Global Arts: Cultural Literacy & Heritage
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THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE
Workshops meld history and art, animating key events and characters within the music of Duke Ellington, the poetry of Langston Hughes, the art of Jacob Lawrence, among others. Popular dances of the day are also brought to life.
Marsha Perry Starkes
Marsha Perry Starkes is a multifaceted musician who combines traditional African instruments and musical forms with contemporary influences. Her recordings include Bird Lives! Through the Neo Bass Ensemble, Hit It! and Bebop meets Bass. She sings and plays the music of Africa, Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean. Marsha holds a B.S. in Theatre Arts from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI.
D’Ambrose Boyd -As a performer has shared the stage with such luminaries as Eartha Kitt, Mickey Rooney, Brenda Braxton, Ken Page, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Frank Langella, to name a few. He has been on the boards of many Broadway, off-Broadway, Regional and European theaters. He can be heard on many cast recordings and voice-overs for NICKELODEON. He has worked with Symphony Space as an educating artist for over 12 years.
Misha McGlown is a multifaceted artist, curator, and educator specializing in wearable art, jewelry design, painting and metalwork – all of which showcase her deep interest in African culture and ancient civilizations. As a teaching artist, she has participated with Groundswell Mural Arts Project, Arts Horizons, and Manhattan Youth. She has been awarded artist grants by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Puffin Foundation, and Harlem Arts Alliance. Ms. McGlown was educated at Wayne State University and the Center for Creative Studies.
Women of the Calabash
Women of the Calabash, founded in 1978, combines traditional instruments, vocals, and music forms with contemporary influences to perform music from Africa, the Caribbean, and black America. Under artistic director Madeleine Yayodele Nelson, Women of the Calabash uses moments during workshops and performances to teach the history and playing techniques of the various instruments used, giving context to the music they perform. Women of the Calabash shared billing with performers such as the Temptations, Richie Havens, Philip Glass, Odetta and more.