Events

  1. Black History Month
  2. The Art of Healing and Wellbeing
  3.  Current Affairs
  4. Artist Professional Development Series


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Black History Month 2023 Exhibition:

Black Resistance! Stories From Prince George’s County

Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, March 26, 2023

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 5, 2 – 5 PM

The African American experience has been inundated with various forms of oppression rooted in anti-blackness. But this oppression has not been met with acquiescence, but resistance This year’s  exhibition highlights some of these stories of black resistance in  Prince George’s County from the era of enslavement to the Black  Lives Matter movement of the present.




Black Discussion Panel B

Panel Discussion: Generations: Music & Black Anti-Violence Panel

Saturday, February 4, 2023, 1 pm

Music has been woven into the African American violent and non-violent experience through the generations as a way of coping,  adjusting, and embracing hope. Shannon King once wrote,  “Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor.” This panel will explore the musical influences and their social impact yesterday and today during the most explosive times of violence and non-violence in America. Produced by the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA), in partnership with ASALH Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the panel  features a music historian, social scientist, and musician, along with a noted moderator to help highlight ASALH’s national 2023 theme of Blacks and Non-Violence.

FREE

Red at the Bone Jacqueline Woodson

Book and Film Discussion: Red at the Bone

Wednesday, February 8 & 15, 2023, 7 pm

Red at the Bone (2016) by Jacqueline Woodson, is a novel about a contemporary family saga that is alive with echoes of the Tulsa fire-bombing, Black migration to northern cities, feminism, educational webs, the intimate losses of 9/11, and generational tensions. Participants are encouraged to read the book beforehand; this slim volume is packed with events ripe for  discussion. Led by Dr. Karen Arnold, join us to read and discuss this page-turner. This event is ticketed.

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FREE


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Voices from the Past: Philippa Duke Schuyler and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Sunday, February 19, 2023, 4 pm

There are thousands of Black classical music composers throughout history. This concert highlights the music and lives of two of them, Philippa Duke Schuyler and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, with music performed by two CAAPA pianists. Narrated and curated by Nevilla Ottley, Schuyler was an American pianist, composer, author, journalist, and child prodigy. By contrast, Taylor was an English composer and conductor. Taylor was also referred to by white New York musicians as the “African Mahler” in the early 1900s. By the age of four, Schuyler was a noted pianist performing public recitals and radio broadcasts. Both of mixed-race birth, they achieved success in part because of their looks. The concert is produced by the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA).

FREE


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Music Therapy 
with HALO Quartet

Thursdays, February 9-March 9, 2023, 7 pm

Join us at Montpelier Arts Center for a five-week program with HALO, Incorporated as they lead this community music therapy series, Race and #RealTalk: Exploring Critical Race Theory. Facilitated by the licensed clinicians Shana Oshiro, board-certified music therapist and Niambi Powell, licensed clinical social worker; we come together during Black History Month where we will engage in the listening and singing experience of barbershop music, instrumental and dramatic improvisation exercises.

$20/person; Ages 18 & up

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