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Press Release for Monday, August 17, 2015

Community Partners Present ‘A Journey Through African-American Artistry’

Media Contact:  Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

 

Through a community partnership, the OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Do Something Great Today Foundation present “A Journey Through African-American Artistry” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Cummer Museum, located at 829 Riverside Ave.

 

The program will explore and celebrate African-American experiences connecting diverse voices through stories, art, music and performances by North Florida artists:

 

  • Ajamu Mutima – A multi-dimensional performer who will interweave his skills as a poet, musician and storyteller to express a love of life, while addressing cultural and environmental issues.
  • Thony Aiuppy – A contemporary artist who will discuss his most recent work, which is influenced by the racially motivated crimes and police brutality that have been happening across the country.
  • Nyah Vanterpool – A noted speaker who will reflect on internalized conflicts with race and will challenge audience members to confront his/her unconscious racial biases through his presentation, titled “The Divide.”  
  • Antoinette Johnson – An actress who will perform a short monologue from “Gem of the Ocean,” a play by August Wilson, offering a profound immersion into the themes of ancestry, passage and the quest for freedom.
  • RSVP (Ritz Sound and Vocal Performers) – The city-wide youth chorus will perform “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” a historical song often referenced as “The Black National Anthem.”

 

This special event is inspired by the Cummer Museum exhibition, “Whitfield Lovell: Deep River,” which uses scripture, video, drawing, sound and music to explore the journey of African-Americans who fled from slavery during the Civil War.

For more information about “A Journey Through African-American Artistry,” contact the Cummer Museum at (904) 899-6038. This free event is open to the community; however, tickets are required for entry and may be obtained online.

 

For more than 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast.

 

Do Something Great Today is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to inspiring and empowering a more generous world.

 

OneJax works to build understanding across all areas of Northeast Florida for the purpose of increasing respect and improving relationships among people who represent the many religious, ethnic, racial and cultural groups in the community. Through education, community building and advocacy initiatives, OneJax works to overcome bias, bigotry and racism.

 

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.

 

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