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Celebrating Latinx Culture in the Arts
October 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Celebrating Latinx Culture in the Arts
Date: Friday, October 15
Time: 5:00 to 6:00pm
In case you missed the event, watch the replay here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHrJ2AC09Sk.
Join us for a virtual celebration of culture in art, music, and dance throughout the Hispanic diaspora. Professor Moses Phillips and Dr. Myrah Brown-Green facilitate the discussion and student presentations.
About the Facilitators
Dr. Myrah Brown-Green is an art historian, author, arts consultant, lecturer, and independent curator. Raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, her love for the arts began as a child while spending countless hours creating at the Community Art Center in the housing complex where she lived and taking frequent excursions to culturally rich art institutions. She moved to Brooklyn to attend Pratt Institute, later receiving a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on world symbols. She teaches art history in the Mass Communications department at Medgar Evers College. She is also a professional quilt-maker who has been quilting and teaching textile arts for over 30 years. Her quilts are in a number of prestigious collections, including the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum in Washington, D.C. and a Smithsonian satellite at Michigan State University. Over the past ten years, she has devoted much of her time assisting artists of color tp document and archive their personal artwork and private collections. Her award-winning book, Brooklyn on My Mind: Black Artists from the WPA to the Present, was released in November 2018.
Prof. Moses Phillips has been a lecturer in ethnomusicology, music theory, and cultural studies in the Mass Communications department at Medgar Evers College since 1998. He was also director of music at the Harlem School of the Arts from 1999 through 2004. Before that, he was principal flute with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, from 1981 to 1995. From 1994 to 2005, he played solo flute in the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard and substituted in many long-running shows, including Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, and Phantom of the Opera. As a pedagogue, he has taught advanced flute studies in the French flute technique at the Harlem School and is currently artist-in-residence at the Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts. He substituted with the New York City Opera Orchestra, played in the stage band at the Metropolitan Opera, and played principal flute in Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra’s Children’s Educational Concerts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. A music critic for the Star-Ledger once wrote, “Phillips possessed this vivacity, along with brilliant tone and flawless technique.” He was the 2005 and 2007 Martin Luther King-Cesar Chavez-Rosa Parks Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan.
Prof. Jade Charon Robertson is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, filmmaker, and international dance educator hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and living in Brooklyn, New York. Charon received a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of California Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Theater from Columbia College Chicago. Charon was awarded the 2020 Hicks Choreographer Fellowship from the School of Jacob’s Pillow, where she received mentorship from Dianne McIntyre and Risa Steinberg. In 2018, Charon was selected as the Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellow from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). She is an assistant professor of dance and technology at Medgar Evers College. As a filmmaker, her films have been accepted in festivals and conferences, including the Montreal Independent Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, Toronto International Women’s Film Festival, American Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers, and The Outland Dance Project Dance Film Festival. She was awarded the jury-selected Cream City Cinema Award in the Milwaukee Film Festival and was the semi-finalist for Best Experimental Film in the Montreal Independent Film Festival.