Arts and culture participate heavily in the way we navigate our lives. The art professionals on our show offer their account on arts impact in the many facets of their lives. From choreographers to art curators they discuss how art and ties to one's culture guide us through each step on our journey. Join us as we uncover how art can engage and nurture us.
Black Bodies (with Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis)
Each summer we invite an artist to come in and teach our ensemble a piece that was derived from community engagement and dialogue as well as input from the youth. This year’s choreographers are Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis. During their visit this summer we caught up with them to discuss how they work with two minds to create one masterpiece.
Deeper Than Dance (with Assane Konte)
Baba Assane Konte’s mission is to share the traditions of the Motherland to the children who’ve lost them. This led him to found Kankouran West African Dance Company in Washington D.C. where his impact on African American youth is undeniable. We sat down with him to discuss the divide within the definition of culture - the difference between who we are and where we’re from.
Multi-disciplinarian (with Holly Bass)
One art form just isn’t enough for her. As a multidisciplinary artist, Holly Bass has created work using poetry, photography, and choreography while directing, writing, and performing her pieces. Holly’s work is an exploration of gender, class, and race through visual and performing art. We had to speak with her about how she does it all.
Climbing the Ranks (with Stephanie Hughley)
Stephanie Hughley leans into her life’s journey by letting her talent guide her. She started as a dancer and evolved into a Broadway producer. Shows like For Colored Girls and Bubbling Brown Sugar are some of the shows she worked on in her career. Her experience in the arts is sure to motivate aspiring artists of any age.
Museum Matriarch (with Juanita Moore)
Being the only boy and the youngest in my family was beneficial to me in many ways, but most beneficial was the experience of having an older sister. Two in fact. Juanita Moore is a Master Big sister and that experience has shaped her into the leader she is today. She joins the Culture Cypher podcast to discuss her journey to leadership positions in Museums across America.
The Big Red Wall (with Erika “Big Red” Stowall)
Erika “Red” Stowall is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in the City of Detroit. She’s trained in African, Caribbean, Ballet, and Contemporary dance each one an integral piece of her dance style. She is also the founder of Big Red Wall dance company.
On this episode, a new voice will grace the mic. As part of our organization’s goals, we have been working with our youth to expose them to media and communications to develop their ability to express their artistic voice. Cailey Powell and Gabrielle Rayford interview Erika Stowall on this episode.