Grassroots Grant: Rhythm of Race: A Celebration of Music and Spoken Word - Day-Long Festival

Date, Time, and Location

Event Date: 
Sat, 06/10/2017 - 9:30am - 5:30pm
Location: 
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Project Director: Emelia Cowans-Taylor 919-707-9837 emelia.cowans@naturalsciences.org

  • Rhythm of Race: A Celebration of Music and Spoken Word - Sankofa Workshop    
    • 9:30 AM at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, NEC, First Floor, WRAL 3D Theater
    • Led by The Beast, featuring (J) Rowdy, focuses on the relationship between music and African traditions, including elements of performance poetry, verbal expression, music, and artistic and societal representations of race. This event expands the impact of the Museum's Race: Are we so Different? exhibit on display from April 22 to September 4, 2017. This special event provides the community with a unique and culturally enriched opportunity to enjoy a day of poetry, music and dance that echoes the overarching sentiment behind the exhibition — that we are more alike than different and that artistic expression can build bridges among people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Rhythm of Race: A Celebration of Music and Spoken Word - Poetry Slam  
    • 11:00 AM at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, NRC, SECU Daily Planet Theater
    • Hosted by nationally renowned spoken word artist, writer, and founder of Black Poetry Theater, Dasan Ahanu. Three rounds of amazing poetry by local poets on the issues of race, identity, and cultural celebration will highlight the transformative power of poetry as a means of processing the diverse experiences of race that define our identities and interactions. Spiritual drumming by DJ Damu. Winner of the slam receives a cash prize. This event expands the impact of the Museum's Race: Are we so Different? exhibit on display from April 22 to September 4, 2017. This special event provides the community with a unique and culturally enriched opportunity to enjoy a day of poetry, music and dance that echoes the overarching sentiment behind the exhibition — that we are more alike than different and that artistic expression can build bridges among people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Rhythm of Race: A Celebration of Music and Spoken Word - Local Dance Performances              
    • 2:00 PM at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, NRC, First Floor, Atrium   
    • Hosted by local diversity expert and Director of Community Diversity and Instructor in the College of Natural Resources at NC State University, Dr. Thomas Easley. Featured performances include the Raleigh Rockers, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated, and a special tribute to the late “Baba” Chuck Davis. This event expands the impact of the Museum's Race: Are we so Different? exhibit on display from April 22 to September 4, 2017. This special event provides the community with a unique and culturally enriched opportunity to enjoy a day of poetry, music and dance that echoes the overarching sentiment behind the exhibition — that we are more alike than different and that artistic expression can build bridges among people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Rhythm of Race: A Celebration of Music and Spoken Word - Featured Poetry Performance     
    • 3:00 PM at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, NRC, SECU Daily Planet Theater              
    • Performance by Durham native, poet, emcee and teaching artist, G. Yamazawa. This event expands the impact of the Museum's Race: Are we so Different? exhibit on display from April 22 to September 4, 2017. This special event provides the community with a unique and culturally enriched opportunity to enjoy a day of poetry, music and dance that echoes the overarching sentiment behind the exhibition — that we are more alike than different and that artistic expression can build bridges among people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Rhythm of Race: A Celebration of Music and Spoken Word - Concert          
    • 5:00 PM at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, NRC, SECU Daily Planet Theater              
    • Performance by cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker, whose self-defined genre of ChamberSoulTM combines elements of jazz, folk, classical, acoustic pop, and R&B. This event expands the impact of the Museum's Race: Are we so Different? exhibit on display from April 22 to September 4, 2017. This special event provides the community with a unique and culturally enriched opportunity to enjoy a day of poetry, music and dance that echoes the overarching sentiment behind the exhibition — that we are more alike than different and that artistic expression can build bridges among people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.