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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Celebrate Diversity Month Events a Huge Hit

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) recently held two events for Celebrate Diversity Month that attracted over 100 participants and was a huge hit with everyone involved.

    Diversity Month, also called Celebrate Diversity Month, is traditionally held in April of every year, and is a time to recognize and celebrate cultures and populations other than your own. Diversity Month is especially celebrated at New York Film Academy, which attracts students from all walks of life across the globe.

    On April 17, 35 people, including alumni, students, staff, faculty, and even one community member who had never been to NYFA before went to Open Mic Night 4/17. They learned how to communicate with people different than themselves and felt more connected to the NYFA community. 

    Performances ranged from poetry to truth speaking, singing, beatboxing, rapping, and comedy. The last act was a spontaneous collaborative song with the audience that included singing, rapping, and beatboxing, and was indeed a powerful moment!

    On April 3, 75 folks came to the Networking Cafe, and were eager to learn about each other and different aspects of culture that impact the workplace. The “Cafe Menu” that shows the exercise they did is below, which guided participants through understanding different aspects of culture.

    Celebrating Diversity Month

    There was also butcher paper with prompts for students to respond to, such as

    In Your Culture How Would You…
    Show respect?
    Greet a stranger?
    Gesture to get somebody’s attention?
    Be polite?
    Stand by someone when talking? How close or far?
    Gesture to show you understood what was told to you?

    What are common beliefs about…
    How to treat those older than you?
    Beauty and presentation?
    Professionalism in the workplace?
    Responsibilities of children and teens?

    New York Film Academy thanks all the participants who made this April the best Celebrate Diversity Month to date and looks forward to continuing the tradition next year!

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    May 1, 2019 • Diversity, Student Life • Views: 157

  • Student Veterans Organization Hosts Open Mic Night at Local VFW

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    NYFA Veterans who showcased their talents gather together after the event”

    On Friday, April 21, the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) of the New York Film Academy hosted an Open Mic night at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Ship 8103 in Burbank, CA. The Open Mic night provided an excellent opportunity for veterans to more deeply develop camaraderie and fellowship.

    The VFW eagerly supported the NYFA SVO event, which brought many younger Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to the VFW. The NYFA SVO President Vincent Cugno, who is a BFA Acting student at the College, hosted the evening and brought together current fellow NYFA veteran students, and alumni, who wanted to showcase their talents. Gino Filiponi, NYFA Acting for Film student, stated “It was great to share some laughs with fellow veterans.”

    Seasoned comic Travis Frazee—who has showcased at local comedy clubs—was the headliner for the evening. Frazee, currently a student in NYFA’s BFA Program, has performed routines at venues including the “Ha Ha Comedy Club,” “Flappers,” and “The Comedy Store.”

    This was the first of many events that the NYFA Student Veteran Organization will be organizing. Other activities include community service engagement, BBQ’s, sports nights, and more that are all designed to bring veteran students together.

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    April 28, 2017 • Acting, Veterans • Views: 4022

  • Spoken Word Open Mic at NYFA

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    The New York Film Academy is excited to host its first ever Spoken Word, Beats, Rhymes & Poetry Open Mic Night at its Union Square location on Thursday, September 10th.

    To kick things off, our first event will feature Bronx living legend, La Bruja, who is considered one of America’s leading spoken word poets. In 2014 she was awarded Comité Noviembre’s Puerto Rican Women Legacy Award. In 2013, she earned The Edgar Allan Poe Award for excellence in writing from The Bronx Historical Society, and was honored as A Bronx Living Legend by The Bronx Music Heritage Center.

    Also hosting this star-studded night will be Brooklyn’s own Manny Lavan, with music by Flip the Script Radio’s DJ C-Reality and the band Sunny Daze. To top it off, our special guests include El Da Sensei, Ren Thomas, Emskee & Saint of the Good People.

    If you’d like the opportunity to perform alongside these New York City spoken word elites, open mic signs up begin at 7PM, with performances starting at 8PM.

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    September 4, 2015 • Acting • Views: 3180

  • Comedy Open Mic at NYFA Café on Lexington

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    With summer winding down and many of you returning for another semester in the city, we thought perhaps you’re looking for something fun to do during the week. As such, the New York Film Academy Café at Lexington Ave. and 24th Street will be hosting an Open Mic Comedy Night, hosted by Ismael Maldonado, on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015.

    In addition to up and coming comedians, the Comedy Show will include seasoned pro’s Robyn Schall, Eman Morgan and Caitlin McKee.

    While NYFA students and alumni are strongly encouraged to participate or attend, the event is free to the general public and mics are open to all. If you’re hesitant to try our open mic, check out this one and perhaps perform at our next one! The comedy open mics will be a weekly Wednesday event that will include comedians booked by NYFA Improv instructor and comedian, Craig Fox.

    In addition, the band Lateef Beats will make a performance for all in attendance!

     

    Sign up for Open Mic Starts at 7PM

    Open Mic Performances start at 8PM

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    September 3, 2015 • Community Highlights, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4300

  • Open Mic Slam at New York Film Academy Café

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    Starting this Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at the New York Film Academy Café on the corner of Lexington Ave. and 24th street in New York City, students, alumni and New York City performers are invited to showcase their talents at our first ever OPEN MIC SLAM!

    Performances are open to live music, poetry or stand-up comedy!

    Sign up starts at 7pm. Performances start at 8pm.

    The first 25 people to sign up are allowed up to 4 minutes on stage to perform.

    There is then a 5 slot waiting list for any extra time at the end of the show. Artists must bring their own music and props for their performances.

    If you’re ready to showcase your talent, we’ll see you there!

    If you have any questions, please email Calaine Schafer at calaine.schafer@nyfa.edu.

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    August 25, 2015 • Community Highlights • Views: 3661