UMBC's 12 annual Livewire festival — Livewire: Flow — presents a concert featuring UMBC music students. The program will featuring works by John Cage, Jeffrey Martin, and other composers.
The brilliant new music ensemble counter)induction brings its prismatic aesthetics to UMBC's Livewire 12 festival. Their program features works by Trevor Weston, Ming-Hsiu Yen, Kyle Bartlett, and Douglas Boyce, each work situating itself in place and time, bringing together the virtuosic, the historical, and the strange.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents costume designer Moyenda Kulemeka, who will speak about her creative work, including a behind-the-scenes view of her process designing costumes for Trouble in Mind, by Alice Childress and directed by Danielle Drakes, playing in UMBC’s Proscenium Theatre from November 3 through 13.
The Humanities Forum and the Department of History presents the annual Robert K. Webb Lecture, featuring Dan Hicks, who will speak on The Decade of Returns: Museum Curation after the "Universal Museum." As museums around the world begin to transfer ownership and make returns of looted African cultural heritage, what does this mean for museums in Europe and North America?
Written in 1956, Alice Childress's pioneering play, Trouble in Mind, shined a light on the lack of recognition, representation, and opportunities for Black theatre artists. During a turbulent rehearsal week for a new Broadway play, leading lady Willetta Mayer resists the rampant racism of the entertainment industry. No less relevant today, the play is a brisk, entertaining drama told with humor and pathos.
The Humanities Forum presents the annual Daphne Harrison Lecture, featuring Sonya Clark, professor of art at Amherst College, who will speak in conjunction with Harmonies of Liberty, an exhibition on display at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. Her talk will discuss artwork inspired by the hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing" — work that she has produced in harmony with musicians that centers collaboration, innovation, craft, and design as a means to uplift suppressed voices.
The Department of Africana Studies, the Humanities Forum, and the Social Sciences Forum present the 44th Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture, featuring two keynote speakers: Christel N. Temple (pictured), who will speak on Cultural Memory and Mythology: Africana Agency in the Face of Exile, and Donald G. Murray, Jr., who will speak on Africana Studies: Creating a Program Space and Place at UMBC and the Greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Communities. This event also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Africana Studies at UMBC.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Skawennati, who investigates history, the future, and change from her perspective as an urban Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) woman and as a cyberpunk avatar. Her early adoption of cyberspace as both a location and a medium for her practice has produced groundbreaking projects such as CyberPowWow and TimeTraveller. She creates machinimas—movies made in virtual environments—as well as still images, textiles and sculpture.
The Department of Music presents the Salon Trio, featuring clarinetist Robert DiLutis, saxophonist Noah Getz, and pianist Mary-Victoria Voutsas. Their program, entitled Influential Voices, explores the often-neglected chamber music of Black composers who helped to forge a path for future generations, including works by William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Yusef Lateef.