Conversations in the Arts- The Arts and African American Experience
213 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743
United States of America
Room Number: Main Street Gallery
Conversations in the Arts offers participatory talks with artists and scholars from our community to help us enrich our arts experiences and more fully understand the values and contributions the arts add to society. Huntington Arts Council proudly offers this forum to help stimulate and promote the arts. Engaged inquiries and dialogues are a healthy way to explore ideas and facilitate collaborations and networking opportunities. Please go to our website for more information on upcoming topics.
The next Conversation will be FEB 13, 2020, 7 – 8:30pm: The Arts and African American Experience. African American experience and culture developed outside of mainstream American culture. In recognition of Black History Month, we will explore the diversity and rich artistic contributions of African Americans to American culture. The panel will discuss their experiences in the arts and how they use their voices and visions to inspire and educate.
Panelists Harper Bella, Artist, Board member of American Society of Media Photographers in the NY Chapter.
Maurice Brandon Curry Executive & Artistic Director/Eglevsky Ballet
Ama Karikari-Yawson Storyteller and Author
Moderator Marc Courtade, Executive Director of the Huntington Arts Council
Maurice Curry brings over 35 years of experience as a dancer, choreographer, director, and arts executive to his role as Artistic and Executive Director of Eglevsky Ballet. He began his training with Ned Williams and continued at the School of American Ballet. As a dancer, he appeared with New York City Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Kaleidoscope Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, and DancEllington. He choreographed a new production of The Nutcracker and created partnerships and collaborative opportunities with the Long Island Children's Museum, American Chamber Ensemble, and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. Mr. Curry is the former Chairperson of the Dance Division at Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. He has also served as the Director of Educational Programs at the Joffrey Ballet School. He was recently nominated to membership at the International Dance Council which is sponsored by Unesco.
Ama Karikari-Yawson, Esq. is on a mission to heal the world through storytelling. She is the author of several best-selling books which she regularly dramatically performs in her training sessions on issues as varied as cultural sensitivity, diversity, bullying prevention, and personal finance. Through her company, Milestales Publishing and Education, Ama and a network of other authors, artists, and thought-leaders provide empowering books, performances, assemblies, training sessions, and enrichment programs to schools, universities, and corporations. Ms. Karikari-Yawson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 347-886-2026.
Harper Bella is an award-winning photographer and recipient of the 2020 Decentralization grant. Based in New York, her work has shown internationally in Italy, Spain, and nationally in Miami, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Harper pursued her first degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology. It was during a black and white film photography course that she knew she found her calling. From her Caribbean background to travels to over 25 countries, including Vietnam, Germany, and Morocco, a global perspective is at the heart of Harper’s work and life purpose. Harper aims to initiate conversation and spark growth through powerful visuals. She also values community building through the curation of exhibitions and fashion wear with her company Harpers Galleria, which amplifies less prominent voices in the arts. To collaborate with Harper Bella, please reach out to her at email@example.com and/or (929)-274-2099.
Marc Courtade is an experienced arts professional with over 30 years in the field. He is currently Executive Director of Huntington Arts Council (HAC), a position he assumed in 2015. Prior to joining HAC, Marc was Business Manager at LIU Post/Tilles Center for the Performing Arts for 17 years. Marc also held administrative positions at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. and New York City Opera. He was a speaker for the New York Council for the Humanities for 8 years, lecturing on The Rodgers and Hammerstein Era: Reinventing Musical Theater and The Ethnic Musicals: Assimilation and Integration. He received a MS in Management and Urban Policy from the New School for Social Research, with a specialization in Nonprofit Management. He holds a BPS from Empire State College in Music, and a BA in English from SUNY Buffalo.
These talks take place in our Main Street Gallery, 213 Main Street, Huntington NY 11743 form 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and are open to the public, admission is $10 for non-members. $5 for members (contact Kieran Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org for the discount code).
For questions please contact Kieran Johnson, Business Manager, email@example.com, 631-271-8423 ext 12
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