HARLEM WEEK Reimagined for 2021

August 8, 2021—It’s my favorite time of the summer—HARLEM WEEK 2021! This year’s festival is a “reimagined” event featuring 10 days of live and virtual celebrations of the history, people, arts, culture, and entertainment that reaffirm Harlem as a global destination. As the readers of Arts & Culture Connections know, HARLEM WEEK began as a one-day event of encouragement and fellowship for the African-American residents … Continue reading HARLEM WEEK Reimagined for 2021

How The Cultural Industry Can Respond To Racial Injustice

August 1, 2021 — I recently had the opportunity to moderate a webinar with a panel of esteemed colleagues working in the field of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) to address “What an Anti-Racist Arts Organization Looks Like and How The Cultural Industry Can Respond To Racial Injustice.” Sponsored by Arts Reach, an association of arts management, marketing and development professionals, the panelists discussed trends, challenges … Continue reading How The Cultural Industry Can Respond To Racial Injustice

Chicago’s Black Dance Legacy Project Spotlights Najwa Dance Corps

July 25, 2021—I recently had the delightful opportunity of moderating a discussion with the creative leaders of the Najwa Dance Corps (NDC) for the Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project’s Legacy Conversation Series. You can view my discussion with Najwa I, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, and Sheila Walker-Wilkins, Executive Director, at this link. NDC is comprised of professional dancers and musicians devoted to the performance, … Continue reading Chicago’s Black Dance Legacy Project Spotlights Najwa Dance Corps

Utilizing the Arts to Support Racial Justice

July 18, 2021—In the wake of the murder of George Floyd in 2020, a coalition of artists, curators, culture producers, and organizers has been forged, committed to using the arts to support racial justice movements. The coalition is called The Blacksmiths. I recently had the honor of speaking with one of the founders—Michelle Taylor of the multi-faceted, artist management company Passion Music Group—who shared some … Continue reading Utilizing the Arts to Support Racial Justice

Making Dance Accessible to All

play above Making Dance Accessible to All July 7, 2021—As the readers of Arts & Culture Connections know, I am passionate about dance! That’s why I am delighted to share with you a wonderful interview conducted by the extraordinary Aaron Dworkin with Malik Robinson, executive director of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company (CPRD) and chair of Dance USA. The interview was conducted for Aaron’s … Continue reading Making Dance Accessible to All

Broadway’s Next Stage: Life after COVID-19

July 4, 2021—The first inkling of life recently returned to Broadway with the opening of “Springsteen on Broadway” at the St. James Theater on June 26, 2021. The remaining 40 stages are not scheduled to reopen until August and September. However, it is my hope that the post-COVID-19 theatrical landscape will be vastly different than the world described by artists of color in an open … Continue reading Broadway’s Next Stage: Life after COVID-19

Expanding EDI&A to Native Communities

June 27, 2021—I have long enjoyed engaging with the Native community for various arts and cultural projects, which I believe is an integral component of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access work. I have had the honor of working with Native communities for many years at The Public Theater and the American Indian Community House. One of my most memorable experiences was my role as the … Continue reading Expanding EDI&A to Native Communities

What We Can Learn from NJPAC’s Re-Opening Plans

June 20, 2021—I am both delighted and thrilled about the current re-openings of arts organizations and cultural institutions more than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the massive shuttering of doors. One thing is certain—there are many considerations and decisions that must be made before the public can safely return to our revered halls and venues to again experience the joy of live concerts, … Continue reading What We Can Learn from NJPAC’s Re-Opening Plans

Celebrating Juneteenth as We Continue to Fight for Equality

June 13, 2021—Juneteenth 2021 is turning into one of the biggest national celebrations ever, with growing numbers of states, cities, and corporations recognizing it as a holiday. I am pleased to see that the arts are at the heart of many of the celebrations, including in Galveston, Texas, the birthplace of Juneteenth. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that an estimated quarter-of-a-million enslaved people … Continue reading Celebrating Juneteenth as We Continue to Fight for Equality

Howard University Re-opens and Renames College of Fine Arts in honor of Chadwick Boseman

June 6, 2021— As a Champion for the Arts and an alumna of Howard University School of Law, I was thrilled to recently learn that the university is re-establishing its College of Fine Arts and is naming it after one of its most famous alumni, the late Chadwick A. Boseman, star of the blockbuster film Black Panther.  During his sophomore year at the university, Mr. … Continue reading Howard University Re-opens and Renames College of Fine Arts in honor of Chadwick Boseman