean dancer, drummer, and singer Sidiki Conde and his group Tokounou (pictured above). Then, DJ Rekha—the visionary behind NYC's legendary Basement Bhangra parties—oversees the post-show dance party around the Revson Fountain.
September 24, 2018: CTMD and Appalshop Symposium at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC
The program will feature CTMD Co-Founders Martin Koenig and Ethel Raim and Executive Director Pete Rushefsky.
September 26-28, 2018: NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award Ceremony and Concert, Washington, DC
Honoring CTMD's co-founder Ethel Raim, recipient of the 2018 Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship, which is awarded each year in recognition of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage. The 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony will take place at the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Two days later, the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will take place at Sidney Harman Hall at 610 F Street NW in Washington, DC on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will also be webcast live at arts.gov.
Made in NYC Series: Made in NYC is a newly created series of intergenerational and intercommunity public programs that focuses on CTMD’s history of promoting and advocating for the traditional arts of immigrant New York that have now become integral parts of the CIty’s soundscape.
Stay tuned for more information on Made in NYC concerts coming up this Fall!