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How do we imagine twenty-first century configurations of performance curation and presenting that acknowledge the particular concerns of audiences and artists of color?
How does performance that relates to people of color fit into trends of contemporary curatorial practice?
This gathering of presenters, performers, scholars, curators, and managers examined how our work can focus on the involvement, investment, and creative growth of people of color. In a two-day symposium, participants shared their work and insights to produce focused thinking about the future of live art/performance/performing arts curation, with special attention to communities of African, Caribbean, and Latin@ interests.
The symposium was convened by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Jane Gabriels, and Dasha A. Chapman and hosted by SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology in residence at Duke University (Durham, North Carolina) as well as the African and African American Studies Department and the Franklin Humanities Center at Duke University this past June. This opportunity to collectively discuss, reflect and envision together intended to help develop important collaborative opportunities, and to model language and points-of-view that might help enliven discourse in these important areas.
Other participants include Angela’s Pulse Project Manager Marýa Wethers, Angela’s Pulse Marketing Manager A. Nia Austin-Edwards, former DWB curator Jaamil Kosoko, and DWB Fellowship workshop facilitator Ishmael Houston-Jones, along with a number of other brilliant bodies and minds.