The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Ola Belle Reed: I've Endured, an exhibition that explores the life and work of nationally recognized bluegrass musician Ola Belle Reed, contextualizing her achievements within a history of migration from rural Appalachia north in the twentieth century. With a voice born in the mountains and shaped by the hard times she lived and saw, Reed (1916–2002) established herself as a significant and influential banjo picker, singer, and songwriter of old-time mountain music.
UMBC Theatre presents Stories Told Small, directed by Colette Searls and Nate Sinnott and presented in the Black Box Theatre. Written and directed by UMBC theatre students, Stories Told Small packs big meaning into miniature dramas, using puppetry and all manner of tiny objects to spin novel tales. Stories spring from performers’ minds, presented in an original variety show!
The Department of Music presents the UMBC Wind Ensemble under the direction of Brian Kaufman. What do a Japanese creation myth, Kendrick Lamar, and a professional storyteller have in common? Join the Wind Ensemble to find out as we explore ancient and modern day myths and fables from around the world. The event will feature special guest story teller and Official State of Maryland Griot Janice Curtis Greene, spoken word artist Erick Brown, and guest conductor Krystal Williams.
The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, in conjunction with the exhibition Ola Belle Reed: I’ve Endured, on display through June 30, presents the premiere screening of the documentary “I’ve Endured”: The music and legacy of Ola Belle Reed. Directed by Bill Shewbridge, professor of the practice in UMBC's Media and Communication Studies program, this new 45-minute documentary explores the life and work of nationally recognized bluegrass and old-time musician Ola Belle Campbell Reed (1916–2002).
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture and the Department of Visual Arts present the Visual Arts Senior Exhibition, featuring work of graduating B.A. and B.F.A. seniors in photography, graphic design, cinematic arts, animation and interactive media, and print media, reflecting the interdisciplinary orientation and the technological focus of the department.