The 2014 Black Arts Festival will take place from Monday Feb. 17th to Sunday Feb. 23rd, 2014. The festival features such highlights as an opening lecture with acclaimed actress Laverne Cox on Monday February 17th, a discussion with Big Freedia on the Intersection of Black Arts, Cultural Appropriation and Gender & Sexuality on Wednesday February 19th, an exploration of Arts & the Community on Thursday February 20th, a Performing Arts Showcase on the night of February 22nd featuring Sunni Patterson, and ends with a Visual Arts Showcase on the evening of the 23rd at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center. Events are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with each day of the festival highlighted by a special event(s).
WEDS 2.19.14: A Discussion with Big Freedia
7-8:20pm The Intersection of Black Arts, Cultural Appropriation and Gender & Sexuality - MCALISTER AUDITORIUM (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE)
8:30-9pm Big Freedia's Bounce Twerkshop (FREE) - Qatar Ballroom, LBC
THURS 2.20.14: Exploring Arts and Community Activism
5-6:30pm No 'Art for Art's Sake' Workshop, Reiss Room - L.B.C
7-9pm 'Strong Light' documentary screening and ProjectBe Panel, Kendall Cram Room - L.B.C
FRI 2.21.14: Fridays at the Quad-Black Arts Festival Collaboration
4-6pm - L.B.C Quad
SAT 2.22.14: Black Arts Festival Performing Arts Showcase feat. Sunni Patterson
8-10pm Kendall Cram Room - L.B.C
SUN: 2.23.14: 'In the Black of Our Minds'-Black Arts Festival Visual Arts Showcase
6-9pm - Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha C Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
Cox is the first African-American trans woman to produce and star in her own television show, VH1’s critically acclaimed TRANSForm Me. TRANSform Me was nominated for a GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program in 2011 and was the first television show to star three transsexual women. Cox made television history when she became the first African-American trans woman to appear on a reality television program, VH1’s I Wanna Work for Diddy in 2008. She accepted the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program for I Want to Work for Diddy in 2009. Cox was named as one of the most influential trans people in America in the inaugural Trans 100 in 2013. She was named one of the top 50 trans icons by the Huffington Post in 2012. Laverne was named one of Out magazine’s “Out 100” in 2010. Metro Source magazine named her one of the “55 People We Love” in 2008.
As a transgender advocate Cox continues to lend her voice to the cause of transgender visibility and equality. She is committed to telling diverse and three dimensional trans stories in the media. She travels the country speaking about issues that affect the trans community. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.
This FREE workshop will help participants identify social justice issues that are personal and pertinent to them and will teach them how to use different genres of art (visual, musical, movement, literary etc) as tools for various levels of activism. Participants will leave having created a real, art based solution during their time in the workshop.
Before touring and lecturing full time, Sunni- a graduate of Tuskegee University, possessing a B.A. in English- taught as a full time High School teacher in the New Orleans Public Schools and as an instructor at Kuumba Academy African Centered School. Much of her life has been devoted to serving as a cultural worker and grassroots activist exploring methods of using art and the power of poetry to encourage dialogue and healing. Sunni has been honored with several awards, including two NUSPA awards (National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Awards) for The Most Inspirational Poet in 2010 and 2011. She also received the Eve Ensler V to the Tenth Anti Violence Movement Award for her work with Gulfcoast women and girls. And most recently, she received the Toni Cade Bambara Award for Cultural Leadership.
An advocate of Holistic Health and healing, Sunni’s work is dedicated to the growth and evolution of humanity. She deliberately uses art as a tool to recognize, address, and eliminate all forms of oppression. She has trained under such greats as Iyanifa Osunmonife Balewa, Dr. Morris F.X. Jeff, Jr., Nana Anoa Namtambo, Mama Jean Taiwo Oluwo Afolabi Epega, Martial Arts Instructor- Ndugu Khan, Acklyn Lynch, Nana Kwabena Faheem Ashanti, Ph.D, and several others. She is a certified instructor of Chi Kung (Qi Gong) and Tai Chi for Health and a diligent student in the healing and spiritual arts.
Photo Credit: www.sunnipatterson.com
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In addition to our featured performance, we are excited to announce our line-up that features some of New Orlean's finest student performers and artists (in alphabetical order):
A Scribe Called Quess? | Akeem Martin | Ari Unwritten
FreeQuency | Kataalyst | Preach | ShayBriggs | Tank | Tony Wilson
Hosted by Ayanna Molina