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Greater Boston Cultural Convening
The Strand Theatre
Boston, MA
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Greater Boston Cultural Convening
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Thu & Fri, May 8-9, 2014 10 am - 6:30 pm
The Strand Theatre, Dorchester

Creator: Barbara Lewis, Ph.D., Director, Trotter Institute, UMass Boston

Performers and cultural innovators, arts administrators, filmmakers, photographers, painters, break dancers, musicians, choreographers, media & technology innovators, youth empowerment workers, directors,  writers, curators, agents, media artists, poets, healers, activists, thought leaders, presenters, spoken word artists, authors, playwrights, social commentators, community organizers, students, allies and friends will come together at the Strand to network and learn from one another, spark new ideas and possibilities and energize a new urban sense of Boston as a city of many different faces and talents.  

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At this gathering, we will begin to:
1. EXAMINE Boston's artistic and cultural profile with an eye to identifying how the city might prioritize and achieve a higher level of cultural equity before the first half of the current century is over;
2. EXPAND a sense of community sharing in the arts so that social segments with limited access to public validation, audiences, and funding can enjoy wider  acceptance and participation; and  
3. ENRICH the space of cultural exchange in the city, opening its channels of exchange to innovative energies emanating from a multiplicity of locales and sensibilities.

With this work set in motion, we can then begin to attain these goals:
1. PROMOTE greater awareness of the city's diverse cultural traditions and what each needs to grow and thrive
2. IDENTIFY key skills and supports needed to undergird and sustain cultural equity
3. DEVELOP a network of artists and community activists as cultural equity voice and stewards in Boston
4. DEEPEN and extend the conversation around art as a tool for social justice and urban transformation
5. CONNECT individuals & organizations interested in championing the work of cultural equity in Boston

Barbara Lewis, a cultural historian and arts producer, has long been interested in developing the Strand as a hub of community collaboration.  This interest found common cause in efforts spearheaded by UCAP, Upham's Corner Art Place, an initiative with multiple partners funded through the Boston Foundation.  Dr. Lewis is one of the partners in UCAP, and this convening was developed under UCAP auspices.  With Scott Fraser of Jose Mateo Ballet Theater and Abria Smith of Berklee College, other UCAP partners, Dr. Lewis laid the groundwork for this cultural convening. Going forward, a committee drawn from cultural convening participants will oversee the continuation of the work started here.

*** THU May 8: New Urban Dreams and Images ***
10 am - 6:30 pm

10-11 Welcome ~ Barbara Lewis, Director, Trotter Institute for the Study of Black History and Culture ~ Gathering & networking over coffee & doughnuts

11-12 Keynote on New Urban Scenarios: Building a Bigger, Bolder, More Inclusive Cultural City, Andrew Tarsy, President, Edward M. Kennedy Institute, followed by Q&A

12-1 New Urban Images: A Short Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking Workshop: From Concept to Distribution, Chico Colvard (filmmaker, lecturer, film series curator)

1:15-2:15 New Urban Narratives & Technologies ~ Liora Beer (ArtMorpheus, ArtApp); Mary E. Hopper (DigitalDen); Daniel DeLuca (Mobius); Eve Bridburg (Grub Street); Tracy Heather Strain (documentary film maker), moderator ~ initial question: How are social media and mobile technologies extending the arts frontier?

2:30-3:30 New Urban Artists: Making the Invisible Visible ~ Leika Ayiyama (visual artist); Destiny Palmer (painter); Ekua Holmes (collage photography); Jamal Thorne (drawing and design); Dell Hamilton (investigative artist, Harvard); Mario E. Quiroz-Servellon (photography); Kathleen Bitetti (visual artist, policy expert, and chief curator, Medicine Wheel Productions), moderator ~ initial question: What is most appealing to you about the new urban landscape of the 21st century?

3:45-4:45 New Urban Kids on the Block: Uphams Corner & Dudley in the House ~ Cedric Douglas (artist, Uphams Corner Art Place); Aziza Robinson (UCAP); Rufus Faulk (visual artist); Angel Babbitt-Harris (Madison Park); Rosanne Foley (Arts & Culture Consultant, Fairmont Cultural Corridor), moderador ~ initial question: How would you characterize the new urban mix that is coalescing in urban Boston; is that thrust in line with or different from national & global trend?

4:55-5:30 New Urban Archives: Wrap-up learning session ~ Report back by Pampi & Lore of alpoarrentao Productions (a program of PALESCA.org), who will attend sessions, take notes, and share results to spark dialogue and work towards the goals of this convening; they will produce proceedings transcript and blog to assist in the continuation of the work started here.

5:45-6:30 New Urban Remix (first day networking reception) ~ excerpt from London Bridgez one-woman show about Boston Busing Crisis; poetry reading by Jean-Dany Joachim

*** FRI May 9: New Urban Ground and Possibilities ***
10 am - 6:30 pm

10-11 Welcome, Barbara Lewis, Trotter Institute ~ Gathering & networking over coffee & doughnuts

11-12 Keynote on Envisioning the New Cultural City and Taking Greater Boston into the Artistic Vanguard ~ Malia Lazu (Future Boston)

12:15-1:15 The New Urban Mix: Antecedents and Futures Roundtable ~ David Dower (ArtsEmerson); Julie Hennrikus (StageSource); Abe Rybeck (The Theater Offensive); Pacey Foster (UMass Boston, hip hop historian and collector), moderator ~ initial question: How have you been involved in the arts to date and what artistic and cultural future do you anticipate in Greater Boston?

1:30-2:30 New Urban Energies: Arts Administrators Roundtable ~ Michael Dowling (Medicine Wheel Productions); Jennifer Hughes (Cantata Singers); Derek Lumpkins (Discover Roxbury); Alda Marshall (arts administrator, the Strand); Joan Lancourt (board chair, Underground Railway Theater), moderator ~ initial questions: What do you enjoy most as an arts administrative position and how would you increase the city's cultural arts collaborations?

2:45-3:45 New Urban Remedies: Healing the Body Physical and Cultural ~ Chioma Nnaji (UMass Medical); Matt Wilson (MassCreative); Mariama White-Hammond (Project Hip Hop); Courtney Grey (Trauma Specialist); Jacqui Lindsay (creator, Innovation by Design), moderator. Initial question: how can the arts contribute to righting the equilibrium in the city, community, and country?

4:00-5:00 Performing, Dreaming, and Dancing the New Cultural City Roundtable ~ Lino Delgado (FloorLords Crew); Shaun LaCount (Company One); Adrienne Hawkins (Impact Dance); Angela Counts (filmmaker and playwright); Terri Brown (Boston Dance Alliance and former programmer for Roxbury Film Festival), moderator ~ initial questions: How can an innovative arts and culture focus enrich Greater Boston's urban tapestry? What are the bars to cultural innovation in Greater Boston?

4:30 - 5:30 New Urban Archives, II: Pampi & Lore will create a synopsis of the convening and then, by fall 2014, produce a report for posting on the UCAP website and on the Trotter Institute website as well as other websites as appropriate. The report of the two-day May convening at the Strand will be shared with Mayor Walsh and will serve as reference for a community arts council, composed of interested Strand participants who want to develop an inclusive cultural plan for Greater Boston through 2025.

5:45-6:30 New Urban Celebration (second day reception) ~ Jha D (spoken word artist) ; Kitas Lobo (Cape Verdean guitarist)

6:30 Closing Words ~ Keith Motley (Chancellor, UMass Boston) on the University's Urban Mission


The Strand Theatre (View)
543 Columbia Rd
Boston, MA 02125
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Fashion
Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Arts > Visual
Education > Conventions

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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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