The Greene Space inspired the WNYC newsroom series “Micropolis” with Arun Venugopal to bring its explorations of race and culture in New York City to live audiences in innovative ways. “Micropolis Live: Race and Culture in New York” included a seated family-style Indian dinner and discussion about the cultural significance of eating with one’s hands; a conversation about race, poverty and policy with leading African-American academics and journalists; a debate about racial humor featuring a diverse panel of young comedians; a talk about African-American men as style icons; and an exploration of the ways white people engage with race. “Micropolis Live” was presented as part of “The NEXT New York Conversation” signature series in The Greene Space.

New York City is home to over 600,000 Muslims, many with strong family ties to cultures rooted in Southeast Asia, North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. In the spring, “Muslim/American,” a series of interactive multimedia programs and intimate live performances in The Greene Space, explored intersections of and conflicts between religious, ethnic and cultural identities. The first event in the series was a conversation with The Daily Show’s “Senior Muslim Correspondent” Aasif Mandvi and a preview screening of his new web series, “Halal in the Family.” Other events included a halal dinner and discussion, a panel of Muslim fashion designers, and a night of performances and storytelling by local writers. The program included a diverse group of young artists, writers, chefs, comedians and journalists sharing experiences and expressions, in person and online.

Visit the WQXR section to see the robust roster of live musical events hosted in The Greene Space in Fiscal Year 2015.