6. Take Part In The Alice Austen House’s Juneteenth Music and Poetry Celebration

Alice Austen House. Site of a Juneteenth poetry reading celebration
Photo courtesy Alice Austen Houseby Floto + Warner, Clear Comfort, 2015,  © Floto + Warner

This summer, from May 12th to June 30th, 2021, the Alice Austen House Museum on Staten Island and Worthless Studios will be collaborating as part of the Plywood Protection Project to present an outdoor stage designed by Tony DiBernardo. The stage will host several live performances, free of charge to the public. In commemoration of Juneteenth on June 19th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. DiBernardo’s stage will hold featured readings from poets Pamela Sneed and andriniki mattis. In addition, there will be musical performances by OJ in the Yams, Chinese Elife, and Jahtiek Long.

Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer, performer, and visual artist. She is best-known for her memoir Funeral Diary, which centers around her experiences growing up during the AIDS crisis. This year, she was awarded the Lambda Literary Award for lesbian poetry. Through much of her work, Sneed explores what it means to be an American Black queer-woman. andriniki mattis is a non-binary poet whose work has been featured in a number of publications including Paperbag Journal and Typo Mag.