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Nate Wallace: The Knight Foundation’s Detroit program director, Nate Wallace, recently wrote an op-ed emphasizing the need to break down racial and economic barriers to the arts. That includes hiring more African Americans at cultural institutions. Stephen Henderson spoke with Nate about creating a more inclusive arts community.
Seven Last Words of the Unarmed: Dr. Eugene Rogers is a two-time Michigan Emmy Award winner, a 2017 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient, and a 2015 GRAMMY Award nominee. Dr. Rogers is recognized as a leading conductor and pedagogue throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to being the founding director of EXIGENCE, he is the director of choirs and an associate professor of conducting at the University of Michigan. Aaron Dworkin from Arts Engines talks with Dr. Eugene Rogers about the powerful multi-movement choral work by Atlanta-based composer Joel Thompson titled Seven Last Words of the Unarmed. The piece was premiered by the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club under the direction of Dr. Eugene Rogers.
Detroit Performs: Henna is an ancient art form. It’s a plant-based dye that’s used to create designs on canvas, as well as on the skin, fingernails and fabrics. Henna is an important part of the Indian culture and henna body art is very popular with brides. The team at Detroit Performs learned all about the history and health benefits of henna from artist Hannah Lydia Wilson.
AXD is a successor to the biennial Art X Detroit festivals, which presented the work of Kresge Artist Fellows largely in spaces located in Midtown from 2011 to 2015. The 22 AXD commissions presented from June 2019 through February 2020 challenged artists to create exhibitions, performances and events that reflect the significance, ambiguity, resilience and uncertainty of this contemporary moment under the curatorial banner of Living X. The projects reflected on Detroit’s legacy and evolutions throughout the city, while examining what it means to be both artists and residents of Detroit at this transformative moment. AXD is managed by Detroit-based rootoftwo, the creative studio known for engaging in civic future-making projects and works in the public realm. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota talks with Cézanne Charles, curator of AXD to find out more.
Performance: We’re going to throwback to saxophonist James Carter and the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue performs at the 2012 Concert of Colors.