Fri 3/6 - Fridays at the Quad Promotional Event, LBC Quad | 4-6pm
Sat 3/7 - Mahalia’s New Orleans, Dixon Hall | All day
Sun 3/8 - Gospel Dinner, Qatar Ballroom | 7-9pm
Tue 3/10 - “Express Yourself” Student Art and Empowerment, Qatar Ballroom | 8-9pm
Wed 3/11 - New Orleans Youth Open Mic feat. Sunni Patterson and Clint Smith, The RAT | 6-8pm
Thurs 3/12 - Black Trans Lives Matter Workshop, Stibbs Room | 5-6:30pm
Thurs 3/12 - “I AM (HEAR) Screening and Performance, Stibbs Room | 7-9pm
Fri 3/13 - Performing Arts Showcase feat. Katey Red, Kendall Cram | 8-10:30pm
Sun 3/15 - Visual Arts Showcase feat. BigChief Demond Melancon & the Young Seminole Hunters and The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Ashe Cultural Arts Center | 7-9pm
Mon 3/16 - Spike Lee Keynote Lecture, McAlister Auditorium | 8pm
"Express Yourself" Student Art and Empowerment
March 10th, 8-9pm | Qatar Ballroom
Finding Intersectionality Together in collaboration with the Black Arts Festival will host a night of art and discussion. Materials are provided to engage students in creating thought provoking art to be published by the Notes From the Margin Zine. It is a night where discussion and participation intersect with simply thinking about different dimensions of our various identities within facets of power. This night of creative expression is more about how intersectionality impacts the way we see the world we live in and how we create the art that we do—from out unique experiences.
The Black Arts Festival will host a special edition of the New Orleans Youth Open Mic. The New Orleans Youth Open Mic (NOYOM) began in the spring of 2014 as a partnership between the Tulane Black Student Union and local poets and teaching artists. The monthly open mic features youth poets from various schools in the Greater New Orleans area and a feature performance by a selected poet. The Black Arts Festival edition of the New Orleans youth open mic will feature nationally noted local poets Sunni Patterson and National Poetry Slam champion Clint Smith who will perform and speak about their experiences as professional artists.
Black Trans Lives Matter
We have lost so many black trans women this year to murder and hate. The media teaches us how to enact violence onto black/trans people just by watching, we consume deceitful mainstream narratives in pop culture, comedy, and of course the news. It's imperative to create a space to challenge and unpack these depictions and hold conversations about the true experiences of black trans peoples. In this dynamic interactive workshop participants will watch and discuss examples drawing from the work of Black Trans Media and other examples analyzing the role black arts plays in our liberation. Black Trans Media shifts to re-frame the value and worth of black trans peoples through media and community organizing.
It is free and open to all. Please sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/Dmc2w9KXQu
Director Olympia Perez and founder of Black Trans Media, Sasha Alexander will host 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)" open up a powerful conversation about the work we still need to do within our communities and own hearts to fully support black trans people. Join us for open discussion about the work of black trans artists, honoring our lives while we're still here. This screening will also include a panel discussion featuring 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 Black Arts Festival will host our annual Performing Arts Showcase showcasing New Orleans’ best singers, spoken word artists, dancers, rappers, and musicians. This year’s showcase will feature legendary bounce artist Katey Red, the Yisrael Trio as well as a showcase featuring Tank, Joy Clark, Kelly Love Jones, TRay the Violinist, A Scribe Called Quess?, Akeem Martin, Preach, Honey Sanaa, Abeo Tibbs, Slangston Hughes, Tamika Jett, Courtney Anderson, Jourdan 'Jae' Lee, Joao Amos & Marissa Johnson. Hosted by FreeQuency
The Black Arts Festival will hold 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 night will also feature music by the 2014 Red Bull Street Queens the Original Pinettes Brass Band and a performance by Mardi Gras Indian leader Big Chief Demon Melancon and his Spy Boy.
Tickets are now available for the #2015TulaneBlackArtsFest keynote lecture with Spike Lee at tulanetickets.com! Free for anyone with a Splash ID (limit two free tickets per person) and $5 for everyone else. You will need to register for an account if you are a first-time user. Email TulaneBlackArtsFest@gmail.com for info on community organization discounts.
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).