Rising in the Heights with Leadlights & Rachael Harrington


Rising in the Heights is a festival of free monthly public arts performances curated by Leadlights Ensemble in partnership with Word Up Community Bookshop. The festival celebrates the rich artistic contributions of Latinx and Black cultures and promotes children’s literacy through music and storytelling, with free book giveaways for all children who attend.  

The city is alive with stories and strings in Street Sounds, a storytelling and music performance celebrating the joyful sounds of Washington Heights. Storyteller Rachael Harrington will spin fresh NYC-inspired takes on two old folktales, creating a vibrant and interactive story experience for the whole family. The stories will weave together with music by Leadlights. Gift cards to Native Noodles will be raffled off.

Dates of next performances:
Wednesday, July 27
Wednesday, August 24
Friday, August 31 (rescheduled rain date for May performance)
Friday, September 30

Rising in the Heights is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, a regrant program supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.


  • All attendees ages 2 and older must wear a mask at all times when indoors at the store and during events at Word Up and Recirculation.

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PHYSICAL ACCESSIBILITY: Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria is a fully wheelchair-accessible space with one ADA-compliant ramp from the street level to the store. Some of our bookcases and tables are on wheels and can be moved to provide additional access. Our bathrooms are wheelchair accessible and gender neutral. Our events are mic'd for sound. We caption videos when we show them in the space when possible. Free ASL interpretation is available for most programs upon request. Please email events@wordupbooks.com to request interpretation as early as possible. The space is not scent or chemical free but we do our best to minimize the use of chemicals and scents throughout the space and use low VOC materials whenever possible. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@wordupbooks.com.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 5:00pm
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10032