Aiming Higher | Manhattan Times

by Gregg McQueen

Higher Ground Festival

They’re gaining ground.

An uptown group is giving a host of local artists a chance to connect and form social and professional alliances.

Known as the Higher Ground Festival, the group brings together Washington Heights and Inwood artists of all talents — dancers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, performance artists, even magicians — to network and create interdisciplinary collaborations that will be performed at the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) Arts Stroll in June.

“Our goal is community building through art,” said Higher Ground co-founder Temple Kemezis. “You have artists being artists, and artists being neighbors.”

Higher Ground was founded in 2014 by Kemezis and partner Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba, both professional dancers and Northern Manhattan residents.

“We were amazed at the number of artists living uptown,” Ruvalcaba said. “Yet they often had to travel downtown to work. We wanted to give them a better way to work together in their own neighborhood.”

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