This year’s Black Arts Festival is scheduled to go on from Monday February 29th to Sunday March 13th, 2016. The tentative agenda is as follows:
The Black Arts Festival in partnership
with the LBC will host a live arts demonstration and Q&A session with
Brandan “BMike” Odums. The piece, which will depict Tulane’s community, will be
installed in an area in the LBC for display. The Q&A session will include
an introduction of BMike and his work, followed by a session in which he
answers questions about his success as an artist, his activism in New Orleans,
and his view on resiliency in the city.
The Black Arts Festival will wrap up with our annual visual arts showcase at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center. The Visual Arts showcase will showcase work (that is available for purchase) by numerous local visual artists including make-up, jewelry, clothing, painting, sculptures, hair art, sketches, photography and more. Artists keep 100% of sales of items at the Black Arts Festival and art not charged a vending fee.
The Black Arts Festival hosted a Gospel dinner on Sunday March 8th from 7-9pm in the Qatar Ballroom. The Gospel dinner acknowledged the unique contribution that gospel music has to black arts in America and in the city of New Orleans. The event featured a discussion piece by Joyce Jackson and 5 local gospel artists including Strother Davis, Roosevelt Malone Jr., Joshua Simmons “Jay Alexander”, Jo “Cool” Davis, and Pamela Givens who shared their talents and expounded on the significance of gospel music in their lives and in the larger sphere of black arts. A free dinner from New Orleans Connection was also provided to all attendees.
Director Olympia Perez and founder of Black Trans Media, Sasha Alexander hosted the screening and performance for Queering of the Black Arts. In her short new powerful film "I AM (HEAR)" director Olympia Perez pushes against the single story narrative black transwomen are constantly subjected to, that trans people are violent, deceitful, and should be silent. Follow the story of 2 black transwomen in NYC; Ares shares her lived experiences and future goals as Olympia, poet and organizer, draws us in with her journey. "I AM (HEAR)" opens up a powerful conversation about the work we still need to do within our communities and own hearts to fully support black trans people. Participants joined us for an open discussion about the work of black trans artists, honoring our lives while we're still here. This screening also included a panel discussion that featured music by Sasha Alexander, the founder of Black Trans Media and a spoken word
performance by Olympia Perez, Content Director of Black Trans Media and the Director of "I AM (HEAR)."
The 2014 Tulane Black Arts Festival brings a week’s worth of multi-media programming with some heavyweight keynote speakers, performers and workshop facilitators. The fest presents both local and national Black arts leaders at its daily events, as well as opportunities for hands-on engagement — one of the program’s central themes.
A range of visual and musical artists will perform in free events today (Friday, Feb. 21), Saturday and Sunday as part of the Tulane Black Arts Festival.
At 1 p.m. Friday, artists Brand “BMike” Odums (known for his #ProjectBe installation) and Devin Reynolds will begin a live visual arts demonstration in the Lavin-Bernick Quard that will dovetail with Tulane’s weekly Fridays at the Quad. From 4 to 6 p.m., food will be available from local black-owned restaurants, and the finished artwork will be donated to a school.
The Tulane Black Arts Festival continues with a critical discussion about cultural appropriation, followed by a twerking workshop, overseen by Queen Diva Big Freedia. Find more things to do in New Orleans on Wednesday (Feb. 19).