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NYC Artist Andy Golub Combats Hopelessness at the 9th NYC Bodypainting Day

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- NYC-based artist and free speech activist Andy Golub announced today his 9th annual NYC Bodypainting Day will be held on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Union Square Park at 17th Street between Broadway & Park Avenue South. Each year, Human Connection Arts (HCA) - a non-profit organization Golub founded - invites the public to witness artists from around the world paint nude models, of all shapes and sizes, at a colorful, community-based, celebration of life.

This July 24, from noon to 4 p.m., 50 everyday people of various ages and genders - will strip naked and have their bodies painted. After 4-hours of live painting, artists, models and the viewing public will join in the formation of a giant, human circle with up to 1,000 people at the north end of the park.

Activities in the Circle of Hope include a dance performance from HCA's Naked Theater, people sharing their personal fears and desires, music about circles, holding hands, and manifesting a beautiful and positive future that we can all share.

"The news cycle is more like a worry cycle. It can lead to feelings of hopelessness whether we realize it or not," said organizer Andy Golub. "So we decided to put hope at the forefront of Bodypainting Day this year."

The theme of this year's Bodypainting Day is Hope.

Fresh off the success of his Naked Theater production of Freedom Dance and live body painting at Pridefest, Golub continues to add color and joy to the streets of New York City. In 2011, he was arrested for painting nude models in Times Square. Today, he is hosting body painting events around the city, joined by other artists and models, spreading the message of free expression, empowerment, and acceptance of all people.

Following Circle of Hope, artists and models will ride a double-decker tour bus through the city and over the Manhattan Bridge, showing off their beautiful body paintings, and landing in Bushwick, Brooklyn for a private after-party.

If you are interested in joining Bodypainting Day as a model, artist or volunteer, or to learn more about the event, visit: https://humanconnectionarts.org/2022-nycbd/.

All participants must be 18 years old or older.

About Human Connections Arts:

Founded by NYC-based artist and body painter, Andy Golub, Human Connections Arts is a non-profit organization that creates large scale public art events and performances to promote unity and acceptance for all people.

Learn more:

https://humanconnectionarts.org/

https://andygolub.com/

Related link: https://humanconnectionarts.org/

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Human Connection Arts Premieres its First Installment of Naked Theater As ‘Freedom Dance’ Readies for June 2 – 5 Run at the Gene Frankel Theatre

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Human Connection Arts, a non-profit founded by NYC-based artist and body painter Andy Golub, announced today performance dates of the group's second Naked Theater production, "Freedom Dance."

Running from June 2 through June 5, 2022 at the Gene Frankel Theatre at 24 Bond Street in lower Manhattan, "Freedom Dance" consists of a series of playful scenes that build a symbolic, existential story about the challenge of coping in our current troubled world. The production will feature a totally nude cast.

"It's actually not about the nudity at all," says writer/director, and Founder of Human Connection Arts, Andy Golub. "Clothing covers up our natural state. We are socialized on so many levels, it prevents us from processing ourselves, each other and the world around us."

Throughout the production, a series of existential scenes build an abstract story filled with original music, song, dance, movement, and acting. Scenes include a dance scene exemplifying the relationship of fire and the tree as she burns him down, a person perpetually swimming, the contemplations of a disgruntled god, and the cast symbolically sharing various interpretations of what is freedom.

"There is a time in life when things get so complicated, that we simply need to simplify, to step back and see things in a more basic way," says Golub. "This production is designed to help people to get back to seeing the basic, important things in life."

Prior to turning to theater production, Golub has organized many large-scale art events throughout Europe and the U.S., and his "living art" has been featured at many New York City Parades and Pridefests.

Naked Theater's production of "Freedom Dance" stars Annie Cox, Atlantis Carp, Ethan James First, Joseph Grosso, ​ Luca Villa, ​Maggie Rineman, Mizuho Kappa, Nora Gatz, and ​​Raul Gajasamharamoorthy.

The production is written and directed by Andy Golub and stage managed by ​​Raul Gajasamharamoorthy with lighting and sound by Hammer Productions. It runs June 2-5 at the Gene Frankel Theatre at 24 Bond Street in Lower Manhattan.

"Freedom Dance" is a unique, one-of-a-kind show with a very limited run of just four performances: Thursday - Saturday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The production runs approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are $35. Must be 18 years or older to attend.

To be part of this historical theater moment visit: http://www.nakedtheater.org.

Venue information: https://www.genefrankeltheatre.com/.

About Human Connections Arts:

Founded by NYC-based artist and body painter, Andy Golub, Human Connections Arts is a non-profit organization that creates large scale public art events and performances to promote unity and acceptance for all people. Learn more: https://humanconnectionarts.org/.

Related link: https://humanconnectionarts.org/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved. ID:NEO2022