Legacy — stop.reset. Symposium Series Part 2 of 2

Arts Incubator

April 28, 2015

In stop.reset, Alex Ames, an African-American publisher of books, is looking for someone to whom he can pass on his legacy. He is concerned with how he will be remembered. Historically, books have been the vessels of memory, what will hold memory in the future? How can we move forward if we have no real appreciation of ancestry and legacy? Have we become watchers rather than doers, on the sidelines videotaping life? Is the phone the portal to the soul? Can you make art with it?

Moderator: Lee Bey

Panelists:
• Tracie Hall, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
• Khari B., President of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
• Mwata Bowden, musician, Khari B.’s father
• Ayana Contreras, Arts Incubator Artist in Residence

Legacy — stop.reset. Symposium Series Part 1 of 2

Arts Incubator

April 28, 2015

In stop.reset, Alex Ames, an African-American publisher of books, is looking for someone to whom he can pass on his legacy. He is concerned with how he will be remembered. Historically, books have been the vessels of memory, what will hold memory in the future? How can we move forward if we have no real appreciation of ancestry and legacy? Have we become watchers rather than doers, on the sidelines videotaping life? Is the phone the portal to the soul? Can you make art with it?

Moderator: Lee Bey

Panelists:
• Tracie Hall, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
• Khari B., President of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
• Mwata Bowden, musician, Khari B.’s father
• Ayana Contreras, Arts Incubator Artist in Residence

Endangered Species — stop.reset. Symposium Series

DuSable Museum of African American History

Sunday May 17, 2015

This year is the anniversary of the Voters’ Rights Act. DuSable hosts an intergenerational discussion on how the concept of being African American has changed in the last 50 years.

Are African Americans being blended into extinction? To what extent are African Americans being bought and sold to the mainstream? Is our cultural identity vanishing? Should we be trying to hold on to it? What traditions/ghosts should we try to release? What is the impact of DNA testing and other technology genealogical advances on identity in what is being called a post-racial America? How is society adjusting to the majority minority? How are artists seeing themselves in an era of shifting context and definition?

Moderator: Tracye Matthews

Panelists:

  • Melody Spann Cooper
  • Desirée Rogers
  • Robert Blackwell, Sr.
  • Charlene Carruthers
  • Rev. Vance Henry
  • Corey Mason